It also reflects the tendency for critics, academics and other creators to near-automatically dismiss or disdain works which cannot escape this label being applied, regardless of relative quality or merit.
Even accepted classics of the genre can get so caught up in the hypothesis they're developing that they can be lacking in other literary merits.
And works of science fiction tend to age less gracefully than literary fiction, because both Technology and Society Marches On.
For example, hypothesizes Starfish Alien Martians and fascinating new technologies, but still relegates women to sexy secretaries and nagging wives.
"[My agent] said 'You have a murder mystery up there, you have a horror book up there, you have all kinds of genres on the bestseller shelf, why not Terry Pratchett's book?
' And the response was 'We don't let them out of the science fiction section.'"So, you're watching television and come across a show that's set on another planet and has aliens, spaceships and time travel in it.
Clearly a work of science fiction, you would assume.However, you also happen to come across an interview with the creator, who is taking pains to stress that his or her work is absolutely be science fiction? The Sci-Fi Ghetto reflects a long-lasting stigma which has been applied towards the science fiction genre, which frequently leads creators and marketers to shun "Sci-Fi", "Science Fiction" or "Fantasy" labels as much as possible, even on shows that have clear science fiction or fantastical elements.On the other end of the spectrum, science fiction is often seen as aloof, dreary Doorstoppers which essentially take the form of tedious and over-complicated scientific essays poorly disguised as stories, apparently written by people who have multiple doctorates in the hard sciences yet have somehow never managed to interact with another human being before.In either case, the result is considered the same; material which is poorly written with lame plots and characterization, almost entirely lacking in literary merit.This, of course, unfairly prejudges a massive and wide-spanning genre by its worst extremes, and ultimately takes a fairly narrow and limited view of the genre.Nonetheless, there is plenty of evidence at both extremes to support these views — lots of works of science fiction fallen in the trap of focusing so much on the Big Idea that the other elements of storytelling can suffer.