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POLL: Is The Term "Sci-Fi" Pejorative?


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Covert Walrus writes:

"Sci-Fi" is often *used* pejoratively, so I said yes.

It's much the same as "Nappys" for Napoleonic's, really.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
no, it is not pejorative
159
89%
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yes. it is pejorative
13
7%
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no opinion
7
4%
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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP observes:

My heavy science-fiction reading was in the 70s. That was in the era of the New Wave and all that stuff. Hoity toity critics kind of sneered at "sci-fi," and considered it mindless fluff.

The stuff that the critics read was called "sf." They did not wish that to mean "science fiction." Oh, no. That meant "speculative fiction." (Whatever that meant.) Sci-fi included such low brow stuff as space opera, pulp, andů well, you know.

Later, when the science-fiction movie craze kicked off with Star Wars, they were all considered "sci-fi."

So, do you consider "sci-fi" an insult? Is it synonomous with "low brow"?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.