a newly recruited or newly active fan
Laney and Ron Clyne spent Sunday December 26 visiting author Albert DePina and neofan June Harris.
COMING NEXT ISH: A department devoted to the BNF of tomorrow. 'Twill be the neofan of today who is the Tucker or Laney of tomorrow.
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).
Since then it has been an open secret and Jacob Edwards has been used by various fen as a serconfanfiction character, usually as a good-natured neofan.
Neofan, Neo, new fan, usually only such for a few months.
I was a neofan, trying hard to be a real published fan, and Ginjer’s account of WPSFA’s descent on the Baycon made me fell that I'd been there too.
I heard a couple of neofans boasting that they were going to have breakfast with him!
‘I just dropped in recently.’ A neofan, then.
Fewer than 1,000 were present, and it was easy for writer or neofan to talk to leading editors and prominent writers: John W. Campbell, Anthony Boucher, Willy Ley, L. Sprague de Camp, Robert Bloch.
In addition to antedatings, we would like to see further cites of any date.
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