I am a classic Trekkie. It was my first fandom. I cut my teeth on old episodes of Star Trek. I designed my own ship, my own species, I was the navigator on that ship with cultural dilemmas around being the first of my species to serve the United Federation of Planets. My friends and I stayed up late into the night at slumber parties talking about adventures our favorite characters only ever had in our imaginations. I read the novels: Romulan Way, IDIC Epidemic, Uhura’s song. The philosophies of Star Trek molded the person I am today.
When you’re going to lecture someone in fandom for breaking canon do not do it based on someone else’s interpretation of what canon is. Know the canon yourself. Not just the “I watched a few ST:NG” assumptions. The whole sweeping complexity of thought that is Star Trek from the first episode with no William Shatner to the more recent works I admit I am not up on.
I don’t go telling Doctor Who fans what they should and should not write, etc etc. Accept someone else is the expert and let it go. Do not lecture a Trekkie on whether or not a Vulcan and a Klingon would pair up. It not only sounds condescending but also uninformed.
All of Green’s post are very well written. Except for the excessive use of acronyms which obviously speak to an in group her writing is very clear.
Only one of the posts she submitted seems to have anything to do with sci-fi/fantasy fandom and that is the one on Star Trek canon. The other two posts have to do with feminism and society in general and maybe conference attendance. Again, I’m looking for someone who is positively enthusiastic about something sci-fi/fantasy related, deep in the details and sharing the love. That is what I am looking for to give someone the label of best fan writer.
Maybe I don’t get it. Maybe she has a ton of posts on vampire-werewolf triads. Maybe she just misunderstood the assignment when she chose which works represented her as the best fan writer. Maybe I’m being too picky about what a fan is.
There’s actually some controversy (surprise) around who is a fan and who isn’t. I think fan is like just about anything. If she says she’s a fan then she’s a fan. If she says she’s a feminist she’s a feminist. If she decides she’s a man then I’ll call her “he.” I respect how people choose to call themselves. So when I say I don’t see how someone is a fan I don’t mean I don’t think they are a fan. They have self identified and I believe them.
I just don’t see what Green is fannish about. I don’t see her being a good fan let alone the best one. And if she’s going to be the Best Fan Writer then I should really be able to identify her fandom at the very least and at best how she builds up that fandom into something better and more beautiful. In my world something better and more beautiful is also infinitely diverse and contains infinite combinations.