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What did geeks obsess over before Tolkien, SF literature in the 50's (Asimov, Heinlein etc), and SF cinema and TV in the late 60's and 70's (Star Trek and Star Wars)?

I know they had HG Wells and Jules Verne, but it seems to me that the largest thematic influences to Geekiness just weren't around before WW2.
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I think they talked about their etchings a lot.

And there was Lord Dunsany, and probably a lot of other fantasy writes too, not just Wells and Verne.
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Ear trumpets and the dropsy, I should think.
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Well, back in the olden days instead of playing wargames, they waged wars. Lots of 'em. All over Europe.

My suspicion is that they felt it was their responsibility to lay the groundwork for the recreational pastimes of generations yet to come.
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Koldfoot wrote:
For starters, Daddy-O, they didn't refer to us clowns as geeks, in those days we were squares.


Not everyone can be a hep cat.
 
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The Expanding Man wrote:
What did geeks obsess over before Tolkien, SF literature in the 50's (Asimov, Heinlein etc), and SF cinema and TV in the late 60's and 70's (Star Trek and Star Wars)?

How to survive on low wages.

Except for the few lucky ones that belonged to the wealthy elite. They became mathematicians, or other kinds of scientists, or writers, etc.
But most of the modern geeky 'obsessing' is probably a side effect of economic affluence. Well, that's too say, there probably always has been geekiness, but it can only really be expressed in conditions of sufficient wealth (and/or economic security).
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Lajos wrote:
The Expanding Man wrote:
What did geeks obsess over before Tolkien, SF literature in the 50's (Asimov, Heinlein etc), and SF cinema and TV in the late 60's and 70's (Star Trek and Star Wars)?

How to survive on low wages.

Except for the few lucky ones that belonged to the wealthy elite. They became mathematicians, or other kinds of scientists, or writers, etc.
But most of the modern geeky 'obsessing' is probably a side effect of economic affluence. Well, that's too say, there probably always has been geekiness, but it can only really be expressed in conditions of sufficient wealth (and/or economic security).


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