G Ordinarily a well-behaved letter, except when people talk about its "soft sound" (meaning J) or retain it in words where it's silent with us. But G has been most grievously cursed with the purple poison of Ghughu, so that any word beginning with it (or for that matter many words beginning in H or other letters) may find itself altered to start with gh-. GAFIA (Dick Wilson) Get Away From It All. This useful phrase was originally an escapist slogan, meaning the intent to withdraw from the Macrocosm to indulge in some intense fanac, but has undergone a complete reversal of significance so that now "that flash of sanity known as Gafia" refers to a vacation from fandom back in the world of normalcy, where nobody reads that crazy Buck Rogers stuff. Diagnostic symptoms are sheer boredom while trying to read proz or fanzines, allowing correspondence to pile up unanswered, and wishing that half-finished fanzines could be forgotten for a while. Oh, and we should mention GAFIA PRESS, Redd Boggs' publishing house, the source of SKYHOOK and many another worthy serious publication. GAG LINES Short, well-known sentences. Theoretically they are good for a laugh any time, if used properly; actually their meaning and function may vary considerably with the context. Gag lines famous in fandom include "The Gostak Distims the Doshes", "Goshwowboyoboy", "Yngvi is a louse", "Savage sullen defiant and contemptuous", and "Who sawed Courtney's boat?" (They never did find out.) GALACTIC ROAMERS The local for Jackson and Battle Creek Michigan, centering around 3E and Skylark Smith. They had exotic names for their officers such as Chief Pilot, Chief Communications Officer, etc. This club led to the awakening of Michifandom. It broke up when the Slan Shackers moved to Los Angeles. Not to be confused with the Galactic Roomers, the inhabitants of the Ashley apartment who later founded Slan Shack itself. GAMES Fanationalism demonstrates itself in our urge to invent in this field and thus give a stfnal tinge even to our gafia-type activities. Barsoomian chess ("jetan") as described by John Car -- sorry, I mean ER Burroughs -- was obvious and is our oldest table game, many boards and pieces having been made. SF crossword puzzles, also, appeared long ago. In the 40s Fairy Chess was known in California; it involved, among other variations, pieces of a fantastic nature. One could travel in time; one could split, like an amoeba; one could make only a single move during the course of a game. Of games involving chance John Baltadonis invented Cosmic Monopoly; Ted Tubb, Vin¢ Clarke, Ken Bulmer and a couple other British fen invented something called The Game, which was incredibly complicated but involved both chance and skill; Boskone III tested Art Widner's game Interplanetary. (An effort to commercialize Interplanetary was unsuccessful.) All of these involve trading in an interplanetary market with hazards such as space pirates, meteors, and like that. There are commercial Buck Rogers and other games which are beneath our dignity to note. It should be observed that all these games are really just adaptations of games currently popular in the Macrocosm, given a stfnal flavor. Interplanetary, as invented by Widner and brought up to date by Metchette, Evans, Pavlat and White, is the most original of the bunch. Speer would like to see a board game invented which would center about fannish references; the brainstorming sessions at the Seattle WesterCon came up with moves and hazards such as "Join N3F, go back three spaces", and "Be chairman of world convention; remove one year from life and take ten years off life." GAY DECEIVER (Laney) A book with a fantastic-sounding title that is advertised and sold by fantasy book dealers and kept on library shelves (unread) by various fsy collectors, though not actually a fantasy at all. GENERAL FAN ORGANIZATION An organization to include all fans; to be synonymous with fandom, as opposed to locals like WSFA and select groups like FAPA. The SFL was the first important effort at this, and it failed because of its commercial ties. TFG, ISA, and SFA had hopes, as did less important organizations like SF International. During the First Transition Speer began plugging a federal organization, but New Fandom, a centralized dictatorship, was the first to revive the aim. Before it expired, individual fans came forward with other plans, and at the suggestion of damon knight and Art Widner the N3F was formed in late 1940. This suffered the common trouble of cumbersome machinery and too little that the organization as a whole could undertake, and the stress of war conditions gave it the coup de grace despite its zombie-like later existence. However, the Plancom did suggest more activities for it than any previous