Drat. It really looks like this is going to be impossible. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with offers and suggestions, but it just won't happen. Sorry about this -- and sorry, New Mexico, I tried!
If you caught last
month's post on my upcoming tour in February for Homeland,
the sequel to Little
Brother, you'll have seen that I'm meant to be speaking in
Albuquerque, NM on the evening of Feb 11, and in NYC on the morning of
Feb 12. This turns out to be a nearly impossible trick to pull off,
because the last red-eye out of Albuquerque airport to New York on the
night of the 11th departs at 1930h, too early for me to do any kind of
event at the store in Albuquerque.
On the other hand, there is a slightly later flight out of
Phoenix that would work, but there's no way to get to PHX in time to
make it... Unless you happen to be or know a pilot who wants to help
out by zipping me from Albuquerque to Phoenix that night. I can offer
super-limited edition of my short story collection With a Little
Help, a signed copy of Homeland, and a $100 donation
to the southwestern library or literacy charity of your choice in return. Tor will also pick up your fuel costs.
Unfortunately, the alternative is canceling the Albuquerque stop,
which I really don't want to do. I've never been to Albuquerque, and
was looking forward to it, especially since I know that the nice folks
really worked hard to get me in. It's a long shot -- everyone else was
ready to give up on this when I suggested trying to find a pilot. But
the southwest is full of retired pilots, and it's the kind of big sky
country where hobby fliers sometimes congregate, so I thought it'd be
worth a shot.
Are you game? Please email my
publicist, Patty Garcia. Please use the comments below to let me
know if I've overlooked another possibility, but please keep in mind
that the morning event in NYC can't be moved, and neither can the
event the day before. In other words, this is the only night
I can appear in Albuquerque, and Alamosa is the only place I can appear.
One more thing, and it should go without saying: I can only accept a ride from a qualified pilot with an up-to-date license and an airworthy, certified aircraft, and we reserve the right to gratefully decline your offer if we're even a little uncertain about either of these facts. I promised my wife I wouldn't risk my life on this tour.
(Image: Stearman Bi-Plane, Jack Herlihy, Pilot, 1929, PA1968.1.39, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from abqmuseumphotoarchives's photostream)
Steve Dobbs grew up near the present-day site of Disneyland and was profoundly influenced by watching the park get built while he zipped by on his bike; today the reitred aerospace engineer has built a charming miniature Disney-inspired theme-park in his backyard in Fullerton, CA.
Elizabeth Warren is on fire in this speech at a New America Open Markets conference on monopolies this week in DC; Senator Warren is pitiless, lucid and laser focused on the way that corruption creates monopolies, and monopolies suborn corruption.
Thinkgeek’s $150 Bluetooth Communicators are based on 3D scans of a prop communicator; pair it with your phone and clip it to your belt: when you get a ring, the psychedelic hypno-disc in the middle will spin prettily, flick it open and start talking.
If you’ve got a coding career on your mind, few programming disciplines will take you farther than a commanding knowledge of the Python language, which is not to be mistaken for parseltongue. Its versatility and ease of use make it a go-to for any coding project…so master Python now with this all-inclusive all-level python programming course […]
The realm of web development is constantly evolving. New platforms, languages, and processes materialize all the time, so staying on top of all that innovation is a tall order.Whether you’re brushing up on new tricks, starting from scratch, or just looking to make your own website a little jazzier, Rob Percival’s new Complete Web Developer Course 2.0 (now […]
Folks used to rely on alarms to protect their home – and before that, the family dog. Now, anyone looking to guard their homes can choose from some high-tech options, including the Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD Home Security Camera (now just $219 in the Boing Boing Store).In fact, this 2015 CES “Best of Innovation” award-winner boasts so many features, it’s […]