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Why do people still disdain science fiction and fantasy?
Bryan Alexander
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They’re called conventions. I help run several of them.

It’s funny, but when I was in high school, I was force-fed Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. Now the only thing I knew about Bradbury was that he wrote science fiction. After finishing the book, I said to myself, “If this is science fiction, I don’t want anything to do with it.”

Ironically, I had been reading my dad’s Doc Savage books for a good 7 years by then. He never mentioned they were SF, just that I was welcome to read them if I liked.

I was in my 30s before a friend at work talked me into reading Tolkein. I read the trilogy straight through three times and have been reading both SF and F ever since.

I was in my early 40s when I found out about SFF conventions or cons as we call them. Now I have worked 6 Worldcons and several regional ones.

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