|Definition||to talk with (usually science fiction) fans about organizing conventions or related fan activity|
|OED requirements||antedating 1971|
|Earliest cite||in 'New York Times' 6 Sept.|
|Comment||Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 1995 reprint of Gene Wolfe's essay "From a House on the Borderland.", and later verified it in the 1987 first appearance in the magazine "Horrorstruck". Bill Mullins submitted a cite from a report by Robert Reinhold in the New York Times (6 Sept 1971). Leah Zeldes submitted a 1978 cite from "The Neo-Fan's Guide to Science Fiction Fandom"; we would like to verify this in the 1955 original.
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|1955 ‘B. Tucker’ Neo-Fan's Guide to Sci. Fiction Fandom (1978) 10||Secret Masters of Fandom (SMOFs) , people who consider themselves to be the real ‘rulers’ of fandom, making decisions by running fan politics. Actually, these poor fellows are suffering from delusions of grandeur. (Also, verb form: to smof.)|
|1971 N.Y. Times 6 Sept. 17/1||Except for those who wanted to gafiat, the fen of science fiction fandom for whom fiawol descended on Boston this weekend for their annual worldcon to smof and to buy old fanzines.|
|1987 G. Wolfe From House on Borderland in Horrorstruck Nov.–Dec. 20/2||From club meetings came meetings between clubs, at which members of the Outsiders might s.m.o.f. (this fan verb is derived from S ecret M asters o f F andom and indicates the forging of fannish political deals) with Insiders, and at which everyone discussed favorite stories and story concepts far into the night.|
|1992 G. Wolfe From House on Borderland in Castle of Days (1995) 406||From this letter and a hundred more like it was born‥the subculture that calls itself fandom. From club meetings came meetings between clubs, at which members of the Outsiders might smof (this fan verb is derived fromS ecret M asters o f F andom and indicates the forging of fannish political deals) with Insiders, and at which everyone discussed favorite stories and story concepts far into the night.|