More recent reference: Then, by Rob Hansen
|from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959|
|A fan who lives in England, nacherly; but here by "England" we understand the whole of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Anglofandom resembles and has many links with US fandom , but is somewhat more adult in point of age and less plagued with the fuggheaded sorts of serconnishness… the latter, no doubt, being due to the former.
Since the hiatus of the Second World War the evolution of Anglofandom has been considered as paralleling that of US Fandom, for no very sound reasons. Earlier, however, Doug Webster marked out a series of distinct fandoms in Britain. (See Numerical Fandoms.)
First Fandom, Webster style, was marked mainly by interest in science and science-fiction, and their fanzines were marked by pseudoCampbellism, news of the pros and proz, fiction imitating professionals, and suchlike. Carnell, Gillings, Manson, Meyer, et al were the chief members of First Fandom, and were mainly interested in the foregoing subjects and also in social questions.
Second Fandom included Webster's own type of fans; CS Youd, Burke, and others, who are interested in many things (good literature, swearing, women, atheism, and phonetics) more than in science-fiction; they replaced First Fandom (to which they were a partial reaction) about 1939, and offered a sharp contrast to the sociological emphasis of the original British fans.
Third Fandom comprised the younger fans that appeared in wartime Britain, once again interested mainly in such science-fiction as they could get, and supporting the idea of a British general fan organization (the BFS) which the sophisticated Second Fandom had outgrown. Historically inclined Anglofen would perform a worthwhile service by continuing the analysis to a later date.
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