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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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Oct. 1st, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Stay Healthy!

There are two things I worry about. One is that I'll pass before you finish Fire and Ice. The other is that you will. :-)

Happy birthdday from one who is about 11 months older than you.
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Oct. 12th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Dance of Dragons sample
Hi, only place i could write something. When will you change the DoD sample? Tyrion's chapter has been posted for months...
Oct. 12th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Dance of Dragons sample
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday!

I know I am behind here--approaching a month, but maybe you can just take a few minutes to re-celebrate your existence--I for one, do. One small question: Do you think that Eddard, without the rude interruption of Ice, would have celebrated any days beyond his 6oth year?

My present to you is that I won't be too giddy about the Giant loss to Cleveland (but only for a somber few minutes while I contemplate how my team will fair with a pinky-less QB!).
Oct. 21st, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday Mr. Martin!
Don't get the cane! Once you do; there's no turning back, lol. Congrats.
Oct. 21st, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday Mr. Martin!
Don't get the cane! Once you do there's no turning back, lol. Congrats.
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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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