Like all science fiction and fantasy fans, the spirits speak to me. They whisper with visions of impossible worlds and distant galaxies. They spin dreams of the future and past and even of times that never were.
The spirits speak through stories and books, films and TV shows, comic books and video games. The spirits whisper in the words and creations of authors and artists and dreamers from around the world.
And the spirits bring me joy.
But sometimes the spirits also bring pain, such as when I want to share my love of SF/F with others. Social media and online platforms allow me to interact with countless genre fans, but at times they also bring the worst of our genre directly to my virtual doorstep. Anger and hate and personal attacks and just plain old nastiness. There have been many days where I’ve waded out of the online SF/F muck and wondered why I even bother. [Read more…]