filking n.

among science fiction and fantasy fans: the writing or performing of filk songs

SF Fandom

  • 1983 Amazing Stories Mar. 17/2 page image

    While the singers were amateurs before getting paid for these recordings, they were excellent amateurs. If you want more information about filking, write to me in care of this magazine.

  • 1987 San Francisco Chronicle (Electronic ed.) 5 May

    Five years ago, they began recording some ‘filking’ sessions at conventions.

  • 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 27 Larry Niven Michael F. Flynn Jerry Pournelle bibliography

    His fingers fluttered through a few traditional tunes: jigs and reels and such; then he started in one some serious filking.

  • 1993 SFRA Rev. May 35

    Also included is QF’s convention schedule and information on filking fanzines which are available from other sources.

  • 2008 SF Conventional Calendar in Asimov’s Science Fiction Jan. 142

    GAFilk…. Atlanta GA. Filking (SF and fantasy folksinging).


Research requirements

antedating 1983

Earliest cite

review of filk-related tapes in Amazing Stories

Research History
Added to the OED in March 2002.

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