Our roots

The FANAC Fan History Project is sponsored by the Florida Association for Nucleation and Conventions (F.A.N.A.C.), Inc. which was the organization behind MagiCon, the 50th World Science Fiction Convention in Orlando, Florida in 1992. We organized FANAC in 1987 to bid for and run the 50th Worldcon. The Fan History Project has been running for nearly 25 years, since 1994. The FANAC.ORG website was started in 1996.

Two other projects are sponsored by FANAC. The first is Fancyclopedia 3 which we started in 2010. It's where you can find articles about all aspects of SF fandom: people, places, things, events, honors and awards, conventions, slogans, clubs and most of the etceteras that occur to you.

Our latest effort, started in 2016, is the FANAC Fan History Youtube Channel. This contains recordings, primarily video, but also including illustrated audio recordings of important events and programs. You will find convention programs, filk, masquerade, Guest of Honor Speeches, bidding videos and the occasional strange fannish mystery.

The FANAC Fan History Project is devoted to the preservation and distribution of information about science fiction and science fiction fandom. On this website, you might find copies of your favorite old fanzine, pictures of Walt Willis playing Ghoodminton in Ireland or Harlan Ellison by the pool at the convention that inspired the writing of the filk song "Bouncing Potatoes", and the lyrics to the song as well. You'll find important articles, histories, and references about fandom. We catalog and provide access to material about Worldcons and other conventions, fanzines, clubs, photos, fannish references, Fan Funds, and just about anything else relate to science fiction fandom and its past. You can find information about today's fandom too, because that's tomorrow's past.

We are the archive of fandom.

Please look through the thousands of pages we have about our fannish history. Look at the index and browse through what interests you. If you are looking for a specific person, check our Cross Reference. It will link you to the page or pages where that person has some material or is mentioned.

Who are we?

All our efforts are the result of many hands. See the hundreds of names on our Contributor's List. Even if you have only been in fandom for a short while, you will recognize many names. If you provide information on a photo, or scan a fanzine for us, or help out at the table at a convention, your name will be on that list too.

The core committee has been working on this project since the very beginning:
Melanie Herz, Laurie Mann, Becky Peters, Mark Olson, Joe Siclari, Edie Stern, Jack Weaver

After you have had a chance to look at the material here at The Fan History Project, please go to our Guestbook (found at the bottom of our homepage and let us know what you think about our web site.

The intent of this site is to provide a central repository for material about Science Fiction and S-F Fandom in particular. We want to make this available to all interested people in an easily accessible form. Your comments are a great help to us in understanding how well we are doing. Your suggestions will help us to improve.


Please be aware that all of the material on this site, other than that that has been explicitly created by FANAC Inc. for the site, may be copyrighted by the authors, photographers, and/or the individuals that provided that material and that any use of the material for other than purely personal enjoyment must be cleared with the copyright owners.

The FANAC logo was adapted and used with permission of James White. It was originally used in Walt Willis' fanzine Slant.