abbreviation of science fiction n.
New semi-slick fantasy and scific magazine to appear soon. Details scarce and confidential, but [...] quality will be reflected in the fact that yours truly, BT, has sold story to mag. (That last is a joke, gents.)
Does your science-fiction story taste different lately? Is the flat familiar stale taste disappearing? Have you noticed a new tingling sensation in the area of your brain? Do you suffer from discomfort in your social thinking? Dislocation of perspective? There’s a reason. Its name is Synthesis, and sci-fic is its prophet.
The first item in the oldest issue of…[the ‘Science Fiction News Letter’] we have at hand (Feb. 1946) reads: FLASH! (pro-stuff:) New semi-slick fantasy and scific magazine to appear soon.
Wilson (Bob) Tucker in Bloomington News Letter
Earliest date in OED: 1963.
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