fanac n.

participation in fandom, such as publishing fanzines, attending conferences, or writing letters to fanzines

[< fan activity]

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  • 1952 Chaos in Quandry (#22) July (unpaged) page image

    It is the opinion of your editor that the fan who is not up on these British mags is missing one of the most fascinating phases of fanac. Some of you fellows may not be conscious of the fanac in Britain.

  • 1956 R. Bloch Some of Best Fans are Friends in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept. 57/1 page image Robert Bloch bibliography

    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.

  • 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.

  • 1964 T. Sturgeon Introduction to Wages of Synergy in Sturgeon in Orbit 36 Theodore Sturgeon bibliography

    Into the strange cosmos of Golden Age science fiction—where first the plural of ‘fans’ was ‘fen’ and a letters' section in the magazine became a ‘lettercol’ and the activities of fen were ‘fanac’, and a fugghead was a ‘fugghead’—came Samuel Mines, from whence, fen never knew and, after a few issues, to where, few found out.

  • 1969 H. Warner, Jr. All Our Yesterdays (1972) xx Harry Warner, Jr. bibliography

    Gafia, getting away from it all; growing inactive in fandom, and as a verb, to gafiate; originally it meant the opposite, getting away from the mundane world by engaging in fanac.

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

    That was like Bruce, to evaluate everything, even her personal life, in terms of its utility to the current fanac.

  • 1991 L. Niven, J. Pournelle, & M. Flynn Fallen Angels 74 Larry Niven Michael F. Flynn Jerry Pournelle bibliography

    When Bruce raised this expedition, it sounded like good fanac.

  • 2001 Science Fiction Chronicle Mar. 51/1

    Bill was originally a ‘con fan’ and a ‘club fan’—more interested in the face-to-face socializing offered by fandom than in written fanac.

Research requirements

antedating 1952

Earliest cite

Quandry (the zine)

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from "Fancyclopedia II".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from "Ghu's Lexicon" by Ralph M. Holland.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from an article by Robert Bloch, "Some of my Best Fans Are Friends".
Jan Vaněk submitted a 1952 cite from Quandry.

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