Do you like science fiction, fantasy and/or horror?
Do you like to travel?
Do you enjoy going to genre conventions?
Do you get a kick out of visiting places where your favorite genre movies or TV shows were shot?
Do you delight is visiting places where your favorite genre authors lived, wrote or set their stories in?
Then The Genre Traveler is for you!
The Genre Traveler is your online resource for helping you do all these things … and more. It is a blog for those who see the world through genre-colored glasses.
So what will you find here?
Topics covered at The Genre Traveler include, but are not limited to:
- Tours with a genre twist.
- For example: Dracula Tour to Transylvania or Star Trek Cruise.
- What to do and where to eat when attending a genre convention.
- For example: Non-convention activities in Boston that are an easy trek from where Worldcon will be held.
- Travel stories about locations that novels were set in or movies shot at.
- For example: Edgar Alan Poe’s Baltimore or Minority Report‘s Washington, D.C.
- Places to go that have a genre history aspect to them.
- For example: “The Faerie Lands of Ireland” or “The Trolls of Norway.”
- Visiting locations used in genre film.
- For example: Old World and Gothic Charm of Prague.
- Ideas for seeing the world through genre-coloured glasses.
- For example: Jack-o’-Lantern Painting or the genre sensibility in advertising.
Who is the “mastermind” behind The Genre Traveler?
The Genre Traveler is the brain child of Carma Spence, a long-time science fiction and fantasy fan, who has added horror to her list of “geeky” interests.
Carma has more than 20 years of marketing communications experience, as well as a Master’s degree in Journalism. She’s dabbled in fiction and poetry since the tender age of four.
She first conceived the idea for The Genre Traveler in 2004 while taking a travel writing correspondence course. It was then that she realized two things:
- It was very difficult to find SF/F/H travel information unless you knew exactly what you were looking for … a specific event or location.
- She would merge two interests (travel and SF/F/H fiction) together by creating this sorely missing resource.
And so, The Genre Traveler was born, initially as a quarterly PDF magazine. In 2005, Carma changed the format and platform to WordPress … acknowledging two things … the overwhelming time-suck the PDF magazine was with little return on time invested and the more urgent, flexible and easily updatable qualities of a blog site.
That accomplished, Carma is now focusing on building up The Genre Traveler brand and hopes to transform it into a multi-media business, with video (could a TV show on SyFy be far off?), audio and much more robust content. A searchable database of venues and events is (and has been for a few years now) on the wish list for The Genre Traveler.
Carma’s Genre Stats & Trivia
Favorite Movies: The Princess Bride, The Terminator, Enemy Mine
Favorite TV Shows: “The Burning Zone,” “Babylon 5,” “Earth 2,” “Xena: Warrior Princess”
Favorite Novels: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker, Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward
Favorite Genre Actors: Johnny Depp, Jeff Goldblum, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jeffery Dean Morgan
Favorite Genre Actresses: Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver, Sandra Bullock, Patricia Arquette
Genre Locations She’s Visited: Transylvania, Baltimore, Md., Los Angeles, Calif.
Carma: Because he’s such a good father.
Clancy: No he’s not….
Two pictures were taken during that interview, without her knowing. One with her mouth open, the other with his. She shared those pictures in one of the early PDF issues of The Genre Traveler.
Interesting side note: Star Trek premiered on Sept. 8, 1966 … when Carma was only 13 days old!
Star Wars the first movie she ever saw in the theater more than once and the only English language film she has seen in a theater more than once. Since that time, the only other movies she’s made repeated trips to the theater for are Akira Kurosawa’s Ran (one of that director’s early works inspired Lucas when he was creating Star Wars) and Twilight of the Cockroaches, an anime/live-action film. Both of these latter films were in Japanese. Carma does not speak Japanese … she just likes the way it sounds.
Interesting side note: Brannon Braga, who eventually worked on the re-incarnations of Star Trek is also an alumni of UCSC. When she told him that at a convention in Washington, DC, circa 1993, he seemed quite interested in continuing the “memory lane” chat. But the line was too long and she was there with a very annoying young man named, get this, Jim, she’d “picked up” at a bar the week before. Erg.