Fandom: An Illustrative History

This is a collection of my massive multi-part review of Sam J. Lundwell's Science Fiction: An Illustrated History that I wrote, edited, and published from January through March of 2019. In these pages you will find my criticisms of the Fandom mindset that I believe to have been damaging to art throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. I believe their attitude is just as poisonous today.

Published in 1977 this book purported to be about science fiction and its state at the time, even though it was written and released just before Star Wars which changed the entire game. What we have here is a neat snapshot into the way things were in the elite clique just before everything came tumbling down around them. My review was meant to show how out of touch Fandom was at the time and how they remain so today.

Keep in mind that this series is long so it might take awhile to get through. Nonetheless it is worth the journey. Be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts as I'm sure you have just as much to say on this topic as I had!

Without further ado:

Part I: "Origins" and "Tales From the Crypt"
Part II: "Science Fiction at the Crossroads" and "The Eternal Bliss Machine"
Part III: "Nightmares" and "Monsters and Stuff"
Part IV: "Robots and Mechanical Men" and "Galactic Patrol"
Part V: "The Human Angle" and "Adventures in the Pulp Jungle"

At the end of the year I introduced a second series, focused on the book Cheap Thrills by author Ron Goulart. This is a different angle on the pulp subject that Sam Lundwell more or less ignored for his book, which makes this a companion piece to the above. It is a history of pulps from the beginning up until their untimely end.

The reality of the pulps turned out to be very different from what Fandom has painted them as, and their importance has been greatly underestimated by those who wish to constrict writers and offer readers less than they had before. The pulps are more important that you were told they are.

You can find this series here:

Part I: "Beginnings"
Part II: "The Heroes & The Wonder"
Part III: "The Odds & The End"

In 2021, I took a look through Sam J. Lundwall's first non-fiction book, Science Fiction: What It's All About to discover just how seedy Fandom actually is. what I discovered is just how manufactured the entire "field" actually is, and how it is built on lies and subversion.

The truth is that Science Fiction (and "Fantasy") Doesn't Exist, and it never has. What you've been sold is a worldview based on an outdated worldview. And it is holding everything back from achieving its potential, particularly Futuristic and Mythic Fiction.

As a result of this series, it helped change my view on the nature of Genres and fiction classification as a whole. In order to move forward, this aberration on tradition called Fandom must be abandoned. It is the only way to get back on track and reclaim what was lost.

In 2022, we began with The Last Fanatic, currently in progress!

Part III: To come!

Thank you for reading!


  1. JD -- your link to Part II of The Last Fanatic goes to the Twitter announcement, not the post itself.