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West Coast Science Fantasy Conference. Westercon 36 - Page 70. July 1, 1983 - July 4, 1983. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 16, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/677/show/653.

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West Coast Science Fantasy Conference. (July 1, 1983 - July 4, 1983). Westercon 36 - Page 70. Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/677/show/653

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Title Westercon 36
Creator (LCNAF)
  • West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
Date July 1, 1983 - July 4, 1983
Description A program book for Wetsercon 36/Westerchron.
Donor Leiber, Fritz; Leiber, Justin
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction conventions
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Science fiction
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Leiber, Fritz
  • West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
  • Tenn, William
  • Austin, Alicia
  • Knight, Damon
Subject.Name (Local)
  • West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
  • Whitmore, Tom
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • San Jose, California
Genre (AAT)
  • brochures
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 34
ArchivesSpace URI /repositories/2/archival_objects/5306
Original Collection Fritz Leiber Papers
Digital Collection Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/1984_003
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Title Page 70
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Transcript WELCOME TO FAISDOM! Being a Brief and Elegant Narrative Description of a Contemporary Socio-Cultural Phenomenon, Together with Suggestions for a Successful Entry into the Ethos, Mores and Behavior Patterns of the Sub-Cultural Milieu by Sarah Goodman This is addressed to those of you who are new to the world of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Fan. Presumably you are interested in some aspect of Science I Fiction or Fantasy: literature, art, cinema, drama, what-have-you. So, you came to Westerchron, seeking like-minded souls, but now that you're here it's all a little baffling. As you stand there in the middle of the hotel lobby you are surrounded by I a seething mass of individuals (some of whom look pretty weird) who seem to know what the expletive-deleted is going on. What, you are asking yourself, is the difference between a fan (plural: fen) and I someone who just reads (or watches, or whatever) Science Fiction and/or Fantasy I (SF/F for short)? Fanac, of course. Fanac is fannish activity, and includes, besides reading (et cetera) the stuff: writing, editing and publishing fanzines (see glossary); membership in various fannish clubs and societies; correspondence with other fen; collecting SF/F books, magazines, fanzines, memorabilia, stuff, junque, and good stories to tell in your old age; going to, helping with, or even (shudder) running SF/F conventions (or cons). Since this is a convention program book, cons and convention fandom are the subject matter. If you are interested in other aspects of fandom, ask around. Most fen indulge in several varieties of fanac and will be glad to share their experience with you (often at great length). FANNISH BEHAVIOR Like any sub-culture, fandom has its own particular customs, traditions, ethos and mores. Many are just extensions of the larger society of which we are also members; you don't have to be a fan to know that it's not nice to beat up little old ladies, kick puppies or create a public nuisance by littering. Some behavioral requirements are strictly fannish, at least in that they deal with situations that you are not likely to encounter in the mundane world. For instance: 'WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A NAKED PERSON?" 3 You may have noticed that some of the fen around you are wearing strange garb, funny clothes, or weird costumes. Some of these get-ups are exhibited in the masquerade, while others are just worn around the halls. Some resemble space 1. All the rest of you who are reading this because you are in a long line and left your book in your room, or to see what dumb things the author has to say, or because you (like most of us) will read anything, welcome along. 2. By now you may have noticed a quaint patois creeping into the discussion. Don't be dismayed. Your friendly native guide will serve as translator, and there is a glossary on page 76 3. Note: Once upon a time this section would have been titled "What Do You Say to a Naked Ladv?" Fandom, in its earlier days, was a primarily male hobby (or way of life—see glossary) and "femmefans" (another obsolete phrase) were rare birds indeed. Now the ratio of sexes is evening out, sexism is considered un-fannish and passe at best, and fans of both sexes can enjoy the fun of costuming. IT'S ABOUT TIME 71