The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom

Volume Two: 1940

The second volume of The Visual History reveals the evolution of science fiction fandom in one of its most pivotal years.

As 1940 dawned, America was recovering, poised between the Great Depression and entry into World War II. Science fiction fandom was growing up.

Cover art by Mark Wheatley

With maturity came new levels of confidence and accomplishment. Fans asked profound questions of themselves and their peers: Are we special in some way, smarter or more perceptive than others? If so, what does that mean for our role in society? How should we respond to the troubles in Europe? Should we unite under a single banner? 

Fans traveled more often, and farther. The central event of the year – the 1940 World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago – spurred sojourns from both coasts and across mid-America. Fans gathered and traditions that persist to modern times were established.

All of this comes to life through the words of fans as they wrote them at the time, the passions and fears and aspirations they voiced, the images they drew and the journeys they described. As rich a year in the life of fandom as ever there was, and as richly told by those who lived it.

Coming soon – preorder now!
A stunning 9×12 hardcover edition.
Over 450 richly illustrated pages, including many never-before published artifacts of the period.
Price: $195, inclusive of Priority Mail shipping to the continental United States. Order online using the “Pay with PayPal” button below.

The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom – Volume Two: 1940

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