Full record for SMOF n.

Definition a fan who is very active in (usually science fiction) fandom and in particular with organizing conventions
OED requirements antedating 1978
Earliest cite W. Tucker 'The Neo-Fan's Guide to Science Fiction Fandom'
Comment From the initial letters of Secret Master of Fandom.

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. James Birdsall submitted a cite from a 1979 reprint of a Phil Foglio cartoon in "Startoons"; we would like to check the 1976 original. Jack Chalker has indicated that he coined the term in correspondence with Ted Johnstone/Dave McDaniel in late 1962, and that it began to spread into general use during 1963. We would like cites from any material related to that year's Worldcon that contain the term, as well as any other antedatings. However, the cites from "The Neo-Fan's Guide to Science Fiction Fandom", if verified from 1955, would antedate this.

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Citations for SMOF n.

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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.)