October is steampunk month at my once (and future, I hope…I’d love to work with them again!) publisher Tor.com, which is tres cool, even though I’m not the sort of person who dresses up, even for Halloween, and
I like my technology solid state wherever possible. But I just returned from
my parents’ house with
My grandfather was a carpenter by profession and my dad was one by avocation, and thanks to the latter’s desire to shed as much weight as possible while packing things for a move that’s happening sooner than we all expected, this level is now in my toolbox. Actually, it’s not. There’s a reason modern versions are made of aluminum, but the wrought iron, brass, and steel cleaned up beautifully. It still works, and not only as decoration, so we can now monitor the status of our mantel with style. Once and future style.
Please come see Friendship 7, Gemini IV, Apollo 11, and me on Saturday the 26th at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. I’ll be signing T-Minus there from 2-4pm. I suppose I could be more excited and honored by this but I’m not sure how.
The National Book Festival is also happening that day, outside on the National Mall itself, so if you’re heading over plan to leave yourself some extra time to get around and look around.
The guided tours by Buzz Aldrin and Jack Schmitt are only the beginning of the great features of this enhancement to Google Earth.
The Vault of Midnight (219 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor, MI) is hosting a book release and signing party on July 20, 2009 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing and the arrival of my new book T-Minus: The Race to the Moon.
I’ll be there, the books — with gorgeous art by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon — will be there, and we’ll have refreshments. I’m thinking Tang…
Is it worth a trip to southeast Michigan if you don’t already live here? I can’t answer that for you, but consider this: The crew of Apollo 11 traveled 240,000 miles and all they came back with was some rocks. Well, that and some pretty cool vacation photos.
But the Vault? To paraphrase Buzz Aldrin, magnificent desolation it is not! They have comics and toys and games and a breathable atmosphere.
And me, on Monday the 20th, starting at 6pm.
(*I’m even happy that the reviewer found an error. Not that I’m happy about the mistake…I groaned when I confirmed it, but deep down I knew that even though we checked the manuscript about three zillion times, a few would escape our dragnet. So I compliment his eagle-eye: In the margin of page 53 I have Friendship 7
launching in 1961. We got it right with the “T-Minus 7 years, 5 months”
caption on the same page, but somehow I messed up in the lower right
corner. It should say “20 Feb 1962” down there. So…apologies to John
Glenn, thanks to Jack Shafer for pointing it out, and I’ll do my best to get it fixed in the next printing!)