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.]
What do you know about the mental outlook of an adult slan, whose intelligence is three hundred percent higher than a normal human being?]
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.]
Editorial: Little Slan, What Now?
The most important thing about a fan gathering is that the slans can get together with their own kind of people.
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.
A. E. van Vogt 'Slan'
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