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 )