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Founded during Midwestcon on Easter weekend of 1959 to organize the science fiction fans of the golden era and bring back fans who had dropped out of fandom, First Fandom was originally limited to fans active prior to 1938. The first President was Robert A. Madle.

There are several categories for membership in First Fandom. A dinosaur is one who was active in science fiction or fannish activities on or before the First World Science Fiction Convention held over the July 4, 1939, weekend in New York City. Other memberships categories are available.  Anyone who has engaged in correspondence, collecting, conventions, fanzine publishing or reading, writing or participated in a science fiction club for at least 30 years may be eligible for Associate Membership.

First Fandom presents two annual or nearly annual awards: since 1976 the Hall of Fame Award and since 1998, the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award. Most years they are presented at the beginning the Hugo Award ceremony at the World Science Fiction Convention.

First Fandom Awards Presented at Worldcon 78 - 2020

First Fandomís 2020 Hall of Fame inductee was Roger Sims. Chad Oliver was First Fandomís Posthumous Hall of Fame inductees for 202-. The Sam Moskowitz Archive Award for Excellence in Collecting has been presented to John Carter Tibbetts.


Membership dues are $15 for the new fiscal year, which started on July 1st.
Please send renewal checks (payable to Keith W. Stokes) to Keith at 14305 West 83rd Place, Lenexa, KS 66215. If you are uncertain if you are current, email


James E. Gunn, (1923 - 2020)
   James   E.   Gunn was an award-winning author, editor, journalist, anthologist, lecturer, academic, PR director, SFWA Grand Master who wrote short stories, articles, novels,  screen-plays, radio scripts, verse and criticism. Gunn was a WW2 veteran. He served as president of SFWA and SFRA and chaired juries for the Campbell Award and the Sturgeon  Award. His stories have been adapted for radio and television and reprinted in many languages. He was a member of First Fandom.

Ben Bova (1932 - 2020) 
   Ben Bova was a highly regarded and widely published author of  hundreds of award-winning books, articlesand short stories; a journalist, rocket scientist, editor, professor, member of many professional organizations, conventioneer, honored guest who knew and worked with nearly everyone in the SF field.

Phyllis Eisenstein (1946 - 2020)
   Phyllis Eisenstein wrote 6 novels and more than 40 shorter works that appeared in the   leading SF magazines of the  day, including Amazing, Analog, F&SF, Galaxy, and IASFM. She  spent much of her adult life teaching creative writing.

(Prepared by Jon D. Swartz, Special Features Editor)

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