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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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Jul. 26th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
I tend to think there are not as many capital-C Conservatives (meaning the people who call themselves Republicans these days), but sci-fi fandom is remarkably liberal. There are quite a few small-L libertarians as well as those who have mare varied positions, but the assumption is there because of the data.
wombat_socho
Jul. 26th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, but why is that? Is there that much of a counter-cultural element in fandom because most fans are too socially inept/lack the skills to make it in mainstream capitalist, Christian America? What happened to the kind of fans who read Heinlein and Clarke (for example) and became engineers in NASA? Did they all fuck off to the combat SF ghetto? Inquiring minds want to know!

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