such organization contemplated. GEOGRAPHY Geographical considerations have influenced plans for regional organizations and caused considerable controversy on the location of conventions. The East Coast has usually had a larger proportion of fans than other areas, though the Pacific Coast also shows notable concentrations. Most fans are in the United States and, after that, in the British Isles; there are a few dozen each in Canada and Australia/New Zealand. Of the many fans outside the Anglo-Saxon world relatively few are in contact with our branches of fandom. Ordinarily, more fans per capita will appear in large cities, where contacts with other fans are easier; certainly fan activity is on the whole more advanced in the Metropolitan areas. But all have their ups and downs. GERNSBACK DELUSION (Michelists) The idea that the proper function of science fiction is to serve as a vehicle for educating the public -- for making fans into scientists by putting accurate, tho sugarcoated, scientific information into stf stories. Sam Moskowitz declares Uncle Hugo to be innocent of any such folly, but the following quotation from the letter column of Amazing for June 1926 may be advanced as the first appearance of the idea: "One of the great surprises since we started publishing Amazing Stories is the tremendous amount of mail we receive from -- shall we call them 'Scientifiction fans'? [And they did] -- who seem to be pretty well oriented in this sort of literature... Some of these fans are constantly visiting the book stores with the express purpose of buying new or old scientifiction tales, and they even go to the trouble of advertising for some volumes that have long since gone out of print. "Scientifiction, in other words, furnishes a tremendous amount of scientific education [...] and fires the reader's imagination more perhaps than anything else of which we know." -- Hugo Gernsback, FRS. The failure of the ISA, said the Michelists, proved this wrong; the purpose of SF should be to make active idealists. Some fans who were working in or studying science replied that stf had stimulated their interest in science a great deal, they believed; and others claimed that reading our favorite literature puts the scientifictionist well ahead of the average man in understanding sciences. GHOLY GHIBLE The Ghuist scriptures, sometimes wrongly referred to as the Book of Ghu. At least one page of this has been printed, which is more than you can say for the Necronomicon. It was quite a short composition, anyway. GHOD The "h" indicates that the reference is to fannish deities. Art Rapp reports this to be the only genuine superstitious taboo known in the Microcosm. He points out its probable source: with intellectual maturity fans as a rule realize the dubious nature of evidence for a deity, but they've been so well inculcated in childhood with the various religious precepts against direct blasphemy that rejection of theism is sublimated in burlesque rather than manifested in militant forms. Fussiness over spelling God's name is a characteristic of Western religions, and such points of etiquette are natural objects for burlesque. GHOODMINTON (Willis) The game of heroes. It is played indoors on whatever table you have that is capable of bearing a ping-pong net across the middle and the shock of hurtling bodies. Scoring resembles that of more mundane tennis [Willis, the inventor, is a tennis fan too]. Only equipment beyond table and net: a badminton bird, some sort of rectangular device (to strike the bird with) and a lofty contempt for human life. GHUGHUISM A foul and hideous order who worship Ghughu as their ghod. According to the researches of FooFoo scientists, Ghughu is a beetle-bodied monster living on the sunward side of Vulcan, who telepathically controls a zombie named Don Wollheim -- Wollheim itself being usually regarded as Ghughu by its followers, at least before the Great Revival of the 50s. There are archbishops in every city where there are Ghuists except possibly those in which the archbishop has at some time left his diocese, thus losing his office. Other officers included the High Priest John Michel and Dick Wilson, Ghuardian of the Gholy Ghrail (the ghrail is now held in a secret place by FooFooists). In many cases devotees had several titles; "Saint" was a common prefix. Their chief intellectual effort was a Ghuist calendar, the general scheme of which seemed to be cribbed from the World Calendar tho their year started at the summer solstice. The months were named in dishonor of the Ghuists, the first Dawn, for DA Wollheim; others were J'Mil for John Michel, Sterl for Kenneth Sterling, ktp, plus some named from other fantastic words like vomb, cthulhin, et cetera. Thus purple religion was founded 6 