UK nature essayist Robert Macfarlane on ''cli fi'' -- He used it out loud in a speech he gave in 2013 at the Man Booker Prize ceremony where he did the introduction:
''It was an exhausting and fascinating journey. Along the way we met ghosts, priests, scientists, missionaries, soldiers, mothers and many, many murderers – most of whom had fancy prose styles. We read sci-fi, spy-fi, cli-fi, lit-fic, hist-fic, screwball and gumshoe. We passed through landscapes of great strangeness. We were by turns appalled, amazed, saddened, bored, confided in and betrayed.''