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A zine put out by (and usually for) members of an SF club. Can be anything from a simple meeting notice to a full-fledged general circulation fanzine.

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a colophon is:
"An inscription placed usually at the end of a book, giving facts pertinent to it's publication." As is often the case, fans got it backward and so generally put the colophon in front of their fanzines. Wherever it's placed, it contains the editor/publishers' name(s), address(es) (sometimes telephone and/or fax number(s) and/or e mail address(es)), the name of the fanzine, the issue number, copyright notice (if any) and anything else a creative zine editor may want to put in it. The _classic_ neofanpubber's mistake: pub your entire issue without a colophon, return address or any other indication of who is responsible or where comment is to be sent. (rb)

Change of Address.

Convention. (KR)

Convention committee. (KR)

Either a prophylactic or all the people who attend conventions, or possibly both. (rb)

A first-hand report of a convention, on the net or in a fanzine, tending toward the anecdotal; in most cases, the intent is to entertain rather than provide information, so they don't aim to tell you about every item on the program, just what the writer did and what others said and did in interacting with him/her. (KR)

Change of On-line address.


  1. Mimeo correction fluid.
  2. Name of the first rotating annual ongoing convention for fanzine fans, unless you count the earliest Worldcons; the other regular fanzine fan convention is called Ditto. (rb)

What members of Claude Degler's Cosmic Circle were to be called. No telling what women were supposed to be called, for all that they had a presumably Significant Role in Claude's scheme for fans to rule the sevagram, i.e., serving in the "love camps" in the Ozarks at which fans mating with fans would produce slans. (rb)

What many fans call a media con put on by mundanes whose only purpose is to make money. Does not have panels, dance, parties, art show, or anything to make it a "real" con in the traditional fannish sense. (SD)

CRItical FAN ACtivity. Some aspect of fan activity deemed more important than others, i.e., meeting your minimum activity (see MINAC) requirements in an amateur press association at the last possible moment. Coined by Charles Burbee and usually (but not always) used with self-satirical intent. (rb)

Surprised/dazed/brought up short. "I was croggled when you said you used peanut butter in lieu of mimeo ink in my Gestetner." (rb)

Archaic term coined by Dean A. Grennell, most often used in the frequently repeated interlineation: "If you don't like the taste of Crottled Greeps, why did you order them?" DAG subsequently revealed that "crottle" is a term coined by some cartoonists to indicate the little "bubbles" that appear near a cartoon character's head to indicate that s/he is intoxicated. (rb)

After Walter J. Daugherty, a member of LASFS in the 1940s who was often satirized by Insurgents Charles Burbee and Francis T. Laney for his grandiose schemes that never came to fruition. Hence, any fannish project that is so overblown that it is highly unlikely to be brought to a successful conclusion. (rb)

Someone who remains a member of an apa by meeting only the minimum activity requirements, usually badly and at the very last minute. Sometimes it's implied that there's a degree of "fudging" going on as well, e.g., writing and publishing the required number of pages, only in 14 point type. Or printing four lines of bad verse per page. (rb)

To resume fanac after gafiating. (rb)

Generally an affectionate (not necessarily derogatory) sobriquet for a professional writer. (But make sure you know them and that they know your intent; see comment with "FEELTHY HUXTER".) (rb)

An issue or mailing of an apa; short for "distribution". Also:
disty-wisty-pooums, umpkin, chicken salad sandwich. Started out being used by local apas associated with local clubs, where more copies were handed out to people in attendance than were actually mailed. (NL)


  1. (n.) Brand name of a particular spirit duplicator.
  2. (v.) To reproduce via carbon/spirit reproduction.
  3. (n.) Name of the second annual convention for fanzine fans, provided you don't count early Worldcons as being so; the other is called Corflu. (rb)

Do Not Print (or, for Net purposes, Do Not Post). This is more important in fan etiquette than in netiquette; in the latter, it is presumed that it is Bad Form to quote someone else's email on a bulletin board or news group, although some people still sometimes make the error of doing so. While letters technically remain the intellectual property of the writer, most newspapers, magazines and fanzines assume anything submitted to them is for publication. Saying, "The following is DNP..." indicates, at least in fandom, that you are withdrawing any implicit permission to print that part of your missive. (rb)

1. Do Not Quote; see DNP. Something given to you with a DNQ attached means the information is for your eyes only and is not even to be talked about to your best friends. To be absolutely iron clad, try "The following is DNP/DNQ." Commentary:
Breaking someone else's DNQ or DNP can mark you as the kind of person who is untrustworthy; at the same time, it must be obvious that the DNQ/DNP can be misused to bad purpose, i.e., it's a great way to slander someone behind their back. What to do if someone you hardly know slanders one of your best friend in a DNQ/DNP to you? One possibility is to advise the person that you consider them back stabbing low life cowardly scum and warn them that you will abide by the DNQ/DNP one time only; if they persist and continue to send you their charges under DNQ/DNP, they have been warned and you are free of any obligation to keep their charges secret or not to attribute it to them..
2. Title of a newszine edited by Victoria Vayne and Taral Wayne McDonald. (rb)

