My small offering to the Carl Sagan blog-a-thon

Ten years, is it? Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Carl Sagan. An intrepid soul announced a Carl Sagan blog-a-thon. Okay, I’ve got one thing to say, where I sorta almost shared a bit of something with Carl’s last public appearance.

Ten years ago this past summer, I created a couple of illustrations of Mars — with and without water — for the November 1996 issue of Scientific American. In Bryce. Using acutal Martian elevation data. Scientific American’s art director, Ed Bell, created an image (in Bryce) that became the cover image for that issue.

Nightline did a show about Mars, and used imagery from that issue. The show ran in early December, if I recall correctly. My images ended up on the cutting room floor—they did show Bell’s cover image, and used a matte to place the reporter or correspondent “in the water on Mars” in a cutesy trick. Nightline ran my name in the credits anyway. I took the credit as a karmic moves to redress certain instances where my work or ideas were used by others without thanks or credit.

During that show, they had an interview with Carl Sagan, and he appeared, on camera, bald and gaunt, a man sick with cancer. The conversation was mostly on the topic of Mars, but they did discuss his health a bit.

After the show, I remember thinking that I shared a bit of TV with Carl Sagan. Wow. And it wasn’t but a coupla weeks later that the news came out that Sagan had died. So it turns out that I shared a bit of TV show with Carl Sagan in what had to have been his last TV appearance.

So there you go. And to see who else participated, here’s a big list: It’s got dozens and dozens of links.

2 responses to “My small offering to the Carl Sagan blog-a-thon”

  1. blivet 2.0

    Carl Sagan 1934-1996…

    Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Carl Sagan.
    To commemorate, Joel Schlosberg has a meta-post for the Carl Sagan Memorial Blog-a-Thon with a gigantic list of participating blog posts. [hat tip: Susan]
    What I have is not any sort of …

  2. Daniel Schaffmeister

    It´s not a big hint to Carl Sagan. Only the word appears. But I am still wanna say it.
    Bryce 6 is out now. Hope it recover lost ground as well for Mac!
    Daz shoud really give a free version to you.