scientific fiction n.

= science fiction n.

Now hist.

SF Criticism


  • 1876 W. H. L. Barnes in W. H. Rhodes Caxton's Book 7

    The great master of scientific fiction, Jules Verne.

  • 1923 Science & Invention Aug. (cover) page image Sam Moskowitz

    Scientific Fiction Number [i.e. issue].

  • 1923 Science & Invention Aug. (cover) page image Hugo Gernsback

    Scientific Fiction Number [i.e. issue].

  • 1923 Science & Invention Aug. (cover) Jack Speer

    Scientific Fiction Number [i.e. issue].

  • 1929 H. Gernsback in Science Wonder Stories June 5 page image Jack Speer

    Anybody who has any imagination at all clamors for fiction of the Jules Verne and H. G. Wells type, made immortal by them: the story that has a scientific background, and is read by an ever growing multitude of intelligent people. Science Wonder Stories supplies this need for scientific fiction and supplies it better than any other magazine.

  • 1944 J. B. Speer Fancyclopedia 76/2 Jack Speer bibliography

    Scientific fiction, a form preferred by some to ‘science fiction’ in the mistaken belief that a modifier (‘scientific’) must be in adjectival form. Length of the expression is what has prevented its general adoption.

  • 1946 Famous Fantastic Mysteries Aug. 127/1 Sam Moskowitz

    Want to join a live-wire organization for readers of fantastic and scientific fiction?

Research requirements

antedating 1876

Earliest cite

W. H. L. Barnes in 'Caxton's Book'

Research History
Geri Sullivan has submitted a 1944 cite from the Fancyclopedia.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from a letter from George Fox in Famous Fantastic Mysteries.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from J. O. Bailey's "Pilgrims Through Space and Time".

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