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Ken Houghton

Unicorn Mountain is one of the two books that brought me back to reading science fiction in the late 1980s.

I keep fearing Jamie's death will be blown out of proportion on the Net, because of the Community Connection. And then I remember that every time I've ever dealt with his father, he's been noting but kind and gracious, and decide that would be all right.

Certainly, I'd rather see his widow being interviewed than photos that look as if they're bad Matrix outtakes.


This is why Terry Pratchett would collaborate with him: Neil is wise.

One of the many terrible things about digesting this tragedy is that it's going to amount to a long, uphill series of "Oh, God" moments, like the ones Neil described. Yet another hideous, invaluable life lesson in alienation and connection.


I've been lurking, reading your wonderful writing for some time now. Thank you for it and for sharing the Gaiman excerpt. Such a simple concept, this "no others but us". For all it's simplicity, it seems we people have a hard time remembering unless something violently hits home to remind us. What a different world it would be if that feeling of interconnectedness were more constant.

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