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The Big Six-Oh

Yes, it's true. I was born on September 20, 1948. Which means that today I reach the big six-oh. I know, I know, sixty is the new forty. Somehow it still feels like the old sixty. Dare I eat a peach?

"It beats the alternative," I hear people saying. People always say that when one complains about aging and its indignities. These people lack imagination, I say. Clearly they can't be science fiction and fantasy fans. The only way getting old beats the alternative is if the alternative is dying... but after a lifetime of reading SF, I yearn for other alternatives, like eternal youth and health.

Inside, at least, I don't feel all that different than I did at twenty-five. Yesterday I was a young turk, today I seem to have become a grey eminence. That has its good points, of course. But so did being twenty-five.

Ah, well. I shouldn't complain. It's been an interesting ride so far, and I am hoping to continue for another sixty years at least. I've got my health, I'm financially secure, I love my work, I have more readers than I ever dreamed of having, I have great friends both old and new... and of course I have Parris. (I love you, honey). I'm a lucky guy. Hell, the Giants even won the Superbowl.

And now that I'm sixty, I am legally entitled to be a Cranky Old Phart. I've buying myself a cane to shake at people, and learning how to growl, "Hey, you kids, get out of my yard!"


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Sep. 21st, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!!!
Happy (late) birthday!!! I spent yesterday partying with my family too; my mom and stepsister were born September 20th as well!!!XDXDXD (but, well, some years after youXD)
I am now convinced that on September 20th were born excellent people ^.^
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
Here's to another 60 then, and may they be filled with an Aemon-like wisdom and lucidity (and blind-book-dictating if necessary).
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday George!
Happy Birthday George. Thanks for all the books and here's to another 60!
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
happy bday
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
These blog entries have been fantastic to read. Thanks for posting, and happy birthday.
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! :D
Sep. 21st, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Sep. 21st, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday George. If your brother offers you a peach, eat it.
Sep. 21st, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
I had the strangest dream last night in which you shaved off your beard on the occasion of your 60th. Then you went to a convention and got a kick out of the fact no one recognized you.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I'd kick him out of the house - I've known him since 1975 and have never seen his naked chin.
Sep. 21st, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthdayyyy....
Sep. 21st, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, pal!
Sep. 21st, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Sep. 21st, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, or as in Ukrainian - Z Dnem Narodzhennya!
Sep. 21st, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Sep. 21st, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations from Russia! :)
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  • 5 Mar 2018, 19:17
    Still working on that. When we have a final, I will share it.
  • 5 Mar 2018, 05:32
    All the Wild Cards books under Tor have had absolutely stellar covers. I'd frame them and hang them on my wall if I could.
  • 4 Mar 2018, 03:28
    Are all these examples digital artwork? It doesn't look like traditional oil on canvas. I miss the fantasy/sci-fi covers of the '70s and '80s. Even the paperbacks had amazing covers.
  • 3 Mar 2018, 17:49
    Whatever anyone can get their hands on is, I suspect, the right answer.

    At the last party, it was an open bar with pretty much everything you can imagine on offer. There were some special drinks as…
  • 3 Mar 2018, 00:07
    Any chance you could tell us who’s doing the cover art for Fire and Blood? And maybe when we can expect a glimpse of it. Thank you!
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