Scientifiction

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(1) A Word

A portmanteau word coined by Hugo Gernsback in 1915 and first printed in the January, 1916, issue of Electrical Experimenter to describe what is now called "science fiction," "speculative fiction" – or, for some relatively new fans, "sci fi" or "skiffy" – and which was in its earlier forms called "scientific romances." Scientifiction was used fairly commonly in the 30s, now used nostalgically. It‘s abbreviated "stf" (pronounced "stef") and the adjective form is "stfnal." Fans presently are more likely to call it stf than they are to call it scientifiction.


From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
(Gernsback) A scientificombination of "scientific fiction" coined before Amazing Stories appeared, back when the Electrical Experimenter was publishing the stuff. It was not replaced by "science-fiction" with or without hyphen till about 1930, and its abbreviation "stf" still persists. One reason the word itself fell into disuse is the difficulty of pronouncing it so as to show its elements; "scienti-fiction" is more natural than "scien-TIF-FIC-tion". It should properly designate only such science-fiction as is extrapolation on science, tho the abbreviation "stf" equals "SF".


From Fancyclopedia 1 ca 1944
(Gernsback) - A scientificombination of "scientific fiction", coined before Amazing Stories appeared, back when the Electrical Experimenter was publishing the stuff. It was not replaced by "science-fiction" (with or without hyphen) until around 1930, and is still in use, especially by non-fans; fans often use "stf". One reason for its falling into disuse is the difficulty of pronouncing it so as to show its elements: "scienti-fiction" is more natural than "scien-TIF-FIC-tion". It should designate only such s-f as is extrapolation upon science.

(2) A Fanzine by Walter Gillings

A fanzine printed in full litho and edited by Walter Gillings with seven issues between January 1937 and March, 1938. It was folded into the SFA clubzine Tomorrow in 1938.

(3) A Fanzine by Pete Lyon

A fanzine produced by Pete Lyon

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(4) A Series of Articles

Scientifiction: The First Fandom Report



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