A New Issue, An Engagement, and some thoughts on Populist
by Ernest Lilley - Editor, SFRevu
First off, welcome to the April-May issue of SFRevu. We welcome Lavie Tidhar with his review of Shiva 3000, and Tony Tellado and I put together a Feature Article on Gene Rodenberry's Andromeda, which we both like for reasons you'll have to read the review to get. We've got lots of Convention coverage this issue, including a follow-up on Lunacon, and pictures from Icon and Chiller Theater SP 2001.
I've been on the road, from Amsterdam to Germany to Texas mostly covering computer shows for Byte.com. I covered CeBit, the worlds largest computer show over at the site. Of course, I had help, in the form of friends Alex Pournelle and Eric Pobirs. Eric and I got into an interesting argument over which one of us chose Batman as an archetype and which of us chose Superman. We both wanted to be Batman, but I lost. Or won. Depends on how you look at it. By all means, look at it at: Byte.com CeBIT 2001.
When I got back to the US, I wasted no time asking EJ McClure to marry me since she was only going to be in the country for a few weeks before going back to sea with the US Navy. EJ, as you may be aware, has been doing reviews for SFRevu since the beginning, and although she's career Navy, I came to realize that some time with her meant more to me than all the time in the world with anyone else I could think of. As a friend of mine said, I've been looking for an adventure, and marrying a Navy officer qualifies in my book. Incidentally, we met at Boskone about 5 years ago, when Lois Bujold was GoH. We'll be returning to the scene of the crime for an exchange of vows next February...it's already on the program. Friends are helping to make it a theatrical production worthy of fandom. You're all invited. Our Engagement Page
Finally, a few thoughts about fandom, populism and intellectual thought.
What draws people to Science Fiction? Agreed, there are probably as many answers as there are fans, but I've noticed something that seems important to me over time.
We're intellectuals without portfolios.
In order to be a thinker and to have your ideas heeded, you generally need some serious credentials. University professor, Scientist, stuff like that. Not in fandom.
SF fans are often people with a hunger to explore ideas, and a need to be heard. Wonderful people who can be a real pain in the butt when you just want a quiet beer at the hotel bar. Mostly I'm kidding. I love this aspect of fandom. It's a big part of why I do SFRevu, why I go to cons, what drew me to SF in the first place.
I've learned a tremendous amount from SF. Not just about technology, but about philosophy, citizenship, and cultural anthropology.
Now, I'm not suggesting that reading SF and hanging out at Cons is better than a college education. For my money, a combination of both is the best bet. Whatever you do, it should be driven by a thirst to do it, and conversations at Cons can be just the thing for that thirst. Academic study has rigor going for it.
Remember, it's not enough to love ideas, you need to be able to make sense too.
© 2001 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu