slan n.

a science fiction fan: used in self-reference

[< slan, a member of a super-human race in A. E. van Vogt's story Slan; see 1940 quots.]

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  • [1940 A. E. van Vogt Slan in Astounding Science-Fiction Sept. 23/2 page image A. E. van Vogt

    What do you know about the mental outlook of an adult slan, whose intelligence is three hundred percent higher than a normal human being?]

  • [1940 A. E. van Vogt Slan in Astounding Science-Fiction Oct. 27/1 A. E. van Vogt

    They…accuse Samuel Lann, the human being and biological scientist who first created slans, and after whom slans are named—Samuel Lann: S. Lann: Slan—of fostering in his children the belief that they must rule the world.]

  • 1940 Voice of the Imagi-Nation (No. 10) Dec. 2 (heading)

    Editorial: Little Slan, What Now?

  • 1944 J. B. Speer Fancyclopedia 42/1 Jack Speer bibliography

    The most important thing about a fan gathering is that the slans can get together with their own kind of people.

  • 1959 R. Eney Fancyclopedia II (1979) 33 Dick Eney bibliography

    A confabulation is an informal meeting larger than a mere fan visit but not built up or conducted like a conference; the word is pretty near obsolete, but popular in the early 40s. The most important thing about a con is that the slans can get together with their own kind of people, perhaps forgetting their introversion for a while, and do what they want to do and fangab about mutually interesting things and develop their stfnic personalities.


Research requirements

antedating 1940

Earliest cite

A. E. van Vogt 'Slan'

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