Blessed Be the Nerdy Grandmothers: A Requiem

My long bout of vegging out in the week between Christmas and New Year’s included a rewatch of the Star Trek reboot. When the movie first came out back in 2009, a friend and I saw it in the theater five or six times, and I even dragged my mother and brother to see it once when I was home for a visit. It really wasn’t that great, not for me to devote as much time and money as I did to it that spring, but something about it seems to compel me to keep going back. I now think it was my grandmother.

When Chris Pine swaggered across the screen in the scene where he cheats at the Kobayashi Maru test during my most recent rewatch, I had a weird That’s So Raven-esque vision: my grandmother’s long, thin frame stretched out on the couch in her cramped living room, me in the chair right next to her, watching an episode of the original Star Trek. Grams loved William Shatner’s Captain Kirk, and in that moment, I wondered if she would have liked the reboot and its sequels. I was momentarily struck by a sweeping sense of grief. I wanted to watch these films with her. I wanted to know what she thought of Pine’s rendition of Kirk. I wanted to know if the Uhura/Spock storyline intrigued her as much as it did me at the time (Zachary Quinto’s Spock was bae that summer).

My grandmother died 19 years ago this week but as the person who gave me my first foray into geekdom through our Star Trek viewing, she lives on through me. She—along with my mother and my aunt—nurtured my imagination, and gave me the space to be smart and shy and introspective in my formative years. I lost sight of some of that creativity during my teen years and early adulthood, and it took me a while to fully recover from the bandwaggoning that can occur during those time periods, but ever since starting Midwest BSFA and getting into steampunk, I’ve been able to rediscover my love of geeky things. I think knowing that this rediscovery has happened would make my grandmother happy.

Rest on, Grams.

Cincinnati Library’s Comic Con Recap

The Comic Con at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County was a major good time for the members of the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance. We stumped those who tried our “Name That Actor/Actress!” quiz on black Star Trek characters, we handed out fliers about next month’s Queen City Black Comix Day and we generally geeked out with other attendees. Make sure you check out the event when it comes back in May 2017!

Midwest BSFA Hits the Cincinnati Library Comic Con on May 21

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If you’re in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, May 21, stop by the 4th annual Cincinnati Library Comic Con and check out the Midwest BSFA table! The theme is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and we’ll be doing some trivia on the show’s black recurring characters and guest stars! The Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, noon to 5 p.m., 800 Vine Street, downtown (Cincinnati 45202), 513-369-6900