There are several categories for membership in First Fandom. A dinosaur is one who was active in science fiction or fannish activities on or before the First World Science Fiction Convention held over the July 4, 1939, weekend in New York City. Other memberships categories are available. Anyone who has engaged in correspondence, collecting, conventions, fanzine publishing or reading, writing or participated in a science fiction club for at least 30 years may be eligible for Associate Membership.
First Fandom presents three annual or nearly annual awards: the Hall of Fame Award, Posthumous Hall of Fame Award and the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award. Most years they are presented at the beginning the Hugo Award ceremony at the World Science Fiction Convention.
Robert A. Madle as the sole surviving full member of First Fandom, John
L. Coker III sent him the last man’s bottle, inscribed thusly: “This bottle
is reserved for science-fiction fandom’s Living Legend Robert A. (Bob)
Madle, who in 1958 suggested the idea of forming an organization called
First Fandom, a fun-loving group of science-fiction fans of the Golden
Era. Founders of First Fandom included C. L. (Doc) Barrett, Don Ford, Lou
Tabakow, Ben Keifer and Lynn Hickman. The first person to join the group
other than the founders was Robert Bloch.
2022 First Fandom Awards
The 2022 First Fandom Awards were presented at Chicon
8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago during Opening
Ceremonies on September 1, 2022. The Sam Moskowitz Archive Award was presented
to Doug Ellis and Deb Fulton. The First Fandom Hall of Fame was awarded
to George W. Price who was unable to attend. August Derleth was inducted
into the First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
Membership dues are $15 for the new fiscal year, which
started on July 1st.