stf n.

= science fiction n.

< scientifiction; see scientifiction n.

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  • 1931 F. J. Ackerman Letter in Wonder Stories May 1483/1 page image Forrest J. Ackerman

    All those stars of science fiction (or stf., the abbreviation for science fiction adopted by the Boys' Scientifiction Club) in the same issue.

  • 1932 R. A. Ward Letter in Amazing Stories Aug. 474/1 page image

    In no ‘stf’ magazine will you find such marvelous gems of fantansy [sic] as appeared in the Amazing Stories of old.

  • 1944 J. B. Speer Fancyclopedia 84/1 Jack Speer bibliography

    stf, (Hogenmiller: Ackerman) Formally the abbreviation for scientifiction, now pronounced [stef], and used as short form for ‘science-fiction’. It should not to be pronounced [estief]!

  • 1946 R. R. Anger in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 98/1

    An stf classic by a great stf author. To say that it is Asimov’s best work is to pay it greatest honor.

  • 1959 R. H. Eney Fancyclopedia II 59 Dick Eney bibliography

    Eofandom, from about 1930 to 1933, existed before fandom became an entity; generally comprised of folk with no sense of group existence whose interests were in collecting stf and scientificomics, and who eagerly hunted down any items with any sort of stfnal significance.


Research requirements

antedating 1931

Earliest cite

F. Ackerman in 'Wonder Stories'

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1952 cite from a letter to Planet Stories by Algis Budrys. Geri Sullivan submitted a 1944 cite from the Fancyclopedia. Ruth Berman submitted a 1942 cite from H.H. Holmes' "Rocket to the Morgue". Alistair Durie submitted a 1932 cite from Forrest Ackerman's "The Scientelegram" column in Science Fiction Digest. Alistair Durie submitted a 1937 cite from T. Bruce Yerke in Imagination. Jeff Prucher submitted a 1939 cite from a letter to the editor in Thrilling Wonder by George Aylesworth. Enoch Forrester submitted a 1946 cite from a letter in Astounding by R.R. Anger. Jeff Prucher submitted a 1931 cite from a letter by Forrest Ackerman in Wonder Stories.

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