Wanting to be a Fan makes you a fan – despite whatever litmus tests, obstacles or hoops to jump through some may want to throw in your way.
Science fiction is a literature of ideas. It is also a literature that tries to show us the future, although it is not often directly predictive, it tries to look ahead to show us the future’s marvellous possibilities or to warn us of its potential dangers. It is a literature that engages the imagination like […]
This past weekend the Baltimore Science Fiction Society celebrated its 50th year. I attended many Balticons in the late 70s and early 80s and consider BSFS to be one of my fannish “homes”. It’s great to see them celebrating such a milestone. That milestone includes press coverage that certainly would never have surfaced in the […]
Gafiate, for those whose Fannish Lexicon isn’t handy, is Fan Speak for the act of ‘Getting Away From It All’. Leaving Fandom. Putting conventions and fanzines and crazy projects and far-flung friends behind you. It can be a liberating thing but it is always a sad thing. Thirty five years ago I didn’t yet know […]