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This weekend, a science fiction author asked me why I know so many science fiction authors personally.

I gave a long-winded answer at the time because I had never thought about it before. But really - it's just because I've been around sf fandom long enough. Fandom is full of writers. Many are unpublished, and over the years, more of them will have their works published. Many of them are widely published and just like hanging around conventions or pubs or other sfnal social venues. They're part of the community to whatever degree each is comfortable participating in it, just as much as anyone else with a stake in the subject, whether readers, editors, translators, publishers, artists, or anyone else.

P.S. I was tempted to entitle this "science fiction authors are human beings too".

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gillpolack
Sep. 15th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
The other possibility is that you don't know many SF authors at all, but you know an awful lot of historians and archaeologists...
owlfish
Sep. 15th, 2011 09:33 am (UTC)
One doesn't preclude the other, though. And as far as I can recall, the question was asked on the basis of knowing the person asking + the two authors I had been on a panel with the day before.

I know lots and lots of historians, but not so many archeologists, I think.
owlfish
Sep. 15th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
Also, I know historians professionally as well as socially.
autopope
Sep. 15th, 2011 09:36 am (UTC)
Let me guess; that particular SF author ISN'T around fandom much?
owlfish
Sep. 15th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
Correct!
fjm
Sep. 15th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
Some of it is also just about being in the UK. We are small.
owlfish
Sep. 15th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
Absolutely. And that, I remembered to mention while being long-winded about the subject on the weekend. But the short answer is "fandom".
gillpolack
Sep. 15th, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)
You know, I still want to be on an historian's panel (even better, a Medievalists panel) at an SF convention.
owlfish
Sep. 15th, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
They do happen! I have been on one of them.
alexmc
Sep. 15th, 2011 10:52 am (UTC)
Hell - you've even organised SF panels with a historian SF writer on it ;-)
gillpolack
Sep. 15th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
But I missed out...(I think it would be a great deal of fun)
chilperic
Sep. 15th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
I've been on several!
bohemiancoast
Sep. 15th, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
I was thinking about this when one of my colleagues asked if I would be interested in "An Evening with Terry Pratchett".
tisiphone
Sep. 15th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
I think this is exactly it (though I admit to having a moment of *squee* when a certain well-known master of said craft held a door open for me.) They're just... there. Not rock-star like, more like local country dance fiddler like.
klwilliams
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have a lot of friends who are SF authors, too. (OK, technically I'm one, too.) The first ones I met were just friends of mine. I'd babysit their kids, go shopping with them, go to amusement parks with them, go to conventions where they were guests of honor-- wait, that part came later. But yes, fandom and the Internet, that will do it. And now I'm going to marry one.
sioneva
Sep. 15th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
My answer? Shana knows everyone.
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