Fiction (sometimes sf, sometimes not) about fans published in fanzines. Can be serious, humorous or both; can be about Real Fans using Real Fan Names, or about imaginary/hypothetical fans, or a combination of the two. Some have even been published professionally--Bob Bloch's "A Way of Life," rich brown's "Dear Ted," e.g., or even entire novels (Sharyn McCrumb's mean-spirited _Bimbos of the Death Sun_ or, far better, Anthony Boucher's _Rocket to the Morgue_. See "FANFICTION". (rb)


A video by Larry Tucker, with an all-star Fan cast, about Jophan's adventures at a con. (SD)


1. Forced Away From It All (i.e., not by personal choice).
2. Fell Away From It All; turning one's interests elsewhere.

Someone who doesn't read or feel any particular attraction to science fiction, or someone who did but no longer does, but who (in either event) enjoys the company of fans and fandom's social order. Some stuffed shirts, in days of old, have used the term as a pejorative--but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. (rb)

Short for fanatic. Can be applied to any devoted aficionado, but in context (such as in rec.arts.sf.fandom) means someone who enjoys (or once enjoyed) reading science fiction and/or someone who enjoys the company of sf fans. It is important to note, however, that "fan" is a slippery term that, again depending on context, might mean any sf reader or might mean only those who are involved in a particular segment of the microcosm, such as the net, fanzines or conventions, or any combination of these. This is usually qualified at the outset as "sf (reader) fan" or "fanzine fan" or "actifan" or whatever, so that subsequent usages mean the same as the subset indicated initially. (rb)

1. Fan activity.
2. The name of the second magic wand the Spirit of Trufandom touches Jophan with so as to show him fandom's inner essence (the first was called 'Contact') in _The Enchanted Duplicator_.
3. Also the title of a Hugo-winning news zine edited by Terry Carr and Ron Ellik in the late '50s/early '60s—-which, by sheer coincidence, mind you, succeeded a fannish newszine called CONTACT. (rb)

An encyclopedia about sf fandom. Jack Speer published the first one; Dick Eney published Fancyclopedia II. Work on a third is ongoing; this isn't it. (rb)

Archaic. Fanzine editor.

An ongoing conflict between individual fans, fan societies (regional or generic, e.g., "Trekkers" v. "Trekkies", skiffy nuts v. Everyone, etc.), fan societies and individuals, etc. Similar to an on-line "flame war" except that in fanfeuds there are clearly definable "sides" (albeit sometimes more than two), whereas flame wars take on certain aspects of the bar room brawl, in which "friends" are almost as likely to get hit as "foes". See: feud. (rb)

Amateur sf that all too frequently gets printed in fanzines put out by relative neofen (although some fans with more experience in the microcosm persist in their ignorance). Generally looked down upon because, with rare exception, (1) if the piece were any good it would be published in a prozine, (2) prozines already publish enough "bad" sf as it is without us adding to the total and (3) fans who write sf for fanzines learn little about writing except how to write bad sf that's "good enough" for fanzines that are trying to pretend they are prozines. There are exceptions but they are rare—-where the intent is to be short and satirical and is at least partially successful in both objectives (Clive Barnes' "Swordsman of Varnis," first published in SLANT, e.g., was reprinted in OTHER WORLDS and anthologized; it was a pastiche of ERB.) As adopted by other media fandoms, the same rules apply in spades—-the serious stuff is generally drek and not worth reading, but pastiches can be a hoot. (rb)
2. Fiction written by fans about fans and fandom. (dg)
3. Fiction set in a readymade universe, written non-commercially. This overlaps definition 1, but not all of it is by members of any organized fandom. (dg)

Fans who write the histories of fandom, publish the histories of fandom and/or are interested in the histories of fandom. (rb)

Of and pertaining to fanhistory.

The first convention/formal meeting of the Timebinders, fandom's fanhistorical society, held in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1994. Most subsequent Fanhistoricons have been held as a "meeting" at an extant convention. (rb)

1. The history of fandom.
2. Title of a fanzine published by Lee Hoffman.

Archaic. Short for fan magazine.

Archaic. A female fan.


1. (adj.) Having to do with the interpersonal/social aspect of sf fandom, e.g., fanzines, conventions, clubs, feuds, etc. Often considered to be the opposite of the pejorative form of "sercon". Fannish has also been defined as "anything two fans do together"; it implies a state of mind and generally requires a sense of humor (thus, the contrast with "sercon"). The extra "a" in "faannish" indicates a slightly more extreme case of fannishness, with greater emphasis on humor and fan doings than on sf. Up through the '60s the term was sometimes spelled with three "a"'s but the practice was discontinued because too many people felt that the resulting word could only be bleated and not "spoken".
2. "The Fannish" is also the title of the FANAC annuals. (rb)

An invitational New York fan club founded by Dick & Pat Lupoff, Larry & Noreen Shaw and Ted & Sylvia White. Most, but by no means all, members were fanzine fans; contrary to what some people have come to believe, the only real requirement for membership was that of compatibility with other members. In the mid 1960's, under Ted White's leadership, the club bid for and won the right to put on the 1967 Worldcon. (rb)

A reprint collection of fan writings. Can be a "Best of" the year, a "Best of" (or representative sampling) an individual fan or even a themed collection. Corflu has generally (i.e., but not always) published an annual best-of-the-year volume since Corflu Ocho. (RB)

The writings of fans, oddly enough.

