RICHARD: He’s here. He’ll get no satisfaction out of me. He isn’t going to see me beg.
GEOFFREY: You fool. As if it matters how a man falls down.
RICHARD: When the fall’s all that’s left, it matters a great deal.
— The Lion in Winter (1968)
Geek Speak Status: Contributing Writer
Preferred Nationality: American is fine. I never really thought about it. As Vonnegut put it in Mother Night: “It’s no doubt a great flaw in my personality, but I can’t think in terms of boundaries. Those imaginary lines are as unreal to me as elves and pixies. I can’t believe they mark the end or beginning of anything of real concern to a human soul. Virtues and vices, pleasures and pains cross boundaries at will.”
Known Alias(es): Just JugularJosh
Michael Bay is… an anagram for Eh, a icy lamb
Gateway Fandom: I grew up with Star Wars, but Dungeons & Dragons was probably my gateway into hardcore geekdom.
Favorite Movie: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Favorite TV Show(s): Probably Season 1 of Veronica Mars. For as big a geek as I am, I don’t watch a lot of genre programming, because when it’s good, it’s very very good, but when it’s bad, it’s horrid.
Favorite Book: Today, it’s Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart, but tomorrow it might be something else entirely.
Favorite Author: Roger Zelazny.
Guilty Pleasure: Kim Possible, but I don’t feel that guilty about it.
Crush(es): Ellen Page. She’s just as cute as a button, but, alas, is no longer my Indie Ingénue. Kristen Bell is really cute and a great actress. Honorable mention goes to my hetero-crush Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Vendetta(s): I tend to be pretty mellow about differences in geek culture. You ask ten different geeks what fandom is about and you get ten different answers. Anime, horror movies, video gaming, role-playing and card gaming all fall loosely under the umbrella of sci-fi, and while people within the subculture will get more granular with their distinctions, those outside of it tend not to. It’s a big tent and no point in slagging on stuff we don’t like when there are plenty of those on the outside willing to do it.
Fan Fiction: Pro or Con? Is this a trick question? More like, “Trepanation: pro or con?”
THE FINAL 5
Trek or Wars: Wars, though it’s nice to visit a setting where we can go at least one movie without someone open-mouth kissing his sister.
DC or Marvel: Probably DC, though I’m getting crossover fatigue.�
Vampires or Werewolves: Dude, the world is a vampire. Sent to drain me.
Dragons or Unicorns: I’ve got to give this one to unicorns, because I love Peter Beagle’s The Last Unicorn so much. “No sorrow will live in my heart as long as that joy — save one, and I thank you for that, too.”
Time Travel: Pro or Con? I’m pro-time travel in that I’m in favor of it, but anti-time travel in the sense that I don’t think it’s possible.
THE TOP 13
- Out of This World, a tribute to Veronica Mars, Issue 17, July 2011
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