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In subcultural and fictional uses, a mundane is a person who does not belong to a particular group, according to the members of that group; the implication is that such persons, lacking imagination, are concerned solely with the mundane: the quotidian and ordinary.[1] The term first came into use in science fiction fandom to refer, sometimes deprecatingly, to non-fans; this use of the term antedates 1955.[2]


Mundane came originally from the Latin mundus, meaning ordinary and worldly as opposed to spiritual, and has been in use in English since the 15th century.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

Some western cultural examples:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ brown, rich Dr. Gafia's Fan Terms
  2. ^ Coppa, Francesca (2006). "A Brief History of Media Fandom". In Hellekson, Karen; Busse, Kristina (eds.). Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 41–59. ISBN 978-0-7864-2640-9.
  3. ^ "Merriam- Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus". Merriam- Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus. Merriam-Webster. Retrieved Dec 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Cherryh, C. J. "FIAWOL and All That".
  5. ^ "The Fanfiction Glossary"
  6. ^ Message by J. Michael Straczynski on Byron's attitude towards "mundanes" in Babylon 5 Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Simo, "The New Furry's Dictionary"
  8. ^ "Geoff Ryman: The Mundane Fantastic: Interview excerpts". Locus. January 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-23.