(1) The plural of fan
Fen is the irregular plural of fan. (Man is to men as fan is to fen. But fans is okay while "mans" isn't. Go figure.) Also neofan/neofen.
The terms are used interchangeably, but there's a sense that fen is somewhat more fannish, being unique to fandom, and therefore especially useful when distinguishing between fans, meaning "members of fandom,"and fans, the mundane term meaning "fanatics" or "followers" or "blowers of hot air" (not that we don't have plenty of those in fandom, too).
The plural was popularized after Art Widner, Louis Russell Chauvenet and Norm Stanley, the only three members of MeCon in 1943, solemnly voted in its adoption.
|from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
|Plural of fan, by analogy with man/men; it came into wide use after a Maine conference solemnly voted its adoption. But the term is not universally accepted, and some dislike it.
|from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
|Alternative plural for "fans", which came into general use after the Mecon solemnly voted its adoption.
was the title of a fapazine
published by James Kepner
in the mid-1940s.
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(3) The Fannish Educational Network
was a Chicago
-area organization headed by Dick Smith
that sent out various fanzines
at educational postal rates during the 1980s and '90s. It was revived to sponsor Operacon
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