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).
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.
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 CyChase@spacegypsies.com with any and all inquiries about the plausibility of zombie viruses, the laws of alien evolution, or anything in between.