Saturday, September 09, 2017

Three points

1. Jerry Pournelle, science-fiction author extraordinaire, has died. I'm more affected by this than I can justify. I wrote over at Agent Intellect that the universe seems smaller now. I note that less than two months ago he wrote "Niven and Barnes will be over in an hour to discuss our latest book," so we still have one more beauty from him to read.

2. The Cassini mission is almost over. The spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn for over 13 years now, and it will plunge into the ringed planet on September 15th. Both of my kids have always lived in a universe with a spacecraft in orbit around Saturn, so it's humbling to me to see it go.

3. Forgive the self-promotion, but I was interviewed about my book for the philosophy podcast Who Shaves the Barber? You can follow that link and scroll down to it; I'm episodes 4 and 5, although 5 won't be released until next week. You can also watch it on YouTube.

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