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Blend of scientific +‎ fiction. Coined by Hugo Gernsback in 1916.


  • IPA(key): /ˌsaɪ.ən.tɪˈfɪk.ʃən/


scientifiction (uncountable)

  1. (dated) science fiction.
    • 1916 January, Hugo Gernsback, Electrical Experimenter, page 474:
      I am supposed to report Münchhaussen's[sic] doings; am supposed to be writing fiction, scientifiction, to be correct.
    • 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.
    • 1949, Chad Walsh, C. S. Lewis: Apostle to the Skeptics:
      Lewis's novels are the scientifiction of a philosopher.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:scientifiction.


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