I grew up before Star Wars started us down the road to making sci-fi and fantasy appealing to a mass audience. So for much of my life, I was the only person in the room who liked Star Trek, comic books, and science fiction. And don’t even get me started on trying to explain Dr. Who (#3, that’s how old I am) to a bunch of mundanes.
I still remember inviting some friends to my apartment in the early days of my radio career, and when confronted with the twelve shelves of books which were pretty much my only furniture, blurted out “You’ve read all those?”
Even though these days everyone knows and likes big sci-fi and fantasy franchises, I still experience a sense of wonder when I can walk into a room FILLED with those who have the same cultural touchstones as me. Finally, I found my people!
For a new author, getting to be around other writers is the most fun of a con. My goal, of course, is to someday be well-known enough as a writer that I can say meeting my fans is the best part!