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ilyAIMY performing at Paint the Music at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA on January 29th, 2017.

January 31st, 2017.
So, everyone thinks the things they Love are important. It becomes all-consuming to the point that we don’t get how other people don’t get it.

Historians believe history will save us. Christians think Christ will save us. Musicians think music can change the world and football fans probably think this great gladiatorial sport draws people closer together while releasing the ancient aggressions and tribal passions of our species. Or something. Also nachos.

And I’m a geek. I think science fiction and fantasy is important. Whether you grew up with the underlying message of coming together to battle fascism in the Lord of the Rings or the little-guy’s Rebellion in Star Wars, the theories of government that Robert Heinlein explored in Starship Troopers, the broad explorations of sex and sexuality

 

brought to you by Ocatavia Butler, the fear and paranoia and altered-reality of Philip K. Dick or the environmental collapse and corporate ownership of Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Windup Girl”. Fears that don’t occur to us, heroes that are outside of us, aliens that aren’t so alien and humans that are. I learned the word “jihad” not from the news cycle or my history classes, but from Frank Herbert’s “Dune” and since “fear is the mind-killer” and “fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration” I didn’t learn to fear these strange things, I yearned to understand them.

Ted Garber finishing out the rounds at Paint the Music at Jammin Java. He's a fierce performer, and a huge man. Standing around him make you feel like you've been built at the wrong scale. Like... I could climb inside him and operate him as fleshy power armour. It's unnerving.

I’m re-reading “The Expanse” series by James SA Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). It’s big on SyFy right now, hailed as the new Battlestar Galactica and NPR hails it as “the best and most important piece of science fiction to appear on the small screen in a decade”. And I just can’t get over the lost opportunity.

It’s the nature of fandom to claim ownership. To have seen it first. To be a truer convert.

 
 
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