"Sci Fi Geek"
What does it mean to be a sci-fi geek?
I recently found out my cousin plays Magic: The Gathering. After my initial reaction (of abject horror), I began to ask her questions. Do you throw the cards at one another? No. Do you flick the cards, carefully aimed, at an object? No. Do you use the cards as a backstory for a boardgame? No. Do you wear capes and call each other names with apostrophes in them, like Ra'nok? No. Then what the HECK do you do with these flippin' cards??!?!?!
So began my foray into a world of absolute confusion, chaos, and geekdom. And I began to wonder... how deep can you fall before you're labeled a sci-fi geek?
I adore Ender's Game...have watched "Bladerunner" twice...dream about owning a Tardis...listen to EscapePod on a daily basis... But I don't know a thing about Forrest J. Ackerman or the secret goings-on of a D&D game. I don't understand their secret language, and am a bit afraid of their passion for all things Star Trek. I don't know how Borgs assimilate, how Klingons mate, how Elves talk...
What I do know is...if it's a person's passion, and it's something he/she enjoys without harming others...then it's something that should escape our judgment. Everyone's a geek in some way or another. Fashion geek. iPhone geek. Celebrity geek. Literary geek. Baking geek.
If reading Ursula K. Le Guin and watching Tron makes me a sci-fi geek, then so be it. It'll just be an augmentation of my Geeks List, of which I am very proud.
Still, the question remains... What makes a sci-fi geek...and what the HECK do you do with those flippin' Magic cards???