subject mattter


hi, everyone:
Moreover, if science fiction is the laboratory of the imagination, its experiments are often of the kind that may significantly alter the subject matter even as they are carried out
I'm confused about the meaning of the sentence.

Best wishes.
  • soupdragon78

    Senior Member
    England English
    It means that a lot of the time the experiments can change the subject matter. "Of the kind" is quite a formal way to say it. You could also say "these kinds of experiments may often significantly alter the subject matter..."
    (P.s. The subject matter is the thing that you are experimenting with.)
    Does this help?