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Blend of scientific and fiction. Coined in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback.


scientifiction (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Science fiction.
    • 1926, Hugo Gernsback, Amazing Stories, A New Sort of Magazine
      There is the usual fiction magazine, the love story and the sex-appeal type of magazine, the adventure type, and so on, but a magazine of "Scientifiction" is a pioneer in its field in America. By "scientifiction" I mean the Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and Edgar Allan Poe type of story—a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision.



  • Child Study Association of America, Child Study (1923), p. 202, University of Michigan, OCLC: 1554222. Quote: "… combination of scientifiction and adventure. The series is characterized by a high note of excitement and the almost incessant noise of whirring motors."
  • "A New Sort of Magazine", Amazing Stories: The Magazine of Scientifiction, Gernsback, Hugo, and T. O'Conor Sloane, eds., issue 1, page 3, April 1926
  • Forrest J Ackerman's World of Science Fiction, Ackerman, Forest J., pages 27, 31, 130, RR Donnelley & Sons, 1997, ISBN 1-57544-069-5

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