Wednesday, April 11, 2007

more Sagan stuff

Last week, The Ithaca Times ran a great new Sagan-related article by Larry Klaes, "An Organizational Voyage" (Klaes also kindly reposted the article in the comments section of this blog, as well as on Celebrating Sagan). It centers on Sagan fan Patrick Fish's efforts to plan an upcoming Sagan Gathering to coincide with the late May/early June Ithaca Festival. The article also touches on how Pat was influenced by Sagan (he's one of the Cosmos Premiere Generation); and describes Pat's trip to Sagan's gravesite, documented further on Pat's YouTube page. At the site, Pat found two articles from last December, both also by Klaes, that somebody left there and which were preserved in the snow: "Bloggers remember Sagan" from the Ithaca Times, about the blog-a-thon I initiated; and "Sagan and the Scientific Experience" from Tompinks Weekly, about the Varieties of Scientific Experience book. It's hard to express how touched and surprised I am by this.

For even more from Klaes, check out his in-depth review of the Contact film and a 2003 Ithaca Times article on Sagan's protege Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Pat contacted me about a month ago, and since then we've discussed his plans and all things Sagan. And just as Pat was partially inspired by my blog-a-thon, he's in turn galvanized me to get back to things Sagan.

Pat is now looking for people who are interested in participating in the Gathering to contact him, which you can do at this email address.

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