Burlesques
from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
A broad form of satire. In fandom, they are usually based on some famous series of stories in proz or fanzines, or concern characters and situations typically found in hack stf: BEMs, PSDs, Great Scientists, muscular supermen, etc. Or they may be "fannish translations" of mundane stories/conventions. Typical of the former class are "The Frolic Apace", by Edward Elmer Campbell, in which the characters make long scientific explanations to each other and end by confessing that they don't know how it works; and "Legion of Legions", in which the hero's iron fortitude supplies the missing magnetic element for the cackle-cackle machine that saves the earth. In the latter group are things like the Ballard Chronicles and "My Fair Femmefan", in which Eliza Doolittle is rescued from N3F membership and taught to be a trufan.
from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
A broad form of satire. In fandom, they are usually of some famous series of stories in the pros, or about characters and situations very typical of hack s-f, BEMs, PSDs, mad scientists, musclebound heroes or supermen, &c. Typical are "The Frolic Apace" by Edward Elmer Campbell, in which the characters make long scientific explanations to ea/o and end by confessing they don't know how it works; and "Legion of Legions", in which the hero's iron fortitude completes the cackle-cackle machine which saves the Earth.