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These are my people

I've taken a lot of flack over my unabashed love for science fiction over the years. Most of it has been from mundanes, but sometimes, I've even had a fellow geek say that something another fan did was just too nerdy. Too geeky. Too much.

Well. If you can't count on your fellow geeks and nerds to watch your six, then who can you count on?

The SG Reserves, that's who.


I love it that Hewlett and the Flan are offside (with the Flan holding the basket of lemons he was given, one by one) watching the fans salute.

I love it that a bunch of like minded fans had a chance to get together in one place and have a good time, play a prank on their favourite actors and show off their duds.

I love it that I am not alone in my oft mocked delight and adoration for these awesome characters that came out of SG1 and SGA (and for some, SGU - I give that to them, for to each their own)

I love that picture. I look at those fans, half a world away, and I just know there are probably some of them on LJ, probably some of them in the same communities I read, probably some of them are friends of my friends. And it doesn't matter that we speak different languages and will likely never meet, because they are still My People. We are all Of The Body.

Hail Landru.



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Feb. 12th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)

Preach it sister!

Feb. 13th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Whoo hooo and amen!


Feb. 12th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
I love fandom!
Feb. 13th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
Fandom is awesome!

Even with lemons. ESPECIALLY with lemons!
Feb. 12th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
You know, I read an article the other day where someone was bemoaning the end of a geek culture because the internetz ruined it, OMG! And then I read a couple of responses where they said, "WTF are you talking about, dude? This is a great time to be a geek!"

I have to agree. I may have to hide my geekiness in RL far too often, but I know there are people like me out there, and that makes all the difference in the world.
Feb. 13th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
I read an article like that in a magazine at work - it basically inferred that fandom was being watered down by the influx of mundanes into traditional geekdom.

As a geek and nerd from a time before being a geek was trendy and cool, I've occasionally felt there were a few mundanes who were masquerading as fans because geek is the new black, but they're few and far between. Mostly the people who end up in fandom are fans, even if they aren't the geek-nerds of yesteryear.

It really is a great time to be a geek.

Also, I am really lucky since I, essentially, work in an office full of geeks. The mundanes are the exception.

Feb. 12th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Now I know I could be wrong ::stares at self:: (Who - me? Nah, not possible), but I believe that - in general - there's been a maturation process throughout geekdom/fandom that wasn't there back when Trekkies roamed the Earth. Thankfully those days are mostly just an embarrassing memory.

Today we have fans who are not only knowledgeable and passionate about their own fannish interests, but are also more aware of the world around them. Even if there's a sense of personal powerlessness, it dissipates at the thought of coalescing into an international force that can effect positive change in the world. Of course, having the immediacy of the internet to spread the word is invaluable. But I look at fannish promotion of Doctors Without Borders, local SPCAs and - in more recent times - auctioning off personally created fic/art for financial donations to aid in relief work (Haiti, etc.) and am proud to be a part of it all.

And, yes, there are STILL ::coughs not-so-discreetly:: fans who can't get beyond certain characters (not even to LEARN the RL names of the actors let alone the correct spelling of characters' names ::rolls eyes::) but I hope their single-minded obsession is outweighed by the landscape on which our broader range of interests can be displayed proudly.

Besides, I'd rather have a conversation with a geek/fan than a mundane most days. Because I know I won't be bored. And I have a ready response for a geek/nerd who says that something is TOO geeky/nerdy. "Um ... just as you are too geeky/nerdy in a mundane world?" 'Cuz it's all a matter of perspective.

As for Stargate Reserves, where do I sign up??? Because that's another thing, we really are Fans Without Borders, by Grabthor's Hammer!!!

Anyway, thank you for letting me indulge in a modest squee here. It was fun.
Feb. 13th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
I think that many of today's fans are renaissance geeks - they have a wider exposure and education, making them more well rounded geeks. They can often argue fine points of canon in one breath, sports in the next, and finish the night off over drinks and karaoke. No longer closeted Trekkies, we who call ourselves fans have come out of the basement and walk proudly in daylight!


And what you've said is true - people my congregate in forums or communities because of common interests, but especially with the advent of interwebz for almost everyone, fandom has changed and grown up as you see fans uniting to help others. It tickles me every time I see fans sell their time at auction to aid those less fortunate, and we all benefit from it! The cause gets a donation to help, the fan who volunteered to write a fic or draw a picture gets a good feeling from helping, and the community gets not only another piece of art, but a sense of accomplishment that We Are Involved.

There are obsessives in every hobby - sports enthusiasts - band groupies - hollywood star stalkers - fandom is just one more place that these things might happen. But as everywhere, I think it is the exception to the rule. I mean, when David Hewlett posted on his twitter about a fan showing up at his house in California a year or so ago, most of his followers responded with chagrin, shock and apologies that a fellow fan would do that. In my personal fannish circle, if someone were to do something stalkerish, they would be censured by the others. We are, often, self policing, and we sure don't want the 'danes to think we're all just a bunch of nuts.

I totally agree - I grok geeks and sometimes feel at odds with mundanes who give me a wierd look when words like 'grok' slip into my everyday vocabulary. I love it that I can spend 15 minutes talking to IT Guy I and Richard at work about strong female roll models in the Jossiverse the digresses into a discussion of how various Buffy episodes compare to Firefly and Veronica Mars.

We should totally start the Stargate Reserves. Bwah! That would be cool! And what it with that hammer - I will be avenged!

Thanks for playing! I don't get to talk the meta of fandom often.
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Can't go with you on Landru... But I agree with you about the Fandom thing in general.
Feb. 13th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)

What always cracks me up is using the Landru line on Mundanes because they Don't. Get it. Ever.
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
I think it's easier to be a geek now than it was, because the Internet, and other technologies is catching up, keeping us not only linked in, but not *as* weird compared to mundanes.

Ten years ago, having a Borg thingy in your ear was weird. Now, you see bluetooth tech all over the place!
Feb. 13th, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
Ten years ago, having a Borg thingy in your ear was weird. Now, you see bluetooth tech all over the place!

I KNOW! I was saying to someone, just the other day, that we are living in a Star Trek future; flip phones that look just like communicators, but minus the chirp; hospital and hotel doors that act just like Trekiverse doors; tablet computers, kinda like the one yeoman Rand always handed Kirk to sign off on for reports and such; vidphone conferencing via Sype over computers with a webcam; now if they could just figure out a matter transporter, we'd be set!
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Dear Ghod, I've been a fan and geek since I could first read something other than 'Fun With Dick and Jane'. So, say... late 1950's? I cut my TV fandom teeth on ST:TOS.

Sing it loud and proud, Sister. We're all out here with you. The Intrawebz makes it easier for us to get together.
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