Jeff Prucher jprucher at YAHOO.COM
Fri May 21 05:45:47 UTC 2010

OED and BNW both have "fanfic" only from 1976 in American Speech, so it's obviously older than that. I've also heard just plain "fic" (and writers of fanfic are called "ficcers" -- not sure which came first, there).  Since fanfic now completely transcends genre (or is itself its own genre), I gave up looking for cites for the other various forms, and most fanfic terms, since sorting out the ones originating in SF fandom (with a few exceptions that were clearly from Trek fandom) was impossible to all intents and purposes.  And then there are "fanvids" as well (made by "vidders", naturally), also not in OED or BNW, although it would surprise me not at all if the Trekk[er|ie]s didn't start that, as well.

Jeff Prucher

From: Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM>

Many of my friends write it, so I frequently see mentions and discussion,
but they usually use the shorter form "fanfic".

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On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 6:29 PM, Jeff Prucher <jprucher at> wrote:

> Brave New Words takes it back to 1939 in Wilson "Bob" Tucker's fanzine "Le
> Zombie" (online here:,
> although in that use it's specifically referring to fan vs. professional
> quality, rather than amateur writing in the setting of another's work, which
> is what people mostly mean nowadays.  There's another, largely obsolete
> sense of "fan fiction" as well, which is (amateur) fiction written about SF
> fans, which I can only date back to the 1944 Fancyclopedia, but which is
> clearly older, and may predate the other sense (it's been html-ized here:
> although the keying is not especially trustworthy).
> Jeff Prucher
> > From: victor steinbok <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM>
> > The OED has citations going back to 1944 Fancyclopedia
> VS-)
> On Wed,
> > May 19, 2010 at 4:14 PM, victor steinbok <
> > ymailto="mailto:aardvark66 at"
> > href="mailto:aardvark66 at">aardvark66 at>
> > wrote:
> >
> > A follow up on "fanboy". Several law blogs got into a
> > discussion of
> > "fan fiction". There is already a Wiki
> > entry:
> >
> >> Fan fiction (alternately referred to as fanfiction,
> > fanfic, FF, or fic) is a broadly-defined term for fan labor regarding
> stories
> > about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather
> than
> > by the original creator. Works of fan fiction are rarely commissioned or
> > authorized by the original work's owner, creator, or publisher; also,
> they are
> > almost never professionally published. Fan fiction, therefore, is defined
> by
> > being both related to its subject's canonical fictional universe and
> > simultaneously existing outside the canon of that universe.
> >
> >
> > VS-)
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