Did you know fanzines are nearly a century old? Find out more about key events in fannish history as we celebrate Fandom First Friday!
From legal victories to sweeping social changes, fandom has helped shape our world. Some examples where fans spoke and things changed:
- The first science fiction ’zine,
The Comet, was published in 1930 by the Science Correspondence Club in Chicago. The term “fanzine” was coined by Russ Chauvenet in the October 1940 edition of his fanzine Detours. “Fanzines”
were distinguished from “prozines,” (a term Chauvenet also invented): that is, all professional magazines.
- Fans mounted one of the first letter writing campaigns to save a TV show
. It worked! Star Trek was saved from a fate worse than a warp core breach, i.e. cancellation. It returned for one more year, and of course later spawned a whole new era of Trek goodness that likely never would have been without fandom. It also led to a plethora of other ‘save our show’ efforts
- In the early 1990s, fandom went online with everyone else. The “Forever Knight” fandom
(1992-1996) is credited with having the first online mailing list for fans. Quantum Leap, Highlander, The X-Files and Due South became some of the first series to garner their own fan fiction writers and followers.
- At the turn of the 21st Century, fandom has gone participatory in whole new ways: easy posting of images and video has brought conventions and pictures from movie and TV sets to millions more fans than would have had access to it only a decade ago. From (which are also far older than you may realize!) to shared, online theorizing – everything about being a fan is more immediate these days.( Links and more thoughts on modern fandomCollapse )