completist n.

one who wishes to have or collect complete sets of something

SF Fandom

  • 1940 ‘D. Wilson’ Strictly Public in Science Fiction Weekly (vol. 1, iss. 3) 1 Apr. 4 page image Richard Wilson

    We’ve been thinking for quite a while that Something Ought to be Done about the deluge of comic books that is slowly but surely driving completists crazy.

  • 1944 J. B. Speer Fancyclopedia 13/1 Jack Speer bibliography

    Completist, a dope who tries to have a complete collection in some line. The line may be as broad as having all the prozines ever published, or as narrow as collecting all the Golden Atom tales or all official correspondence during ones incumbency in some office.

  • 1953 Science Fiction Newsletter Winter 13

    Ozzie needs little introduction, other than that he is the remaining half of Prime Press, and a genuine completist.

  • 1954 ‘A. Boucher’ Recommended Reading in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Dec. 91 Anthony Boucher

    Robert Shafer’s THE CONQUERED PLACE (Putnam’s, $3.50) is a long and pretentious ‘serious novel’ on the s.f. theme of the future occupation of the U.S. by an unnamed but obviously Russian military force, and I regret to say that it fails equally as fiction and as extrapolation; for completists only.

  • 1992 Science Fiction Age Nov. 16/3

    The imbalance in this ratio makes it hard for me to recommend this collection to anyone but Resnick completists, inveterate fans of ‘good-natured fluff’.

  • 1993 SFRA Rev. May 74

    This one for Bova completists and lovers of Analog-style short fiction.

  • 1994 Interzone Jan. 60/1

    Stretch-marked expansion of 1963 short story, readily available elsewhere… For completists only.

  • 1996 SFX May 89/5

    Have you already bought Whirlwind and Goblins? Are you the sort of completist who’d happily buy them again just because they’ve been repackaged as a single volume?

  • 2009 E. Flint Preface in Grantville Gazette V 1 page image Eric Flint bibliography

    For bibliophiles, collectors and completists, it was all very easy. Gazette 1 (electronic edition) became Gazette I (paper edition).


Research requirements

antedating 1940

Earliest cite

'J. Bristol' Fancyclopedia

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from a book review by Anthony Boucher.
Bill Mullins submitted a cite from the Winter 1953 Science Fiction Newsletter, published by Bob Tucker.
Geri Sullivan submitted a 1944 cite from the Fancyclopedia.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2009 cite from Eric Flint.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1940 cite from Science Fiction Weekly.

The earliest cite in OED database is 1955.

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