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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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atthesametime
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
tfbretz
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
indigofan
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Oooh!

You can also use the tried and true "In my day..."


Happy Birthday!
american_knight
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
alice_the_raven
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! Omedetoo gozaimasu!

Here's to eternal youth.
hedwig_snowy
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, George!
A cane? You need something you can throw. Darn kids! :)
talekyn
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, George! I'm a fairly new fan (read some of the original Wild Cards books, but it is "Song" that has brought me fully into the fold) taking this opportunity to say thanks for all the enjoyment your writing brings.
thathatedguy
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday. I'll celebrate yur day by reading the next section in the new Wild Cards book.
lux_alexander
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
happy birthday sir!
rain_in_train
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday ^_____^
sensorglitch
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday
donald618
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday
Happy birthday, George! I'm glad that you're still going strong and that you're happy. Have a good birthday.
ticktockman
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Just prominently carry a copy of Isaac Asimov's The Sensuous Dirty Old Man around with you.

Happy Birthday!
aquamarcia
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
When you swing that cane, quote Professor Farnsworth from Futurama: "Hey! Unless this is a nude love-in, get the hell off my property!"
carwinbodger
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
A sincerely Happy Birthday and many more to come.

Grattis på Födelsedagen from sweden. :D
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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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