fannishness n.

the quality of being fannish

SF Fandom

  • 1943 Slan Center Again in En Garde (#8) Dec. 2 page image

    Few fans have any great degree of specialized knowledge or training, and where it does exist it seems to be beside the point and have little bearing on their fannishness.

  • 1952 J. Bixby Frying Pan in Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 144 page image Jerome Bixby bibliography

    We would like to tell you a tale that beautifuly [sic] illustrates this curious facet of fannishness.

  • 1959 R. Eney Fancyclopedia II 164 Dick Eney bibliography

    In connection with TAFF a furor arose over the definition of a Trufan, the active faction insisting that a trufan exhibit his quality by some sort of fanac—crifanac for choice—while others maintained that nomination to or interest in so stefnistic an enterprise as TAFF was sufficient to prove fannishness.

  • 1967 L. A. Reece Letter in Worlds of If June 159/1 page image

    To paraphrase a recent Jewish intellectual, I must take odds with Mr. Carter and expostulate that fan magazines are not only predominately anti-intellectual, but their cataleptic headache powders of frivolous ‘fannishness’ are guaranteed not to activate the social conscience, elevate the blood pressure, or agitate the colon.

  • 1969 H. Warner, Jr. All our Yesterdays 4 Harry Warner, Jr. bibliography

    The most famous science fiction writers had lives that occasionally brushed early stirrings of fannishness.

  • 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 24 Larry Niven Michael F. Flynn Jerry Pournelle bibliography

    Eventually she had had to watch what she said around him because she couldn’t be sure that he wouldn’t denounce her for fannishness to the University.

  • 1993 D. Fratz Twenty-Year Spree in Quantum Spring–Summer 53/3

    I decided that not only did comics fandom need to upgrade its level of critical discourse, but also replace its growing commercialism with SF-style fannishness.

  • 2018 M. E. Moore Fan in Brock Education Journal 27(2) (Apr.) 38 page image

    Although children have historically been excluded from much of fan-organized fandom, the idea of fannishness is intertwined with that of childishness, raising questions about maturity and seriousness in the fan experience.


Research requirements

antedating 1943

Earliest cite

Jerome Bixby, in Thrilling Wonder Stories

Research History
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1993 cite from Doug Fratz.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1967 cite from a letter by Leslie A. Reece to If magazine.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from "Fancyclopedia II".
Fred Galvin submitted cites from Harry Warner's 1969 "All Our Yesterdays".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1952 cite from Jerome Bixby in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1943 cite from the fanzine En Garde.

We would like cites of any date from other sources.

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