August 1935, and with this long start gained adherents in numerous places. "But a new day and deliverance dawned in 1938," exults Speer, "when Pogo proclaimed the Sacred Order of FooFoo!" With the Second World War Ghughuism, like FooFooism, suffered from a slackening of fan interest (and I don't care what the stories say about not having any atheists in foxholes). When the Sacred Writings of R*o*s*c*o*e appeared in SPACEWARP during 1948 a revival among the false faiths was prophesied; in the case of Ghuism, this developed from the entrance of Lee Hoffman and QUANDRY into the fanzine field. The deity evidently worshipped by those to whom Leeh brought the word shows certain differences from the original Ghughu, being purer and more spiritual although still unspeakably vile. Whether GhuHoffwoman is in fact an entity different from GhughuWollheim or is merely purified by disassociation from DAW (who had become a vile pro by 1951) is not clear. Ghuists, tho misled, are mostly likable people and will no doubt be saved, despite their delusions, on account of their natural virtue. GHUIST TERRITORY (SAPS) A nameless limbo, removed not only from the ken of fen but also of ghods -- all of them but Ghu, anyway. To curse one to Ghuist Territory is retaliation for offenses so grave that your Mencken would rather not even hint at their nature. ANTHONY GILMORE 4e Ackerman wrote the author of the Hawk Carse series for his autograph and Gilmore replied that he couldn't send it because AG was two authors working in collaboration. He declined to identify themselves and the arguments over his true name -- which were the source of a gag-line, "Who is Anthony Gilmore?" -- raged in FANTASY MAGAZINE from 1932, when the word was spread, to 1937 when Julius Schwartz tracked the culprits down to identify Harry Bates and Desmond Hall, Editor and Associate Editor of Astounding when the series was appearing. GNYSFL In the spring of 1938 the QSFL became the Greater New York branch of the SFL. The Wollheimists were members, and in July moved that the chapter send a delegate to the American Youth Congress (which turned out to be a Communist Front organization.) Taurasi refused to allow the motion, since it would have required a special contribution from the membership to defray the delegate's expenses. Impeachment was begun, but dropped when it appeared that the majority would support Taurasi against them. At the next meeting the Wollheimists made a motion to cancel Will Sykora's membership for arrears of dues; Taurasi refused to allow this because Sykora was not there to defend himself. T was again impeached and this time removed, though by SFL rules he must still be nominal director since his was the lowest SFL serial number. However, rather than raise this point, he resigned and took others with him. Sykora carried the matter to Margulies, then editor of TWS, and M dissolved the GNYSFL. New charters were to be granted only on condition that Wollheim and Sykora never be in the same chapter. This incident crystallized the Triumvirate, who formed a new QSFL, while the Wollheimists became the Futurian Society of New York. GOLDBERG SODA Scotch terrier belonging to Dave and Pam MacInnes, mascot of NECROMANCER and a familiar sight at the TorCon and CinVention. He is important as the first non-human to win acclaim as Number One Fan, an honor gained at the Cinvention. GOLDEN GATE FUTURIANS See BAY AREA GOLDEN TREACHERY The home brew of Charles Burbee, because you don't realize just how potent it is till it's too late. Also Ohm Brew, from Lee Jacobs' low resistance to it. Actually, only one particularly tasty and potent batch was given this name by Burbee. The carryover of the monicker to all Burbee home brew is not authorized by the creator, but it's probably too late to stop it now. GOOD MAN if not otherwise identified is Dean Grennell, of course. GOON DEFECTIVE AGENCY (Berry-Thomson) A sort of parody of the BBC's Goon Show [slapstick but intelligent comedy]. It was built up from the name, which in turn came from a holograph letter from Ken Potter apparently addressed to "Goon Bleary" -- i.e., John Berry. The possibilities of this as a faname were immediately obvious. John and Art Thomson used "Goon Bleary" to establish the GDA, as chronicled in its official organ, RETRIBUTION. GDA Ops are located in all portions of the globe, and will handle any conceivable problem and some you probably never heard of before in return for an international currency. James White has written of a secret antagonist, Antigoon, who may doubtless be saddled with responsibility for any of the GDA's rare failures. The term can be traced to the Popeye comic strip in the early 30s, where Alice the Goon was a hulking monster noted for brawn, not brains. During