First Contact

(1) A First Meeting with Aliens

Taken from the 1945 Murray Leinster novelette of that name, first contact became a stfnal trope for any first encounter with intelligent aliens. The phrase is now widely used outside fandom as well.

The onetime fannish usage to describe the first meeting of a protofan with fandom has fallen into disuse, but it's important to note that Contact was the name of magic wand with which the Spirit of Fandom touches Jophan at the beginning of The Enchanted Duplicator, published in 1954.

from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
In Murray Leinster's story of that name, the first encounter of humans with intelligent ETs; by extension, with us, the first meeting of stfnist with actifan.

(2) A Convention

First Contact was a convention held in Milwaukee in the 1990s.

The first rendition took place September 30 - October 2, 1994 at the Grand Milwaukee Hotel. The GoH was Eleanor Arnason, the AGoH was Susan Van Camp, the FGoH was Lee Schneider, the Dead GoH was Murray Leinster and the "Doer GoH" was Dennis Chamberland.


This is a Stub Convention page. Please extend it by adding information about the convention, including dates of each, GoHs, convention chairman, location, sponsoring organization, external links to convention pages, awards given, the program, notable events, anecdotes, pictures, scans of publications, pictures of T-shirts, etc.