fans are slans

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fans are slans

dated slang A phrase used in science fiction fandoms indicating that fans of sci-fi are intellectually and imaginatively superior to fans of other media, though often marginalized or harassed by them. A reference to the 1940 science fiction novel Slan by A. E. van Vogt, in which the titular Slans, a race of evolved humans, are persecuted for their superior intelligence. Primarily heard in US. The days of sci-fi and fantasy fans as social outsiders spouting "fans are slans" to each other has thankfully begun to fade away, as so-called "geek culture" begins evermore to dominate pop culture as a whole.
See also: fan
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