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Science Fiction Fandom FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Science Fiction Fandom.

This FAQ about Science Fiction Fandom was compiled and written by Vicki Rosenzweig vr@panix.com with numerous contributions by others.

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Vicki Rosenzweig.

Minor cleanup; thanks to the vigilant eyes of Sharon Sbarsky, Philip Chee, and David Goldfarb.

-1. What is this newsgroup about? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
First of all, science fiction fandom. That ...
-2. But where's the science fiction? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Discussions of written science fiction (novels and ...
-3. What other fannish newsgroups and mailing lists are there?
uk.people.sf-fans is a newgroup focusing on ...
-4. So, is anything off-topic here? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Two answers, one long, one short:...
-5. Can I post my e-zine or convention report to this group? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
If you think it will interest us, sure. If it's very long, ...
-6. So, why do you all post this endless chat? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Basically, science fiction fandom is a loose community of people,...
-7. I don't want chat, I want information. Can I find it on the Web? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Quite a bit of it, yes. http://fanac.org/index.html is a ...
-8. Where else can I find out about upcoming conventions? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
The SF-Lovers Conventions Listing ...
-9. You said it's social. Do I have to know you folks already? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
No. Think of it as wandering into a party that your neighbor ...
-10. How do I introduce myself? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Any way you like. You can do a formal delurk--Hi, I'm Z, I'...
-11. What is a RASSEF Award? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
This is one of the ways people say Hey, that was a really ...
-12. Who gives out RASSEF Awards? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Anyone who has been sufficiently moved by a great post....
-13. Can I give out RASSEF Awards? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Yes.
-15. Where can I read RASSEF Award-winning posts? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
There is no specific archive, but you can always try using Google'...
-16. And what is a RASSEF Gold Star? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Aahz Maruch introduced this term for posts he thinks ...
-17. Why do the subject lines have nothing to do with the contents of the posts? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Because people are lazy. Given the chatty nature of ...
-18. Is this a family newsgroup? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Well, it seems to have a bunch of cousins, but no spouse ...
-20. Okay, who is Patrick O'Brian? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
The author of a series of novels about the British Navy, ...
-21. Why all the Jewish minutiae? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Why is this newsgroup different from all other newsgroups?...
-22. What's the difference between beer and ale?
(by Mike Cheater, with minor editing by Vicki Rosenzweig): ...
-23. Why do people worry when someone's name is the subject of a post? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Because that type of subject line may convey the wrong message....
-24. What defines an sf convention?
A science fiction convention is a gathering of the tribe, or ...
-25. Are "media conventions" sf conventions?
This one is open to debate. Most fans, regardless of ...
-26. What's the difference between a "membership" and a "ticket"? (sf conventions)
Attitude, either that of the buyer or of the organizers. If ...
-27. What is the Worldcon? (sf conventions)
The Worldcon is, in some sense, the center of ...
-28. How do I join? (Worldcon - sf conventions)
You join by sending money for your membership to any ...
-29. I can't afford the amount for the upcoming Worldcon, and would like to find a less expensive membership. Or, I want to transfer my membership, can I do that here?
Yes. As the Worldcons approach, there are people who ...
-30. What is whinging?
This wonderfully expressive term seems to be primarily a ...
-31. What are TAFF and DUFF?
These fan funds (that's what the FF stands for in both) ...
-33. What is Vnn Bnt, why shouldn't I talk about her, and why are there those funny stars in her name?
She is the author of a very bad novel. She claims it is ...
-34. Avram, can we put this in the FAQ? Pretty please? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
A: Rasseff Man, Rasseff Man,...
-35. What does AKICIF mean? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
All Knowledge Is Contained In Fandom. Alternatively, and ...
-36. Are cinnamon raisin bagels real bagels?
Depends on your definitions. I think of them as real ...
-37. D? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
There are secrets of Chuck Harris with which fandom was not ...
-38. Why "You are XXX and I claim my five pounds?" (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
This started with publicity campaigns by the British *Westminster ...
-39. I think the FAQ is jes' fine, except I didn't see a single reference to Pogo or Walt Kelly in it. (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
We have met the Frequently Asked Question, and it is us!...
-40. Asterisk (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
An asterisk is the conventional footnote symbol. On rassef, [*] ...
-41. Who's Bob? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
(Your uncle.) Bob is the character in old fashioned stories to ...
-42. Who is Vicki Rosenzweig and why is she keeper of this FAQ? (rec.arts.sf.fandom)
Vicki Rosenzweig (vr@redbird.org) is a long-time fan who ...
-43. What is Mornington Crescent?
A station on the Northern Line of the London Underground. Also, ...









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