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First Fandom’s Worldcon Exhibit, Dublin 2019
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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 three annual awards: the Hall of Fame Award (since 1963), the Posthumous Hall of Fame Award (since 1994) and the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award (since 1998).  They are presented each year at the World Science Fiction Convention as part of the Hugo Award Ceremony.

First Fandom Awards Presented at Worldcon 79 - August 15, 2019

First Fandom’s 2019 Hall of Fame inductee was Ray Faraday Nelson. Bob Shaw, James White and Walt Willis were First Fandom’s Posthumous Hall of Fame inductees for 2019. The Sam Moskowitz Archive Award for Excellence in Collecting has been presented to Dr. Bradford Lyau who has been an avid collector for more than fifty years.

The 77th World Science Fiction Convention, Worldcon 77 took place in Dublin, Ireland.


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


Lester H. Cole, (1926–2019)
   Lester H. Cole, long-time beloved husband of Esther Cole; reader, correspondent, writer, book collector, archivist; conventioneer and SF club member, First Fandom Hall of Fame (2017); historian; a scholarly gentleman of many interests and great capacities who was a student and a mentor; a true animal lover; someone who had one foot firmly planted in the past with the other striding into the future.

Gahan Allen Wilson (1930 - 2019) 
   Gahan Wilson, world-renowned cartoonist; award-winning commercially-successful artist with a unique style; popular author of fiction; film critic and editor; veteran, U.S. Air Force; graduate, Art Institute of Chicago; husband, father and friend of many whose work was widely showcased for decades in prestigious publications such as National Lampoon, The New Yorker, Colliers and Playboy magazine.

Norman C. Metcalf (1937 - 2019)
   Norman “Norm” Clarke Metcalf was a SF fan and bibliographer whose publication, The Index of Science Fiction Magazines 1951-1965 (J. Ben Stark, 1968), was an important sequel to the Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1926-1950 (Perri Press, 1952), compiled by Donald B. Day.

Brad Linaweaver (1952-2019)
   Bradford Swain Linaweaver was an American science fiction (SF) fan and writer.

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

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