Be the Change

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I’ve been thinking about publishing some sort of snarky rant about the state of the sci-fi community. It’s well-known that we’ve got some growing-up to do, but I don’t think of myself as The Sheriff of Sci-Fi. So rather than laying claim to any position of power, I think it’s fair to say that my job is to apply Ghandi’s famous quote to how I want to interact with the sci-fi community:

“You Must Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.”

There’s a logical fallacy taking place in the world today, which assumes that the only opinions worth listening to are the ones you’re willing to fight for. While I’ll grant you that there is such a thing as righteous conflict, it happens much more rarely than people realize.

It’s also been my experience that the scifi community has a nasty habit of getting distracted from the business at hand. I remember reading the tweets of a recent con and their business meeting … they’re literally bringing together geeks, nerds and auteurs to debate what ‘North America’ means. I kid you not: Continue reading

Stranger Things Reveals the Beauty of Sci-Fi

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Okay, I don’t want to gush but I do love Stranger Things. There, I said it.

At first, I didn’t want to talk about the show. I felt it would push me into the ‘buying instead of being’ aspect of geek that I want to avoid with Geekquinox. That said, I saw Gaten Matarazzo talk about living with cleidocranial dysplasia and I had to speak up. Gaten’s revelation and the show itself revealed a core aspect of science fiction to me. Here it is:

In science fiction, there are no weaknesses … there are only strengths you haven’t discovered.

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Scifi – Where the Future Just *Is*

I’m scared to talk about this. But I need to talk about this. Here goes.

boondocks_wp7_800One of the things I want to do with my science fiction is avoid doing what everyone else is doing. That makes sense, right? I can’t call myself creative unless I’m pushing into new territory. The question is, what territory? Where does creativity stop and thoughtfulness begin? These are all the questions I’m thinking about as I work on a new short story.

‘Body Issues’ is a short about a teenage girl and the new social issues coming our way. I don’t want to give away the plot, but the main character is a girl and she’ll be non-white, too. For those of you saying, “So what?” let me say this: Thank you. I think this should be a no-brainer, myself. Given the current landscape of humanity, I’m afraid of negative repercussions. I don’t think it’s right to let that stop me.

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What is Geekquinox?

photo-1467106015942-a0ea2960655aYou might have read the earlier post and asked yourself – “What’s ‘geekquinox,’ anyway?” Good question. Long and short of it is that I’m trying to put all of the blog posts I plan to do in neat and tidy boxes. I want to tell stories and talk about other relevant topics. Sometimes I have announcements, or maybe I’ll have thoughts about writing. Other times I’ll talk about geeky topics from my perspective. InkICan isn’t going to become ‘the place to discover all things geek.’ After all …

There  are  plenty  of  websites  that  do  that  now.

I don’t want to talk about geek from that perspective. I’d rather talk about the Way of Geek, the Principle of Geek. Geek as a manner of being, not as a manner of buying. I thought about all that and then I thought about what to call these posts. I found a word on Urban Dictionary that helped define what I wanted to accomplish:

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when a geek does something great, and he/she passes into the realm of coolness

I saw that and thought ‘bingo.’ So the times I post about geeky topics, that’s the perspective I’m coming from. Yes, there are other ‘geekquinoxes’ out there and I celebrate them all. If the name of this category becomes too much of a distraction, we’ll find a better name to use.

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Forget #Brangelina – Remember Our Scifi Geeks Instead

Forget #Brangelina - Remember Our Scifi Geeks Instead

Raise a glass, lads.

We lost two of our own in the past seven days. I was saddened to hear of the loss of two of our elder geeks. You won’t see trending #RIP hashtags on Twitter for them. They won’t make the Oscar’s ‘In Memoriam’ reel either. Yet, their contribution to science fiction is both significant and enduring. These two geeks’ names are unknown except to a precious few, but their achievement is immortal. Like Steve Jobs said, they put a dent in the universe.

To me, it’s infuriating that two celebrities and their personal lives dominate the public consciousness. It shouldn’t be that way. Perhaps things can change. Let’s bypass that debate. Instead, let’s simply remember our friends for the amazing people they were. C. Martin Croker and David Kyle changed the way you see science fiction. Let’s take a moment to examine why that is:

C. Martin Croker

Forget #Brangelina - Remember Our Scifi Geeks InsteadYou didn’t know him but you loved him. Clay Martin Croker was both an animator and a voice actor. You enjoyed his work on the seminal Space Ghost show … he was the voice of Zorak and Moltar. It didn’t stop there: Croker was also an animator for the show. That made him a bit of a unicorn: animators rarely do voice work. Continue reading

A Future Worth Fighting For

tos-crewOne of the key benefits of science fiction is that it lets us discuss important social issues without preaching about them. Imagine how much good science fiction could be doing right now skewering racial prejudices as Star Trek did back in the Sixties. Imagine how much good sci-fi could be doing toward getting kids into STEM. Imagine how much good sci-fi could be doing inspiring us to treat each other with dignity. Imagine how much good science fiction could be doing if the storytellers were as brave today as they were back then.

It’s a future worth fighting for. More thoughts on this later.