Cy’s Intro

CyChase May 14, 2012 1 Comment »

Hi, Space Gypsies!  I’m really excited to have the opportunity to write here– look for posts on the biology of science fiction and other science topics about once a month.  But before I start in on the good stuff, I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself, and hopefully convince you why I fit right in here at SG.

I was a pretty dorky kid. I read the entire world, never made below an A, could reel off statistics for literally the entire Atlanta Braves roster, and my brothers and I had our own versions of elaborate tabletop gaming with Littlest Pet Shop and Matchbox cars (seriously, there was an economy and infrastructure). As I progressed into my early teenage years, I developed a healthy obsession with Star Wars and discovered THE INTERNET (I was definitely the kid who taught herself html in the seventh grade).

Remember when fandom lived here?

So you’d think that as I left home for my last two years of high school (at a math-science magnet boarding school) and then college, that I would get even more geeky.  Y’know, join an anime club, discover video games or Dungeons and Dragons, something that I’d been missing while mostly-friendless in my tiny, rural hometown.

But that didn’t really happen. Instead I joined a few academic clubs (shout-out to the Russian Club!), learned to play hockey, and read a lot, both for fun and for school. In fact, the only stereotypically geeky thing I did for the nine years after I left home was watch the entire Stargate franchise, fill in gaps in my X-Files knowledge and develop a fondness for Doctor Who.

And then, in 2010, a friend made me go to Dragon*Con. I was of course aware of the idea of conventions, but I’d never been to one, and I’d also never heard of Dragon in particular. What I realized within seconds of exiting the train at Peachtree Center was that Dragon*Con was a scifi/fantasty/lit/gaming/anime/nerdgasm and a complete blast. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of geekiness, and I was already a PhD student in science.

A family of pirates in the food court = why Dragon is amazing.

In the year and half or so since my first D*C, I’ve expanded my geek universe exponentially. I’ve made friends with an awesome cosplay crew here in Nashville, and have learned to sew and craft and make my OWN costumes: all skills I’ve never had! I learned to build my own computer, and am now using it to play World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic. I’ve played D&D, Magic: The Gathering, and Skyrim. I have $100/month comic book habit. And did I mention I have tattoos of the ‘Earth’ chevron from Stargate and the Deathly Hallows from Harry Potter?

So…being a real grownup?  (I am, I own a house and everything). Even dorkier than being an awkward teenager.  And way more fun.

Even better, now I have an expertise!  As part of my columns here, I’ll be answering YOUR burning science questions: Feel free to email me at with any and all inquiries about the plausibility of zombie viruses, the laws of alien evolution, or anything in between.

Pics or it didn't happen, I know.

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  1. PlayItGrandNo Gravatar May 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Welcome aboard Cy! We are thrilled to have you join our caravan, and I know our readers will enjoy your posts!

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