Thursday, December 20, 2007

Where are you in the geek-o-meter?

This from the NY Times, which is now free, all of it, for everyone. Yay!

I confess, it took one viewing of Lord of the Rings for me to realize that whatever geek there was in me (and there was never much), is now deader than barbershop harmonies.

It was during the circle at the castle, when all the various Trolls, Elves, Dwarves, Masons, Elks, Moose and Squirrel pledged their sword and claw to Fredo's quest. I watched the scene play out and said, "What a lot of hokum."

A lot of my friends are seriously into this stuff but I just can't get as excited about a Marmulan with a photon speculum as I can about a hooker with a gun.

When we were out in Phoenix for Thrillerfest, I was surprised by the number of former D&D players who are now writing crime fiction, but maybe I shouldn't be. After all, stories are stories, and there are some great SF writers, just as there are great crime writers.

So, tell me, how healthy is your inner geek and where on the chart do you fall?

I think if I had to choose, I'd be somewhere down there with the Erotic Furries.

With a gun.

Now there's a story.


Sandra Ruttan said...

Oooohhh. I want to publish that story.

Or perhaps have it audio recorded in a sexy voice with sound effects.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

A friend who writes fantasy showed me this chart a couple of years ago. Turns out I'm not as much of a geek as I'd always thought (being at the "science fiction literature fan" level).

I think there are quite a few crime writers my age who grew up playing D&D and reading SF. But then I turned 16 and decided I'd rather get laid, so I put away the D&D stuff and joined a heavy metal band. Never gave up on reading SF, though.

Anonymous said...

I cannot read the chart to let you know where I fall on the geek-o-meter, put up the link to the chart.

David Terrenoire said...


Just click on the chart.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

I refuse to comment.

James O. Born said...

As a nerdy geek or is it geeky nerd, I am a huge science fiction fan. I read all things science fiction, see the movies and loved the Lord of the Rings (Although it was a little long).

I always, deep down, thought you were one of us, Terrinore.

You dissappoint me.


Jim Born