plural of fan
Supposedly popularized in the summer of 1943 at Mecon, a convention in Maine.
[by analogy with men, plural of man]
1940 Voice of the Imagi-Nation (#8) Aug. 7
Gentlefan (plural; Ladys & Gentlefen).
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.
Open Letter to Members of FAPA in Fan-Dango (#3-A) 12 Dec. 1
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.
Review of the Science Fiction Fan Publications in Startling Stories Summer 94
The laugh’s on the non-fen for supporting space devoted to activities completely unconnected with their interests.
Letter in Planet Stories Nov. 111/1
C'mon fen, let’s sit down and write to the radio stations about this.
Letter in Planet Stories Nov. 112/2
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.
Bimbos of Death Sun xii. 165
But why tell me, Bob? I'm fafiated. It’s been years since I've dared associate with fen.
Fallen Angels 19
A public venue was naturally out of the question; and very few fen owned homes large enough to house even a small con.
Fallen Angels 89
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.
Two Paths to Fantasy Studies in Fafnir #4 (iss. 3–4) 7
Francis T. Laney, in Fan-Dango
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1952 cite from a letter to Planet Stories by Paul Nowell.
Geri Sullivan submitted a 1944 cite from the Fancyclopedia.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from Ralph M. Holland's "Ghu's Lexicon".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1977 cite from Susan Wood's magazine column "Propellor Beanie".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from a letter by Tom Jewett in Planet Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from a letter by Radell Faraday Nelson in Planet Stories.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1943 cite from Francis T. Laney, in the zine Fan-Dango.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1940 cite for the form "Gentlefen", from the zine Voice of the Imagi-Nation.
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