Full record for sci-fic n.

Definition abbreviation for science fiction
OED requirements antedating 1946
Earliest cite Wilson (Bob) Tucker in Bloomington News Letter
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from a guest editorial by Judith Merril in Thrilling Wonder Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from If, which quotes Wilson (Bob) Tucker's fanzine "Science Fiction News Letter"; Keith Stokes verified it in the original Feb. 1946 "Bloomington News Letter".

Earliest date in OED: 1963.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for sci-fic n.

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1946 Bloomington News-letter Feb. 1 New semi-slick fantasy and scific magazine to appear soon.
1952 J. Merril in Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 6/1 Does your science-fiction story taste different lately? Is the flat familiar stale taste disappearing? Have you noticed a new tingling sensation in the area of your brain? Do you suffer from discomfort in your social thinking? Dislocation of perspective? There's a reason. Its name is Synthesis, and sci-fic is its prophet.
1952 If Mar. 134/1 The first item in the oldest issue of ‥ [the ‘Science Fiction News Letter’] we have at hand (Feb. 1946) reads: FLASH! (pro-stuff:) New semi-slick fantasy and scific magazine to appear soon.