Science Fiction Fandom

Science Fiction Fandom

by Joseph L. Sanders


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313233807
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/21/1994
Series: Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy Series , #62
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

JOE SANDERS is currently Professor of English at Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio, where he originated several courses in science fiction and fantasy since starting there in 1972./e He is the author of numerous book reviews, articles, essays, and chapters in books. His books include Roger Zelazny: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1980), and E.E. Doc Smith (1986).

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

Social Interactions

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


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