Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Marcel dedicates book to Rob and Carolyn

The biggest honour a writer can pay to another human being is to dedicate a book to him or her.

I have been touched and deeply moved to have books dedicated to me before by Edo van Belkom, James Alan Gardner, and Mike Resnick. And I can tell you now from experience that the thrill doesn't diminish over time.

On Saturday, my great friend Marcel Gagné presented Carolyn and me with the very first copy he'd received of his new book Moving to Free Software from Addison-Wesley. It's dedicated to Carolyn and me, with these words:

This book is dedicated to
my friend, Robert J. Sawyer,
who said, "I want you to write a book
Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!",
thereby getting me into this mess . . .
and to Carolyn Clink, who, as far as I know,
hasn't gotten me into any trouble.

The comment refers to the fact that I suggested Marcel write his first "Moving To" book, which was called Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye! The current book is his fifth in the "Moving To" series.

Many, many thanks, Marcel!


At December 20, 2006 12:18 AM , Anonymous Jim Shannon said...

Hi Rob

"Blue screen of death"

I recall my first bsd moment about 3 years ago using Windows ME. Horrible OS. I went to Wxp which I love but my Compaq crashed on my other PC this November. I'm using a Pentium 3 now with W98 and I love it.

"Blue screen of death" Sounds like a great title for a sci fi short story hehehe

At December 27, 2006 8:35 PM , Blogger Dwight Williams, Storyteller said...

Macs, I find, are useful for a lot of things. But for some things, I still think of Win98SE as the best OS to work on. My font design hobby, for instance...


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