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Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
I've been fannish for 30 years.

What was it like? Hiding what you were reading, or secretly reading it between the shelves at the library because "girls don't read things like that dear, have another book about cheerleaders and babysitters instead".

Pre-personal computer. Pre-internet. APA-zines. Snail-mail mailing lists. Clubs. Quarterly hand-bound fanzines. Filk songs. Lying to your peers about what shows you watch and what you're writing stories about. Conventions with no actors at them, run by fans for fans, that were the best thing ever because these were finally your people and they understood.

Bulletin Board Systems. Dial up. VAX terminals. Mailing lists. Watching sci-fi changing from "those weird books boys are allowed to like" to the premise of a large percentage of mainstream entertainment media. Usenet (rec.arts.drwho "QUOTEFILE!"), MUDs and MUSHes, the Web, Forums and fansites, Livejournal....

There's a space station in the sky that is the cooperative effort of countries that at one point we were certain would tear the world apart. I've been dreaming of cyberspace since I was 12, and now it's practically real.

Fandom as both a culture and a concept has exploded with the advent of the Internet and social networking. The internet was made for fandom, but it was sort of made from fandom too. :)


Heh. Sorry, I got carried away, but that's what fandom does.

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
I'm not kidding when I say--

that was beautiful.

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
Thanks. It's been a hell of a ride. :-)

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

Wow. Thank you for this.

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
Happy to share. :-)

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
I had no idea. And your descriptions...they are so poetic.

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
Thanks. I get like that sometimes. XD

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

This is the most beautiful thing I've ever read.

I'm shaking your hand via internet.

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
*shakes back*

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
Thank you, Founding Sister, for both this post and all the years of involvement it represents. Everyone who enjoys communities like this and the relative acceptance of geek culture we have today owes a debt to folks like you. Hopefully we can continue building for those who are after us.

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
Oh fandom has been around for a long time before me, all the way back to the 1930's. It was quite a boy's only club for the longest time though, and not mainstream by any means. As for building the future, that's what fandom and geek culture does best. Per aspera ad astra. ;-)

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
je t'adore

all of that

Re: Uphill both ways in the rain

(Anonymous)
Thank you for bringing this up. I've been in fandom so long I now qualify as an old crone. But I remember going to the very first Star Trek convention in England at a little church hall in Leicester, being so excited when I first met an actor who'd been in Star Trek. Discovering fanzines, then writing for them. Finding other lost souls like myself and realising that I wasn't the only one, moving from one fandom to another and sometimes back again. Writing tons of letters because there was no Internet. It's a very different experience now but no less interesting and the expansion is amazing. You can still be a fan of Richard Green's "Robin Hood" if you want to. You can indulge your secret love of werewolves. It's not all great, I've had problems with internet bullies/call them what you will. But the experience has mostly been positive and fun.

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