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Synonyms: Goshwowboyohboy
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Goshwow is a term used in science fiction fandom to describe excessively enthusiastic, uncritical fen. It was based on a LOC from 1939 that was quoted by a Time magazine reporter; sf fans were annoyed.[1] So annoyed, in fact, that they remembered the incident fifteen years later; it is referenced in The Enchanted Duplicator.[2][3]

The term can also be found in media fanzines such as Interphase, but appears to have fallen out of use.


  1. Goshwowboyohboy - Fancyclopedia 3, Archived version
  2. The Enchanted Duplicator - Chapter 11, Archived version
  3. Carrington, Andre. Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.