Science Fiction Fandom
by Joe Sanders
November 1994, 312pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-23380-7
$86, £64, 72€, A123

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.

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.

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