in the near future; quickly; very soon
Often used ironically, with the sense ‘eventually; at some point’.
Real Soon Now When the MSFS/DSFL was going to have: a convention, a decent fanzine, an active membership, a properly run meeting and many other fine things that didn’t quite happen. Term created by Martin Alger in 1950 to describe the excitement evident in the voice of George H Young when he spoke of the con to be held in Detroit RSN.
Fancyclopedia II 137
SHAGGY #61 is supposed to be coming out Real Soon Now.
Menace of the LASFS (vol. 8, no. 1) 5 Apr. 1
Real Soon Now — Fannish promise of imminent activity, now has meaning of ‘far in the future’. Capitals denote sarcasm.
Key to the Terminology of Science-Fiction Fandom 15
1966 Yandro (#161) July 4
I’ll write to her publisher RealSoonNow, but while I'm thinking about it, I’ll just note the question here, too.
1970 Embelyon (#1) May 6
None of this ‘I’m going to write something realsoonnow when I have the time’.
1980 Southern Fandom Confederation Handbook 4 July 15/2
There was a longish for the latest issue, #43 (Mar. 1980) which emerged with some enthusiasm to return it to regular quarterly publication RealSoonNow.
1993 Anvil (#55) 1 Apr. 2/2
We got a lot of advance stuff decided, and new, bigger, updated flyers will be out RealSoonNow, and may even be included with thish.
2003 AUUGN June 8/2
To supplement these invited speakers, a Call for Papers (CFP) will be made RealSoonNow, to invite submissions from others in the Open Source / Free Software community to be involved in this event.
2022 SF Commentary (#110) July 11/2
What I plan on doing, RealSoonNow, is a separate letterzine (of a title yet to be determined, suggestions welcome) reprinting a selection of correspondence for the first 25 issues of the run.
Research HistorySuggested, and most cites supplied by, Bill Mullins.
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