(For other Misfits, see Misfits (Disambiguation).)
The Misfits, so dubbed by George H. Young, were a Michigan-wide club, also known as the Michigan Science Fantasy Society or Michigan Science Fiction Society (MSFS, either way) and centered in Detroit. The club was the major SF club there during the 1940s and ’50s.
When Art Rapp and Bill Groover met the remnants of the Hyperboreans on January 30, 1948, the MSFS was formed, Ben Singer doing most of the organization work. (George Young promptly formed the name "Misfits" for the group.)
The uniqueness of the MSFS among Michifan groups lay in attempting to provide fan activities for everybody in the state, not just the Detroit area. During its two years of life MSFS members coined expressions (“Fanspeak,” “Real Soon Now”), pioneered in fannish publishing and philosophy (Spacewarp, Sexocracy), and set fashions for the microcosm ("Home of the Original Helicopter Beanie").
Picking a date for the end of MSFS is difficult, as the group slowly mutated from active fanac to a bowling league and overlapped with the Detroit Science Fiction League that formed after the Blowup, but it apparently had a renaissance after the Korean War.
In an ad in the Solacon PR 2 supporting its Detroit in '59 Worldcon bid, the members listed were Wm. c. Rickhardt, Frank Paccassi, Patty Paccassi, Ben Singer, Eleanore Singer, Elliot Broderick, Marlene Broderick, Dean McLaughlin, Erwin Stirnweis, Fred Prophet, George Young, Mary Young, Roger Sims, Jack Koppen, Mona Rhines, Ed Kuss, Bruce Davis, Agnes Harook, Jim Broderick, Arnim Seielstad, Orma McCormick, Howard DeVore, Sybil DeVore, Martin Alger, Gordon Black, Fred Reich, and Burt Beerman, with Art Rapp, Doc Smith and Jean Smith as honorary members.
|From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959|
|About 1948 Hal Shapiro, over objection, declared that this means "Michigan Instigators of Science Fantasy for Intellectual Thinkers Society."|
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