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Conventions—The Advanced Class for Dedicated Fans

by Gail Z. Martin How can you get more out of your con going?  Here are some ideas to increase your con pleasure. Take a look at the program , if possible, before you go to the event.  Some cons … Continue reading

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Why Aspiring Writers (Should) Love Cons

by Gail Z. Martin So you want to be a writer?  Get thee to a convention! Conventions are fantastic networking and educational opportunities, and they cost a fraction of what many writing conferences charge. Most conventions have some kind of … Continue reading

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Cons in pop culture

by Gail Z. Martin I just finished reading Carole Nelson Douglas’s Cat in a Kiwi Con, a very tongue-in-cheek mystery set in, of all places, a sci-fi convention.  Having met Carole on a panel at DragonCon (she’s also been on … Continue reading

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Things Readers Wish Writers Would Keep In Mind

by Gail Z. Martin Last week I talked about things writers wish they could whisper in readers’ ears.  Now it’s time to turn that around and remind writers what readers wish they’d remember. #1  It’s been a year since we … Continue reading

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Fandom needs its Glee

by Gail Z. Martin Thanks to Glee, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and Guitar Hero, my kids know the words to all the songs that were popular when I was in high school, and quite a few songs that … Continue reading

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Keeping the Fandom Flame in a Sci-Fi World

by Gail Z. Martin What do you do when the fantastic becomes commonplace? Back in the day, early in the 20th century, sci-fi had a lot of ground to cover. Rocket ships, ray guns, space travel, light-up gadgets—there was no … Continue reading

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Why book fans need media and gaming fans (and vice versa)

by Gail Z. Martin I run into some groups of fans who have a “separate but equal” view when it comes to conventions. Some book fans get twitchy around fans whose primary experience with the genre comes via gaming, movies … Continue reading

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Bringing up the kids in the (fandom) faith

by Gail Z. Martin As a parent, I know that—intentionally or unintentionally—you instill your values by example into the next generation. Your kids see what’s really important to you—by your actions more than your words. Many parents struggle to instill … Continue reading

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The Graying of the Fan—Or Not

by Gail Z. Martin I attend more than a dozen sci-fi/fantasy conventions each year, mostly along the East Coast. One of the topics that comes up often in conversation, if not as the actual topic of a panel, is the … Continue reading

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