Welcome to Fanlore Project: SF Fandom! This project was created to add more of the history of Science Fiction Fandom, especially regarding how it relates to Media Fandom, and to identify tropes and other aspects of fannish history that arose from or continue in SF fandom.
This is a broad-range, sprawling topic. It covers a lot of history, and many current activities, along with the participants in those activities. However, it only indirectly relates to fanwork creation, including zines; while specific zines or other fanworks may be addressed, they're not the main focus. (However, the history of zine sales and suppression at mainstream SF conventions are definitely relevant.)
- People: SF Authors, artists, publishers, fans
- Conventions and other gatherings of fen
- Kerfuffles and imbroglios related to SF Fandom: Intense issues like Racefail, Sad Puppies, Breendoggle, etc.; convention pranks (including apocryphal ones), the endless "Trek vs Wars" debate, and flops like DashCon on the lighter side.
- Memes like Lime Jello, famous quotes used on buttons, and Propeller Beanies.
- Tropes & Genres of SF fandom
- Terminology that arose from or is used in SF fandom
- Activities like Filk, APAs, and Dead Dog parties
- Fan Clubs, both fan-created and officially/canon-sponsored.
- Movies within the SF genre, or with a strong influence on its fandom
- Books, especially SF Books, and magazines
- TV Shows, and more recently, Webcasts
- Tie-in Video games (especially shovelware)
- Fan media, like podcasts and webcomics that directly relate to SF fandom
- Merchandise and other authorized representations, like t-shirts, toys, and Disney rides.
Create stubs with reckless abandon. Create new categories when creating a page that fits within it, or when editing a page that should have it. Category titles should be plural, even if the word/phrase used to add it is singular.
Check the Fandoms by Canon Type before creating new categories; some already exist but not by the name commonly used in SF fandom. The Fan Activities category may also contain pages; make redirects as needed so that people looking for familiar terms can find them.
Upload book covers and movie poster images, preferably at smaller sizes: no more than 500 pixels wide or 1000 pixels tall. It's okay to do this even if the movie or book doesn't have a page, although it'd be better to at least create the stub with a link to the picture.
Lots of discussion on talk pages is welcome. (Discussion on main pages is not particularly discouraged; more activity is better than no activity.)
We welcome everyone who wishes to improve SF Fandom articles. You don't need to formally join our project in order to contribute, but feel free to indicate your participation by adding your name to the list of members.
History of the Project
This project was started on January 29, 2018, as one of the first few Fanlore Projects.