(1) A Catchphrase
An initialism for There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Pronounced "tan-staffle." It has been popular as a fannish catchphrase since it appeared in Heinlein's novel, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Heinlein may have been first to initialize it, but he did not originate the phrase.
(2) A Fanzine by Marc Ortlieb
(3) A Club
TANSTAFFL was a club at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute in Troy, NY which fl. 1974. It is unclear if "TANSTAAFL" was somehow made to be an initialism for a longer formal club name.
(4) An Apazine by Peter Smurl
(5) A Fanzine by John Godwin and Gary Grady
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