Futurians

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Fan Club
Name: Futurian Science Literary Society, then Futurian Society of New York
Dates: 1938-1945
Founder(s): Donald A. Wollheim
Leadership: Donald A. Wollheim, John B. Michel
Country based in: United States
Focus: science fiction
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The Futurian Science Literary Society, whose members are better known as Futurians, was a Brooklyn, New York science fiction fan club active in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Several of its members later became famous science fiction writers, editors, and publishers, and thus much of its drama has been immortalized in memoirs and early sf fandom histories.

The Futurians formed from a splinter group of the Greater New York Science Fiction Club who were politically liberal and interested in relating sf to the real world; the remaining members wanted to limit the scope of the club to sf and renamed their club Queens Science Fiction Club after the split.

Members included Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Virginia Kidd, Damon Knight, Cyril Kornbluth, Robert W. Lowndes, Judith Merril, John B. Michel, Frederik Pohl, Richard Wilson, and Donald A. Wollheim (founder of DAW Books).[1][2]

Isaac Asimov describes his excitement in joining the club in his memoir In Memory Yet Green.[3] Sam Moskowitz, who was president of the original club, also wrote about the Futurians in The Immortal Storm: A History of Science Fiction Fandom. Asimov remarks in his memoir that Moskowitz's book was painfully dull.[4]

In The Futurians (1977), Damon Knight reports that the club dissolved after Donald A. Wollheim sued several other members of the club for libel after they had angrily mimeographed and distributed a document ejecting him from the club. They thought that he had forced John Michel to end an affair with Judith Merril, but Wollheim later said he had no idea and thought that it was Michel's idea to break up with Merril.

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References

  1. Asimov, Isaac. In Memory Yet Green: the Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1920-1954. New York: Doubleday, 1979. Avon Books, 1980. p. 211.
  2. Futurians. Fancyclopedia III. (Accessed 20 December 2013)
  3. He quotes his diary: "I attended the first meeting of the Futurians and boy! did I have a good time." His younger self goes on to describe what sounds like excruciatingly dull club procedures, which prompts his older self to note that "I had never encountered this sort of thing before and I was fearfully impressed." Asimov, Isaac. In Memory Yet Green: the Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1920-1954. New York: Doubleday, 1979. Avon Books, 1980. p. 212.
  4. Asimov, Isaac. In Memory Yet Green: the Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1920-1954. New York: Doubleday, 1979. Avon Books, 1980. p. 209.