Down Under Fan Fund. A fund which helps send a North American fan to attend either the Australian Worldcon or National Convention and, in alternate years, helps send a fan from Australia/New Zealand to attend a Worldcon or NASFIC in North America. Founded on the model of TAFF, the first winner was Lesleigh Luttrell in 1972. Two or more fans run against each other in any given DUFF race; fans pay a voting fee to cast ballots, and donated items are auctioned to offset the costs. After attending the convention, the winners become administrators of DUFF for the next two years (one electing a fan to come to their country, the next electing a fan to go across the Pacific and replace them as administrator on their return). The administrators are responsible for distributing and counting the ballots and act as liaison with conventions, either where items are auctioned or benefit DUFF or where the winners of a given race are to attend. Costs for this lengthy travel being what they are, in many cases DUFF has only been able to defray most but not all of the delegate's expenses. See TAFF. (D&LZS)

1. A boost to the ego. Having a letter or article published, being on a panel, being talked about favorably in a conreport, etc. The fannish medium of exchange. See: Egg O'Bu in THE ENCHANTED DUPLICATOR.
2. The title of a fanzine published by John D. Berry and Ted White. (rb)

(after "L. Ron" Hubbard, pulp sf writer who invented [the word is chosen with care here] the "science" of Dianetics and "religion" of Scientology) Bronzed Lemon spoof awards for the Worst Sf Novel, Worst SF Film, Worst Contribution to SF, etc., given by the British Columbia Science Fiction Association (now called West Coast Science Fiction Association) at their annual SF convention "V Con" beginning in 1971. E.g.: John Norman (of GOR novels fame) has won 15 Elrons to date (1995).

As the cost difference between Third and First Class mail in the U.S. narrowed and eventually disappeared altogether, large (24pp+) and regular (bimonthly/monthly/biweekly) fanzines generally became a thing of the past. With few exceptions, large fanzines with an editorial, contributions of articles, columns and essays and a lettercolumn fell to publication schedules of quarterly at best, which reduced their sense of immediacy. Small "personal" editor-written fanzines could be published more frequently, but lacked a sense of participation. Enter the "ensmalled" fanzine, in which the editors put an editorial, an article or column or two and a lettercolumn into no more than 8pp. This could be mailed at the same rate as a first class letter. FAST & LOOSE, PONG, IZZARD and WIZ were some of the better early titles, to which APPARATCHIK has been the heir. (rb)


Jack Speer became one of fandom's earliest historians, introducing his Numbered Fandoms concept in the '30s, initially covering First Fandom, Second Fandom and Third Fandom, and following up on it with the concept of Interregna in the original Fancyclopedia. But fairly early on, Speer discovered he hadn't started his history of the microcosm early enough...so, on revising his original, he dubbed this earlier period "eofandom" and the fans who were active there became "eofans". Its usage makes it possible to write a sentence which makes perfect sense when read but seems like nonsense when spoken: "An eofan is not a neofan." Also see "Numbered Fandoms" (rb)

There have been three at Worldcons, two major/one minor, all of which ultimately drew negative responses from fandom.

  1. At the 1939 NYCon I (the first worldcon), the Triumvirs who were running the show (Moskowitz, Sykora and Taurasi), citing "conflicts" which had occurred at the Newark con brought on by Don Wollheim and other NY Futurians, ultimately denied entry to six NYFS membersó-Wollheim, Lowndes, Kornbluth, Gillespie, Pohl and Michel. Although the Triumvirs had talked about the possibility of doing this, actually doing so was apparently an on-the-spot decision made when attempts to negotiate failed (Wollheim and Moskowitz could not agree upon terms allowing their admission) and upon discovering of some "Michelist" (essentially pro-Communist) fliers which the group intended to distribute. At least four Futuriansó-Kyle, Wilson, Rubinson and leslie perrió-were not barred. The reaction of fandom as a whole, while not pro-Futurian, was very definitely anti- Exclusion.
  2. The mini-Exclusion did not take place until the next time a world convention was held in New York, 1956, when this time the con chairman was Dave Kyle excluded those who had not purchased a banquet ticket from hearing the GoH talk by Al Capp or any of the rest of the proceedings. See "Balcony Insurgents."
  3. Six years later, the Pacificon committee banned Walter Breen; the committee felt they might be held liable if he were to seduce an underage male fan there. At around the same time, Breen was blackballed by the 13 members of FAPA needed to drop him from their waiting list; more than half FAPA's 65 members voted to reinstate him (the argument being that, whatever his sexual orientation, Walter was unlikely to seduce anyone in a organization whose activities take place via the mails) and he took on a de facto membership when he married Marion Zimmer Bradley. Despite numerous protests and boycotts by some, he was not allowed to attend the Worldcon. Pacificon chairman Bill Donaho outlined the committee's actions, detailing incidents which had been observed regarding Walter which fell far short of seducing youths but gave some people pause, in a pre-convention fanzine called THE BOONDOGGLE. The resulting fandomwide War is thus often referred to as the Boondoggle or the Breen Boondoggle. Although his behavior at conventions both before and after Pacificon were beyond reproach (unless you count the offer of floor space in the room of Ted and Sylvia White at SeaCon to the young Gordon Eklund as a pass), Breen did write the authoritative book on man-boy love and died in prison a convicted pederast. (DE/rb)

Electronic fanzine; a publication whose primary medium is electronic.(e.g., _Cyberspace Vanguard_, _E-Views_, &c.) (KR)