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>>>>Also, hard core science fiction fans distinguish between ersatz "sci-fi" (of the Star Trek, Star Wars variety) and "real" SF. The term "sci-fi" is considered a pejorative.

Wil: It depends on the individual. My wife and I used to attend the occasional SF convention, until we got tired of the attitude of many of the geeks who live and die SF. One so-called "fan" actually had the nerve to tell me that I wasn't a real SF fan unless I attended x number of conventions a year. Never mind the fact that I have read thousands of SF books and stories over the years, or watched practically every SF movie ever made, etc. As far as I'm concerned, he was more fanatic than fan.

By the same token, anyone who gets offended by the term Sci-Fi is taking themselves (and the genre) way too seriously. There is no hard and fast definition that Sci-Fi = schlock and SF = good writing. I use both terms interchangeably and if anyone is offended by my use of the term Sci-Fi, well, screw them. There are far more worrisome problems in the world to get worked up over, IMO....

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