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(For other mutants, see Mutant.)

From Fancyclopedia 1, ca. 1944
A type of story or feature opening up an entire new field of stf stories &c. The idea of such a designation is closely related to the thought-variants and WS's New Policy; as it happens, it was little used except for some temponautical tales and innovations in illustrations. Campbell's later usage of the term is with reference to favorable mutations, freaks, which when enuf occur in one individual may be considered to constitute a new type, the superman, which is capable of perpetuation.

The first meaning is now entirely obsolete, with Campbell's second meaning in mundane use, though not necessarily favorable.

See also: Slan.

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