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Nick Sagan
I'm an author and screenwriter, mostly of science fiction and futurism; you might know me from <i>The Idlewild Trilogy</i>, <i>Shrapnel</i>, <i>Star Trek</i>, etc. or maybe you know my voice from the Voyager Golden Record back when I was a kid: <A CLASS="standard" HREF="">"Hello from the children of Planet Earth."</a> <p>(Looking for a more complete bio? Try <a href="">here</a>.)
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Sorry you didn't like it, Gil. There's a certain percentage of planetarium viewers who don't want science fiction elements anywhere in (or even near) their shows. Perhaps you fall into that category. Or perhaps it just didn't work for you. In any event, thanks for weighing in.
Sadly, no short story this year. The silver lining: I am working on something Idlewild related and I'm looking forward to sharing news on that when the time is right.
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2011 on Happy Halloween 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
Tucked away in a red rock canyon amidst majestic Colorado mountainside, Discovery Retreats is a science-themed vacation resort envisioned as a refuge for guests to feed their minds as they revitalize their bodies. Earlier this summer, I spent a week... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2011 at Nick Sagan Online
The trip to Chicago was amazing and I'm looking forward to blogging about it... but first I'm delighted to link you to this exciting news. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at Nick Sagan Online
A tremendous amount of work goes into creating "the most technologically advanced planetarium theater in the world." Check out this interesting Chicago Tribune behind the scenes video feature. Accompanying article can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at Nick Sagan Online
Much appreciated, Eva! Y'know, over the years I've noticed a fairly high concentration of fellow September babies. Might just be false pattern recognition on my part, but I imagine many conceptions happen over the December holidays.
Thanks, both of you! Arthur, in case you haven't seen it, here's a link to surrealist Rene Magritte's "September 16" where the moon's out in front of the tree. Just love that painting so I like to make sure fellow September 16thers know about it.
How do you shop for Carl Sagan? I was never quite sure what to get him. Astronomical art? A traditional tie? Some years I made better choices than others, but too often I found it baffling. For this Father's Day,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Nick Sagan Online
Tomorrow I get to drink Klingon bloodwine single malt scotch with Chancellor Martok and talk about all things Star Trek in front of a crowd. It's part of Ithaca's Science Cabaret and prelude to the Light In Winter festival, which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Nick Sagan Online
Maybe you're enjoying the strange base 2 flavor of the date today as much as I am? (Okay, base 3 if you include the first two digits of the year.) I'm already looking forward to November's 11/11/11 goodness. Between now... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at Nick Sagan Online
Not one but two Shrapnel-related videos... First, the trailer for the new Shrapnel iPhone game, now available for download from the Apple App Store: Second, this interview of me talking Shrapnel at a recent Barnes & Noble signing: Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
Well, this is promising. A new life form: the microorganism GFAJ-1. While there's nothing extraterrestrial about these little bacteria, it's exciting to see we've grown a species that can handle arsenic instead of phosphorus. New potential for where we might... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
Just lounging on the lawn. Hope your Thanksgiving holiday is equally relaxing! Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
It's social media madness as I try to become more adept at communicating online. Quite a lot's happening here these days (more about that later) and if you'd like to follow all I'm doing in the coming months and years,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
I like that idea, Joe. Can't do it this year, but the idea of putting out a new Idlewild short story for Halloween 2011 really appeals to me. Thanks for suggesting it!
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2010 on Happy Halloween 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
Another Halloween is here! Sending delicious pumpkin wishes to you and yours, the whole of humanity, and our primate cousins as well. (AP Photo/dapd, Philipp Guelland) Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
Anyone going to the New York Comic-Con? I'll be there this Saturday. Been to San Diego a few times, but this will be the first time I've checked out the NYC show, so I'm really looking forward to it. You... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
NICK SAGAN SIGNS DEVELOPMENT DEAL WITH SCIENCE CHANNEL, SON OF THE ICONIC CARL SAGAN SET TO HOST AND DEVELOP NEW SERIES AND SPECIALS (Silver Spring, Md.) -- Science Channel has signed sci-fi writer Nick Sagan, son of famed astrophysicist and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
This Saturday I'll be in Ballston Spa, New York (that's just a little ways south of Saratoga Springs) helping to judge The Third Annual Ballston Spa Film Festival. The festival's films range from the U.S. to Australia, Canada, England, Indonesia,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
They're such amazing birds! Thanks for the nice note, you two! Hope all's going well.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2010 on Turkey at Nick Sagan Online
Thank you for the Wiki add, Mr. Zaitsev! Though I'm not personally familiar with the conflict in the Soviet Composer Union, I do know the Voyager team had trouble getting all the songs they wanted. For example, The Beatles "Here Comes The Sun" was on the list and while all four Beatles agreed, the record company wouldn't go for it. As for where to read about these kinds of conflict, you might try the book "Murmurs of Earth" which is out of print these days, but you might be able to find a used copy somewhere.
Out driving today, Animal from The Muppet Show snapped this shot of wild turkeys roaming around Ithaca. (Okay, maybe it was me in an Animal T-shirt.) Click the image for more detail. 11 months ago, I watched five turkeys traipse... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
An exchange from Shrapnel: Hubris #1 about Martian communities. We chose to name many of the towns after science fiction writers, Scalzi chief among them. John made "Jane Sagan" one of the principal characters of his Old Man's War series,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
To celebrate the ascension of President Scalzi, allow me to present a panel discussion that the new prez, Sarah Monette and I took part in back at Penguicon 2007. It's a retrospective on the remarkable career of famed science fiction... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online
Congratulations to John Scalzi, who today takes over as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. John's a magnificent writer (a Hugo and John W. Campbell award winner, no less.) In a happy coincidence, he's also a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Nick Sagan Online