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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 09:21 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday
Happy birthday! and my your beloved Giants help to make it a great day!
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Deep within the womb of time,
a creature thus be born
The seed of life is united with
the egg of tyranny
Gestates forth from within the womb of life
for three-quarter and nigh a year
The creature thus be formed!
The creature thus be born!
And ye of years {*} bells will chime!
When the heavens open up
and drink from the silver cup
The creature thus be born!
And blow the magic horn!
To alert the spirit deep within the cycle of life.
The creature has begun its journey deep forlorn,
upon this day which he be formed
In the sea of mucus the spirit rides down from the mountain
and unites with the creature in the womb
A holy union, dark mortality, until the dark mortality
breaks the chain of life
The creature thus be born
And every year raineth down the celebratory tears
A celebration of the years
from mere mortal sky
Sep. 21st, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
I shake an umbrella at kids that walk by my apartment, it's good training and makes the smoke breaks more fun. Remember, you can now listen to NPR loud enough to make the floor shake too. :)
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday
Hope you had A great day. It looks like your Giants pulled off a birthday win for you, cool. Well enjoy

Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday you lazy old fart! (erm, I mean I love you dearly, now where the hell is my next book?)

Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
happy birthday!
here's to many many more!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!

Just remember that age is just a number that the man uses to keep us down.

I look forward to reading your books for the next 60 years.

-Rob Stewart
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
:-) Happy [mutual] Birthday. You're a helluva guy, for a cranky old phart.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, George. Hope you see 60 more.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Happy birthday (belatedly)
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Day from Russia!!!!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
How cool is this?
Didn't even realize. I just got married on the 20th!

Hey George, I did 4 Jaeger-bombs, so lets say i did 2 for my marriage and 2 for your birthday ;)
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
How about 'Hey, you jerks, get off of my not-a-blog!' Really, the livejournal is your front yard on the internet.
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    Still working on that. When we have a final, I will share it.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Whatever anyone can get their hands on is, I suspect, the right answer.

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    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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