(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.

It was a byword of the Ann Arbor sf club the Stilyagi Air Corps, for obvious reasons.

(2) A Fanzine by Marc Ortlieb

A fanzine published by Marc Ortlieb in Australia.

(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) A Clubzine

The club had a similarly-named clubzine.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 May 1981 6 ed. Leah Zeldes
October 1981 8

(5) An Apazine by Peter Smurl

TANSTAAFL was an apazine published by Peter Smurl for Myriad in the mid-70s.

(6) A Fanzine by John Godwin and D. Gary Grady

A fanzine published by John Godwin and D. Gary Grady.

Issue Date Pages Notes
6 December 1968
7 February 1969

(7) A Fanzine by Jeff Westbrook and Larry Tucker

A fanzine published by Jeff Westbrook and Larry Tucker.

Issue Date Pages Notes

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