This day in geek history: October 8


Frank Herbert's birthday: Frank Herbert was a science fiction author, journalist, and photographer, and is best known for his Dune series. Dune, the first book in the series, was published in 1965 and is considered a classic in the science fiction genre (Wikipedia quotes it as being the best selling science fiction novel of all time). He died February 11, 1986.


This day in geek history: September 1


1984 Masquerade entry: The Lords of Darkness (from stories by Tanith Lee) made & worn by a group UCLA students

Masquerade at which the term "cosplay" is coined: A Japanese reporter attended the 1984 WorldCon and later wrote a description of the costume phenomenon he was observing, especially the Masquerade. He used two foreign loan words ("costume" and "play") which he smashed together into the portmanteau "cosplay".