Leonard Nimoy’s passing reminds us that we are all mortal. Unlike most of us who live in quiet anonymity, Nimoy had the rare chance to create a character who will be known and loved for ages. I was already a fan of science fiction when the original series ran for the first time on TV when I was in high school. Later, I had an opportunity to see Nimoy speak at a fan gathering in the 1970s. It was reality therapy for me, of course, because he was just an actor. However, the character of Spock is iconic. It played particularly well against the other, all too human, characters in the series. Still, in many ways Spock was something we all aspire to be: intelligent, logical, and unperturbed by the daily indignities of daily life.
Speaking of the indignities of daily life, I worked through revisions on several more chapters of King’s Exile today in and around bouts of snow shoveling. Winter has not been gentle this year.