Earth 2 Sci-Fi Fandom


Earth 2 Sci-Fi Fandom

by thebradmiskell

Underground Diaries, Part 7

I would follow coverage of the gay rodeo scene with a look at science fiction fandom, or simply Fandom.

Having missed that year’s mother of all Cons — San Diego’s annual Comic-Con International — I wound up attending the much older and DIY-ier World Science Fiction Convention (held in Anaheim that year)…along with the largest group of social misfits I’d ever seen under one convention hall roof.

Confession: I’m a lifelong SF fan nerd. I assumed I would feel at home at the WorldCon.

Reality: I was a stranger in a very strange land.

I attended the WorldCon for four days, on my own (Yahoo had yet to pair me with producer Didrik Johnck, who would, to my great good fortune, soon become my cohort in crime).

Though I met many warm, brilliant people at the WorldCon, I came away wondering how on Earth to describe what I’d seen.

So I wrote the following song and handed it off to Dirk Ward, who did a masterful arrangement and production. The video follows.

EARTH 2 SCI-FI FANDOM
© 2007 Miskell/Ward

Earth to Sci Fi Fandom I’m aware
That you are out there
But we can’t allow mere space to come between us
How on Earth would all us Earthlings know of Venus
[[[without you…]]]

Creatures WorldCons attract
Go there yearning just to make contact
When they ask what planet are you from?
They’re not asking because they think you’re dumb

Earth to Sci Fi Fandom I’m aware
That you are out there
I can’t tell you just how much I can relate
But I found a rocket scientist to translate

There were masquerades at night
And the most fantastical of flights
Filkers, furries and fairies carried on
And a God of the science fiction pantheon

Earth to Sci Fi Fandom I’m aware
That you are out there
But you’ve got to know we never will forget you
Though we might need a larger rocket ship to get you

Earth to Sci Fi Fandom I’m aware
That you are out there
I can’t tell you just how much I can relate
In the future…again we’ll communicate


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