prozine n.

a professional magazine, as opposed to an amateur fanzine; = promag n.

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  • 1942 G. E. Rennison Letter in Planet Stories Spring 121/1 page image

    In exchange I am willing to send you any British stuff, reprints of two American prozines, Britain’s one and only sfn. pro mag., fanzines or whatever you want that I can lay my hands on.

  • 1942 Editorialies in Le Zombie (vol. 4, no. 12, whole no. 47) May–June 3 page image

    Meanwhile, we continue to urge you to adopt a fan in service and keep him supplied with prozines. Personally, we’ve adopted Dan Wade & have been sending a batch of prozines to Hawaii weekly.

  • 1944 J. B. Speer Fancyclopedia 13/1 Jack Speer bibliography

    Completist, a dope who tries to have a complete collection in some line. The line may be as broad as having all the prozines ever published, or as narrow as collecting all the Golden Atom tales or all official correspondence during ones incumbency in some office.

  • 1944 J. B. Speer Fancyclopedia 69/1 Jack Speer bibliography

    Prozines have multiplied from the old days of the Big Three to a peak in 1939.

  • 1949 Planet Stories Fall 104/2

    We, the rabid fen, are also a good writer’s best press agents with our little fanzines and their free advertising to those people who buy STF mags. Do not underestimate fandom, Mister Hall. His idea that rabid fans are (a) few and (b) monopolizing the Vizi is also false. You may have noticed that those few rabid fans change often. Old fen get tired of writing (but not of reading—such a thing is unheard of) and new fen take their places. The letter I won the prize for was the first I had ever written to a prozine. Ray Ramsay, in the Summer ish, was a regular reader, but that was his first letter.

  • 1952 A. J. Budrys Everybody Gets in the Act in Planet Stories Nov. 111/1 (letter) page image Algis Budrys bibliography

    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.

  • 1955 R. de Soto The Revolving Fan in Amazing Stories June 75 page image Roger De Soto bibliography

    Fanzines are, as their name implies, magazines put out by fans. Such professional publications as Amazing and Fantastic are known as ‘prozines’.

  • 1958 R. M. Holland Ghu’s Lexicon 3

    Lettercol — A letter column. One of the favorite haunts of the actifans. Many fanzines have them, but in prozines they are practically standard equipment. A prozine without a letter column is a fakezine, and no trufan will buy one.

  • 1972 R. Nelson Introduction to Time Travel for Pedestrians in H. Ellison Again, Dangerous Visions 139 Ray Nelson

    Feuds, the National Fantasy Fan Federation, letters to the prozines, mimeo ink under the fingernails, dreams of the Hugo while high on corflu (which you actually have gotten, at last, old superfan), articles typed straight on stencils, frightful poems and worse fannish imitation pro fiction, costumes at cons and musical beds, hateful monster movies that we just can’t resist, Seventh Fandom, talking philosophy all night in greasy spoons, and that whole wild scene.

  • 1981 Dragon Magazine June 23/2

    These magazines are sources for communication, and if a reader is willing to deal with the quirks of the editor or some of the writers, one can often get more useful material from a semi-promagazine than from a prozine like White Dwarf, and for a lower price.

  • 1993 C. Sheffield From Pictured Urn in Quantum Spring–Summer 7/3 Charles Sheffield

    ‘Fanzine or prozine?’ Ted asked me on that first evening, when I said that I had published.

  • 1996 Interzone Sept. 37/1

    Maybe I should wait until that stopped happening before going back to the prozines.

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Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1952 cite from a letter to Planet Stories by Algis Budrys.
Geri Sullivan has submitted a 1944 cite from the Fancyclopedia.
Enoch Forrester submitted a 1981 cite from an article by David Nalle in Dragon Magazine.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1979 cite from Darrell Schweitzer's "Occasionally Mentioning Science Fiction".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a letter by G. E. Rennison in the Spring 1942 Planet Stories.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1972 cite from Ray Nelson's introduction to "Time Travel for Pedestrians".
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1993 cite from a Charles Sheffield column in Quantum, "From the Pictured Urn".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1942 cite from Le Zombie.

Rich Brown pointed out that Harry Warner's "All Our Yesterdays" states that "prozine" was coined by the fan Louis Russell Chauvenet around 1941: we would like to see cites to support this.

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