|09:40 am - two things I forgot to mention last week|
RIP Gary Gygax - I started a longer post on this but decided against actually putting it up. The short version is he is someone I can definitely say changed my life. He's on a very short list, there - especially considering he isn't anyone I knew personally. Without D&D or AD&D, and the legion of tabletop F & SF games they spawned, and the related video games, comics, and eventual sprawling subculture (PAX, anyone) I wouldn't be as outgoing as I am, for example. (Don't laugh - I'm serious. RPGs taught me I could talk to people, and in some ways how to talk to people.) So it's fair to say I really do mourn his passing; my life is far better than it could be because of him.
On a happier note, the second item is that Iain M Banks new SF novel Matter is not only out (hurrah!) but got a really nice illustrated review in Time Magazine - discovered for me by my mom, who subscribes. It appears to be posted at Time Online, too. I am excited to see him getting some publicity here in the US. I'd love to see him in person, but I don't know if he's gotten his passport again. (He tore it up in protest of Tony Blair and the Iraq war.)
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