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.
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
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.