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a polite fiction

A general untruth or falsehood that is accepted in place of the truth to maintain politeness, civility, or stability among a given social group. Our parents' marriage was just a polite fiction in our household up until my youngest sister was off to college. By the time the military junta overthrew the dictatorship, the promise of democratic rule was little more than a polite fiction among the citizens of the country.
See also: fiction

Fact is stranger than fiction,

 and Truth is stranger than fiction.
Prov. Things that really happen are harder to believe or more amazing than stories that people invent. Did you see the story in the newspaper about the criminal who attacks people with a toenail clipper? Fact is stranger than fiction! Jill: I can't believe someone's paying 900 dollars for Tom's broken-down old car—it doesn't even run. Jane: Truth is stranger than fiction.
See also: fact, fiction, stranger

truth is stranger than fiction

Real life can be more remarkable than invented tales, as in In our two-month trip around the world we ran into long-lost relatives on three separate occasions, proving that truth is stranger than fiction . This expression may have been invented by Byron, who used it in Don Juan (1833).
See also: fiction, stranger, truth

ˌtruth is stranger than ˈfiction

(saying) used to say that things that actually happen are often more surprising than stories that are invented
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Non fiction for toddlers and young children: * My Little Animals Book * The Farm * Big Noisy Trucks and Diggers * All Kinds of Feelings Non-fiction for infants * The Ice Bear * Diary of a Spider * The Magic School Bus * Inside the Human Body * Children's Cook Book Non-fiction for juniors * Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter * Just Joking * See Inside Famous Buildings * Horrible Histories * The Secret Life of Elizabeth I * Nature's Fury Non-fiction for teens * It's True
It is easy to understand why science fiction in particular has an appeal to Marxist theorists.
Part 2 of the book consists of seven chapters devoted to "Science Fiction and the Teacher," which really is not at all about the pedagogy of teaching in the field but instead about the earliest writers and editors and how they developed their knowledge of science fiction, and then how they influenced successive generations of science fiction readers.
Both science fiction and religion look at the same world and are asking the same questions," says Richard Chwedyk, a science fiction writer who is also Catholic.
A novel-length sequel to the 2004 film that unfolds against the backdrop of the Franco-Prussian War, Solo features an original and sophisticated story that develops the film's characters in an entirely new direction as well as a vividly depicted and carefully researched setting that rivals any published work of historical fiction.
He ably demonstrates that Lessing's fiction presented science as integral to her world--view but that in so doing she retained the finely wrought prose and depth of characterization that marked the finest of her mainstream fiction.
The 72-year-old science fantasy society, composed of more than 5,000 past and present members such as Heinlein himself, bills itself as the oldest continuously operating science fiction club in the world.
It's my hope that readers will experience some of this as they read ColorLines' first fiction issue.
Stephen Volk is an author of literary and historical fiction.
The main thing that fiction does is rev up the quality of our awareness, make us more involved in the world, more enamored of it," he says.
Johnson's Buddhist perspective accounts for much of what can be understood from his fiction.
Harlequins single-title fiction offerings "will feature novels written by and about real African American women dealing with relationships and careers, while facing life's everyday challenges," says Senior Editor Mavis Allen, who will head the line.
The cluster course, Tracking the Criminal through Science and Literature, links ENG 107, Detective Fiction, and SCI 150, Introduction to Forensic Science.
Much has happened in the world of science fiction cinema in the past few decades: the science fiction movie has earned a place in the mainstream, and has replaced the novel as the genre's primary media of choice.
Brazilian Science Fiction: Cultural Myths And Nationhood In The Land Of The Future is an in-depth discussion of Brazillian science fiction and what it has to tell us about Brazilian culture and society by Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian literature M.