a magazine for fans, esp. those of science fiction
We hereby protest against the un-euphonious word ‘fanag’ and announce our intention to plug fanzine as the best short form of ‘fan-magazine’.
There isn’t much room for fanzine reviews in this issue. We liked Fanfare especially, and were quite satisfied with Spaceways, VoM, LeZ, Pluto, Futurian Observer, and Fantascience Digest, which seem to have been about the most worthwhile affairs to reach us lately.
Specula March, 10¢, bi-monthly from 1426 W. 38 St., Los Angeles, Cal. You can’t go wrong with this 76 small-page fiction fanzine.
But infinite numbers of pulp paper scientifiction magazines and those curious mimeographed fan bulletins that are known by the portmanteau name of fanzines, a complete set of Fowler Foulkes, almost as reverently bound as Hilary’s, a goodly lot of Shiel and Stapledon.
Fanzine (Chauvenet), an amateur magazine published for fans. The first fanzines were club organs, published mainly for members and a few non-locals who might be interested. First important fanzine was The Time Traveller, 1932, which was absorbed by Science Fiction Digest and the combined mag shortly renamed Fantasy Magazine. Subscription fanzines blossomed thereafter at a quickening rate, and in 1937 came the newsie and around 1940 the individ fanzine.
The advertising value of fanzines to promags is negligible, for the simple reason that anyone in sufficient contact with STF to read fanmags knows all about the prozines.
Fanzines are, as their name implies, magazines put out by fans. Such professional publications as Amazing and Fantastic are known as ‘prozines’.
Zine, magazine, fanzine or prozine.
Fan magazines themselves are called fanzines (the word was coined by Louis Russell Chauvenet) or fanmags—and the plural is ‘fmz’, but don’t ask me how you pronounce it, because you don’t.
The word fanzine is a term taken from science-fiction fandom, an old, bizarre, and respected avocation of many thousands of people around the world.
I arranged with the editor of an amateur genre magazine (fanzine).
And so once, in a fanzine, I said firmly that if I should ever write a fantasy, my protagonist would be a man belonging to the alien world.
Maybe a few dozen hours of collective neofans, all reading him fanzine press at once, would cure him of these paternal instincts.
Louis Russell Chauvenet is stripped of the inventing of the term ‘fanzine’; it’s as if the term were always there rather than the result of one person’s inspiration.
Chicon gave then perennial Hugo-loser Mike Glyer recognition ‘for keeping the fan in fanzine’.
A following that encompasses five fan clubs, seven dedicated fanzines, and fan sections in all the major on-line services.
He was also the publisher-cum-editor of…the most important French fanzine of the times.
L. R. Chauvenet 'Detours'
Earliest cite in the OED: 1949.
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