Full record for scientific fiction n.

Definition science fiction
OED requirements antedating 1876
Earliest cite W. H. L. Barnes in 'Caxton's Book'
Comment OED only has quotes from 1876 and 1937. Geri Sullivan has submitted a 1944 cite from the Fancyclopedia. Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from a letter from George Fox in Famous Fantastic Mysteries. Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from J. O. Bailey's "Pilgrims Through Space and Time".
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1944 J. B. Speer Fancyclopaedia 76/2 Scientific fiction , a form preferred by some to ‘science fiction’ in the mistaken belief that a modifier (‘scientific’) must be in adjectival form. Length of the expression is what has prevented its general adoption.
1946 Famous Fantastic Mysteries Aug. 127/1 Want to join a live-wire organization for readers of fantastic and scientific fiction?
1947 J. O. Bailey Pilgrims Through Time & Space 10 A piece of scientific fiction is a narrative of an imaginary invention or discovery in the natural sciences and consequent adventures and experiences. The invention must be imaginary at the time the romance is written, an imaginary airplane, space-flier, radio, rocket, atomic bomb, or death-ray. The discovery may take place in the interior of the earth, on the moon, on Mars, within the atom, in the future, in the prehistoric past, or in a dimension beyond the third; it may be a surgical, mathematical, or chemical discovery. It must be a scientific discovery—something that the author at least rationalizes as possible to science.
1957 S. Moskowitz 1957 in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Feb. 68/1 All science tales in Gernsback publications from that time on were referred to as ‘scientific fiction,’ with infrequent lapses into SCIENTIFIC STORIES.