Is Sherlock Holmes a Sci-fi novel?

In summary, Sherlock Holmes is a fiction character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but the novels "A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, etc." are classified as a science fiction novel due to the detective's deductions. Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel, and the inclusion of scientific theories makes it science fiction.
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We all know our favorite detective Sherlock Holmes is a fiction character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

But do we consider the novels "A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, etc." a sci-fi novel due to the detective's deductions or does it belong to another genre?
 
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A sober tale published in a Christmas edition? Had it gotten traction I would equate ASIS with A Christmas Carol.

I equate them because A Study in Scarlet first appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887 and A Christmas Carol revolved around Christmas Eve in 1843 and because they both employee the macabre for holiday entertainment. Ergo, dark and Christmas and time period - makes me think of ASIS as …not adventure but not the drama that is today’s CSI. CSI being classified as a police procedure drama by Wikipedia.

A Study in Scarlet was the first work of detective fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as an investigative tool. SH presented the observations as evidence of the solved mystery. SH was performing bloodwork at his first meeting with Watson so maybe Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was going for drama.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. So science fiction was out there in its true form of, the Nautilus being ahead of its time and the included scientific theories.

My over thought vote is DRAMA.
 
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Sherlock Holmes I have read and enjoyed the series of Conan Doyle. But the series A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, etc, I have not known, the novel by the same author, perhaps also a detective novel.
 
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If we go with Merriam-Webster, science fiction is "stories about how people and societies are affected by imaginary scientific developments in the future".

The technologies Holmes employed were imaginary, IIRC.

For the day "Techno-thriller" might work better?
 
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The techniques used by Sherlock Homes were inspired by the rigorous scientific methods of Professor Joseph Bell of the Medical School at Edinburgh University .

Professor Joseph Bell
 
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Sherlock Holmes stories earn their place, in my opinion, as some of the best Crime Drama that can be had. I would have a hard time considering Conan Doyle's SH stories to be Sci-Fi because the technologies he employed in the stories were not themselves fictitious technologies, even if they were used in ways that stretched credibility ... I would see this as the same as asking whether or not the Mentalist is Sci-Fi.

There is, of course, one very distinct example to the contrary - that being in Star Trek TNG, during the episodes when Lt. Commander Data 'played' SH on the holodeck. That would be SH as Sci-Fi ... but it is not the SH written by Conan Doyle, it is simply based on that character.
 

1. Is Sherlock Holmes considered a sci-fi novel?

No, Sherlock Holmes is not typically considered a sci-fi novel. It is a detective novel that falls under the genre of mystery and crime fiction.

2. Are there any elements of science fiction in Sherlock Holmes?

No, there are no elements of science fiction in Sherlock Holmes. The stories are based on logical reasoning and deduction, rather than futuristic technology or other sci-fi elements.

3. Why do some people think Sherlock Holmes is a sci-fi novel?

There may be some confusion because Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character who solves seemingly impossible cases using his brilliant mind. However, this does not make the stories or character sci-fi. They are still firmly rooted in the real world.

4. Can Sherlock Holmes be classified as a science fiction detective?

No, Sherlock Holmes cannot be classified as a science fiction detective. While he uses scientific methods to solve cases, the genre of science fiction involves elements that do not exist in the real world.

5. Are there any adaptations of Sherlock Holmes that incorporate sci-fi elements?

Yes, there have been some adaptations of Sherlock Holmes that incorporate sci-fi elements, such as the BBC series "Sherlock" which features modern technology and gadgets. However, these adaptations are not considered part of the original canon of Sherlock Holmes stories.

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