C’mon, enlighten me.
I’ve seen several instances on this board of people saying that the term “sci fi” is inappropriate for some reason. See these:
[ul][li]Must All Science Fiction Be Epic?[/li][li]Sci Fi for kids[/li][li]What Turned You On To Science Fiction?[/li][li]Who is your favorite author?[/li][li]Can Hollywood Make a Good SF Film?[/li][li]Sci-Fi genre intro?[/li][/ul]
I vaguely recall hearing a few “discussions” of this matter in college here and there. But none of them stuck.
Seriously, I’m confused. I’m 34 and I’ve been reading sci fi, aka science fiction, aka those books with the funky covers, since I could read. I’ve been going to cons, in real life and online. I’m on mailing lists. In other words, I’m hardly out of the loop.
I really, truly, fundamentally do not understand what the problem is.
Seems to me that “sci fi” is an abbreviation. English is filled with abbreviations. It makes as much sense to me to say “sci fi” as it does to say “con”. Why is “sci fi” different?
One of the links posted above said that “SF” was more appropriate than “sci fi”. Since “SF” is just another abbreviation, why is it preferable? (No quibbles about abbreviation vs. initialism vs. acronym, please.)
And somebody said that “sci fi” is a term used by lazy editors. Well! :o I’m an editor. My firm stance on abbreviations is that if they’re understood and defined, use 'em all you want. It’s efficient.
And yet another person said that “SF” was the preferred abbreviation on book spines. Umm, isn’t that entirely logical given the limited space on book spines?
Can somebody explain what the problem is, please?
Please note that I will continue to use the term “sci fi” at my whim.
PS – Mods, I kinda thought this was a poll, so I put it in IMHO. If you think it should go elsewhere, kindly move it. With the strong feeling this topic seems to generate, it may be a great debate!