And although I briefly resisted the urge to include personally meaningful quotes in this paragraph, screw it. Because I love me some China Mieville:
"A lot of geeks are pale, bespectacled, wear dark clothing and don't get out much - the stereotype exists because it is very often true. I could pass for a non-geek but it would be inaccurate. As you get into your late twenties and thirties you get into the era of 'the revenge of the geek'. Geeks run the world. Condoleeza Rice is a geek, Bill Gates is clearly a geek, many of the big filmmakers and writers are geeks, lots of military people are geeks. Anyone who has heard Donald Rumsfeld talk about military hardware knows they are in the presence of a geek. Geeks use their powers for good and for evil."
(-CM, author of KING RAT, PERDIDO STREET STATION, THE SCAR, and IRON COUNCIL. If you like the New Weird -- or even if you don't -- buy them all. Today.)