No big deal. We're both entitled to our opinions. Thanks for the clarification. I think I reacted to the term "modern." Modern can simply mean in the last 50 years, and yet it could also be interpreted to mean since the invention of the printing press, if you're comparing eras of man's development, so it just depends on how far back you're using the term "modern." One thing: I would consider Verne and Welles sci-fi writers of the first order, THE TIME MACHINE? WAR OF THE WORLDS? 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA? These surely fit the definition of science-fiction.