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Jun. 13th, 2009 | 08:56 pm

My Aunt Mikey passed away last night. We've known it was coming for the past week; she'd suffered a brain stem stroke last Friday. Uncle George when I talked to him before our trip seemed to be holding up well, sad, yet pragmatic about what was happening.

We talked about my books on the phone. I told him again that my writing career was due to him and Mikey. One summer for my birthday - I was 12 I think - they had bought me two books: Heinlein's Have Spacesuit, Will Travel and The Rolling Stones. I couldn't tell you a thing about the latter, but the first fired my imagination and made me think about things I hadn't thought about before. Kip was solving problems! With a slide rule. I was mesmerized. That one book did more to shape my future as an engineer and as a science fiction writer than any other thing in the universe.

Suddenly, because of Uncle George and Aunt Mikey, instead of being a listless youth, I had a passion. Have imagination, will travel!

I know Uncle George had read my books, but I don't know if Aunt Mikey did. I'll have to ask at the funeral on Tuesday. I hope she did. I hope she saw what she had started.

It's clear now to whom my next book will be dedicated.

Paul
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Haddayr Copley-Woods

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from: haddayr
date: Jun. 14th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
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I am so sorry for your loss.

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silk_noir

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from: silk_noir
date: Jun. 14th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
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My thoughts are with you.

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Greg van Eekhout

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from: gregvaneekhout
date: Jun. 14th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry for your loss, Paul. A book dedication will be a lovely way to remember her.

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benbenberi

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from: benbenberi
date: Jun. 14th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry.

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Erin Cashier

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from: therinth
date: Jun. 14th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
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I'm so sorry Paul. *hugs*

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S-47/19-J

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from: shsilver
date: Jun. 14th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry. May her memory be a blessing.

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cscole

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from: cscole
date: Jun. 14th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry. A book dedication is a grand idea.

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Rachel

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from: surakofb5
date: Jun. 14th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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morguemiseri

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from: morguemiseri
date: Jun. 16th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
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xoxo

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