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Somewhere, Kage Baker is Laughing

November 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Somebody pointed me to this news about a mysterious missile launch that happened off the Los Angeles coast on Monday.

Officially, anyway, and so far, nobody is stepping forward about this.  The DoD, Navy, and Air Force claim no knowledge of the object or its origin. The FAA claims no knowledge of the incident.  Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Naval Air Station at Point Mugu both deny responsibility.

I'd be worried that it was a test by an Iranian stealth sub, or that the Giant Pacific Octopus has finally made its move, if not for one line in the article that caught my attention:

"A KCBS news helicopter spotted what appeared to be a missile traveling through the sky northwest of Catalina Island, about 35 miles west of Los Angeles."  (Emphasis added.)

Hmmm... Mysterious lights in the sky over Catalina Island?  Sounds like Doctor Zeus, Incorporated is up to something.

Kage Baker wrote some of my favorite stuff since the late 90s, and I was deeply, deeply saddened by her way-too-early passing. (Not as much, I'm sure, as the pain suffered by her surviving loved ones, to whom my heart goes out.)  But I like to think that she wasn't really taken from us so early.  It's better than accepting the cruel irony that this amazingly gifted writer, who wrote such wonderful stories and novels about immortals, would die so young. 

The Company has its secrets, and moves in mysterious ways.  So I prefer to believe that Literature Preservationist Baker is out there somewhere, and will be for a long, long time.  And somewhere, right now, she's watching the sky over Santa Catalina and laughing.




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