Fanhistory

(1) An Area of Study

Fanhistory is, of course, the history of fandom, an absorbing subject worth study. Timebinding forms a major component of trufandom, and has since fandom's earliest days, fans being an analytical bunch. Fans who take an almost sercon interest in fanhistory and write about it are, obviously, fanhistorians.

The two most famous fanhistorians were Jack Speer, who wrote the first stand-alone history of fandom, Up to Now, in 1939, and the first edition of Fancyclopedia, and Harry Warner, Jr., who wrote two books on fandom.

FanHistoricon, an irregularly scheduled get-together, offers programming of interest to fanhistory buffs, as, often, do the fanzine conventions Corflu and ditto. Sadly, few other conventions bother.

Some major books of fanhistory

Up to Now (1939) Jack Speer The first history of science fiction fandom was originally circulated as mimeographed fanzine in the Fantasy Amateur Press Association (FAPA). Much of the material covered in Moskowitz' is here in shorter and less vitriolic form.
The Immortal Storm (1954) Sam Moskowitz A book-length study of the Sturm und Drang in fandom in the '30s.
Explorers of the Infinite (1963) Sam Moskowitz Book of articles on the predecessors of modern SF. This does not cover fandom per se but is useful to understand the starting point out of which modern SF and fandom grew in the '30s.
All Our Yesterdays (1969) Harry Warner, Jr. A book-length study of the history of fandom in the '40s.
A Wealth of Fable (1977-1981) (1992) Harry Warner, Jr. A book-length study of the history of fandom in the '50s. The original version was published in three mimeographed volumes. A hardback version with unapproved revisions was published in 1992.
The Futurians (1977) Damon Knight A book about the Futurians which covers their pro careers as well as their fannish life.
The Way the Future Was (1979) Fred Pohl Fred Pohl's memoir of his career which includes a lot about early fandom and the the Futurians.
A History of Australian Fandom, 1935-1963 (1980) Vol Molesworth Reprinted in issues 82 to 87 of The Mentor (available at http://efanzines.com/Mentor/).
The Science Fiction Reference Book (1981) edited by Marshall B. Tymn A hefty book-length collection with an academic bent. It has nearly 200 pages on science fiction fandom.
Years of Light (1982) John R. Colombo About Les Croutch's fan days and early Canadian fandom.
Over My Shoulder (1983) Lloyd Arthur Eschbach A book-length memoir of his time in fandom and personal history of the small press publishers of which he was the one of the most successful.
Timeless Sands (1983) Nigel Rowe A history of fandom in New Zealand
Then (1988-1993, 2016) Rob Hansen A chronological history of British Fandom from its beginnings in the 1930s to the 1980s. The original mimeographed version is available at http://fanac.org/Fan_Histories/Then/. A slightly updated digital version is available at http://ansible.uk/Then/. The much expanded one-volume book version appeared in 2016.
Science Fiction Fandom (1994) edited by Joe Sanders A book-length collection on all aspects of science fiction fandom.
Australian Fan History -- 1953-1966 (~1999) John Foyster
With Stars in My Eyes (2004) Peter Weston A personal history of Weston's life in British fandom from the 1960s to 2000.
Arthur C. Clarke -- A Life Remembered Fred Clarke Includes much history of 30s and 40s UK fandom.

Fanzines with useful articles on fan history

Websites with useful fanhistory material



History from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
For that of our little microcosm, you are referred to such entries as that for Fandom and Conventions. In various fan groups historical series have been presented from time to time, as Harry Warner's "When We Were Very Young" and Dan McPhail's "From Out of the Past" articles in FAPA, Wrai Ballard's "Tiny Acorn" in SAPS, and Warner's "All Our Yesterdays" in general fanmags.

(2) An Apazine by Lee Hoffman

A fapazine published by Lee Hoffman.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 February 1956 23 The Jack Speer issue
2 March 1956 23 The Numbered Fandoms issue
3 April 1956 22 The Damon Knight issue

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