The purpose of the Fancyclopedia, not fully realized, is to define all expressions, except nonce-words, which have an esoteric meaning in fantasy fandom, and to supply other information, such as that on Esperanto, which may be needed to understand what fans say, write, and do.
Fancyclopedia II was published in 1959 -- the first copies were distributed at the Pittsburgh WorldCon, in fact -- and is now out of date, though many of the articles in it are still valid if you allow for the time difference. So far efforts to replace it with an update are still in draft form.
The purpose in posting it to the Web is (1) to allow corrections and
emendations to be made to Fancyclopedia II itself, and (2) to generate
suggestions for new topics to go into Fancyclopedia III, not to mention
turk volunteers willing to prepare draft articles for
Fancyclopedia III. Remembering how much work Cy2 was, I can't
imagine Joe Siclari wants to write Cy3 all by himself.
-- Dick Eney
Science fiction fandom began in the 1930s, when readers of the pulp magazines began to write to each other. While very loose, its members identify with fandom and with each other, and know many other fans.
We hope that Fancyclopedia III will be a collective enterprise of all of fandom. Based on the previous works by Jack Speer and Dick Eney, it is to be written by fans who want to contribute.
Unlike Wikipedia, Fancyclopedia is to be an edited encyclopedia. Your editors will impose their own iron whim on content, style and presentation. Nonetheless, like Wikipedia, fans are free to contribute and edit topics, suggest authors, and argue with the editors on matters of content, style or presentation
-- Mark Olson, Editor
-- Joe Siclari, Chairman
-- Jack Weaver, Webmaster
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