|Definition||a science fiction fan who adheres to the ideals and practices of fandom|
|OED requirements||antedating 1954|
|Earliest cite||W. Willis & B. Shaw 'The Enchanted Duplicator'|
|Comment||Leah Zeldes submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of Walt Willis' and Bob Shaw's "The Enchanted Duplicator"; Geri Sullivan verified the cite in the 1954 first edition. Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from Ralph M. Holland's "Ghu's Lexicon". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1979 cite from Darrell Schweitzer's "Occasionally Mentioning Science Fiction". Jeff Prucher submitted a 1972 cite from Ray Nelson's introduction to "Time Travel for Pedestrians". Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from "Fancyclopedia II". Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1978 article, "Star Trek Lives: Trekker Slang" by Patricia Byrd.
Besides any antedatings, we would be interested to see any cites for this term outside SF fandom.
|Last modified||6 July, 2008|
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|1954 W. Willis & B. Shaw Enchanted Duplicator 26||On either side of him were numerous parks and gardens, great and small, and of varying types of beauty, and in them walked shining, godlike figures whom he knew to be Trufans.|
|1954 W. Willis & B. Shaw Enchanted Duplicator (1978) 258||On either side of him were numerous parks and gardens, great and small, and of varying types of beauty, and in them walked shining, godlike figures whom he knew to be Trufans.|
|1958 R. M. Holland Ghu's Lexicon 3||LETTERCOL - A letter column. One of the favorite haunts of the actifans. Many fanzines have them, but in prozines they are practically standard equipment. A prozine without a letter column is a fakezine, and no trufan will buy one.|
|1959 R. Eney Fancyclopedia II 164||In connection with TAFF a furor arose over the definition of a Trufan, the active faction insisting that a trufan exhibit his quality by some sort of fanac—crifanac for choice—while others maintained that nomination to or interest in so stefnistic an enterprise as TAFF was sufficient to prove fannishness.|
|1972 R. Nelson Introduction to Time Travel for Pedestrians in H. Ellison Again, Dangerous Visions 139||You and I were there, and George Young and all those other truefans, and we were all underage and we were all (except you, who don't drink) drinking beer and playing the electric bowling machine, and the manager came around and started asking for I.D. cards, and you had on a suit and tie and a large, literary-looking pipe, and when they came to you, you said, ‘They're all right. I'll vouch for them.’|
|1977 S. Wood Propellor Beanie in Algol Spring 43/1||Trufen reprint Walt Willis columns; superfan Hughes recently printed a new Willis column presenting the Irish Legend's return to fandom, at the 1976 Eastercon, after an 11-year gafiation.|
|1979 Sci. Fiction Rev. Jan. 31/1||But it has come to our Noble Editor's attention that SFR is sold in enough bookshops and the GALAXY ads have netted enough ‘outside’ customers that a large percentage of you, Dear Readers, are not Trufans, or even aware of what fandom is, beyond the vague sense of the term.|
|1991 L. Niven et al. Fallen Angels 89||Without Tremont J. Fielding—3MJ as he was known to all trufans—and his sprawling mansion, Minicon might not have come off at all.|