From an early age, geeks were my first crushes. The bespectacled librarian who suggested great books to me in middle school. My science teacher, who did amazing things with a test tube and a source of heat (which sounds way dirtier than I mean it to, but still…). Writers. Computer nerds. Gamers. They were all alluring in a way that society just couldn’t see. Sometimes I felt like I was walking around with a secret decoder ring, one that unlocked the hidden sensuality of geeks everywhere. It was my delicious secret, but it was also a point of confusion — couldn’t everyone see how sexy geeks were?
About a year ago, I had an idea for a collection of geeky erotica. I wanted to celebrate what I saw as a beautiful coming together of two cultures: geekiness and sexuality. At first, I thought it would be something that I’d put together on my own, a book that would bring together the finest geek-themed erotic stories and art in the industry.
It was a scary idea — would there be enough cross-over between the two? Would other people share my love and lust for all things geeky? I ran the idea by some friends and colleagues in the combined industries of geekland and eroticaville — and the response was tremendously positive. At that point, I gathered some of my favorite smart, sexy geeks together and said, “Let’s do this thing.”
So for the past few months, we have been doing this thing. And now this thing — Geek Love: An Anthology of Full Frontal Nerdity — is ready to meet the world. We’ve got an amazing cover, a talented crew of editors and publicity people, and a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am Table of Contents, full of the industry’s most talented writers and artists.
We just launched the Kickstarter an hour ago (as I write this) and our amazing backers have already pledged almost $900! We’re nearly one-eighth of the way to our goal. I am humbled and delighted by this. Not just because it means that we’re likely to succeed as a Kickstarter project, but also because it solidifies my belief that geeky and sexy do go hand-in-hand (and sometimes hand-in-tentacle). It makes me feel less alone in my overwhelming lust for geeky things and people. And it means that the time has come to truly celebrate and showcase geek sexuality for all of its wonderful, beautiful elements.
To those who have pledged, a million thank yous from the very bottom of our geeky hearts.
To those who haven’t, won’t you join us for a little Geek Love?
Kiss kiss bang bang,