Comic Strip by Sherlock
ST-AN by Joe Mayhew
Murphy Robinson, Q.I. by Kurt Erichsen
Program Changes -- Sunday
More Awards: Golden Duck and Sidewise
Talking Like a Trufan
Roy Tackett Roast
The panel "Talking Like a Trufan: SF Slang from the Hectograph to the Web" Thursday afternoon offered insights into the origins and uses of fanspeak. Speaking to a full room, panelists Dick Eney (publisher of the seminal Fancyclopedia II), John Hertz, Nicki Lynch, Richard Lynch, Ed Meskys and moderator yours truly concluded that fan jargon, mostly developed in fanzines in the 1950s, has changed in meaning and frequency of use but is still alive and well, with new words arising out of conventions and fandom on the Internet.
For those who missed the panel, here's a brief guide to some of the argot discussed:
- Amateur press association. A group of faneds who send their fanzines to a central editor, who collates them and distributes a complete set to each. (In electronic terms, a kind of paper-based listserv.)
- Anniversary issue of a fanzine.
- The neologisms of Forrest J. ("4SJ") Ackerman, who coined sci-fi, and advocated simplified spelling and many other elements of fan jargon.
- Bug-eyed monsters.
- Big-name fan, a fannish celebrity.
- Correction fluid.
- React with awed wonder.
- What the gostak does to the doshes.
- What are distimmed by the gostak.
- A member of fandom.
- Our happy subculture, the world of SF lovers who do more than just read or watch.
- Fan editor, one who edits a fanzine.
- Of or pertaining to fans or fandom.
- From "Gamesmanship" -- the art of convincing others you're a better fan than they are.
- Now a popular term for any kind of amateur magazine, the term was coined by SF fan Louis Russell Chauvinet specifically for those produced by fen.
- Alternate plural of fan.
- What distims the doshes.
- Someone new to fandom.
- Propeller beanie
- An item of fannish head gear. Ray Faraday Nelson identified fan characters in his cartoons with these toppers.
- Science fiction. Trufen now consider the diminutive rather derogatory, and apply it to grade B movies and such. It is often pronounced "skiffy."
- Superintelligent mutant, from the eponymous A.E. van Vogt novel. "Fans are slans."
- In general, an especially dedicated fan, but the word has a lot of controversial connotations.
- Well-known fan.
For more information on the lore and culture of fandom, visit the Fan Lounge (CC-101) and see the following panels: "Welcome to the SF Community: Enjoying the Worldcon" (noon Sunday CC-101), "Welcome to the SF Community: Making Connections" (1 p.m. Sunday CC-101), "Fandom Online" (noon Monday CC-101).