My wife took yesterday off so we could stay up late to watch the election returns. We fell asleep fairly early anyway, but did wake up for Obama’s rally speech.
I want to spend just a second or two describing how I feel before moving on to the more
mundane SF stuff.
I remember Kennedy’s election and the mood throughout the country at the time. I remember the Moon landing in ’69 and the mood throughout both the country and the world. I remember the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the similar feelings that prevailed.
I can’t exactly describe those feelings without using words that have been done to death already: hope, belief in the future, limitless possibilities once again stretching out before us. What I can say is that I felt those same feelings upon learning of Obama’s election.
Like waking from a nightmare to find yourself snug and safe in a warm bed with the sudden realization that it was just a nightmare. Like you and your SO getting over that argument and remembering that your love for each other is more important than any other petty consideration. Like realizing that you are still alive and that tomorrow really IS a brand new day.
Like believing once again that we might actually be going someplace, might be doing good things and that we can once again look at ourselves in the mirror and smile at what we see.
Skiffytube’s rating has gone up – way up. Now they’ll chart the traffic at HQ, show everyone that their audience numbers are down and use it to drive the stake even further into their SF content. A couple of marginal movies and a Doctor Who extravaganze later in the week are really responsible for the rise in rating.
Just finished David Edelman’s Multireal for the Ray Gun Revival review. My review of the first volume of his Jump 225 trilogy – Infoquake – will be appearing in this month’s RGR offering – due out any day now.
I’m now back to reading Niven and Lerner’s Juggler of Worlds, which I’ll be writing up for SFReview and possible others. Next on the agenda will be Dreaming Again, Jack Dann’s Australian SF anthology. The one that has the last Chandler story to be published in it.
Then – who knows. We’ll see what comes in and what gets offered.