That’s exactly my point. If its original use was the antonym of Hard Science Fiction you wouldn’t expect a gap like that. The idea of hard science fiction wasn’t initially “hard” vs “soft” it was “hard” vs “everything else they call sci fi”. The way the sci fi page treats it as a dichotomy is dead wrong. The definition at the top is not the most recent it’s dated 1984. This was dated 1982: “They all write what could be variously labeled as social TM, humanistic TM, or soft TM science fiction. While all their works contain the extrapolated factual material characteristic of science fiction, they really focus on the future of humanity and its possible future traits and societies.” The source above that from the same year mentions both uses of the term. “A Sense of Wonder” claimed the term originated in the 70s thus predating both of these.
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