the practice or activity of being a fan; participation in fandom
In addition, you must never mention I drink. Don’t you know that if a fan is found to be doing other things tha[n] ‘fanning’, a certain dreaded clique claims he isn’t a real fan!
Quote ‘Material Is Needed’ Unquote
in Le Zombie (#29) June 4
We trust that soon, all so-inclined fans are gathered in by the pros, and then at long last we fans may rest and continue our pleasant fanning.
Editorial Dissertation at the Reader’s Expense in Le Zombie (vol. 4, no. 1) Jan. 1
My wife, for example, though a charming and rather personable red-head, can see nothing in fanning.
Laney Views the Slan Center in Fan-Dango #2 Sep. 3
Well, from my contacts in fandom, and my own fanning, I believe that most fans would be more than willing to write a letter telling all about their clubs.
Letter in Startling Stories Sept. 131/1
1954 Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine Jan. 58/2
If sufficient willing hands could be found to work in the initial stages, there seems to be little reason why a serious society should not be founded and run parallel with active fandom, which tends to take a humorous view of ‘serious and constructive fanning’.
There was a lot more going on at this Convention than just straight-line, old-fashioned science-fiction fanning.
At Bay with the Baycon in Worlds of If Feb. 41/2
2000 2000 GUFF Ballot — Australia to Europe 2
We’ve been fans all our adult lives…. We are eager to expand our fanning.
Owing to rhetorical inflation driven by overuse of the word ‘fan’…we came to need a new word for particularly obsessive fanning.
in Guardian 8 Sept. (Review section) 4/4
Bob Tucker, in Le Zombie
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from "Inquisitor" in Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from a letter by Franklin M. Dietz Jr. in Startling Stories.
Bee Ostrowsky submitted a 1940 cite from Bob Tucker, in Le Zombie.
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