Timeline of Science Fiction Fandom

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Fandom: Science Fiction Fandom
Dates: 1926?-
See also: Timeline_of_science_fiction (Wikipedia)

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  • 1818: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
  • 1843: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Early time travel, alternate universe, and ghost plots.
  • 1864: Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • 1895: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Early time travel plot.
  • 1897: Auf Zwei Planeten (English title: "Two Planets") by Kurd Laßwitz. SF novel describing encounter between humans and a Martian civilization that is older and more advanced.
  • 1898: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Early Martian invasion plot.



  • 1920: R.U.R. by Karel Čapek. Czech SF play and origin of the word robot.
  • 1922: Die Macht der Drei by Hans Dominik. German SF novel set in the future (1955). Using powerful futuristic technology, three people try to prevent a war between the U.K. and the U.S. while an American villain with hypnotic superpowers works against them. (Sequel: Atlantis, 1925)
  • 1924: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. Banned in Russia and first published in the U.S.; one of the earliest futuristic dystopian novels.
  • 1926: In the U.S., Hugo Gernsback publishes Amazing Stories, the first sf magazine.
  • 1927: Metropolis, one of the first feature-length SF films, made in Germany by Fritz Lang.




  • 1951-May 1953: Sixth Fandom era. Later numbered fandoms are contested.
  • 1953: The first Hugo Awards are given at Worldcon.
  • 1953: German publishing house Pabel starts published a SF novel series called Utopia, which leads to the introduction of the term Science Fiction in Germany by 1954. The stories were mostly translated from American works because the German publishers were reluctant to publish anything by a German.[2]
  • 1954: The Enchanted Duplicator, possibly the best known work of faanfiction, is printed.
  • August 04, 1955: The Science Fiction Club Deutschland is founded. This date is regarded as the beginning of German science fiction fandom.[3]
  • 1957: Another German publisher, Arthur Moewig Verlag, starts publishing a series of mostly translated American works. The series is called "Terra".
  • 1958?: Marion Zimmer Bradley starts writing Darkover stories.
  • 1958: British Science Fiction Association is founded.
  • 1959: Fancyclopedia II is published.





  • 1992: FedCon, now Europe's largest Star Trek and SF convention, is founded.
  • 1999: The Matrix is released.




  • April 2015: The Hugo Awards nominations are gamed by an online conservative coalition in Puppygate


  1. ^ THE FIRST EVER CONVENTION. ROB HANSEN'S FAN STUFF website. text reproduction of THE STORY SO FAR, a 1987 Worldcon publication. (Accessed 4 January 2012)
  2. ^ Eckhard Schwettmann. Allmächtiger! Faszination Perry Rhodan, 2006, p. 64.
  3. ^ See The German Science Fiction Award. (Accessed 23 December 2013)
  4. ^ German science fiction fantasy and pulp literature in Israel, 2012. (Accessed 23 December 2013)
  5. ^ Monitor-Magazin 1969: Perry Rhodan, WDR: 1969, YouTube 23 June 2008. (Accessed 23 December 2013)