Full record for neofan n.

Definition a newly recruited or newly active fan
OED requirements antedating 1950
Earliest cite Lee Hoffman, 'Chaos'
Comment Bill Mullins submitted a 1950 cite from "Chaos" by Lee Hoffman.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1977 cite from a column by Susan Wood, 'Propellor Beanie'.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from an article by Robert Bloch, "Some of my Best Fans Are Friends"
Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from Dick Eney's "Fancyclopedia II"

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Citations for neofan n.

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1950 L. Hoffman Chaos in Quandry Oct. 5 COMING NEXT ISH: A department devoted to the BNF of tomorrow. 'Twill be the neofan of today who is the Tucker or Laney of tomorrow.
1956 R. Bloch Some of Best Fans are Friends in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Sept. 55/2 Anyone who dips into an assortment of typical fanzines will find a bewildering array of neologisms and ‘running gags.’ He will learn the distinction between acti-fans (a portmanteau word which means just what you might suspect) and fake-fans (a term of mild contempt directed at those harmless parasites who hang around the fringes, reading but never writing for fanzines, attending conventions but seldom participating in the program or in the social activities). He will also encounter the neo-fan (a newcomer to the field) and the insurgents (the fun-loving crowd, who often delight in baiting those who take their hobby more seriously).
1959 R.H. Eney Fancyclopedia II 50 Since then it has been an open secret and Jacob Edwards has been used by various fen as a serconfanfiction character, usually as a good-natured neofan.
1962 D. Franson Key to Terminology of S-F Fandom 9 Neofan, Neo , new fan, usually only such for a few months.
1977 S. Wood Propellor Beanie in Algol Spring 43/1 I was a neofan, trying hard to be a real published fan, and Ginjer's account of WPSFA's descent on the Baycon made me fell that I'd been there too.
1988 S. McCrumb Bimbos of Death Sun vii. 82, I heard a couple of neofans boasting that they were going to have breakfast with him!
1991 L. Niven et al. Fallen Angels 91 “I just dropped in recently.” A neofan, then.