"science fiction"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 24 16:52:24 UTC 2003

On Mon, 24 Feb 2003, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

> OED has several quotes from an 1851 source. It does call this an
> "isolated use".
> The OED's SF project has found a 1927 interdating, by the way.
> Mentioned at http://www.jessesword.com/SF/sf_crit.shtml

I contributed the 1851 citation to the OED, although it was originally
discovered by Brian Aldiss, I believe.  There is also, as I recall, an
1876 usage, which I may or may not have contributed to the OED.

Fred Shapiro

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