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The Clubhouse: ConFusion at 40, Part 3

Immortal ConFusion was rather a bittersweet experience. I hadn’t been to the convention in years, although I attended annually from A² Relax Icon in 1974, up through my college years in Ann Arbor, when I also helped run the con. About the time I was graduating, though, All Ann Arbor Fandom Was Plunged Into War, […]

Nancy Tucker

The Clubhouse: ConFusion at 40, Part 2

I went to all the early ConFusions. The name change came about, I’m told, because Ro (who informs me her name was then still Nagey, the change to Lutz-Nagey not occurring till a few years later, with his first marriage and exit from Ann Arbor) got tired of typing A2 Relax Icon. In those days, […]

The Clubhouse: ConFusion at 40 (more or less)

This year was the 40th ConFusion. Or perhaps it will be next year. The numerology of this Michigan convention has always been somewhat doubtful, since its numbering started with 13, unless you count the initial convention the preceding year, when it wasn’t named ConFusion at all. What’s certain is that in 1973, a bunch of […]

The Slan Shack

The Clubhouse: Five words every fan should know

“I have a Cosmic Mind — now what do I do?” Fanspeak is what we call the jargon of fandom that grew up in fanzines and is still in use in the internet age. It’s full of terms that apply to sf, often taken from the pages of novels and stories, as well as words […]

Jack Speer

The Clubhouse: Common language

I said last time that I wasn’t going to debate the definition of “fan” here. But one of the most important defining characteristics of fandom is our shared language. From founding fan Forrest J Ackerman on, fen have delighted in neologisms, and, of course, language helps to define a culture. We all use a great […]