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I picked up the fan mentality when I was very young, but didn't really find fandom per se until much later, to a large degree after I moved to the States in 2004. I didn't hear about Eastercon, the UK's national science fiction convention since 1948, until I'd attended a Westercon in San Diego!
I discovered science fiction when I was ten, when the BBC broadcast their version of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids. I was enthralled and my mother, a science fiction fan from way back when, promptly put a copy of the source novel into my hands to read. It proved to be too much of a challenge for me at the time, even though I'd read The Hobbit a few years earlier, so I came back to it later.
However, my interest had been engaged and I asked her what books I should start with to learn about science fiction. She gave me Robert A. Heinlein's juveniles, the Lije Baley books by Isaac Asimov and Clifford D. Simak's Way Station. I was off and running and haven't looked back since.
I was already a horror nut and was collecting everything I could find, in print and on film. I built an especially large collection of the works of Guy N. Smith, to the degree of hand-written manuscripts of unpublished novels. I was proud to move from a fan to friend, IT support and eventually colleague as I handled desktop publishing for a number of issues of his fan club magazine, Graveyard Rendezvous, and laid out three of his novels for Black Hill Books.
Beyond a brief dalliance with groups like ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society, I didn't tap into wider fandom or discover the convention scene until relatively recently. However, over the last few years, I've been going to and working a whole bunch of them and the critters breed, I tell you. Now I'm documenting the history of Arizona fandom at azfandom.org.
In fact, I ended up finding myself active within the film community first, having enjoyed the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in 2007 so much that I had to become part of it. The two sides tied together when I began, under my Apocalypse Later Roadshow banner, to program mini-film festivals at conventions and, now, to run my own event, the Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival.
So, here are my varied geek credentials:
Official Convention Positions
Film Festival Programmer
Convention Mini-Film Festival Programmer
Film Festival Submission Screener
Film Challenge/Festival Judge
MC and/or DJ (as Count Chaos)
Editor and Publisher
I am a member of:
I have been a member of:
Last update: 29th August, 2020