(See First Contact (Disambiguation) for others.)
First contact became a stfnal trope for any first encounter by earthlings with intelligent aliens. The phrase is now widely used outside fandom, as well. Murray Leinster apparently coined the phrase in a March 1935 Astounding story, “Proxima Centauri,” and used it as the title of a 1945 novelette.
The fannish use to describe the first meeting of a protofan with fandom has become just “Contact,” the name of magic wand with which the Spirit of Fandom touches Jophan at the beginning of The Enchanted Duplicator, published in 1954.
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959|
|In Murray Leinster's story of that name, the first encounter of humans with intelligent ETs; by extension, with us, the first meeting of stfnist with actifan.|
|This is a fanspeak page. Please extend it by adding information about when and by whom it was coined, whether it’s still in use, etc.|