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December 19, 2006

Two Upcoming Events of Interest

Here's a couple of things you might want to think about over the next couple of days:

1. Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Carl Sagan, who aside from being a personal hero of mine and the namesake of one of my favorite characters, was probably the single greatest popularizer of science (particularly of astronomy) in the last quarter of the 20th century. To note the anniversary, a number of bloggers and other online writers are declaring a Carl Sagan blog-a-thon, in which they will discuss Sagan, his life, his work, and his impact on science and the popular apprehension of the same.

Naturally, I will be participating. And you can, too. Joel Schlossberg has the details, and Nick Sagan, Carl's son, has additional comments. If you have any thoughts on or appreciation for Carl Sagan, tomorrow's the day to air it.

2. A little birdie tells me that the New York Times Sunday Book Review will be having a full-page article on me and my work (specifically Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades and The Android's Dream) this upcoming Sunday. So that's something you might want to be on the lookout for. Because, honestly, it's not like there's anything else going on this weekend. The end of December? It's totally devoid of notable events!

Posted by john at December 19, 2006 01:21 PM

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Chang, who gets nothing done... | December 19, 2006 02:26 PM




Ahem. Whatever happened to the science fiction column they were doing. I saw it once.

Seriously, that's so cool, John. Good for you. Glad I could help. :)

John Scalzi | December 19, 2006 02:27 PM


"Whatever happened to the science fiction column they were doing."

Well, next Sunday, apparently I will be what's happening to it.

Mitch Wagner | December 19, 2006 02:28 PM

A full page in the Times book review? Wow, that's extremely impressive. Congratulations John!

Patrick Vera | December 19, 2006 02:33 PM

Congratulations on the full page of the Times Book Review.

I remember first watching Cosmos (checking IMDB ..egads) over 20 years ago and became a fan of Carl Sagan.

Steve Buchheit | December 19, 2006 02:43 PM

Damn, that's a mighty fine and full page you got there, Mister. And on Xmas Sunday! Woohoo! Double wordscore with a "Z"! Way to go, man.

My favorite Sagan quote was from Contact. Something about prehistoric man looking up at the night sky and being so intimidated that he created the industrial revolution to obscure it from his vision. It was one of those quotes that cause me to close the book and say, "that's it, I'm full." My wife loved the movie, especially the part where the first machine buys it along with the dicky PhD advisor of the main character. She was finishing up her own PhD at the time. I wonder if there was a conenction?

Gina | December 19, 2006 03:27 PM

I have never been happier than I am at this moment for my lifelong subscription to the Sunday NYT. Congratulations!

Cathy | December 19, 2006 04:12 PM

A full page in the Sunday Times? Oh I am so impressed.

Christian | December 19, 2006 04:46 PM

> My favorite Sagan quote was from Contact.

That ~was~ a great scene Steve, but not the best line... This gets me choked up every time I see it:

"They should have sent a poet. So beautiful. So beautiful...I had no idea"

joe | December 19, 2006 06:32 PM

Wow. Congratulations on the NYT piece. That's fantastic, man. I'd be envious if I weren't so freakin' happy for you. I look forward to checking it out.

Dan | December 19, 2006 09:03 PM

Just freaking wonderful... Now I suppose I'm going to have to pay through the nose to get you to sign my copy of The Android's Dream.

Anyway, congratulations (what is that? The fifteenth time I've congratulated you this year?). I look forward to reading the spread.

John Scalzi | December 19, 2006 09:05 PM


"Now I suppose I'm going to have to pay through the nose to get you to sign my copy of The Android's Dream."

You're under the impression I want mucus-covered money?

Mark DF | December 19, 2006 09:50 PM

I guess this is good news. I heard this NYTBR thingie doesn't sell books. It's just a myth. Don't think about it. I mean, nobody reads it.

Congrats (scuttles off to call editor)

Martin Wisse | December 20, 2006 12:26 AM

My entry for the Carl Sagan blog-a-thon is here.

Congrats on the NYT Sunday Book review page!

PixelFish | December 20, 2006 01:46 AM

You're under the impression I want mucus-covered money?

Why not? It's still money. Besides, you can always have it laundered.

Dan | December 20, 2006 11:09 AM

Well, it's not like I'll be paying out the wazoo, which I'm thinking could be much, much worse.

Bill Peschel | December 23, 2006 01:33 AM

And here's the link to the review.


I hadn't seen your announcement, so this makes the second time I ran across your name out of the blue. Flipping through EW in the newsroom -- "Hey, is that ...?"

Now, scrolling down the NYT page, damn if it isn't you again. And it felt great, seeing you getting the reccie you deserve. Congratulations!

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