In the Future, Tense

June 12, 2010

For Geeks of A Certain Age

Filed under: science fiction — carolynanderson09 @ 1:41 pm

I am one of a generation of girls who was traumatized by the Janis Ian song “At Seventeen.” It was so agonizingly, heart-wrenchingly, completely empathetic to my life as the fat, smart girl growing up in a white-flight suburb that didn’t know what to do with me, I could actually barely stand to listen to it.

I’ve since gotten to meet Ms. Ian.  She’s a science fiction fan and author and a really nice person.  And for the Nebula Awards this year, she re-worked “At Seventeen” into “The Welcome Home” song. This new version is also heart-wrenchingly and completely empathetic to my now former life as the fat, smart girl growing up in a white-flight suburb, but it an entirely different way.

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