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January Futurian Observer first published
February 18 Stranger Club formed
Spring Denver Science Fictioneers formed
April Third Chicago Conference
July Philadelphia Blitzkrieg
1-2 Sept (Labor Day) Chicon I (Worldcon)
1-2 Sept Jack Speer distributes first Filksongs
1-2 Sept End of Second Transition and start of Third Fandom (Numerical Fandoms)
October Louis Russell Chauvenet coins the word "Fanzine" in Detours.
October Damon Knight proposes the establishment of the N3F
Fall Colorado Fantasy Society formed
November 10 Phillycon 1940
November 29 Minneapolis Fantasy Society restarted

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1940 Yearbook of Science, Fantasy & Weird FictionaAd AstraAlexei PanshinAnn CecilAstonishing StoriesBubonicon 1Burt SatzButch HoneckCaptain FutureChaosChicon 1Forrest J Ackerman's Chicon I ReminiscenceCometCometComet Stories of Time and SpaceCosmic CircleDamn ThingDenver Science FictioneersDetoursDrew WhyteEpilogueEscapeFantasiteFantasmagoriaFantastic NovelsFantasy DigestFantasy Fiction FieldFantasy FictioneerFarnsworth WrightFred PattenFrontierFrontier SocietyFuturia FantasiaFuturian LeagueGeorge C. ChesbroIvory TowerJackie CausgroveJames Coleman NelsonJohn CluteJohn McGeehanKinuko Y. CraftLe VombiteurLooking AheadLou DonatoMary TurzilloMeade FriersonMidwest MarkyNorman SpinradPhiladelphia BlitzkriegPhilip NowlanPhillycon 1940PlutoRoger SweenRon HaydockRoy ThomasSardonyxScience Fiction Fandom QuarterlyScience Fiction ProgressScience Fiction QuarterlyScience Fiction Song SheetScience Fiction WeeklyScienti-ComicsSecond TransitionShangri L'AffairesSnideStardustStrange FantasyStranger ClubSun SpotsSuper Science StoriesSweetness and LightT. O'Conor SloaneTalbot MundyThe AlchemistThe RocketThe Stranger Club by Art WidnerThird Chicago ConferenceThird FandomThomas M. DischTim DumontTomas A. EndreyTriumvirsUncanny TalesUnite — or Fie!VadjongWar in HeavenWho's Who in Fandom 1940

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