sci-fi vs science fiction, sf : Common Errors in English

About sci-fi vs science fiction, sf

“Sci-fi,” the widely used abbreviation for “science fiction,” is objectionable to most professional science fiction writers, scholars, and many fans. Some of them scornfully designate alien monster movies and other trivial entertainments “sci-fi” (which they pronounce “skiffy”) to distinguish them from true science fiction. The preferred abbreviation in these circles is “SF.” The problem with this abbreviation is that to the general public “SF” means “San Francisco.” “The Sci-Fi Channel” has exacerbated the conflict over this term. If you are a reporter approaching a science fiction writer or expert you immediately mark yourself as an outsider by using the term “sci-fi.”

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  1. ‘Pacific Rim’ star Robert Kazinsky’s toughest day on set

    In Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, everything is big. The monsters. The soundstage. Even the Jaegers have to
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Entertainment Weekly

  2. Alan Wake Developer Sheds a Little Light on Quantum Break [Xbox One]

    The Xbox One sci-fi action game is the latest and most ambitious attempt yet by Remedy Entertainment's Sam Lake to fuse video games and other storytelling media.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: GameSpot

  3. Warner Bros. Nabs Sci-Fi Thriller 'Defenders' for Donald De Line to Produce (Exclusive)

    By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES ( - In a pre-emptive pitch deal, Warner Bros. has acquired sci-fi thriller "Defenders," based on the upcoming novel by Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh. Donald De Line ("Pain and Gain") will produce through his De Line Pictures banner, while Will Simmons ("Murder City") will write the script. WB is keeping the logline under wraps. Lightspeed ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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