neo n.

= neofan n.


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  • 1956 R. Bloch Way of Life in Fantastic Universe Oct. 19/2 page image Robert Bloch

    Your father is a wonderful man…I don’t know how I'll ever repay him for all he’s done for me. He taught me, trained me, groomed me for this step by step ever since I was just a neo in the Beanie Brigade. He says he picked me for a future President, and I often suspect he picked me for your future husband.

  • 1958 R. Bloch Fandora's Box in Imagination Aug. 123/1 Robert Bloch

    George Wells, Box 486, Riverhead, N.Y., seeks contributions for a new fanzine with the intriguing title, THE SICK ELEPHANT; amateur and neo mss. welcomed.

  • 1959 Savoyard Dec. 4 (heading)

    A neo views the well-known fan.

  • 1959 Savoyard Dec. 4

    For fuggheads (who are Legion) I have withering replies; When neos make mistakes, I feel I have to criticize.

  • 1960 Savoyard June 2

    It’s a good example of how neos tend to judge better-known fans—in haste, and without being able to see things in the proper perspective.

  • 1960 Profanity Feb. 33

    It might not be a bad idea if one page of future con booklets were used for something along these lines—general guidance of the kind of behaviour expected from neos at their first con, including much of the kind of thing Len had to say here. 'Tis more than likely, were fen to know their work on behalf of the con-goer was appreciated, there might not be so much in evidence the reluctance to take on the duties of a committee.

  • 1962 D. Franson Key to the Terminology of Science-Fiction Fandom 9 Donald Franson bibliography

    Neofan, Neo, new fan, usually only such for a few months.

  • 1969 H. Warner All our Yesterdays 19

    While many fans snubbed Neumann as a neo, Bloch talked with him for hours about psychopaths and schizophrenia, topics familiar to the new fan, who worked as an attendant at a mental institution.

  • 1977 S. Wood Propellor Beanie in Algol Summer—Fall 23/1

    It’s really easy to start a genzine. All you need are a couple of neos with lots of time and enthusiasm; a couple of older fen with experience and enthusiasm (not to mention enough fannish contacts to make up a mailing-list); and a certain amount of mood-enhancers and sheer lunacy to get you to the point at which the thing stops being a great idea for Real Soon Now, and starts being a reality. A lot of crudzines are born that way.

  • 1979 Science Fiction Rev. Jan. 34/1

    Soon he is corresponding, and one day he notices how naive and unknowledgable the neos seem, and he’s a hardcore fan. It’s too late. It happens to the best of us.

  • 2005 I. McDonald River of Gods v. 50 Ian McDonald

    ‘That’s close for a NEO,’ Lisa Durnau says. See, I can do the speak too.

  • 2005 I. McDonald River of Gods xliii. 439 Ian McDonald

    The monsoon has come to this imaginary city. Najia is too proud to have watched an entire episode of Town and Country but even as a neo she recognises there are whole districts of this city of illusions the plot never visits, that have been lovingly built and maintained by exabytes of processing power merely to hold the rest together.

Research requirements

antedating 1956

Earliest cite

Robert Bloch 'A Way of Life'

Research History
Keith Stokes submitted a 1962 cite from "A Key to the Terminology of S-F Fandom".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from Bruce Pelz's apazine "The Savoyard".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1979 cite from Darrell Schweitzer's "Occasionally Mentioning Science Fiction".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1977 cite from Susan Wood's magazine column "Propellor Beanie".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1960 reprint of Robert Bloch's "A Way of Life" (followed later by citing from the original 1956 publication).
Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from a fanzine review column by Robert Bloch in Imagination.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1969 cite from Harry Warner's "All Our Yesterdays".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1960 cite from a letter in the fanzine "PROFANITY".

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