Louis Russell Chauvenet

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Louis Russell Chauvenet (February 12, 1920-June 24, 2003) was a fanzine editor and the originator of the term "fanzine".

Loius "Russ" Russell Chauvenet was a science fiction fan and one of the founders of science fiction 'fandom'. He started the Boston sf association "The Stranger Club", which met at his house, with Art Widner, Henry Earl Singleton and Francis Paro, who co-edited the club zine, (FanFare), as well as R.D. Swisher and others.

In 1940, Chauvenet published his zine Detours, and in the zine he wrote about the controversy in science fiction fandom circles at that time: what to call these new, hectographed publications fans were releasing in the U.S.A., Canada, and the UK? Previously they had been called "fanmags". Chauvenet coined the term "fanzine" as well as the term "prozine" to describe the professional magazines.

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