Collector

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Someone who has been bitten by the Kolektinbug and develops an obsessive-compulsive disorder that that drives him or her to accumulate large amounts of sf books, fanzines, prozines, sf artwork and/or other materials related to science fiction. Collectors are not necessarily fans, but fans are highly prone to the disease.

Some collectors, especially completists, collect according to a plan — all the issues of a particular magazine, for example, or all the first editions by their favorite author — but others just accumulate more and more of their obsessional objects until they have no room to move around in their houses.

Those stricken, of course, say they are practitioners of the highest and noblest form of fanac, especially when associated with compiling and publishing a detailed Index or bibliography. Such collectors are trufen and almost by definition mensches. "I might need that someday..."

Forry Ackerman was fandom’s most famous collector.

See Collecting.


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