Scientifiction

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1. Term coined by Hugo Gernsback as a contraction of "scientific fiction" and defined by him in the first issue of Amazing Stories in April 1926 (> Definitions of SF). It never became very popular, and within a decade of its coining was largely replaced by "science fiction". When used now it usually refers to the awkward, technology-oriented fiction published by Gernsback or, disparagingly, to modern equivalents. Attempts to re-establish the term in a positive sense have failed.

2. Fanzine (1937-1938). See Fantasy Review. [PN]

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