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Second Edition, Second Printing. Recommended. By David Ritter and Daniel Ritter. How did organized science fiction fandom begin? Who were the pioneering fans that created the foundation of today’s massive science fiction and fantasy industry? What would it have been like to be a fan of this transformative genre in the 1930s? This massive history recounts the stories of the first active science fiction fans — pioneers who went on to lead the growth of speculative literature for the next several decades. Over 500 lavishly illustrated pages, packed with facsimile reproductions from rare fanzines. First Fandom Experience, 2020.

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How did organized science fiction fandom begin? Who were the pioneering fans that created the foundation of today’s massive science fiction and fantasy industry? What would it have been like to be a fan of this transformative genre in the 1930s? This massive history recounts the stories of the first active science fiction fans — pioneers who went on to lead the growth of speculative literature for the next several decades. Over 500 lavishly illustrated pages, packed with facsimile reproductions from rare fanzines.

This is a massive, oversized, full color, 516-page art book. Clearly a labor of love, packed with facts. The index is EXTENSIVE; names that stand out with lots of entries include future professional writers, editors, famous fans: Fred Pohl, Sam Moskowitz, Julius Schwartz, Robert Madle (early dealer), David Kyle, John W. Campbell (editor of Astounding), James Blish, Ray Bradbury, Otto Binder, and, of course, Forrest Ackerman. Just to mention a few!

This engaging and authoritative first volume brings to life organized fandom’s origin in the 1930s, and turns it into a chronological narrative that takes you through the entire decade, including the first conventions, meets of major fans, lots of correspondence and articles, fan art (who’d become pros), etc.

The book features:
– Hundreds of examples of fan-created art, fanzines and correspondence, many never before published
– Detailed commentary with fresh insight and perspective on the story
– Original narrative comics that bring to life key scenes from the history

“It’s as fine a non-fiction work produced by and for fandom as has ever come down the pike and I urge everyone to take a gander – especially those who would argue that cos-play is a relatively new phenomenon.“
— Steve Davidson, Editor, Amazing Stories

“In the long-ago land of the ’30s, a flock of young visionaries crusaded to remake the world in the shape of their imaginations. This is their indispensable story — and ours. A much more detailed portrait of First Fandom than previously available, brought to vivid life with hundreds of rare illustrations. I loved the book!”
— John Locke, author of “The Thing’s Incredible!”

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