a science fiction fan, esp. one regarded as non-serious, or devoted more to fandom than to science fiction itself; cf. sercon adj.
1953 Pamphrey (FAPA mailing #65) Nov. 1
That machine is nothing to scare a great big faan like you.
The vast majority of fiction in fanzines today consists of ‘faan fiction’ concerning other fans and fannish doings, rather than amateur science fiction.
Letter in Amazing Stories May 137/1
1961 Science-Fiction Five-Yearly Nov. 31
I am a faaan.
The noisy teen-aged fan with the helicopter beanie and collection of BNF autographs…[is] called a faaan.
Handy Phrase-Book in Fannish in Worlds of If Oct. 66/2
‘Faan’ in SF slang refers to those who hang out at SF conventions but rarely read the literature.
On Books in Asimov’s Science Fiction Aug. 108/1
A fan, or to give him his full title, a ‘sercon fan’, is serious and constructive, whereas a ‘faan’ contributes chiefly his presence and a taste for signed copies.
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