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Spy movies/ books: On topic?

House, M.D. is clearly neither science fiction nor fantasy (even though this io9 article begs to differ), but some individual episodes have science fiction sub-plots.

In one episode, for instance, the team records a patient's brain activity to visual stimuli for several hours in order to reconstruct an image she is seeing in her mind. And occasionally, there are cases of medical Forgotten Phlebotinum.

To ask the question more broadly: are science fiction and fantasy sub-plots / story arcs / episodes of non-sf-and-f works on topic? How does one decide?

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  • Do the guidelines here answer your interrogations? – user56 Jan 30 '12 at 8:32
  • That's exactly what I was looking for. I apparently missed this on the related list while I was composing the question. – HNL Jan 30 '12 at 9:12
  • I've given that question a more general title since it's our reference question on the topic (should have done it sooner). – user56 Jan 30 '12 at 11:09
  • Argh, I blame you for the lost hour of my life! shakes fist TV Tropes! – Aarthi Jan 31 '12 at 16:32
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Any episode, subplot, story arc, etc that has SciFi connotations, even though the entirety of the series/story may not have, is considered on topic.

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