But what intrigues me is that the column mentions science fiction classics such as the movie Forbidden Planet and books by authors such as Heinlein and Burroughs, but Newitz never uses the words "science fiction." She calls some the these works "escapist fantasy," a classification with which, where Burroughs is concerned, it's hard to argue, but she never uses the phrase "science fiction" in the text of the article.
So, what's up with that? Was it deliberate or sheer coincidence? I'd really like to know.