An actifan (plural, actifen), short for active fan, is a fan who participates vigorously in fandom — clubs, cons, fanzines, and now the internet — by making things happen that other, lazier types (passifans) are content to just appreciate (and/or pay money for). An actifan’s crifanac typically encompasses more than one aspect of fandom.
The term is sometime used as a synonym for trufan, in the sense of one whose fanac takes place in trufandom.
Though not having its own entry, the term was used in both Fancyclopedia I and Fancyclopedia II, and dates back at least to 1942, when Harry Jenkins used it in a loc in the May issue of Super Science Stories.
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