stef n.

= stf n.

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  • [1940 V. Molesworth Letter in Voice of the Imagi-Nation (#10) 6 page image Vol Molesworth

    It seems as tho’ someone has declared unofficial WAR on stefans—first Moxon (ed IMAGINATIVE STORYS) goes down with double pneumonia; we hear Mustchin is upset in a speedboat accident; Steve Taylor (co-ed AUSTRA-FANTASY) gets diptheria; Al P Roberts gets in the way of a truck (but it is rumored Miske is responsible); and now Herr Doktor Vomoswoth is superintended by women in white.]

  • 1940 Stef Gets in Your Eyes in Gargoyle (#3) Dec. 2 (title) page image

    Stef Gets in Your Eyes (Weaver Wright). [This spelling appears in the Table of Contents; on page 4 it is ‘Stf Gets in Your Eyes’.]

  • 1944 C. Davis Blitherings (#2) Summer 11 page image Chan Davis

    Now I certanly [sic] won’t deny that Campbell is a pretty sharp editor & has given us not only the most consistently good stef on the market but also a good deal of variety. [Ibid. 14] My gosh, what is this magazine coming to? I’v [sic] spent the last 3½ pp. talking about stef, of all things.

  • 1944 J. Speer Speer Poll in Banshee (#5) June 11 page image Jack Speer

    There is reason to believe that if the questionees had been allowed to name fifteen or twenty, there would be much solider agreement on the outstanding stef stories of all time.

  • 1947 L. Carter Carter Go Bragh! in Startling Stories Nov. 102 (letter) page image Lin Carter bibliography

    I noticed a lot of fen wondering what happened to Kennedy. Apparently you fellers haven’t heard Joe has quit acti[-]fanning. His reasons seem to be college, and that too much of one thing (stef, in this instance) is bad for a person. It’s really a loss to Fandom.

  • 1952 M. Z. Bradley Laughter and Tears in Startling Stories Sept. 137/1 (letter) page image Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    HELLFLOWER falls into the right, exactly the right, category. The people who call stefpulps childish should read this—it’s a type of realistic stef that I think is perfect for the mature reader of fiction, not to the childish, inane person who drivels ‘I read science fiction because it improves my mind’—or ‘stef is tomorrow’s world today’—or ‘let’s keep science fiction nice and clean’. [Ibid. 137/2] Someday, Sam, will you tell these kids that no advice on ‘how to write a stef story’ from either a fan, or from a professional writer, is any good at all? [...] THE ONLY WAY TO WRITE A STEF STORY IS TO WRITE IT—and damn the torpedoes. Torpedoes, in this case, being the salable tricks of other writers.

  • 1954 ‘F. Patton’ Sure Thing in Science Stories Feb. 124/2 page image bibliography

    Twitchy laughed sarcastically. ‘Look, Joe, if you’re going to bring up that cockeyed contraption of yours again, I’ll crown you with a complete file of Galaxy. If you’d quit readin’ that stuff, as you call it, and do a little figuring on paper, maybe we’d do better in the numbers.’ ‘It ain’t stuff,’ said Joe petulantly, ‘it’s stf... stef... s-t-f.’ ‘I kin spell!’ said Twitchy bel ligerantly. ‘It’s the numbers that don’t come out right . . .’

  • 1961 A. J. Budrys Inside Story: A Tragedy With Music in Ice Age (#4) ii. ii. 16 page image Algis Budrys

    [Parody of West Side Story] When you’re in stef, you’re in stef all the way / From the Big Little Books to a pad in L.A.— / When you’re in stef you’re incurably in— / You’ve got stef in your blood, you can’t quit, it’s a sin. [...] When you’re in stef you stay in stef!

  • 1966 L. Carter Handy Phrase-Book in Fannish in Worlds of If Oct. 66/1 page image Lin Carter bibliography

    And then, consider scientifiction. That got trimmed down to stf. In conversation, pronounced ‘stef’—and sometimes spelled that way.

  • 1968 J. Merril Books in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Feb. 53/2 page image Judith Merril bibliography

    American genre writers have kept whatever thoughts they were having on the Revolutions (Youth, Sexual, Black, Psychedelic, et al.) pretty much to themselves [...] [T]he publishers have clearly been convinced that Hip is Hip and Stef is Stef, and never the twain. But the category gap is closing: one of the four crossover novels on hand today was published by Pyramid as part of their regular s-f line.

  • 1968 University of Stef—An Introduction in Third Foundation (#83) July–Aug. 2 page image

    The year in which the University of Stef was founded is unknown, but many reliable authorities give it as April, 1926. Its primary campus is located in the Everglades Swamp (or Fen). [...] The University is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are subject in their actions to the veto of the President Emeritus—Hugo Gernsback[.] Current Trustees are John W. Campbell, Jr., Frederik Pohl., Edward L. Ferman, Michael Moorcock, and other notables.

  • 1982 A. Budrys Books in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 25/1 page image Algis Budrys bibliography

    The cover of Planets Three inexplicably shows Lester del Rey attempting to fend off an advancing tentacular robot with a dish of catfood, but the stories are by Frederik Pohl. [...] They are pretty good thud-and-blunder stef, nevertheless, and if you’re in the right mood, they will Do the Job.


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antedating 1940

Research History
Suggested, and most cites submitted, by Bee Ostrowsky.

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