There’s always a feeling of sadness that comes when Halloween ends. It’s easily the most fun holiday of the year; any holiday that’s solely about dressing up in costumes, watching scary movies, and obtaining vast quantities of candy has to top out even Christmas and Easter in the “fun” sweepstakes. And while it’s great that there is a holiday like that for the horror aficionados out there, and while there’s a lot of overlap between horror and sci-fi/fantasy, I still feel like there should be a holiday out there just for random geekery. February 8th, birthdate of Jules Verne, seems like it has a lot of potential; February is generally a sucky, bleak month at the arse-end of winter when everyone needs an excuse to do fun things before the cabin fever sets in and we all axe-murder each other (sorry, my Halloween viewing included ‘The Shining’ and the metaphor is low-hanging fruit right now). And Jules Verne definitely has a place as not just a founder of the genre, but as someone who demonstrated the ways that describing the future you imagine can inspire people to create it. He showed us that our stories can inspire future generations, and if Christopher Nolan is any example, that’s something we’re still trying to do today.
But no holiday is complete without a name and a bunch of goofy traditions. So what would you call this day? What would you do on it? Would you exchange delicious chocolate gears with your friends, or dress up as Jedi and stage elaborate lightsaber duels? What carols would you sing? And most importantly, what would we eat at the feast of Jules Verne? Leave your ideas in the comments!