[Ads-l] science-fiction, 1898 antedating (?)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Feb 3 09:23:59 EST 2021


Stephen,

What kind of search did you do to find the 1898 citation ?

Fred Shapiro


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Stephen's discovery of this 1898 citation is a major one.  The OED has the following citation, under the sense of "A work of science fiction" (isn't that a circular definition?):

1897   H. B. Mason in Pharmaceut. World 20 May 592/1   My last remembrance had been of reading Mr. [J. U.] Lloyd's Etidorhpa... The complete arrest of bodily function and tissue waste which the central figure of that remarkable science-fiction achieved at the point where gravitation ceases, somewhere between here and China, impressed me deeply.

However, Stephen's 1898 citation is clearly referring to the genre, and to the modern usage of the term.

Fred Shapiro


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Bulletin of Pharmacy [Detroit], October, 1898, v. 12 n. 10 p. 466/1.

Mr. H. G. Wells, the imaginative writer of science-fiction, has recently brought out a thrilling romance whose basis is the intended conquest of the earth by the inhabitants of Mars. In "The War of the Worlds," Mr. Wells tells us [....]

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