Originally Posted by Cloud
Do think it's common--or even possible--for someone to suddenly become a fan of SF or F late in life without a foundation of early exposure? I'm probably talking about serious fans and readers (like us); I know most people can't escape casual familiarity with SF through film and TV.
I got to thinking after reading some of the comments about E.E. "Doc" Smith's "Lensman" series, which many people have read and enjoyed (including me) but now regard as unsophisticated and juvenile. I certainly started my journey into SF/F fandom at an early age (also see the "earliest SF memory" thread.) I'm just wondering if it just kind of grows with one.
it is very possible and becoming more common among the new of of children. but the more common it becomes the more adn more the authors have to come up with which could be very strenuois for the new sf/f writers.