I have been a geek all my life. First as a Dr Who fan and then I moved onto watching anything that had aliens, mad scientists or space travel in it. Over the years I have perfected my ‘geekness’ by buying sonic screwdrivers, the full collection of Star Trek First Contact Action figures along with many other plastic characters, props and statues plus the odd DVD or two or three or four or much, much more!!
Ten years ago I went to my first Star Trek Convention and now I am in full Galaxy Quest mode, meeting actors, collecting autographs and taking many photos. The only thing I haven’t done yet is come dressed in costume though I do wear the odd sci fi earring, badge and painted jeans.
Why am I attracted to this genre? It gives me hope, it shows me places and gadgets beyond my wildest imagination. It can shock me, excite me, make me laugh and sometimes make me cry.
From watching the adventures of the funny old man and his companions inside a police box at the tender age of 6 or 7 my thirst for science began. A turning point for me was watching the moon landing with my primary school classmates and wishing that I could do that. At this stage I still haven’t travelled into space but I am hoping that one day I have taught someone and encouraged their passion to reach for the stars.
By watching the tv or movie screen and seeing people step through a Stargate, captaining a starship or meeting strange coloured aliens I too can pretend that I am doing it as well. So much of what I have seen on screen is now a reality that maybe a starship captain is still possible!
Sci fi is firmly entrenched in my life. Because of this passion I have met many wonderful friends and I continue to experience amazing opportunities to indulge myself in a world or ‘worlds’ that I love.
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