Announcing: The Geek Galaxy

Cedar’s note: missing cons? Want to hang out with fellow fans? Don’t like to travel? Don’t want to fall into the social media pitfalls? Banned from Facebook for Good Behaviours? Has Jim got the place for you… I took one look at it and got homesick for Baen’s Bar. Twenty years since I first stepped foot in that place. And now, this. 

By way of Jim McCoy of Jimbo’s Awesome Science Fiction and Fantasy

We all need a place where we can go to let our hair down and talk to people who get the joke. A place where everyone gets the joke and you can talk to someone who doesn’t think you’re a freak just because you used a word like “Ferengi” or “Droids.” You know what I mean. A place where people not only grok you and what you’re all about, they don’t give a frak that someone else wouldn’t and they can communicate on your gorram level.

Or maybe it’s more about a person that will understand your fascination with that fair elf maiden and the sword at the end of the quest. Maybe it’s not knowing if the light at the end of the tunnel is the sun, a djinn powered locomotive or the anti-magic ray of a Beholder. Or is it the magical sword of your missing companion?

Whether you prefer your fandom in the form of the written word, the big screen or the small screen, on a computer or a tabletop (or if you’re into polygeekery the way I am) I’d like to extend an invitation to you.

The Geek Galaxy (http://thegeekgalaxy.freeforums.net) is the place for all things geekish. It’s a place to meet and gather with people who share you passion and have a discussion that includes more words than you can fit into a tweet or a Facebook post.

Our mission at The Geek Galaxy is to promote works of Science Fiction and Fantasy (as well as Horror, which Stephen King once said was part of Science Fiction. I’ll take his word for it.) that have entertaining characters, strong plots and plenty of action. In other words, we’re out to promote works that bring escape and enjoyment. We’re here to once again bring the fun into Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Part of what we plan to do is to offer one book monthly for reading and discussing. Some of you may be familiar with the concept, because I stole the idea from someone here. Voting for the first month’s subgenre is already live, and your chance to show some love for your favorite subgenre is slowly slipping away. (Uhh… Sarah Hoyt’s Goodreads group does this exact same thing? Uhh… Oops? Would you believe me if I said I didn’t kn…*COUGH* Never mind.)

I want you to register. I want to know what you’re thinking. I want to find out what’s out there that I don’t know about. I can’t do this without you. Yes, I’m talking to you, personally, and to every other human being that would enjoy something like The Geek Galaxy. It’s time to make your thoughts  known.

So run on over to Geek Galaxy Forums and get started. You’ll be happy that you did. It’s like the con that never ends, except with no con-suite (*SIGH* I know, but no system is perfect, ok?) and you don’t have to buy a ticket or pay for an overpriced hotel room. And, if you’re Con Funk Guy no one is going to pester you about it because they won’t be able to smell it anyway. Put another way, this also means that you won’t have to smell Con Funk Guy. So what’s holding you back?

I’ll give you an enjoyable experience if you’ll let me. Just swing by and tell me what you’re thinking. Oh, but be warned: I was serious when I said I’ve got dibs on starting the thread re: The Godfather. I’ll be doing that soon. Other than that, it’s all wide open and your time is now. Get to it!

(Jim McCoy is the proprietor of  The Geek Galaxy and Jimbo’s Awesome Science Fiction and Fantasy reviews at http://jimbossffreviews.blogspot.com )

21 comments

  1. “Hey, Cedar says check it out, why not?”

    Their “secure registration system” says of my perfectly ordinary address, “The email address entered is not supported.”

    1. I’ll have to talk to someone at Free Forums. I have no idea why that would happen. Sorry.

      1. Have run into a number of sites that reject *.net as the email domain. You’d think they’d have noticed earthlink.net, for some years the 2nd largest email provider…

        Anyway, stuck a toe in the water; now waiting for the fish.

      1. My browser thinks the site has an RSS feed, but the link (generated by browser) doesn’t work. RSS feed is nice for low-impact boards; easy way to be reminded when there’s activity. So I hope it becomes a live feature.

  2. Brave browser’s shield blocked the site, claiming it’s stealing login credentials or distributing malware. I don’t believe that’s true, but something is setting off alarms.

  3. Nope, and here’s why:

    — You represent and warrant that you shall not use the Website or Services to upload, post, transmit, display, perform or distribute any content, information or materials that: (a) are libelous, defamatory, abusive, or threatening, excessively violent, harassing, obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or pornographic; (b) constitute child pornography; (c) solicit personal information from or exploit in a sexual or violent manner anyone under the age of 18; (d) incite, encourage or threaten physical harm against another; (e) promote or glorify racial intolerance, use hate and/or racist terms, or signify hate towards any person or group of people; (f) glamorize the use of hard core illegal substances and drugs; (g) violate any provision of this Agreement or any other ProBoards agreement or policy, including without limitation ProBoards’ Community Guidelines; or (h) is generally offensive or in bad taste, as determined by ProBoards —

    Far too subjective. Could be interpreted to mean anything. Might as well be on Facebook.

    1. Yep. Except for (c), those rules – if applied without a bias, that is – would eliminate a wide swathe of discussion about science fiction / fantasy tales. Including the majority of the most recent Nebula and Hugo winners.

      (h), of course, is simply “Ignore all rules above – we’ll censor anything we don’t like and ban anyone who disagrees with our ideology.”

  4. Ooo! Squeaky clean new forum! Wait . . . where does Portal fiction go? Time travel? AI and Weird stuff? Science Fantasy?

    Jimbo? You may need a “Other Stuff” category.

  5. Joined and started a thread already.

    All you urban fantasy fans need to get voting in the September genre vote right now:

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