Podcasts have become an essential part of geek culture. For most geeks, it is not enough to read the book, watch the movie or watch the latest episode. We must talk about it! We relive the best moments, laugh and worry over the problematic ones, analyse, speculate, conjure up history and context, evaluate artistry and tease out philosophy. In short, we take the media we are given and we go beyond! A single episode of Star Trek: TOS or Classic Doctor Who still regularly generates hundreds of podcasts. Geeks are rarely content to skim the surface of the world. Thanks goodness for that!
This is the story of one of those podcasts. In the words of its creators:
“Once upon a time, three friends started a podcast to explore the deeper side of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and romance, along with popular art and culture. We were tired of literary snobs telling us that our writing and reading preferences didn’t count as art. Our podcast style is casual, and we love to geek out about the things we love! We’re readers, writers, and consumers of culture who believe mass-market writing has something for everyone, not just ‘those nerds.'”
“Beyond the Trope is hosted by Michelle Graham, Giles Hash, and Emily Singer. Michelle is a copywriter, proofreader, and blogger by day and, well, pretty much the same thing by night. Her head is full of fairy tales and shiny things, which is especially useful for writing YA fantasy. Giles is an aspiring YA Sci-Fi author with a passion for stories that entertain first and make readers think second. His career has taken many turns, but Beyond the Trope is by far one of the best paths he’s chosen on the road to publication. Emily is a speculative fiction author-in-training who loves diverse stories and totally unique premises. When she’s not reading, writing, or podcasting, she’s haunting the local comic store, brushing up on Doctor Who trivia, or gushing about other super-nerdy things.”
Here it is, geeks of Boulder County and beyond! Today, we are announcing our very first special guests at Geek Fair 2015, part of the Longmont Museum’s Cultural Resources Fair on September 20 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.. It’s the magical folk of Colorado’s Myths and Legends Con (MALCon)!
The Grey Havens Group loves the intimate but incredibly celebratory geek experience that you get at MALCon each year. This year, Grey Havens Group member, Stant Litore, was one of the convention’s special guest authors and looking at these gorgeous photos from the recent con is like playing spot the Grey Havens Group/Grey Havens YA member!
Of course, MALCon attracts geeks from all around the galaxy, not just from GHG. Who wouldn’t want to spend time with like-minded fans at an annual event where the focus is on “our modern myths and legends, from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings, from Firefly to Doctor Who?”
We are incredibly honored that MALCon recognizes the importance of geeky solidarity, even as far north as the community of Longmont, and that they are coming to help us honor our teachers and make our town just a bit shinier! We aim to misbehave! Allons-y!
All are welcome at Geek Fair! You can read more details here.
Elisha Conant, doctor of psychology, dissects Conan Doyle’s classical Sherlock Holmes figure. Is he on the spectrum, a sociopath or just an ingenious Victorian gentleman?
Find out in this fascinating lecture by one of our brilliant Grey Haveners!