Full record for sf n.

Definition abbreviation for science fiction
OED requirements antedating 1929
Earliest cite in Science Wonder Stories
Comment Regarded by fans as the proper "serious" abbreviation for science fiction, in contrast with sci-fi, which is seen as being used only by outsiders, or among insiders to ridicule poor examples of science fiction.
Last modified 17 February, 2014

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1977 P. K. Dick in We can remember It for you Wholesale (1994) 493 I used to dig in the garden, and there is nothing fantastic or ultradimensional about crab grass...unless you are an sf writer, in which case pretty soon you are viewing crab grass with suspicion.
1988 S. McCrumb Bimbos of Death Sun ii. 17 How about SF? Who do you read?
1991 Locus Nov. 5/3 We're using more and more speculative non-fiction from sf writers.
1991 Locus May 5/1, I like hard sf, and writing about ideas, and extrapolating.
1991 Locus Sept. 17/1 Now, about half a dozen books and years further into her career, she has all the skills she needs to make this novel far more than military sf with a touch of romance. This is sf fully equipped with brains, humor, and heart.
1992 Locus June 7/2 Rems was named the top fundraiser‥in a letter-writing campaign that raised $2,020, including checks from many writers and artists in the sf community.
1992 Sci. Fiction Age Nov. 6/3 Perhaps the great s.f. author‥summed up our editorial policy best.
1992 SFRA Rev. July–Aug.–Sept. 7 SF publishing is now largely being controlled by a small number of book distributors.
1992 Waldenbooks Hailing Frequencies 4/1 He‥had seen the idea grow into the most popular SF comedy of all time.
1992 Sci. Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Bulletin Spring 8/1 Artificial reality, virtual environment—call it whatever you will, in the sf field, we've been fooling around with it for decades.
1992 SFRA Rev. July–Aug.–Sept. 46 McCaffery's Casebook does an admirable job of placing SF (generally) and cyberpunk (specifically) within the larger field of postmodernism, citing such precursors as Mary Shelly's Frankenstein‥and the ‘protopunk’ debut album, Andy Warhol Presents the Velvet Underground and Nico.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 8/2 Yet you're planning to feature fantasy also. Mistake—S.F. fans don't really want fantasy, or else they'd request it.
1993 Sci. Fiction Stud. Nov. 305 How widespread the writing and publishing of SF was in the 19th century.
1993 Locus June 6/2 Many of the Forge titles will be of interest to sf and horror readers.
1994 Preliminary Schedule Main Events SFRA Conf. 10 May 2 Chaos in F and SF.
1994 SFRA Rev. July 9 It includes only SF and fantasy fiction by professional writers.