One of the many mysteries surrounding the origins of science fiction is when this word was used first and who invented it: it was my understanding that both "scientifiction" and «science fiction» were coined by Hugo Gernsback, with "scientifiction" being the older brother that "science fiction" came to replace later.
Recently though I discovered that «science fiction» might have deeper roots and even date back to the 19th century.
So I did a little research of my own and found out that Gernsback came up with «scientificion» in 1916 but I haven’t been able to find when "science fiction" was used first: Merriam Webster even says it goes back to a few years earlier (1911) but this clashes with what I’ve learned over the decades by reading hundreds of forewords, prefaces, introductions and essays on this genre.
So it brought out some questions:
do you know when Gernsback (if it really was him) coined the term "science fiction"?
can you direct me to the article, story, novel where he used this definition for the first time?
similar as the previous, can you help me find the article, story, novel where Gernsback used the word "scientifiction" for the first time?
I’ve already checked this question on this site but this answer doesn’t solve my doubts (it raises more of them if anything) and this other answer cites the German Wikipedia, that proposes 1929 as the year Gernsback used "science fiction" for the first time, which is closer to my memories: but still, it doesn’t say where exactly (article, story...).
Can you help me on the issue?