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C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb deserves his many accolades, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded for "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

But watching a panel discussion on BookTV on First Ladies moderated by Susan Swain, who has been with C-SPAN since 1982 and is now Co-CEO and Co-President, I am reminded anew that she is every bit the national treasure he is.

The analogy isn't perfect but I think Swain is to Lamb as D.C. Fontana is to Gene Roddenberry. (If that isn't illuminating to you, don't worry about it.)
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"Don't dream it. Be it."
— Dr. Frank-N-Furter, 1975
“"There's coffee in that nebula"... ehm, I mean... in that #Dragon.”
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I say to you today, my friends. Even though we face the difficulties of today, and of the Hugo voting to come, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the fannish and faanish dream. That I learned as a child, reading Baum and Heinlein, L'Engle and Silverberg, Doc and Cordwainer.

I have a dream that my pro friends in SFWA and my fan friends at Worldcon will live in an F&SF community where writers will not be judged by the color of their politics, nor the content of their character, nor who supports them, nor who opposes them, but by the content of their stories.
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Yesterday was Eleanora Fagan's 100th birthday. You'll probably know her better as the singular Billie Holiday. Happy birthday, Lady Day!
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Awesome. And click for the time lapse sequence.
Photographer Hernando Rivera Cervantes captured these images of bolts of lightning inside the ash cloud thrown out by the erupting Colima Volcano in Mexico (pictured).
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"Now in this paragraph/sentence/section here, can you tell me just what you were trying to say?"

Answer.

"Well, I think it would have been better if you'd said that...."

— Samuel R. Delany (And happy birthday, Chip, too!)
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How we can detect spaceships headed here at near-light speeds.

« While special relativity imposes an absolute speed limit at the speed of light, our Universe is not empty Minkowski spacetime. The constituents that fill the interstellar/intergalactic vacuum, including the cosmic microwave background photons, impose a lower speed limit on any object travelling at relativistic velocities. Scattering of cosmic microwave phtotons from an ultra-relativistic object may create radiation with a characteristic signature allowing the detection of such objects at large distances. »

There's a link to a pdf off this abstract.
Abstract: While special relativity imposes an absolute speed limit at the speed of light, our Universe is not empty Minkowski spacetime. The constituents that fill the interstellar/intergalactic vacuum, including the cosmic microwave background photons, impose a lower speed limit on any object ...
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A just-published profile of 2013 SFWA Grand Master Gene Wolfe. ("Wolfe is our Melville." — Ursula K. Le Guin, who should know.)

Gene's birthday is two weeks from yesterday. He'll be 83. The mustache may be younger than that but I can't vouch for this.
Gene Wolfe is known as the Melville of science-fiction. Why hasn’t he found a wider audience? Credit Photograph by Matheiu Bourgois/AP
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That would have been so much fun....
Roberts, who lives in Chevy Chase, reported to Montgomery County court Wednesday.
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The finalists for this year's Hugo Awards were just announced. I'm pleased to see several names I hold in high regard as friends, pros, or both. As well as an old friend on the awards' administration, Linda Deneroff.

I notice a few particulars.

● Eric S. Raymond is up for best new writer. He's best-known for his influential writing on the open source movement. Eric has had a knack for 20+ years of writing what I'd been thinking. Except that I'd just been thinking, and he took the initiative to sell the book or article, then make a persuasive case in it.

● Mike Resnick got his 37th nod, for starting a great new sf publication, Galaxy's Edge. (Mike has the most of anyone for fiction, although David Langford has the most overall, at 54 nominations.)

● Theodore Beale, as Vox Day, is the only person ever expelled from SFWA membership. I assume his presence on the ballot is more meant as a rebuke to the officers responsible for this controversial move than a token of his regard as a long-form editor.

● John C. Wright is nominated for three novellas and a novelette. I'm not sure if that's a record. But it's got to be close. For novella, he's up against Arlan Andrews, who sways my impartiality by Liking my posts so often on Facebook.
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As best as I can figure it—the site is pretty confusing—my good friend Jim Cambias is a finalist for the 2015 Compton Crook Award for best first novel. For A Darkling Sea, which is damfine hard sf.
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Today would have been Anne McCaffrey's 89th birthday. I think I'll toast her tonight with a drop or two of the water of life.

This linen scroll was Anne's Christmas greeting to her friends in 1979. It was a good year for her and she felt like splurging. I've had mine on the wall ever since.
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