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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 10:11 pm (UTC)
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)

Birthday happy, good sir, and get off of my lawn first!


My sister has been telling me since I was a child there was an old lady with a walker inside of me, waiting to break free. I take advantage of this for my own amusement.
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not that far behind you, so from one almost-old-phartess to an older phart, I hope you enjoy every minute of your day. And as a still-hanging-in-there Jets fan, well...here's hoping they don't ruin the weekend for you. *g*
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!!!! And feel free to yell at us young whippersnappers! :)
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Very Happy Birthday to you!!!!
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Many happy returns of the day, George!
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, George!!!
I wish you the best on this day... and cake! :)>
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

Hope we are both around for number 120.

And we have robots doing all the work so we can fly around in our cars doing whatever we want.
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Awww, no need to be cranky! Happy Birthday to you, Mister! Hope you get lots of presents! :)
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!!
"Well I've known the fears, of sixty six years,
I've had troubles and tears by the score,
But the only thing I'd trade 'em for
Is sixty seven more..."
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Happiest of days to you!

Party like you're 30!
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
If you complained to me about being old I would have said "Valar morghulis."

And Happy birthday!
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Frankly, I look forward to the Geezer Cred you get with the grey. I'm planning on building a playground in my front yard and then forbidding the neighborhood kids to use it. I'll lounge on my porch 24/7, perhaps obscured by a pile of blankets and garbage (I don't plan on being dignified about this) and leap out to shake my cane at them even when they think I've gone back inside.

Happy birthday!
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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.
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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.
  • 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.
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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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