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Recursive science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, which itself takes the form of an exploration of science fiction within the narrative of the story.

Mike Resnick and Robert J. Sawyer cite Typewriter in the Sky by L. Ron Hubbard as an example of recursive science fiction. Gary Westfahl writes, “Luigi Pirandello’s play Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921) offered a non-genre model.” Westfahl noted that Hubbard’s book was “an early genre example, perhaps inspired by Pirandello”.

Films under the subgenre include Time After Time (1979) and The Time Machine (2002). In Time After Time, H. G. Wells, who wrote The Time Machine, is fictionally portrayed as an inventor of an actual time machine. In the 2002 film The Time Machine, the story by the real-life Wells serves as inspiration for the film’s protagonist to invent a time machine. | WIKIPEDIA |

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september 2nd, 2014 at 8:00 am