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What is PARSEC?
PARSEC is the Pittsburgh area's premiere organization "to promote awareness of the richness of speculative fiction as literature, art and music; further general education in the sciences and arts, support contribution, both scientific and artistic, to society and to espouse the enjoyment of speculative fiction as literature, art and music with others."Is PARSEC some sort of acronym?
Originally, yes it was. PARSEC stood for the "Pittsburgh Area Realtime Scientifiction Enthusiasts Club." Since then, Club was changed to Consortium because in our desire to be registered as a 501.c.3 non-profit organization we learned that the government didn't think that clubs were non-profit enough. In all our official documents, however, there is no mention of the acronym and we are simply PARSEC.Scientifiction? What kind of word is that?
In 1925, Hugo Gernsback was planning to publish a new magazine of "scientific fiction," a term that had been used to describe the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. ("Scientific Romance" had also been used.) Gernsback condensed (some say invented) the term "Science Fiction" and, in further contracting it, intended to name his new magazine "Scientifiction."Who's in charge around here?
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