Officially a Geek
Posted on June 16, 2003 Posted by John Scalzi 7 Comments
My descent into the realms of total geekdom is complete (it was a short trip): I am now officially a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. I got my clubhouse pass this weekend in the form of the SFWA Forum, the in-house magazine of the group, in which my name was officially listed along with several other initiates. This means two things. First, the check for membership dues cleared. This is always a positive. Second, I’m in with the grownup version of the Geek Table in the high school cafeteria.
Excited? You bet. Geeks always have the best conversations; it’s something about being so involved with the life of the mind, whether or not that’s by choice. Sure, they may have some social and/or motor skills deficiencies, but, honestly now. Who doesn’t? Anyway, now I’m married. I don’t want a date, I just want to associate with other people of my geek writing tribe.
The only way I suppose I could be come any geekier would be to join Mensa, but since I think I rather file my teeth down to points and then tear out my own femoral artery than to do that, I’ll stay at my current geek status. It’s enough.
Geeeeeeek! Geek! Geek! Geek! Geekededygeekgeek!
This is my jelous…
You have your nomenclature a little mixed up. People who join Mensa are pointy-heads or eggheads, not geeks.
Well, those are subsets of the larger “geek” classification, of course.
Congratulations, sir. But look on the bright side: according to Brunching Shuttlecock, you’re at the top of the heap.
Whew! What a relief THAT is!
Actually, they are quite a few geeks in Mensa…I just can think of 1000’s of better ways to spend the $60~~80 annual dues :-)
Just one word of warning — no matter what enticements they dangle, no matter how they play on your sense of community service, don’t offer to run for President of SFWA. Just. . .don’t. You’ll thank me later for this.