fanarchist n.

a fan who shuns organized fandom; a fan who advocates for anarchy

SF Fandom

  • 1955 M. Wolf Fandora’s Box in Imagination Apr. 120/1 page image Mari Wolf

    I enjoyed reading it, but I didn’t agree at all. Guess I’m no Fanarchist at heart. To me, a soapbox makes a poor typewriter stand.

  • 1975 J. Boardman In Memoriam: David Mason [1924–1974] in SF Review (#12) Feb. 13/1 page image John Boardman bibliography

    During the 1950s Dave was active in the Fanarchist crowd—those largely New York fans who avoided both fannish and mundane politics on the grounds that fanning should be fun.

  • 2017 T. Robbins Last Girl Standing i. 30 page image Trina Robbins

    The Riverside Dive [sic] crowd called themselves Fanarchists, and most of them were anarchists, but nothing like today’s thugs who cover their faces with scarves and use any demonstration as an opportunity to break windows and set fire to cars.


Research requirements

antedating 1955

Earliest cite

Mari Wolf, in a fandom-news column in Imagination

Last modified 2021-03-16 15:20:45
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