fanzine

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Blend of fan and magazine. Coined by Louis Russell "Russ" Chauvenet in the October 1940 edition of his own science fiction fanzine Detours, to replace the earlier fanmag:

1940 October 6, Louis Russell Chauvenet, Detours: 
We hereby protest against the un-euphonious word "fanag" and announce our intention to plug fanzine as the best short form of "fan-magazine".

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fanzine (plural fanzines)

  1. A magazine, normally produced by amateurs, intended for people who share a common interest
    • 1950 September, Francis Towner Laney, “Syllabus for a Fanzine”, Spacewarp, number 42, page 8: 
      I don't know how many fanzines there've been, but surely no fewer than 500 different items, some running for one issue and some for several dozen.
    • 1959, Terry Carr & Ron Ellik (as Carl Brandon), “The Tin Woodsfan”, in The BNF of Iz[1]:
      "Well, long ago," said the Tin Woodsfan, "a fan and I were feuding, and the fan decided to drive me out of fandom. But no one can leave Iz because of the great burning desert called Public Contempt which surrounds this fannish land, and since nobody ever gafiates while still inside the country, he had to cast a spell of immobility upon me. One day when I was chopping wood to make paper for my fanzine, he cast his spell, and there I've been until you came along."
    • 1988, Sharyn McCrumb, Bimbos of the Death Sun, ISBN 9780345483027, page 9:
      Maybe a few dozen hours of collective neofans, all reading him fanzine press at once, would cure him of these paternal instincts.
    • 2013, Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, volume 1, ISBN 9780826463210, Fanzines, page 227:
      The US jazz magazine Coda began in 1958 as a 12-page mimeographed fanzine, put together by its editor and a team of volunteers working for beer and pizza.

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