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One less convention I'll be visiting

haikujaguar, who recently wrapped up the most excellent "Spots The Space Marine" web serial here on LJ, recently made a trip to Readercon and posted about it here.

I'm glad she did well there, but I completely sympathize with her decision not to go back for a while - if ever. The knee-jerk political and anti-religious attitudes on display there aren't unique to Readercon by any stretch of the imagination, and to say it sticks in my craw is a massive understatement. The inability of these people to see that they're engaged in a massive case of projection is truly astounding, and says volumes about how compassionate and sensitive they really are. As I put it some years ago at one of the last Convergence cons I went to before moving down here, "Look, I'm not here to discuss politics. I'm here to discuss SF & fantasy. You want to talk to me about politics, do it somewhere else because I'm not going to do it here." Still, the ugly fact is that most SF fans seem to assume that you, too, are politically liberal and atheist, and that political conservatives/religious people are suitable figures for derision. Which we don't appreciate, surprisingly enough.

Related: I don't pimp Liberty SF nearly enough and should probably put it in my blogroll here at the LJ.

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wombat_socho
Jul. 25th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Judging from my experiences in conventions between DC and Minnesota, I'm afraid it's not a local problem; this is something that seems encoded in the fundamental DNA of SF and its fandom.
kishiriadgr
Jul. 25th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, but as I said, the SF fans here in SoCal tend to be more conservative than the east coast.
wombat_socho
Jul. 25th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
I wonder why.

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