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ReaderCon: In Praise of Fandom?

Saturday, I had lunch with Matt Cheney, Tor editor Liz Gorinsky and a guy named Michael who described himself as "just a fan". One thing that became clear to me as we talked is that there's nothing approaching the nature of fandom in the world of literary (or "mainstream" as the SF folks would have it) fiction. Dave Eggars likes to make reference to a literary community or family, but in Eggars' world there isn't close too the active, ongoing conversation between him and the readers in the way there is for almost any writer in the SF scene.