Full record for mundane n.

Definition a person who does not share the interests of a particular group of enthusiasts (used esp. among science fiction fans).
OED requirements antedating 1955
Earliest cite D. Knight in 'Science Fiction Quarterly'
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from Gene Wolfe's Aussiecon Two Guest of Honor speech, in a 1995 reprint of "Castle of Days". Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from Fancyclopedia II. Jeff Prucher submitted a 1988 cite from an article by William Relling, Jr. in Horrorstruck. Alistair Durie submitted a 1955 cite from an article by Damon Knight in Science Fiction Quarterly.

SF sense added to OED3 in March 2003. Earliest cite in the OED database was 1959.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for mundane n.

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1959 R. H. Eney Fancyclopedia II 48 Dressed-up Mundanes , hackwork in which fantastic elements could be replaced with non-fantastic ones without changing the plot essentially.
1988 W. Relling Adventures in Scream Trade in Horrorstruck Mar.–Apr. 41/1 That's one of the things I've noticed at cons. You hear the name ‘mundanes’ bandied about a lot. There are the ‘fans’ and the ‘mundanes.’ The mundanes read Shakespeare and Joyce Carol Oates; they don't just read the latest gore novel.
1989 Nova Express Spring 10/1 The Demon Barber and I played Shock the Mundanes. The door would open up and we would start a sentence in mid-imaginary conversation, like—‘Of course, they never found the body.’
1992 G. Wolfe Aussiecon Two Guest of Honor Speech in Castle of Days (1995) 429 Some have announced with even greater pride that they never read fantastic literature, or that they haven't read a word of it for the past five or ten years—that they are in fact closet mundanes.
1994 Interzone Mar. 26/2 Have you heard the term “mundanes”? It's a throwaway word for everybody but “us fans gathered here today.”
1998 Interzone Feb. 45/1 Readers and writers believed that the genre, if lacking the power of specific prediction, was still somehow better aware of, or more attuned to, the future, and that its enthusiasts were better prepared for the future than the mundanes.