Full record for fen n.

Definition plural of fan, used within science fiction fandom
OED requirements antedating 1944
Earliest cite 'J. Bristol' 'Fancyclopedia'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1952 cite from a letter to Planet Stories by Paul Nowell. Geri Sullivan submitted a 1944 cite from the Fancyclopedia. Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from Ralph M. Holland's "Ghu's Lexicon". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1977 cite from Susan Wood's magazine column "Propellor Beanie". Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from a letter by Tom Jewett in Planet Stories.Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from a letter by Radell Faraday Nelson in Planet Stories.
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1944 J. B. Speer Fancyclopaedia 35/1 Fen , alternative plural for ‘fans’, which came into general use after the Mecon solemnly voted its adoption.
1945 Startling Stories Summer 94/2 The SISFA bible contains lists of new members fenbiographies by such notables as Kennedy, Kuttner and Sehnert.
1952 A. Budrys in Planet Stories Nov. 111/1 The laugh's on the non-fen for supporting space devoted to activities completely unconnected with their interests.
1952 P. Nowell in Planet Stories Nov. 112/2 C'mon fen, let's sit down and write to the radio stations about this.
1988 S. McCrumb Bimbos of Death Sun xii. 165 All of this had become so familiar to the fen‥that it scarcely seemed artificial anymore. Occasionally, back in the ‘real world’, Morgan would‥mutter to himself in ‘Runewind’, causing guests to think he was an immigrant.
1991 L. Niven et al. Fallen Angels 19 But why tell me, Bob? I'm fafiated. It's been years since I've dared associate with fen.
1991 L. Niven et al. Fallen Angels 21 A person could get into a lot of trouble for reading SF or for associating with known fen.
1991 L. Niven et al. Fallen Angels 89 A public venue was naturally out of the question; and very few fen owned homes large enough to house even a small con.