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Recently I had the pleasure of attending Trek Expo 2012 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Such events are like plopping 2050 into 1956. The contrast is amazing, and the people are lovely. It may not suprise you to learn that this is not my first Sci Fi convention. I’ve been going since childhood and yes, I’ve even taken a date before.
The above is video footage of me at my latest rendezvous with my own ethnic group: nerds. However it occurred to me as I sputtered away from Tulsa that our long, dark days of oppression are over. Nerds have won.
We did it strategically and we did it quietly, but nerds have taken over. Not just the flashy, rich ones like Bill Gates and Will Wheaton. No, I mean you’re probably a science fiction geek and you don’t even know it. Here’s a conversation I had at a party two months ago:
Me: “I’m a big fan of Battlestar Gallactica. It pains me to say it, but it’s even better than Star Trek. The plot arc is amazing.
Guy: “Oh. Well, I’m not really into science fiction.”
Me: “Hey, everybody’s got their own thing. Not a big deal. What’s your favorite TV show?”
Me: “I’ve never seen that one. What’s it about?”
Guy: “Oh, it’s about time travel and some other stuff.”
Me: “. . . I see. Please excuse me.”
Andrew Heaton is a writer and standup comedian in New York City. If this post made you laugh or think, kindly "like" it on Facebook.