The problem with gates and keeping people out is that you lose the growth and diversity of bringing people in. And then your group or hobby dies. I’ve seen this in a bunch of things I’m involved in. Sorry, Editor At TOR. SF does not need gatekeepers at Worldcon or anywhere else. SF fandom needs new blood or it’s dead, probably in less than ten years.
No More Gatekeepers. With quotes from Terry Pratchett’s Wee Free Men.
(I’ve included Pratchett quotes from the book Wee Free Men throughout this essay, because Pratchett had a true gift for saying what needed to be said. Read enough of his work, and you’ll see a solid, dependable and honorable philosophy and wonderful way of seeing the world around us. Now, to the essay…)
Earlier, I was reading through a thread started by a Hugo nominated TOR editor. The primary purpose of his posting seemed to be explaining the differences between being a fan of Science Fiction, and being a Capital “F” Fan. He went on to define what should constitute a true “Fan”. It goes well beyond reading and enjoying material from the genre. Frankly that is not enough. You need to be an active Fan. You must know the history, and be able to pass the knowledge…
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