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OK, this is a little crazy. I was about to shoot a few more...

OK, this is a little crazy. I was about to shoot a few more books as hit a section that is a little disorganised, so I started moving things around, and of course you just can’t move books around without inevitably thumbing through half of them. One I flipped through was a book on the Dieppe Raid called “The Shame and the Glory: Dieppe” wherein was an image of a tracked vehicle in a landing craft. Despite the low resolution halftoning in the book a face jumped out… because it is mine. Or rather, my dad’s, who I closely resemble. “Nah,” I think, “That can’t really be him.” Over 6,000 people were deployed on that raid (and over 3,600 didn’t come back) - chances are slim. But I thought I’d check, so I and scanned it and then Google image searched for a higher resolution copy of the picture. Now I’m really not sure it isn’t him. The guy in the back of the vehicle with his head tilted could be him. Even when zooming into the high resolution picture it’s still too blurry to be sure. A point against this being him is this in not a Churchill tank, but the picture is from a training exercise, not the actual raid. The points for this being him are there is a maple leaf with a buffalo on the front of the vehicle, which is the 14th Army Tank Regiment (Calgary), his regiment, and the sergeant leaning against the bulwark near the front of the landing craft looks an awful lot like a guy in another picture I have of my dad standing in front of a tank, a tank that also has a “5” on it just like this vehicle.

Just saw my reflection and now I’m wondering how much of...

Just saw my reflection and now I’m wondering how much of the day was I walking around with my hair like this.

The Ringworld Throne

The Ringworld Throne
Larry Niven, 1996
Del Rey / Ballantine Books, US, first edition June 1996

N-Space

N-Space
Larry Niven, 1990
TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, US, first edition September 1990

Footfall

Footfall
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, 1985
Del Rey / Ballantine Books, US, first edition May 1985
Printed in Canada

The Gripping Hand

The Gripping Hand
Larry Niven, 1993
Pocket Books, US, first edition February 1993

The entirety of my personal website from 1995....

The entirety of my personal website from 1995. #whenthewebwasyoung

The Smoke Ring

The Smoke Ring
Larry Niven, 1987
Del Rey / Ballantine Books, US, first edition May 1987

The Integral Trees

The Integral Trees
Larry Niven, 1983
Del Rey / Ballantine Books, US, first edition March 1984

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