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02 June 2013 @ 11:58 am
Cicada Calendar Reflection  
Famously (or infamously), the North American cicada has a seventeen-year life-cycle; in the seventeenth year, they dig themselves out of the ground and emerge in large numbers; cicada song becomes the summer soundtrack in their native regions. This year, 2013, happens to be year seventeen.

Seventeen years ago was 1996, of course. That spring brought us "Last Knight," and the months that followed saw FK fandom both come together and turn on itself in myriad ways. That fall, I encountered these cicadas in person for the first (and so far last) time, because I was then starting grad school in the southeast, far from my west coast moorings. The first few nights, I thought that the sound must be an electric generator! I soon learned better.

I learned many, many things that year, but the lessons learned in fandom may be the most enduring. They were surely the most dramatic.

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