Re: this group
- From: barf-bear <no@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 06:04:41 -0600
nance@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Anthony Nance) wrote:
barf-bear <no@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
The charter text seems to say that rec.arts.sf.written is:
"A group for discussing the general SF which is seen by its audience
in written form, whether printed or online."
Can anyone tell me more?
Hi barf-bear -- if that is indeed your real name -- welcome to rasfw.
Hi Tony, thanks for the welcome.
No, barf-bear is a nym, is a product concept that my wife vetoed some
years back. The idea was a large cuddly teddy-bear with a hinged head
and a plastic container inside. Drunks could snuggle up to it and if
the need hit, avoid an immediate worship session at the Porcelain God.
I figured it would be a big seller at xmas time to teenagers with
heavy-drinkers for parents, the wife figured it would generate a
psych-commitment order. So it goes, right?
That's actually a pretty good two-line description of rasfw. A few
things to add would be:
- It's a pretty active group, with a lot of participants who have
a wide range of interests and backgrounds. It's generally rather
polite and fun-loving. The FAQ for the group can be found at
http://www.steelypips.org/sfwrittenfaq/ The intro there seems
to be specifically helpful to new folks.
- Whether you read the FAQ or not, it's worth emphasizing that
"SF" = "speculative fiction", including science fiction, fantasy,
where those two overlap each other (indeed, there are no
universally accepted definitions of either, and there are
plenty of boundary busters for any attempts) and where
those two overlap a bit with horror (although more lightly,
and more like dark fantasy, since horror has its own group(s)).
- Like any group of people, we'll run off into tangents which are
not on-topic. These are generally acccepted/tolerated/ignored,
especially if the participants historically contribute on-topic
So here's hoping you pull up a chair and stay a while and become
another contributing member of rasfw.
I'll check out the faq, thanks again.
"Small change can often be found under seat cushions."
-- Lazarus Long (Heinlein)
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