So…I want to go to BayCon.
BayCon is San Francisco’s main science fiction and fantasy convention.
I’ve never been to a Con.
It’s a little intimidating.
I signed up last year. Paid my registration fee. And didn’t go.
Because I’m a dweeb. The worst kind of dweeb.
I didn’t go because…well…you know…because it’s a science fiction and fantasy convention! Everyone knows the kind of people who go to those things are weirdos!
Ug. It’s that horrible stigma. The notion that folks who are into science fiction and fantasy are somehow more juvenile or delusional than the rest of the human population (well, that does describe me).
I know I shouldn’t care what people think. There is nothing wrong with science fiction and fantasy stories. These stories, like all stories, represent our dreams, passions, and fears. Isn’t Star Trek considered our barometer for scientific and technological advancement?
Regardless of what it truly is, when I try to talk to folks about the latest fantasy or science fiction book I’ve read, I get those looks. Like, she’s not serious, is she?
I participated in a book club for over 10 years. During that time, I never let on that I was a science fiction/fantasy buff. And I definitely didn’t tell folks that I wanted to write science fiction/fantasy (I didn’t know then either, so, technically, I wasn’t hiding that).
Let me tell you why: one day, one of our book club members let it be known that she was also a member of a science fiction book club. The members of our book club laughed at her. They made snide remarks about the quality of the writing, and the base appeal to action and/or sex in those kinds of books.
I was mortified. And I didn’t say a word. I did not back her up. I sat and simply watched in horror, glad that I wasn’t the one being mocked. She handled it with perfect aplomb. Didn’t bat an eye and re-countered their abuse with a well rehearsed speech. I can’t remember what she said, but she made me proud. Proud to be a science fiction/fantasy fan. But I still kept my mouth shut.
To be fair, years later, I was the first in our group to nominate a fantasy book for the club to read (Wicked by Gregory Maguire). It wasn’t very well received by that crowd, but they all ate their disparaging remarks when the thing became a huge musical.
Anyway, the thing is that most adults don’t take science fiction/fantasy very seriously and they definitely do not take the fans all that seriously either.
So…should I do it? Should I bow to peer pressure and…lie about going to BayCon? 😉