Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick


I'm thankful that we have John Scalzi to provide us with a proper SFnal script for Thanksgiving grace.

I'm thankful that we have Daniel Radcliffe, who is far more charming and funny and geeky than I had ever imagined:

And of course that Tom Lehrer gave us "The Elements" in the first place:

I'm thankful to live in a time when we have something like the Hubble Space Telescope and that we can all look at the most-amazing photos ever taken, and that we can do it any time we want from the comfort of our own homes:

Click the image to see more about the Carina Nebula, aka "The Pillars of Creation."

I'm thankful for the Cassini mission to Saturn - and to the Voyager, Galileo, and all the other amazing missions - which take us to a place humans won't likely visit for a while yet:

Click the image to see info about this shot of Saturn.

I'm thankful that we had Carl Sagan to show us how glorious and amazing the universe is, and I'm thankful for the Symphony of Science folks for making videos like this:

I'm thankful that we have people like Brian Greene to carry Sagan's torch into the future.

In short: I'm thankful to live in this Age of Wonders, and I can't wait to see what comes next!

Now to the personal, though everything above feels personal to me.

I'm thankful to have met SF Grand Master James Gunn, who not only shaped my understanding of science fiction since an early age but shaped much of who I am, and who continues to do so.

I'm thankful to be a part of this crazy and diverse and open and thoughtful and important thing we call Science Fiction! We're a big family (with all the good and irritating that comes with that), and I'm thankful to have been welcomed to join you.

I'm thankful for having had the good fortune to meet so many kind and interesting and wonderful people, and to be honored to call several of them friends.

I'm even thankful for having met a number of horrible and monstrous people, because they are also human, and it's my quest to understand what it means to be human.

I'm thankful for the loves of my life - both dear friends and lovers - because you have helped make me the man I am today. I'm certain that without the capacity to love, we cannot be fully human. The greatest thing in life is to love and be loved in return ;-)

Okay, I need to stop at some point or this will become (more) maudlin! Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a fine day and get to spend time with those you love.

Tags: age of wonders, astronomy, meaning of life

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