National Science Fiction Day

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Get out your spaceships and laser guns! National Science Fiction Day is a fun occasion that doesn't just stay in this world but rockets you straight into the endless possibilities of time and space! Usually celebrated on January 2nd in honor of the birth date of famed sci-fi author Isaac Asimov, this day packs in more thrills, chills and, (let's admit it) occasional spills, than a roller-coaster ride through a wormhole.

When is Science Fiction Day?

It's national science fiction day on the 2nd January.

Blast Off to National Science Fiction Day

What does National Science Fiction Day have in store for us? So, we've analysed 3697 online mentions of this occasion which really took off (or should we say, beamed up?) on January 2nd, 2020. The outpouring of love for things extra terrestrial had the internet chatting in alien tongues!

The Long Journey to the Stars

National Science Fiction Day has slowly but surely claimed its own space on the calendar. Science fiction as a genre has always inspired not just the geeky bookworm, but also inventors, scientists, and dreamers. A day celebrating all things sci-fi was, therefore, only a matter of time. Or should we say space-time?

The Final Frontier?

National Science Fiction Day often sees fans gathering to discuss their favorite books, films, and theories. From serious debates about the physics of time travel to casual conversations about the latest Star Wars movie, it’s an occasion that encourages imagination and exploration like no other. The fun is simply astronomical!

In Honor of Isaac

The most popular day to celebrate National Science Fiction Day is January 2nd in honor of one of the most revered sci-fi authors, Isaac Asimov. His robots and rules revolutionised the genre and left a big black monolith in the landscape of literature. Here's a toast to the launch of this amazing day!

History behind the term 'Science Fiction'


First Mention

The term 'science fiction' was first mentioned in a review of Mary Shelley's novel 'Frankenstein' in the British newspaper The Athenaeum. Describing the book, the reviewer wrote, 'This is a novel of extraordinary power, bringing together wild invention, whimsicality, and scientific speculation.' It was the first time 'science fiction' was used to describe a specific genre.


Pulp Magazines

In the early 20th century, pulp magazines emerged as a popular form of entertainment. These inexpensive publications featured stories across various genres, including science fiction. The term 'scientifiction' was coined by publisher Hugo Gernsback in his magazine Amazing Stories. He wanted to emphasize the scientific content and proposed this term, which later evolved into 'science fiction.'


Golden Age

The 1930s and 1940s are often referred to as the Golden Age of Science Fiction. During this period, science fiction became more recognized as a distinct literary genre. Writers like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert A. Heinlein emerged as influential figures, shaping the themes and style of science fiction for years to come.


Space Exploration and Cold War

The 1950s saw an increased interest in space exploration due to the Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union. This interest in space travel greatly influenced science fiction, as writers began imagining journeys to other planets and encounters with extraterrestrial life. Works like Ray Bradbury's 'The Martian Chronicles' and Arthur C. Clarke's 'Childhood's End' reflected this fascination with the cosmos.


New Wave Science Fiction

The 1960s marked a shift in science fiction, known as the New Wave movement. Authors like Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip K. Dick, and J.G. Ballard introduced more experimental and socially-focused themes into the genre. They explored topics such as gender, politics, and the impact of technology on society, challenging traditional science fiction conventions.


Star Wars Phenomenon

The release of George Lucas' 'Star Wars' in 1977 revolutionized science fiction and popular culture. The film's immense success captured the imaginations of millions worldwide and introduced science fiction to a broader audience. Its impact, both in terms of storytelling and special effects, led to a surge in science fiction films and novels in the following decades.

21st Century

Science Fiction in the Digital Age

In the 21st century, science fiction continues to evolve and adapt to the digital age. With advancements in technology, the genre explores themes such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the ethical implications of scientific progress. Authors like Cory Doctorow, Ann Leckie, and Neal Stephenson offer thought-provoking narratives that reflect our increasingly interconnected world.

Did you know?

Did you know Isaac Asimov, often called 'the father of Science Fiction,' is known for writing an astounding average of 10 books a year? Talk about being out of this world!


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First identified

1st January 2016

Most mentioned on

2nd January 2020

Total mentions


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