Rubber science

Rubber science

Rubber science is a tongue-in-cheek science fiction term describing a quasi-scientific explanation for an aspect of a science fiction setting. Rubber science explanations are fictional but sound convincing enough to avoid upsetting the suspension of disbelief. Rubber science is a feature of most genres of science fiction, with the exception of hard SF. It is also frequently invoked in comic books.

The term was coined by Norman Spinrad in an essay entitled "Rubber Science," in Reginald Bretnor's anthology The Craft of Science Fiction.

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