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actifan n. 1956 R. Bloch Some of Best Fans are Friends in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept. 55/2 Anyone who dips into an assortment of typical fanzines will find a bewildering array of neologisms and ‘running gags.’ He will learn the distinction between acti-fans (a portmanteau word which means just what you might suspect) and fake-fans (a term of mild contempt directed at those harmless parasites who hang around the fringes, reading but never writing for fanzines, attending conventions but seldom participating in the program or in the social activities). He will also encounter the neo-fan (a newcomer to the field) and the insurgents (the fun-loving crowd, who often delight in baiting those who take their hobby more seriously).
BNF n. 1953 R. Bloch How to Attend a SF Convention in Eighth Stage of Fandom (1962) 87 Think of the fun, the glamour, the excitement! Think of rubbing elbows with the BNFs!
Campbellian adj. 1958 R. Bloch Fandora’s Box in Imagination Feb. 93/2 It is a matter of solid scientific, Campbellian fact that a combination of high temperature and high humidity reduces the physical capacity of any individual; particularly his capacity for enjoyment. And if we don’t go to Conventions to enjoy them, why not save our money and swelter at home?
conreport n. 1953 R. Bloch And now, from his own typer… in Quandry May–June 18 That boy Willis has done it again! His is the Conreport to end all con reports, and for the life of me I don’t know how he does it. In English too!
conreport n. 1956 R. Bloch Some of My Best Fans Are Friends in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept. 48/2 Mr. Damon Knight, well-known writer and critic, discussing science fiction conventions in an article written last year, comments as follows: ‘I used to wonder what it was that gave the best con-reports their oddly religious tone. I see now there is no oddity involved—a convention is a religious event, a love-feast.’
conreport n. 1958 R. Bloch Fandora’s Box in Imagination Aug. 122/1 TRIODE No. 12 (Eric Bentcliffe: send subs. to Dale R. Smith, 3001 Kyle Ave., Minneapolis 22, Minn.: irreg.: 7/$1) is really an extended and extensive con-report this time, and highly informative, too.
egoboo n. 1956 R. Bloch Some of Best Fans are Friends in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept. 56/1 This is often done for purposes of egoboo (ego-boosting activity).
fanac n. 1956 R. Bloch Some of Best Fans are Friends in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept. 57/1 This, however, is only part of the story—just as fanzines and fan activity (Fanac) are only a part of the totality which is fandom.
fanmag n. 1949 R. Bloch in Eighth Stage of Fandom (1962) 16 He no longer finds time to read even the fan mags; of course, he gets very few of these because his feuds have cut him off the mailing lists.
fanmag n. 1949 R. Bloch in Thrilling Wonder Stories June 162/1 By this time, of course, what with writings to editors and reading fan-mags and writing to authors and writing fan-mags, the fan has absolutely no time left to read any more pro magazines.
fanning n. 1969 R. Bloch At Bay with the Baycon in Worlds of If Feb. 41/2 There was a lot more going on at this Convention than just straight-line, old-fashioned science-fiction fanning.
fugghead n. 1962 R. Bloch I’ll Fry Tomorrow 52 Our weekly meetings are held in a little hall downtown, and every member is required to attend. Generally, we devote a certain amount of time to discussing each other’s past fuggheadedness, and give testimony of our thanks at escaping from the clutches of organized fandom. Sometimes we have a little program with speakers, and we often invite fuggheads from other parts of the country to be our guests. You see, we have a great number of correspondents here and abroad, and many of us now print up little Fuggheads Anonymous magazines for general distribution. Our membership is limited to seventy-five at the present time, but we have about forty-two on our waiting list. Perhaps next year we'll hold a sort of get-together or convention. So, you see, I have found it easy to forget fandom. Fuggheads Anonymous has given me a new outlook.
fuggheadedness n. 1962 R. Bloch I’ll Fry Tomorrow 52 Our weekly meetings are held in a little hall downtown, and every member is required to attend. Generally, we devote a certain amount of time to discussing each other’s past fuggheadedness, and give testimony of our thanks at escaping from the clutches of organized fandom. Sometimes we have a little program with speakers, and we often invite fuggheads from other parts of the country to be our guests. You see, we have a great number of correspondents here and abroad, and many of us now print up little Fuggheads Anonymous magazines for general distribution. Our membership is limited to seventy-five at the present time, but we have about forty-two on our waiting list. Perhaps next year we'll hold a sort of get-together or convention. So, you see, I have found it easy to forget fandom. Fuggheads Anonymous has given me a new outlook.
imaginative adj. 1956 R. Bloch Some of Best Fans are Friends in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept. 55/1 Most of the dogmatically devout believers in hypnotic regression or visitors from Venus are found among those who have read little or no other imaginative fiction.
little green man n. 1940 R. Bloch in Fantastic Adventures Apr. 89 And yet I insist on writing fantastic fiction. I would write more, if it wasn’t for the littlegreen men that run out of the woodwork and pull down my socks every time I sit at the typewriter.I have managed to fool these fellows by not wearing socks, but lately they've taken to tugging atmy trousers instead.
Lovecraftian adj. 1936 R. Bloch in Weird Tales May 637 Got the March issue today, and Kuttner’s story appealed to me strongly. I deem it a fine little tale in the Lovecraftian manner.
neo n. 1956 R. Bloch Way of Life in Fantastic Universe Oct. 19/2 Your father is a wonderful man…I don’t know how I'll ever repay him for all he’s done for me. He taught me, trained me, groomed me for this step by step ever since I was just a neo in the Beanie Brigade. He says he picked me for a future President, and I often suspect he picked me for your future husband.
neo n. 1958 R. Bloch Fandora's Box in Imagination Aug. 123/1 George Wells, Box 486, Riverhead, N.Y., seeks contributions for a new fanzine with the intriguing title, THE SICK ELEPHANT; amateur and neo mss. welcomed.
neofan n. 1956 R. Bloch Some of Best Fans are Friends in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept. 55/2 Anyone who dips into an assortment of typical fanzines will find a bewildering array of neologisms and ‘running gags.’ He will learn the distinction between acti-fans (a portmanteau word which means just what you might suspect) and fake-fans (a term of mild contempt directed at those harmless parasites who hang around the fringes, reading but never writing for fanzines, attending conventions but seldom participating in the program or in the social activities). He will also encounter the neo-fan (a newcomer to the field) and the insurgents (the fun-loving crowd, who often delight in baiting those who take their hobby more seriously).
sercon adj. 1958 R. Bloch Fandora's Box in Imagination Apr. 122/1 One of the best 'zines on the market…. It’s a ‘sercon’ effort, with plenty of humor in a satirical vein. Ibid 122/2 [He] is more or less ‘sercon’ but this is (to my way of thinking) a desirable trait in a science-fiction fan—as opposed to jazz fans, sports-car fans, comics fans and other enthusiasts who are apt to decry a ‘sercon’ interest in science fiction.
Terran n. 2 1957 ‘E. K. Jarvis’ Before Egypt in Amazing Stories Jan. 74/1 Mike turned his scowl on Nicko and snapped, ‘For Christ sake, speak Terran!’