Would they still have science fiction in the STAR TREK era, i.e., the 23rd and 24th centuries?
On VOYAGER, Tom Paris enjoys CAPTAIN PROTON stories, but he enjoys them ironically, as a comedy. It isn't science fiction to him.
After one of their own typical experiences, what kind of story would Kirk or Picard consider to be science fiction? Or will the genre have faded from existence?
Is sci-fi just a phase we're going through, one that can't survive its own prophesies?