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From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
Article The most plastic form of non-fiction writing. Some articles are so long as to require serialization or fill an entire booklet; paragraph-length fillers may be referred to as articles. Subjects include science discussions, news of the proz (future line-ups, changes of ownership), interviews, reviews of books movies music or what have you, collectors' dope, quizzes and polls, humor and satire, biographies of fans and pros, news of fan activities and plans, accounts of fan gatherings trips and visits, whitherings, discussion and exhortation in fan feuds, reminiscences, autoanalyses, discussion of philosophical and sociological concepts, opinions on the quality of modern stfsy, and unclassifiables like hoaxes, the number of fans having the same first name, graphanalyses, and women's hats. 'Tweren't always thus; as explained under Numerical Fandoms: First Transition the field of discussion has gradually broadened until now it takes in anything the postal laws allow, and many that they don't; this despite several "back to fantasy" movements and much exhortation by people like Marion Zimmer Bradley.
From Fancyclopedia 1 ca 1944
The most plastic form of non-fiction writing. Some articles are so long as to be broken into serial parts for publication in fanzines, or fill an entire booklet; and paragraf-length fillers may be called articles.

Subjects include: Science articles, news of the pros such as future line-ups and changes of ownership, interviews with pro figures, book movie stage and music reviews, collectors' dope, quizzes, humor and satire, biografies of pros and fans, news of fan activities and plans, accounts of fan gatherings and trips and visits, descriptions of one's possessions pertaining to fandom, whitherings, discussion and exhortation in fan feuds, autoanalyses, discussion of philosophical and sociological questions (particularly in view of concepts gained from science-fiction), reminiscences of Them Was The Days, opinions of the quality of present day fantasy, odd angles such as how many fans have the same first name, and miscellany ranging from hoaxes and grafanalyses to chess and women's hats.

It was not always thus. As pointed out in our articles on the First Transition etc, the field of discussions has gradually broadened until now it takes in anything that the postal laws will allow and some things that they won't; this despite a temporary "back to fantasy!" movement in the Second Transition and a minor surge of the same sort toward the end of 1943.

See also: Fanwriting, Fanarkle.



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