the labor troubles in the woods during the 30s the unions used squads of plug-uglies to attack strikebreakers and non-union workers. These were called goon squads. Gradually the term spread nationally, with the connotation of shock troops used in labor struggles; afterward taking on the meaning of any person of strong back & weak mind, and then the implication of exceptional eccentricity that it holds in the GDA's title. GOOSEY-BUTT GROTTO (Laney-Burbee) The rooming house at 628 S Bixel, from Insurgent descriptions of activities there. Aka Tendril Towers and the Bixel Fairy Palace. GOSHWOWBOYOBOY Symbol of the type of reader who made Time magazine call us the jitterbugs of the pulp magazine field in its article on the NYCon I. The expression led off an allegedly typical letter they quoted, commenting on TWS; indignant fans held it to be an invention of the reporter who wrote up the NYCon, for a long time. Martin Alger finally tracked it down in "The Reader Speaks", TWS' letter column, for August 1939. GOSTAK (Ogden&Richards:Breuer) One distimmer of the doshes. GRAHAM-ACKERMAN FEUD Roger Phillip(s) Graham, one of the few passable ZD writers, was assigned by Ray Palmer to head a column of fanzine reviews and club news, "The Club House", at the height of the Shaver Mystery foofaraw (late '47-January '48). Ackerman, leading the fan ("fan" distinguished sharply here from "reader") opposition to that piece of crackpottery, turned his guns on Phillips as agent to an attempt to seduce the fans by drowning them in butter. Words flew thick & fast, but all blew over when Graham walked into a LASFS meeting one evening and fraternized. The war went on in other parts of fandom but fizzled out when Palmer quit ZD and the Shaver Mystery was dropped. GRAPHOLOGY Occasionally an article or series appears in a fanzine, making a graph-analysis of some figure/s well known in the pro or fan world. These analyses are usually put in such general terms that they could be true of a lot of people, and much of the time the analyst knows the person before he starts to "figure him out" from his handwriting. Nan Gerding and Dick Eney, however, once published the results of a hoax on a graphologist, in which Eney had written in two different types of script which were analyzed as the chirographies of, respectively, a sensitive intellectual poetic genius, and a dull, priggish file-clerk type. The chief contribution of such articles to fan lore is the Type Fifteen Fan. GRAMMAR "Three subjects", says Warfel, "perennially provoke argument: politics, religion and grammar. Not the least of these is grammar." An outstanding murderer of the King's (or anybody else's) English in fandom has been Sneary, with Max Keasler a strong second. But numerous other targets, especially among the young fen, were found for Speer's "Little Lessons in Grammar" and Konig's "English As She Is Wrote". Most fans protest against the mutilations practiced by the quote fourteen-year-old mentalities unquote. For the typical fan has done and observed enough writing to have a good mastery of the language and its rules, as compared to the average citizen. Whether he will obey the rules in a given case, however, depends on functional tests; for instance, if there seems to be no discernable advantage in setting off the name of a state with commas, he may very well write "Cleveland Ohio", and so on. Fans have done a lot of experimenting with the language under the banner of Ackermanese, and produced some inventions in the case of brackets and quasi-quotemarks. In general, they pay unusual attention to the individual elements of writing and use them in varied ways to get across the exact meaning or impression desired. GREAT STATIONERY DUEL Originally, a contest between Speer and Wilson in which each was to use a different letterhead or type of stationery in each regular letter. The first to give out was the loser. Quite a code of rules was worked out, defining what a different type of stationery is, and forbidding the purchase of stationery simply for duelling purposes. They developed specialized kleptomaniac traits. Some time after correspondence with Wilson ceased, Speer was challenged by Warner and the duel resumed. Of late Bob Pavlat and Ron Bennett have engaged in this sort of nonsense. It's typical of a sort of whimsy very common among fankind. GREEN GO-DEVIL Bob Tucker's old Studebaker, which has carried, he claims, more glamorous femmefans than any two other vehicles. GREEN HORNET Ed Cox' 1950 Buick, which has permanently marred with Dynaflow fluid, he claims, more fan garages than any two other vehicles. CROTTLED GREEPS A foodstuff, probably. The term was first used by Dean Grennell in Filler (1953). Filler #378 read: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - But if you don't like crottled greeps, what did you order them for? