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The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom
Volume One: The 1930s

The definitive history of fandom’s earliest days.  A remarkable book!
— Robert Silverberg

“…a sumptuous scrapbook of photographs, magazine covers, artwork and hundreds of articles, letters and typescripts, everything beautifully held together by the Ritters’ concise but enthralling text.”
Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“It’s as fine a non-fiction work produced by and for fandom as has ever come down the pike and I urge everyone to take a gander – especially those who would argue that cos-play is a relatively new phenomenon.
Steve Davidson, Publisher, Amazing Stories

“In the long-ago land of the ’30s, a flock of young visionaries crusaded to remake the world in the shape of their imaginations. This is their indispensable story — and ours. A much more detailed portrait of First Fandom than previously available, brought to vivid life with hundreds of rare illustrations.   I loved the book!”
John Locke, author of “The Thing’s Incredible! The Secret Origins of Weird Tales”

How did organized science fiction fandom begin?  Who were the pioneering fans that created the foundation of today’s massive science fiction and fantasy industry? What would it have been like to be a fan of this transformative genre in the 1930s?

The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom recounts the stories of the first active science fiction fans — pioneers who went on to lead the growth of speculative literature for the next several decades. Over 500 lavishly illustrated pages, this engaging and authoritative volume documents organized fandom’s origin in the 1930s. The book features:

  • Hundreds of examples of fan-created art, fanzines and correspondence, many never before published
  • Detailed commentary with fresh insight and perspective on the story
  • Original narrative comics that bring to life key events

“What an overwhelming presentation! This is a very important work.  FFE has done an excellent job of presenting a complex subject.”
Mark Wheatley, Breathtaker, Doctor Cthulittle, Song of Giants

Now shipping! A stunning 9×12 hardcover edition.
Special introductory price: $150, a savings of $50.
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The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom – Volume One: The 1930s

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$170.00


Also available as a full print-replica eBook for Kindle.
Click here to purchase the eBook on Amazon.com.

Also available now:
The Complete Science Fiction Digest
and Fantasy Magazine

Volume 1 – Science Fiction Digest
Volume 2 – Fantasy Magazine
Volume 3 – Cosmos

High-quality facsimile renderings of the full content of Science Fiction DigestFantasy Magazine, and the serialized novel Cosmos. These works are presented in three volumes and include a rich introduction presenting the history of these seminal fanzines.

Price: $300 for the set of three volumes.
Email us at info@firstfandomexperience.org for more information, or order directly using the button below.

The Complete Science Fiction Digest and Fantasy Magazine

$20 added for shipping and handling

$320.00

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