I am desperately trying to understand what is a *conic bundle*. It seems like this is a completely standard term in algebraic geometry, there is even a page on wiki about it, but this doesn't really help. For example, I have the following test question.

**Test question.** Let $S$ be a smooth complex ruled surface $S\to C$ over a curve $C$. Suppose we blow up $S$ twice in the same fibre, so that the preimage of one point in $C$ is a union of three lines. Is this a conic bundle or not?

My problem is the following. According to some definitions that I saw, in a conic bundle the preimage of a point should be a conic. And a union of three lines is not a conic. However, I tried to trace back the definition of conic bundles, and one of the earliest versions that I found is an article of Sarkisov 1980 (in Russian): http://www.mathnet.ru/links/b10a1373601dacdd9b7debba2b3e1c8f/im1862.pdf

Sarkisov is just asking that the preimage of a generic point be a rational curve.

I fear that my main question (what is a conic bundle) is a complicated one, for example judging by the fact that the answer to the following question was not given by the mathoverflow community: References about conic bundles

**Question 2.** Why Sarkisov calls his bunldes conic bundles? Is there some relatively pedagogical place where on can read about this?

(I fear that I can't understand this because I misinterpret the expression "generic fiber")