For a long time now fantasy has been outselling science fiction. Fantasy fans are legion while the ranks of Trekkies dwindle. Fans of sf seem to prefer movies and tv to fiction. Has it always been like this? Why are more people turned on by magic, mysticism, superstition, and the accoutrements of the past rather than the possibilities of the future? Perhaps it’s the potential for interaction with the genre that attracts fans. While science fiction cons have always been a place for fans to dress up as their favorite Clingon or other extra-terrestrial, involving yourself in tarot, wicca, or other aspects of fantasy can actually become part of your lifestyle. The clothes aren’t nearly as outlandish as a space suit.
If you’re a science fiction writer, you might want to jump on the band wagon while it’s still rolling.
Sue (scusteister) Lange