Wednesday, 9 January 2008

The Naming of Parts

Call it what it is.

Science fiction: that genre of literature spawned from the community of writers and readers based about the magazine Amazing Stories, first published in 1926. Often abbreviated to sf, but never to sci-fi.

Sci-fi is considered a pejorative by science fiction fans. Perhaps because it's used to put down sf works by some outside the genre. It might well be time we claimed the term back for ourselves.

It's not speculative fiction. All fiction, irrespective of genre, is essentially speculative. Calling something speculative fiction (or spec fic) is just a feeble attempt at disguising its true nature. Why be embarrassed about enjoying science fiction? You can call them pommes frites, but they're still bloody chips.

1 comment:

Carl V. said...

Amen!!! I have never liked the term Speculative Fiction. I'm proud enough of the genre and have been since my youth to hold my head high and proclaim my love for Science Fiction. Those who denigrate the term and/or the literature that is labeled as such simply do not know what they are missing.