Full record for BNF n.

Definition someone who is prominent within a particular fandom (often science fiction)
OED requirements antedating 1950
Earliest cite L. Hoffman 'Chaos'
Comment From the initials of Big Name Fan.

Geri Sullivan submitted a 1959 cite from Fancyclopedia II, and subsequently submitted a 1954 cite from Walt Willis and Bob Shaw's "The Enchanted Duplicator". Cory Panshin submitted a cite from a 1962 reprint of Robert Bloch's article "How to Attend a Science Fiction Convention or the Manly Art of Self-Defense"; we would like to verify the cite in the original 1953 publication in the fanzine "Fan Warp" #1. Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from Ralph M. Holland's "Ghu's Lexicon". Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from a letter by Marion Zimmer Bradley in Thrilling Wonder Stories. Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1978 article, "Star Trek Lives: Trekker Slang" by Patricia Byrd. Bill Mullins submitted a 1950 cite from "Chaos" by Lee Hoffman.

We now have enough cites for this word (unless an antedating is found) from SF fandom. We would be interested to see any citations from "mainstream" sources, or non-SF fan publications.

Last modified 30 July, 2019

Citations for BNF 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.
1988 S. McCrumb Bimbos of Death Sun ii. 18 Monk Malone? He's a BNF. I thought everybody had heard.