"Filk is...well, it's more than just science-fiction music," said longtime filker Dave. "It's the music of the science-fiction community." A community, he insists, with a broad range of interests and a great deal to say. To hear him tell it, any story—any idea, for that matter—is ripe source material for filk. What we were hearing, Dave said in a voice so sincere it'd make Mother Teresa weep, was an intelligent, good-time mix of parody, satire and, yeah, maybe a little hero worship. It's fun. It's a language shared by a few close friends. But it's certainly more than just some nerdy fans and their guitars.

"I'm tired of hearing that I should get a life." Dave said while the others nodded their heads in silent agreement. " I have a life."