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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?

  • Do the guidelines here answer your interrogations?
    – user56
    Jan 30, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 at 11:09
  • Argh, I blame you for the lost hour of my life! shakes fist TV Tropes!
    – Aarthi
    Jan 31, 2012 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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