"Claude Degler attended the Chicon in 1940, and at Denver in 1941 delivered a speech purporting to have been written by Martians."
So begins the Fancyclopedia I entry on Degler's Cosmic Circle. Claude Degler
believed that science fiction fans were destined to evolve into a new species superior to homo sapiens, "cosmen." In 2001 (the year) David B. Williams went in search of Degler
, who had disappeard from fandom in 1951. Teresa Nielsen Hayden wrote in 1986 a story/essay about the inner Degler called Hell, 12 Feet
. He was as infamous as fans got, though some remember him sort of fondly
. Degler crops up regularly in the "All Our Yesterdays" columns
written by fandom historian, Harry Warner Jr. The ones with most information are the columns H.C. Koenig. Claude Degler
, O Pioneers
and The Cosmic Circle
. Here's a Degler quote from the last link: We have created a fannationalism, a United World Fandom. Someday soon we will have our own apartment building, then our own land, our own city of Cosmen, schools, teachers, radio programme — later; our own laws, country perhaps! Our children shall inherit not only this earth — but this universe! Today we carry 22 states, tomorrow, nine planets!
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 8, 2006 -