All-Night Fandom

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If you stay up partying till dawn at a convention, you've made All-Night Fandom.

The phrase also refers to a largely Midwestern group of fans who frequently did so in the 1970s through '90s, especially at Midwestcon. Once all the room parties had shut down, you might find these fans drinking coffee in Martha Beck's room, or heading out to a 24-hour doughnut shop in the wee hours. The Midwesterners traditionally outlasted effete fans from the East and West Coasts, though now being old fen and tired, they don't see dawn's early light so much any more, either.

Die-hard members of All-Night Fandom go out for breakfast once the sun rises.


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