Why You Should Never Call Science Fiction "Sci Fi"

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What's in a term? Apparently a lot, if this discussion from 1997's SF Vortex is anything to go by. Never mind the excitable host. Watch the debate between writers J. Michael Strazcynski, Harlan Ellison, Yvonne Fern and Herbert Solow (the man who not only developed Star Trek as a television series, but also gave Gene Rodenberry the unfortunate nickname "The Great Bird Of The Galaxy"). In the clip below, they discuss whether "Sci Fi" demeans the genre of science fiction - and the result is oddly compelling, even if they're splitting linguistic hairs and acting like cultural snobs in the process.

[YouTube] (Via SF Signal)

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Let's start a new name for it then!

Any takers?