Growing up, June Nutter used the worlds that science fiction and fantasy books created to escape from the stressful world of growing up in the civil rights era. She passed on that love of science fiction to her son Gerald Coleman – even going so far as playing "Dungeons and Dragons" with him.
Coleman invited his mother to the StoryCorps Atlanta booth to find out how a young black daughter of Kentucky sharecroppers developed her devout love of the genre.
As Nutter told her son, it all started with "The Lord of the Rings."
This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.