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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. 20th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday...you've had one hell of a life compared to most people, here's to hoping you find a way to outdo it over the next 60 years.

...and to the realization of any and all sci-fi futuristic options.
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Old age rarely beats the alternative unless the alternative is sharing Terri Schiavo's fate.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Martin. :D I hope you had a great pizza to celebrate it with.
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday. I'll be turning 30 in two weeks, and I think those round numbers give us all pause, and make us all feel our mortality a bit more than usual. 18 gets further and further away, which is perplexing since I don't feel that different either. Maybe this year I will start counting down instead of up. When I get back to 18, I'll consider turning around again.
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Sretan Rođendan!
Happy Birthday George :D
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! :)

Edited at 2008-09-20 09:58 pm (UTC)
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday from Italy, buon compleanno!
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Oh CRANKY One.

Hope you have at LEAST 60 more.
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
look on the bright side, now you can wear white flannel trousers and walk along the beach! :D although i can't speak for the other mermaids, i'll sing you a happy birthday. :)
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
happy birthday. hardly original, but it serves the purpose.
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, George. And many more.
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
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!"

Hell, I've had one of those for years, and I'm only turning forty this year. Arthritis is a cruel mistress, but it's fun to legally carry potential weaponry.

Many happy returns!
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Manny happy returns, George!!!
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
It's my birthday too! I can honestly say that out of all the famous people I share a birthday with, you are my favorite. Hope your birthday cake is as good as mine was.
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Martin!
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George R.R. Martin
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    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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