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[if you’re new to the Journey, read this to see what we’re all about!]


by Gideon Marcus

Sometimes, the future comes so fast, it bewilders.

This rushing feeling I've had all month must be similar to what my grandparents felt when the Wright Brothers first took off. For millennia, people have dreamed of flight, envying the birds. Yet flying was always the province of make-believe, of fanciful stories. Then, on one day in 1903, airplanes became a reality, and the world was transformed.



Ditto space travel. That dream has been alive since the Ancient Greeks, yet it was entirely a theoretical concern until the Soviets pierced the heavens with their first beeping Sputnik. It is easy to forget, now that there have been well over one hundred successful orbital missions, that just five years ago, there had been none.

The advances made just this month are tremendous, each one as significant as the breakthroughs I've just detailed. Let's review:

(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)
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by Gideon Marcus

The 20th Annual WorldCon is coming, Labor Day Weekend, 1962. Every year, attendees of this, the most prestigious science fiction convention, gather to choose the worthy creations of the prior year that will win the Hugo Award.



But if you can't make it to Chicago, don't worry. You still get to vote.

Galactic Journey is putting on its second live Tele-Conference via Visi-Phone for the purpose of gathering as many fellow travelers as possible together in one virtual place. Our mission – to select the best novels, stories, films, etc. of 1961. Maybe they'll make the official World Con ballot, maybe they won't. Who cares? It's what we like that matters. And if you're not completely up on all the works of last year, check out our Galactic Stars nominations for 1961.



In addition to Hugo talk, there will be the slew of entertaining discussions you've come to expect from the Journey: on world events, pop culture, the Space Race, and much more. Plus, we want to hear your questions for our special Stump the Traveler challenge. The best questioners will (once again) win a prize!

So don't miss out on the fun. To participate in the Tele-Conference, send in your RSVP to the box below, and you'll receive a ballot. Then sit tight, and on July 29, 1962 at 11am, tune in to the broadcast. As with last time, you will be able to chime in via tele-type, and, if you have the right equipment, you can even get invited on stage!

See you there!

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