plural of fan
Allegedly coined in the summer of 1943 at Mecon, a convention in Maine.
[by analogy with men, plural of man]
It is obvious to all of us that Degler does not represent fandom in any way, but the tone of his publications is certain to mislead young, uninformed, and impressionable fen.
Fen, alternative plural for ‘fans’, which came into general use after the Mecon solemnly voted its adoption.
The SISFA bible contains lists of new members fenbiographies by such notables as Kennedy, Kuttner and Sehnert.
The laugh’s on the non-fen for supporting space devoted to activities completely unconnected with their interests.
C'mon fen, let’s sit down and write to the radio stations about this.
All of this had become so familiar to the fen…that it scarcely seemed artificial anymore. Occasionally, back in the ‘real world’, Morgan would…mutter to himself in ‘Runewind’, causing guests to think he was an immigrant.
But why tell me, Bob? I'm fafiated. It’s been years since I've dared associate with fen.
A person could get into a lot of trouble for reading SF or for associating with known fen.
A public venue was naturally out of the question; and very few fen owned homes large enough to house even a small con.
The difference between my generation and the younger ones is also visible in finding other fen. We only found each other as adults, through magazines and sf-clubs.
Francis T. Laney, in Fan-Dango
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