With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of things that science fiction/fantasy geeks (like myself) might do to celebrate the holiday. Here are just a few examples, please feel free to add your own!
You know you’re a science fiction/fantasy geek when, for Thanksgiving, you…
• …realize that, come November, turkeys are very much like the red shirts from Star Trek: doomed,
• … talk the rest of your family into watching a Lord of the Rings marathon after dinner instead of the traditional NFL football game,
• …just before the meal, give thanks to the founding fathers – Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein.
•… slather cranberry sauce all over your face and inform your family that this year it’s a Zombie Thanksgiving,
•…spend hours watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade just to show the kids the Spider-Man balloon,
• … secretly begin hording the leftovers in preparation for the Mayan end of the world,
• …almost come to blows with a know-it-all in-law who thinks Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake saga is paranormal porn,
• …almost get hit by a female in-law after you say disparaging things about Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga,
• ...grab a turkey leg, pretend you're at a Renaissance Festival, call your wife a wench, and demand more ale,
• ...spend the night on the couch (aka Azkaban).
Are you a self-confessed SF/Fantasy geek? What are your plans for this Thanksgiving?
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can follow him on Twitter at @paulgoatallen and get all the latest Barnes & Noble book news from @BNBuzz.