Science Fiction Fandom
Many prominent science fiction writers, artists, and editors began as s.f. fans. This is the first book to survey fandom's history, its worldwide manifestations, and its range of accomplishments, including clubs, fanzines, and conventions. These essays explain fandom as a social phenomenon and describe its contributions to modern science fiction.
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Many prominent science fiction writers, artists, and editors began as s.f. fans. This is the first book to survey fandom's history, manifestations, and accomplishments, including clubs, fanzines, and conventions. The 24 essays are divided into sections that consider the following: the types of people who become fans and the satisfactions they receive; the development of fandom in America; fandom in Europe and the Orient; social interactions in the form of local clubs or wider-drawing conventions; and long-term results in the form of beginning professional careers in writing or publishing, exercising critical attention, and so forth. The writers of these essays have all participated in the activities they describe. The book also contains a glossary, an annotated bibliography, and an index. Overall, this book gives a detailed look at the most important facets of a fascinating subculture that has contributed significantly to the direction of modern science fiction.
- Table of Contents
Preface by Joe Sanders
Roots of Fandom
Why is a Fan? by Juanita Coulson
Fandom as a Way of Life by Robert Coulson
Fandom in America
The Origins of Science Fiction Fandom: A Reconstruction by Sam Moskowitz
Fandom Up to World War II by Robert A. Madle
Wartime Fandom by Art Widner
Fandom between World War II and Sputnik by Harry Warner, Jr.
Post-Sputnik Fandom (1957-1992) by rich brown
Alternative Fandoms by John and Bjo Trimble
Variations and Echoes
British Fandom by Terry Jeeves
Science Fiction in Europe: A French Perspective by Pascal J. Thomas
The European Echo: Science Fiction Fandom as a European Movement by Roelof Goudriaan
Fandom in China by Wu Dingbo
Science Fiction Fandom in Japan by Masamichi Osako
Fan Clubs: An Example by F.M. Busby
The Science Fiction Convention Scene by Hank Luttrell
Science Fiction Conventions: Behind the Scenes by Tom Whitmore and Debbie Notkin
Long Term Results
A History of Fanzines by Harry Warner
Amateur Press Associations: Intellectual Society and Social Intellectualism by Bernadette Lynn Boskey
Into the Aether, Junior Spacepersons! by Richard A. Lupoff
An Apprenticeship: Artist by Jack Gaughan
The Fan Presses by Robert Weinberg
A Science Fiction Collector by Howard DeVore
Contributions to the Critical Dialogue: As an Academic Sees It by Russell Letson
The Fan as Critic by Sandra Miesel
Bibliography and Glossary
Science Fiction Fandom: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography by Joseph D. Sinclari
Glossary of Fanspeak by Joe Sanders and rich brown
This text has many uses. As a teaching tool, Science Fiction Fandom can be used to introduce literary students of the genre to the subculture built upon that genre. For the academic interested in science fiction, this book creates an awareness of the incredible amount of non-academic scholarship regarding the genre. For the neophyte interested in joining the subculture's activities, it can serve as a guide to the various aspects of participation and an introduction to some of the subculture's members, history, traditions, mores, and jargon. If you are a longtime science fiction fan, this book unquestionably belongs in your collection.
...this is a book for which we have to be thankful. Science Fiction Fandom will make a fine starting point for any student of SF who wants to know what fandom is about.