Surprising Us

Life surprising and delight us.

"Dear Dawn:
Did we do something to piss you off? Because to tell you the truth, your attacks on our books seemed kind of personal.
In 2011, we came out with a science-fiction novel called Leviathan Wakes that featured a big plotline on the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. In particular, we imagined a hard, nickel-iron Ceres with a population of millions thirsty for water harvested from the rings of Saturn. We did pretty well with the story; it got a Hugo nomination, and the publisher bought some follow-ups.
Four years later, we were launching a television show based on the book, starring the embattled crew of an ice hauler trying to keep Ceres Station hydrated. That was 2015—the same time you became the first spacecraft to orbit a dwarf planet. And as we gathered in the writer's room and on set, what did you tell us? Ceres has water. Lots of it. Not only that, you found large deposits of sodium carbonate on Ceres’s surface, which doesn't sound that impressive until you realize it’s evidence of ice volcanoes. Seriously. Ice volcanoes.

From <https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/02/dear-dawn-james-sa-corey-pays-tribute-nasa-ceres-mission/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=social::src=twitter::cmp=editorial::add=tw20190208science-deardawnspacecraft::rid=&sf207462763=1>"

 

:) When life shows you your imagination just can't keep up.