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How Do You Know If You Love SF
When asked "Do I love Speculative Fiction?" The answer is yes I know in my heart that I love Speculative Fiction and would consider myself a fan. If that question is followed up with "How do you know?" Then the answer is more difficult and involves a man in a batman suit playing guitar at a street light but more on that latter.
One could just claim "I know because that is how I feel." It is my first answer to this question but people feel many different things throughout the day and even have feelings that contradict previous feelings or their own believed position. This does not belittle the gut check but it does reduce it's value to one method of discerning one which should be tempered with something else.
Actions speak louder than words. A phrase that has so much truth to it and is very applicable to this process of discovery. Our actions toward Speculative Fiction gives us evidence of our true feelings toward it. Take this real life experience as an example.
Friday, traveling in my car through town I noticed a man standing in the grass near a three way intersection. This was not ordinary man for he was wearing a Batman costume and jamming away on a guitar with a smile of joy on his face. I realized by my own thoughts that this is the moment of truth, what are your thoughts about this man?
My thoughts first went toward protection of Speculative Fiction by discerning if the man was doing this out of mockery. Satisfied that he was not, my mind turned toward fraternal thoughts. I celebrated in his expression, became excited, thought about which Batman suit he chose and found myself wishing he could have a catwoman singer and a robin playing drums. If your thoughts turned destructive, toward mocking this man tearing him down and robbing him of his joyous moment then your feelings are in question because your actions say your not a fan.
How Do You Know If You Love SF? You know that you love Speculative Fiction if you celebrate it, cherish it and express those feelings in fraternal /constructive actions. If your actions are hateful, mocking and destructive than you do not love SF. You are not a fan.
By the way his Batman costume was blue and grey 1960’s style Batman costume.