I'd like to see how many hardcore science fiction fans are on here. I edited fanzines sine about 1077 to the year all fanzines died, around 1990. I've attended science fiction conventions, both as just a fan and as a dealer. I was a panelist and guest at the last Inconjunction, and I hope to have tables at ConQuest and Inconjunction (and, possibly Archon) this year.
I love Sci fi and have read all off Asimov and many others,own films but only one comicon and don't stalk actors, so guess I'm not hardcore Will ever regret selling my 1990's collection of Deadline, Tank Girl and 2000ADs, love the characters and stories, the new ones don't seem to compare, especially for female protagonists.
I taught myself better American English by reading all the Science Fiction available in the US Army library in Stuttgart. I love all the classic mentioned here before, in addition to Arthur C Clarke, Usula Le Guin, Kate Wilhelm, Harlan Ellison and Ted Sturgeon. I went to 1 convention, Dr.Who , in Rochester NY. Saw Douglas Adams speak at the University of Rochester many years later.
I am now in the re-reading phase of my favorites.
I used to be the what amounted as the fiction editor for a Star Trek Romulan based fanzine. I've been to Balticon, though it's been decades and have gone to DragonCon and GenCon (much more gaming). I've done cosplay at cons, and an age ago, I got to help represent the National Air and Space Museum at a ShoreLeave star trek convention when I had an intership down in DC.
I also like hard SF, Niven, Bear etc.
I'm a fan of hardcore science fiction more than a hardcore science fiction fan. Read the books, watch the movies and TV series but never really been into the merchandise and convention side.
Anyone else remember Omni or authors like Stanislaw Lem and Robert L. Forward or maybe Daniel F. Galouye and Sherri S. Tepper.
Westercon from WAY ('82-ish) back and for many years. Groundfloor of Hexacon (in Arizona, not the East Coast one) and was part of it through Hex III or Hex IV (was busy with college at the time).
Huge reader of fiction of all types. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Heinlein, Asimov, Clark were my formative authors.
Somehow I never got into fanzines. That said, I find it hard to believe that fanzines are no more. Instead I figured that they were online and, sure enough, after a very short search I found evidence of online life in the realm. Part of the reason I belived that was true is I have friends who are active/avid writers in the Slah and Slashfic (I think I got those right) communities. So, FanFic is still out there, and some even accuse themselves of being FanZines but they are online.
I am impressed that you have been doing Science Fiction since 1077... do you recall the details of the Battle of Hastings (1066?). (Sorry, I know it's a typo but I couldn't resist.)