Full record for fan fiction n.

Definition fiction, usually fantasy or science fiction, written by a fan rather than a professional author, esp. that based on already-existing characters from a television series, book, film, etc.; (also) a piece of such writing
OED requirements antedating 1944
Earliest cite 'J. Bristol', 'Fancyclopedia'
Comment Leah Zeldes submitted a 1959 cite from Fancyclopedia II. Enoch Forrester submitted a 1993 cite from reviews by Rick Swan in Dragon magazine. Katrina Campbell submitted a 2002 cite from an article by Robbie Hudson in the Sunday Times. Ben Ostrowski submitted a 1997 cite from an article by Patrizia DiLucchio in Entertainment Weekly. Maureen O'Brien submitted a 1975 cite from Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Sondra Marshak and Joan Winston's "Star Trek Lives!". Jeff Prucher submitted a 1981 cite from James Van Hise published in Science Fiction Review.Jesse Sheidlower pointed out that there's an example in the original 1944 Fancyclopedia.

Added to the OED as a subordinate entry under "fan" in December 2004.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for fan fiction n.

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1959 R. Eney Fancyclopaedia II (1979) 56 Fan fiction , (1) Sometimes meaning by fans in the manner of pros; that is, ordinary fantasy published in a fanzine. Properly, it means (2) fiction by fans about fans (or sometimes about pros) having no necessary connection with stfantasy.
1975 J. Lichtenberg et al. Star Trek Lives! i. 23 Laura, whose ambition is to become a professional writer, has been writing STAR TREK fiction since her early teens, and was recently nominated for a Hugo Award for fan fiction for her series ‘Federation and Empire’.
1981 Sci. Fiction Rev. Summer 40/1 What fringe-fans on the Trek experience don't realize is that in STAR TREK fan fiction the concept of a character dying is quite common as this allows the writers to explore the other characters more deeply by examining their reactions to the death of an old friend.
1984 M. Moorcock Elric at End of Time Introd. 11 Triode specialized in humorous ‘fan fiction’—stories written about actual personalities in the SF field—and dates from the period in which science fiction fans did not take themselves quite so seriously as nowadays, and those who made religion from an enthusiasm were generally mocked for it.
1984 M. Moorcock Elric At The End Of Time (1985) 11 Triode specialized in humorous ‘fan fiction’—stories written about actual personalities in the SF field—and dates from the period in which science fiction fans did not take themselves quite so seriously as nowadays, and those who made religion from an enthusiasm were generally mocked for it.
1993 R. Swan in Dragon Mag. Feb. 70/3 Best of all, the editorial approach focuses squarely on the nuts and bolts of the game system, avoiding the lame fan fiction and long winded analyses that drag down so many do-it-yourself publications.
1997 Entertainm. Weekly 26 Sept. 84 Chris Carter may bar X-Filers Mulder and Scully forever from consummating their deep bond—but it's a common fantasy in the archives of fan fiction, where familiar TV and movie characters populate digital poems, scripts, short stories—even full-length novels—that span hundreds of websites and Usenet discussion groups. Readership figures are elusive, but fanfic's America Online index page has collected a half million hits in the past year.
2002 Sci. Fiction Chron. May 24/2 We're burning everything‥. The Wesley/Worf slash fanfiction sent in ‘just in case we had an interest’.