Collecting

The noblest form of fanac.

Also see: Collector, Kolektinbug, Completist.


from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959 and Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
A deep instinct of man, particularly strong in fankind. A typical old-time stf fan began by excerpting and binding the particular stories he liked best in Amazing and Weird; then, either because excerpting was too much trouble, or because he saw the desirability of having all the stories on file, began to save all the prozines without tearing them up; when fanzines came along, he saved them too as a matter of course; and eke Buck Rogers 2429 AD. The real trouble begins when you become a completist. Storage space eventually becomes a problem. Fans' filing methods vary, but they really do need to have their collections where they can be easily referred to. Scrapbooks are a common supplement to magazine collections. Part of any fan visit is inspection of the visitee's collection.