Subject: SF Fandom

Terms used among fans, esp. terms used to discuss fan-related activities.

Word Definition
actifan n. (1941) someone who is actively involved in fandom
Anglofan n. (1941) a science fiction fan who is a native or resident of the United Kingdom
annish n. (1938) the issue of a fanzine published on the anniversary of the first issue’s publication
apa n. (1938) an organization of (often science fiction) fans that publishes a periodical containing works by most or all of the members
apazine n. (1953) a contribution to an apa n.
BNF n. (1948) someone who is extremely prominent within a particular fandom
Chicon n. (1940) a SF convention held in Chicago, esp. the 1940 Chicago Science Fiction Convention
COA n. (1961) notification of a change of address
combozine n. (1946) a collection of zines bound or published together, esp. for distribution at a convention
completism n. (1944) the desire to have or collect a complete set of something
completist n. (1940) one who wishes to have or collect complete sets of something
con n. (1939) a convention; an organized gathering of fans; cf. -con suffix
-con suffix (1939) (used to form the names of conventions, with the first element indicating the location or (typically in informal designations) the main subject or focus of the event); cf. con n.
con crud n. (1990) an illness (esp. a cold) suffered while or shortly after attending an SF convention
condom n. (1986) the milieu of (usually science fiction) conventions
congoer n. (1954) one who attends (usually science fiction) conventions
congoing n. (1959) attendance at (usually science fiction) conventions
conreport n. (1953) a report of the events of a convention
croggle v. (1954) to astonish, bewilder, baffle
croggled adj. (1962) astonished, baffled, bewildered
crudzine n. (1947) a zine regarded as low quality
egoboo n. (1944) the gratification of seeing one’s name in print
eyetracks n. (1952) imaginary marks left on a book by the act of reading it
faan n. (1953) a science fiction fan, esp. one regarded as non-serious, or devoted more to fandom than to science fiction itself; cf. sercon adj.
faanish adj. (1959) of or relating to fandom, esp. on a superficial level; typical of a faan n.
fan v. (1941) to participate in fandom; cf. slightly earlier fanning n.
fanac n. (1952) participation in fandom, such as publishing fanzines, attending conferences, or writing letters to fanzines
fanarchist n. (1942) a fan who shuns organized fandom; a fan who advocates for individual or small-group activities
fanarchistic adj. (1944) preferring to avoid organized forms of fandom
fanboy n. (1919) a male fan (in later use chiefly of comics, film, music, or science fiction), esp. an obsessive one
fandom n. (1936) science-fiction fans collectively; the state or attitude of being a science-fiction fan
fanfic n. (1968) = fan fiction n.
fan fiction n. (1938) fiction, usually fantasy or science fiction, written by a fan rather than a professional author, esp. that based on already-existing characters from a television series, book, film, etc.; (also) a piece of such writing
fan film n. (1961) a movie made by a fan; audiovisual fan fiction n.
fangirl n. (1934) a female fan (chiefly of comics, film, music, or science fiction), esp. an obsessive one
fangirl v. (2003) esp. of a girl or woman: to exhibit extreme devotion (to) or excitement (about); to act like a fangirl n.
fankind n. (1940) fans, considered collectively
fanmag n. (1928) a magazine for fans; (specif.) = fanzine n.
fanne n. (1942) a female fan
fanning n. (1940) the practice or activity of being a fan; participation in fandom
fannish adj. (1901) of or relating to a dedicated or obsessive fan
fannishness n. (1943) the quality of being fannish
fanspeak n. (1951) distinctive language used by science-fiction fans
fanzine n. (1940) a magazine for fans, esp. those of science fiction
femmefan n. (1940) a female fan
fen n. (1940) plural of fan
filk n. (1953) among science fiction and fantasy fans: a type of popular music, commonly performed at fan conventions, characterized by the use of familiar or traditional songs whose lyrics have been rewritten or parodied (usually on themes drawn from science fiction or fantasy literature)
filk v. (1978) among science fiction and fantasy fans: to write or perform filk songs
filker n. (1981) one who sings filk songs; = filk singer n.
filking n. (1983) among science fiction and fantasy fans: the writing or performing of filk songs