A magazine, generally but not always amateur and non-profit, put out by one or more fans to be read by other fans. (Abbr: ZINE or FMZ [= Fan MagaZine]. UK abbreviation for "fanzine" is FNZ.) The term was coined in the 1930's, along with "prozines", by C. Russell Chauvenet. (RH)

Fantasy Amateur Press Association; the oldest fan apa in the world, founded circa 1939 and still going. However, there are mundane apas which predate those in fandom, and at least two of them--AAPA and NAPA (or American APA and National APA)--are still in existence. (rb)

1. (v.) to desire, to want; often with sexual overtones.
2. (v.) to hunt for, to acquire; "He's gone on the faunch for some bheer." [a misuse of the term, perhaps--rb]
3. (n.) a yearning; "She's got a serious faunch for chocolate." (rb)

See "Dirty Old Pro". Generally an affectionate term, but make certain that either (a) the person in question is aware of that before you use it or (b) your dental coverage includes replacement of lost teeth. Keep in mind too that even the term "huckster" is considered a pejorative in some fan circles; in the Southwest they are called "dealers" everywhere except, possibly, Las Vegas. (rb)


Obsolete. A female fan. The term, that is; female fans will NEVER be obsolete. (rb)

Plural of fan. (Man is to men as fan is to fen. But "fans" is okay while "mans" isn't. Go figure.) (rb)

"Feud", as opposed to "fanfeud", is sometimes used to refer to over-the-top in-print arguments between two individual fans, in which others may chime in but the real heat is exchanged between the two. Also see: Mock feuds. (rb)

Fandom Is A Way Of Life. A fannish philosophy opposed to FIJAGH. (KR)

1. Fandom Is Just A Ghoddamned Hobby. A fannish philosophy opposed to FIAWOL. (KR)
2. Title of a fanzine published by the late Dick Ellington. (rb)

Fandom Is A Ghoddamned Ghood Hobby. A fannish philosophy that takes the extremes of FIAWOL and FIJAGH and tries to make them meet in the middle. Espoused by Mal Ashworth and Walt Willis. (rb)

1. (n.) Folk music on SFish or even fannish themes; some even go so far as to say folk music by fans no matter WHAT the theme. The term may have originally been a 1953 typo by Karen Anderson in a SAPS zine for "folk singing". It is also believed, by others, to be an abbreviation for "filthy folk singing".
2. (v.) to perform filk music.

Someone who likes filk songs. Someone who performs filk songs. Sometimes both.

The fannish era (1933-36), as defined in Speer's Numbered Fandoms theory [which see], of course. But also a fan group, started by Don Ford, Bob Madle and others, which is made up of fans who have been involved in the microcosm, in any form of fanac, prior to 1938. It has been a social as well as a fanhistorical and continuity-maintaining group. (DE)

The Fannish Insurgent Scientifictional Association. A NYC fan club founded by Mike McInerney and Earl Evers that became a kind of "sister" club to the New York Fanoclasts, despite differing philosophical approaches: Fanoclast membership was by invitation; FISTFA was open to anyone. In its early years, FISTFA only had to compromise its open and democratic principals once--an attendee who was attempting to boil his hypodermic needles on Mike McInerney's stove, a heroin addict, was told he was persona non grata. (rb)

See Fanfeud.

1. Archaic abbreviation for fanzine(s); orig. "Fan magazine(s)".
2. Title of a fanzine published by rich brown and Alan Shaw. (rb)

1. The fanzine which is central to a Numbered Fandom, also the fanzine that most exemplifies it. See: Numbered Fandoms.
2. The title of a news zine edited by Mike McInerney and rich brown, later revived and edited by rich brown and Arnie Katz, later revived as a genzine and edited by Arnie Katz. (rb)

The second fannish Ghod, from the '30s. FooFoo (and Foo is short for FooFoo as Ghu is short for GhuGhu, the first fannish Ghod) is embodied on earth as Jack Speer, author of the first Fancyclopedia. The holy color of Foo is black, as Foo was a ghod of mimeography. See also Melvin, Ghu, Roscoe, Ignatz, Bloch, the Great Spider &c. (rb)

(n.) A more polite way of calling someone an absolute idiot. This was an in-print euphemism for use in fanzines back in the days when the Post Office felt part of their duty was to read, as well as deliver, the mail; you weren't supposed to use certain four letter words. The term was brought into fannish use by Francis T. Laney, who had Fugghead Award certificates printed up which he sent out to people he felt were deserving. In wire correspondence (which predated tape as a recording medium), where it was presumed the post awful would not go to the trouble of listening, Laney pronounced the term with the appropriate four-letter word in place of "fugg". (rb)

(adj.) really stupid.

Fandom revolving around anthropomorphized animals. "Furry" art, fiction and games. May or may not have sexual overtones. (KR)

Fan Writers of America. Open to anyone who is (a) a fan, (b) writes, (c) declares themself a member; in other words, you join fwa the same way you join fandom or become a Trufan. There are no geographical or other restrictions, although almost all members subscribe to the belief that fwa should receive most favored nations status with the SFWA, of which it is a spoof. Started at LACON II in 1984, in Ted White's room by, among others, Ted, Malcolm Edwards, Gary Farber and a cast of dozens. Fwa only has past presidents, never current presidents. New past presidents (i.e., the president for the year just past) are now chosen each year at the Corflu banquet. In typical jingoistic fashion, "America" in this context means the entire world; some UK fen have been elected fwa past president. But see FWUK. (rb/GF)

In response to FWA there was, briefly, a FWUK (Fan Writers of the United Kingdom). The late Arthur 'ATom' Thompson came up with the name, which was used more because British fans liked the sound of it rather than for particularly jingoistic reasons. (RH)