a sercon fan; a sercon item, sercon activities
sercon…Originally the business or serious sessions at conventions. Now also applied to a fan who plays a ‘skeleton at the feast’ role. One who discusses the sordid details of some fan activity instead of following the trufan motto: Let’s pretend they aren’t there and maybe they'll go away.
Let’s suppose your fan activities are confined to writing scholarly treatises on the Sources Used by H.P. Lovecraft in creating his Cthulhu Mythos…or dull articles on fannish history…. In this case, you may very well be dismissed as an eggheady old Sercon.
Zenith was what is known as a ‘sercon’—a serious and constructive publication about sf.
Chuck laughed. ‘Sercon,’ he explained. ‘Serious and constructive activities.’
The sercons always seemed to have their eye on approval from some non-fan body, but I can’t think who that would be. The Arts Council? Were they worried about ‘reputability’, whatever that may be?
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