| 1982 D. Hartwell The Golden Age of Science Fiction is Twelve in Top of News (1982, issue number unknown) 13
||The science fiction reader sneers at fake SF, artificially produced film tie-in novels and stories, most SF films, most TV SF. This he calls sci-fi (or ‘skiffy’)—junk no right-thinking omnivore or chronic should read, watch, or support.
| 1989 B. Sterling in SF Eye July 77/2
||Many of the best new writers seem openly ashamed of their backward Skiffy nationality.
| 1989 B. Sterling in SF Eye July 78/2
||We could call this kind of fiction Novels of Postmodern Sensibility, but that looks pretty bad on a category rack, and requires an acronym besides; so for the sake of convenience and argument, we will call these books ‘slipstream.’‘Slipstream’ is not all that catchy a term, and if this young genre ever becomes an actual category I doubt it will use that name, which I just coined along with my friend Richard Dorsett. ‘Slipstream’ is a parody of ‘mainstream’, and nobody calls mainstream ‘mainstream’ except for us skiffy trolls.
| 1993 P. Nicholls Encyclopedia Sci. Fiction 1079/1
||Skiffy is colourful, sometimes entertaining, junk sf: Star Wars is skiffy.
| 1995 K. MacLeod Star Fraction iii. 53
||Donovan, you don't have a problem with money. I'm sure what you've had so far has seemed like a lot. But we want to do more with your book. I've been taken off the skiffy-occult-horror side where your MS arrived on my desk by accident. They want me to start a new list. ‘New Heretics,’ it's gonna be called, with Secret Life's paperback launch as its big splash.
| 1996 Interzone Jan. 57/3
||It is nothing more than a parody of The Foundation Trilogy—possibly mixed with references to the Lensman stories, some recent stuff by Walter Jon Williams, and half a dozen other pieces of skiffy you vaguely remember reading.
| 2001 Sci. Fiction Chron. July (advertising section after p. 32) p. 11
|| Alternate Skiffy , ed. by Mike Resnick & Patrick Nielsen Hayden.
| 2004 U. K. Le Guin Thinking about Cordwainer Smith in Wave in Mind 60
||Dr. Linebarger had to be respectable and responsible and had to guard his tongue. Cordwainer Smith wrote skiffy and babbled whatever he pleased.