Word Ways


Philip M. Cohen


Science fiction fandom, in the broad sense, is made up of those people who are interested in science fiction (SF) or fantasy. In a narrower sense, it is the amorphous group of those who do something because of that interest: attend SF conventions, correspond with other fans, publish or collect fanzines. Fandom in the narrow sense -- the Microcosm -- has developed its own vocabulary, like any in-group, and this particularly rich jargon is the subject of this article.