Let's Explore!: Geography Wonks in Fandom

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Let's Explore!: Geography Wonks in Fandom

Postby millerdan2009 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:45 pm

Hi, all,

{Placing this topic here because it's a major subculture within fandom [which includes myself, to be honest], as opposed to within the Fan Interest forum, since that doesn't seem to do this subculture justice.}

Ken Jennings' recent book may have put the subculture on the map—pun intended—but even before SF/F was a force to be reckoned with, geography wonks (as Jennings calls them) have represented a significant segment of the population at large, and perhaps an even larger percentage of fandom. Far beyond simply appreciating the maps of Middle-Earth in Tolkien or being able to navigate readily on road trips, cartography wonks—you know who you are—go above and beyond in their love of all things having to do with maps, both real and imagined: They collect atlases and rare vintage maps, they wonder "where they can get one of those" when they look at the New York Public Transit map, and they even wander into public buildings just to admire the maps on the walls. (Again, you know who you are!) Come share your love of all things cartographic and celebrate the urge—you know where to find us!


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