On "scifi" versus "science fiction"
Calling SF "sci-fi" was somewhere on the annoying faux pas spectrum between calling San Francisco "Frisco" around the city's natives and making dramatic spooky ghost noises after a horror writer told you what he/she wrote.
The decision of a certain network to call itself The SciFi Channel (and now, just SciFi) didn't seem to change things much.
However, in recent years I've been seeing increasing numbers of not just casual SF readers but writers referring to science fiction as "sci-fi".
Have times changed? Or have the old guard just given up trying to explain that sci-fi is seen as a bit of a condescending term amongst many people who write the stuff?
Edit: Yes, plenty of people who enjoy science fiction books, movies, and TV shows have always called the genre sci-fi. What I'm checking on is to see if it's become/becoming a socially acceptable term in the science fiction publishing community, because back in the day sci-fi was a loaded term that carried with it connotations of bug-eyed monsters, flying saucers, square-jawed spacemen and other oft-seen-as-juvenile tropes.