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Blend of active +‎ fan.


actifan (plural actifans or actifen)

  1. (dated, fandom slang) A person, particularly a fan of science fiction, involved in fanac or fan activity.
    • 1947 January, Startling Stories, volume 14, number 3:
      If you even read StF you'll do. You don't have to be an actifan, just so you read StF.
    • 1955 Summer, Ted E. White, “The Vizigraph”, in Planet Stories[1], volume 6, number 11, page 92:
      Really, I seem to have reversed things a little by being a letter-hack after becoming an actifan.
    • 1994, Joseph L. Sanders, Science Fiction Fandom[2], ISBN 9780313233807, page 94:
      Actifans end up feeling they're being forced to pay for other people's "good time" and realize the mere attendance of these other-media fans means they will have to pay (through increased membership fees) for things SF Worldcons once got for free.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:actifan.