Spec-Fic (was Re: dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #7440)

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Wed Nov 12 20:46:31 EST 2003

>"Speculative Fiction", when used by me and most of the people I know, is a
>catch-all term meaning "science fiction or fantasy or horror or anything
>else that seems vaguely weird or any combination of the above".  It's just
>faster.  Admittedly, I *have* heard people use it to mean "I don't want to
>admit I'm writing (or reading) science fiction (or fantasy or horror
>or...)".  But that is not the "correct" (by my/my friends' definiton) usage.
>(Then again, we are all spec-fic writers, readers, editors, or some
>combination of the above.)

SF (meaning short for "speculative fiction") seems to be the term being 
adopted by academics who deal with the genre, too.

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