[Ads-l] science-fiction, the 1897 and 1898 uses

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 4 09:57:58 EST 2021


The concatenation of "science, fiction, and poetry [or 'drama']" is pretty
common in 19th century newspapers.  "Fiction" usually follows "science" in
such phrases.

JL

On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 8:31 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> The 1897 one, cited in OED as from Pharmaceut. World should read from
> Pharmaceutical Era [1]. That's by Harry B. Mason. Evidently, there is more
> than one U.S. contemporary with that name. Probably "ours" is Harry
> Beckwith Mason (1874-1930), a pharmacist, author, freemason and resident of
> Detroit, having built a house at 2184 Burns Ave. (now zip 48214).
>
> The 1898 science-fiction use (that mentions "microbe" twice), in Bulletin
> of Pharmacy [Detroit], as noted, has "H. B. M." as the author in the
> immediate previous book review, mentioning. Likely the same person.
>
> Maybe irrelevant, among several comparisons of two words;
> Pharmaceutical Era again, Sept.1, 1892, p146/1:
> To one versed in medical science, fiction and drama present some
> ridiculous contradictions. In the novel a hero is given a dose of poison
> that never fails in real life to produce instantaneous and fatal, but in
> the course of half an hour, ...a heroine arrives...hero resumes his normal
> condition....
>
> SG
>
> [1] For the text, in a literary column, with considerable context:
>
> https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Pharmaceutical_Era/GtTmAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=%22remarkable+science-fiction%22&pg=PA592&printsec=frontcover
> [
> https://books.google.com/books/content?id=GtTmAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&edge=curl&imgtk=AFLRE709vsgNGZTFh8Fry-ZeBzVKXdkG7gTwNjn_gyme-MVY4YrTwGj_BtRaOazVYHqCs4thccmivqi6rtAqHBoFVfytULtDTFBw-_x6N_j3JOrJigM5gj2bisrm17zy6JrqHwzj0pPh
> ]<
> https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Pharmaceutical_Era/GtTmAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=%22remarkable+science-fiction%22&pg=PA592&printsec=frontcover
> >
> The Pharmaceutical Era<
> https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Pharmaceutical_Era/GtTmAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=%22remarkable+science-fiction%22&pg=PA592&printsec=frontcover
> >
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