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Later this was used by the London O as the message on one of their quote- cards at the SuperManCon. The derivation is (1) from the little curved lines used in cartooning to indicate that a character is faunching backwards, which are called "crottles"; (2) from the English spelling of the French pronunciation of "Grippe" (:influenza). Lee Hoffman wrote a story for GRUE 27 portraying Crottled Greeps as a seductive but lethal viand and imagination took over from there. Like Blog, many formulae have been presented; Richard E Geis, noted writer, holds out for chocolate cake in hot tomato soup, while Dr Andrew T Young of Harvard College Observatory has developed a combination of Wheat Thins, cheese-and-bacon spread, and strawberry jam. Your Gaius Plinius finds an omelette made with caviar to be a greenish horrid-looking stuff well suited to being represented as crottled greeps. Vin¢ Clarke presents no formula but insists that the True Crottled Greep will include Chow Yung Fan [Chinese for French-fried potatoes]. Arthur Thomson has produced a picture purporting to be a crottled greep sandwich on Venusian pumpernickel but it is generally felt that the world is not yet ready for this. It is expressly forbidden by the Geneva Convention of 1896 to transmit the true recipe for crottled greeps verbally, in writing, or through telepathy. GROTCH (Grennell) Acutely irritate. Usually passive. Speer suggests that this useful word is a transitive form of grouch. GRUE (Grennell) Probably will prove one of the fanzines of history. Its complete genesis is worth quoting as a specimen: "In casting about for a fanzine title, I considered several: STELLAR STORIES, FIASCO, and GRUE, THE FAN'S MAGAZINE [quasi, True, The Man's Magazine, published about this time], were three I kept coming back to. I discovered that my sneaky subconscious had picked up the first from an ad in Other [ptui!] Worlds. I asked the advice of friend-and-mentor Bob Silverberg and he opined that either FIASCO or GRUE would act as a deadly blight on a fanzine... in fact, why did I want to cast yet another effort into a field already sadly overcrowded? Despite this, perhaps even because of it, I clung to GRUE as a title. Sometime in January of 1953 I drew up a tentative cover for it, bearing a picture of a little man in a spacesuit standing beside his rocket in a moon-crater, about to light a fuse trailing out the bottom of it. I stuck this to the wall for a while and later, as I finished writing a larger-than-usual letter to someone, I put the cover picture on the front of the letter, stapled it down the left margin, and so GRUE was born. [Trumpets off.] "So went the first fourteen copies; all custom-made, with hand-drawn illos, tipped-in photos, etc. Number fifteen was a four-page kind of one-shot done on a spirit duplicator. 16&17 reverted to typed originals again and when I got into FAPA in the fall of 1953 I decided to keep the title as a FAPAzine, so it appeared there as #18. All issues since then have been consecutively published -- from 20 onwards with the use of Gestetner in blue on white. There have been a few custom issues of GRUE since then, but these are given fractional numbers to fit them in between the published issues, as 'GRUE #25 1/2'." -- Dean Grennell. GRULZAK (Kennedy) An unseemly creature which roams through the jungles of all planets except Earth and Jupiter, tho the fattest and most slimy grulzaks are found deep within the vine-choked woodlands of Venus. Grulzak hunting is the sport of kings (and more self-made types of executives, too). Little equipment is needed for it: a large atomic ray pistol will stun a grulzak at a distance of three yards. Take along a first-aid kit, a copy of the Kinsey Reports (for reading while you're waiting for the grulzak to show up), a file of Shaver Amazings (for fire-starting) and a box of toothpicks. Grulzaks dwell where the vegetation is densest, since they are extremely modest and don't want the other animals watching them when they shed their skin (which they do twice a day). When you detect an odor of H2S mingled with Chanel #5, the Grulzak is nearby. Their mating call is similar to the sound produced when a squeaky piece of chalk is rubbed along a blackboard, coupled with the bellow of a bull ape. GUEST EDITORS are invited to put out an issue of an Old Established Fanzine by its regular eds. IMAGINATION! had Charles Hornig of WS for Issue #6 or #7. Redd Boggs, running across records of this, revived the idea, and one issue of his SKY HOOK and two of Art Rapp's SPACEWARP were guest- edited by Burbee & Laney.
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