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Audrey Harper

Thanks so much for sharing Nick. It's very interesting to read about what Carl Sagan was like behind closed doors. It sounds like he was a pretty stellar dad. I hope this day brings you more joy than sadness to read all the wonderful things people have written in his honor, and celebrate his life.


Those sound like wonderful memories. Thanks for writing them down for everyone to read.
And those kinds of games are always the best (and a habit of the Suns to go into overtime...as long as they win, I'm okay with that ;D )

Kent Cline

Thank you sir for your personal memories and the glimpse into your dad's "other" life, the one that the rest of the world didn't get to share. You are very privileged and must be very proud to have had such a father.
Thank you as well for your personal achievements. It seems clear to me that your dad instilled in you his curiosity and love of learning, and that you inherited his gift of sharing your talents with the larger world.

The Science Pundit

Thank you Nick,

This is by far the best post I've read today.

Deanna Hoak

That's beautiful, Nick. I'm glad you posted it.



Thank you for sharing such intriguing and intimate details about who Carl was to you as a father. For me your father is a role model and hero in my life. His contributions to the scientific community are what spurned me to want to be a scientist from a very young age. As a child I read as many of his books that I could get my hands on and I watched with unwavering attention the Cosmos series over and over. I study astrophysics in college and had dreams of becoming an astronaut because of the influence Dr. Sagan had on my life.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend a lecture he gave near my home town just a short time before his death. And it is something to this day I regret greatly. I wish I had had an opportunity to meet him and get to know him for the truly brilliant person he was. Your father and mother have touched so many lives and I know that my life has been enriched and made better because of them.

There is an element deep at the core of my being that longs for the dreams your father had and I hope to see those dreams come to fruition in my life time.

Thank you for allowing us to live vicariously through your memories, the world owes a debt of limitless gratitude to your father.

~ Dawn

William Wood

Hi Nick -- We met a few years ago in San Diego when you were giving a promo talk for Idylwild. You know what? YOU make some of those above-mentioned "interesting noises," too! There's a whole lotta your dad in you. :) Thank you for sharing your memories.


I love reading your books and also enjoyed reading your fathers. I just found your blog and I was moved about these comments. I'm glad you have shared these memories about your father.


Beautiful memories - simple and down to earth, yet so poignant; just so much more.

PS: You were such a cute kid. =D


The world was, is, and always will be full of beautiful people who truly deserve to live for as long as they choose. Nick, your father is at the very top of that list. Through his work - his books, documentaries, appearances - not only did he share what he knew of the universe, he graciously shared himself, as well. Carl Sagan was, and remains, a rare treasure.

Neil Elliott

I remember meeting Carl's first wife on the stairs at University of Chicago in October 1954. She was pretty, quite young, had formerly attended the lab school. We talked for a bit, but I was not accomplished in the slightest and she didn't see any value in me. And before I could pursue things further, she got tied up with Carl. So if not for your father, I might be married to a very old woman today--but she would be the most brilliant woman in all the world, because she later became a premier scientist in her own right, and I personally think that all men should worship her and be her slaves.--Neil Elliott


I guess I'm another person whose life was changed for the better by you father. I remember watching Cosmos as a young teenager and knowing that there was so much I had to learn.

Aaron Kinney

What an excellent post, Nick. Your father was a hero to us all, but he was much more: he was a wonderful and caring father.

The quality of Carl's character shines through in the quality of your character as well. I imagine that Carl was even more proud of you than the world is of him, and with good reason! :)

John Pritzlaff

Thank you for sharing, Nick. This was extremely interesting, sad, and wonderful -- all at the same time. You already know this, but your dad was a great man and we are all going to continue remembering him. And you seem to be a great man too.

Happy holidays.

John Pritzlaff

Oh, I forgot to add that I participated in the blog-a-thon, at myspace.com/lightjohn_a_thon. I'm pretty sure I'm already on the list, but I just want to let you know in case I didn't get it in in time.

Once again, happy holidays, and good luck on the road of life.

-John Pritzlaff


I remember watching "Cosmos" with my parents and my girlfriend (now my wife) many years ago. It was important, part of the reason I studied mathematics and physics and my wife biology. It inspired me to work as an assistant at the Mount Laguna observatory.

Just last night, I watched episode two of Cosmos with my two daughters. Great ideas and great men age well.

In a way, Carl Sagan was an intelectual father to me as he was to you. Thank you so much for sharing.

Andy Fleming


Those memories mean so much to me. In 1300 minutes of Cosmos, your dad has changed my life (and that of my young 10 year old son for that matter) more than four years at university, studying science-sceptical Sociology. I am so sorry I only discovered Cosmos in the summer of 2006, although I do remember him in the 1970s on BBC-TV (Viking, Pioneer, Apollo project etc.). Out of all the people, who have ever lived in recorded history, it would have been your dad I would have wanted to meet the most. I hold him in utter admiration and respect, and was devastated when I found out he died in 1996. With a hectic job and young family I somehow missed this awful news (assuming it was broadcast here).

Why do good people have to die so young Nick? My dad died when I was 10 in 1970, something from which I have never fully recovered.

I knew when I watched Cosmos, I was watching a true genius, and a wonderful person. The type of man or woman who comes along every century or so. Your tribute provides that rigorously verified evidence of his goodness.

From science-sceptic Sociologist to a lay ambassador for science and your dad's work - that's me now Nick.

Our "candle in the dark" is glowing brightly on our "pale blue dot" (on order as an import from the US!) in north east England, where I will do my utmost to publicise his work, and lobby to get Cosmos where it belongs.... BACK ON BRITISH TELEVISION.

Your dad deserves nothing less than a continued world-wide audience.

Carl Sagan is still very much alive in our hearts, and most importantly, our brains. He will never be forgotten.

All the very best Nick,
Andy Fleming
County Durham

Lang Kasranov

Hello Nick,

Thank you for sharing those personal memories and details.

Though I am sure you're quite sufficiently buried in memorials and whatnot for your late father, I thought I would add my piece by sharing a short video with you and your readers.

I have entitled the video 'Vision', and just recently finished it. It is hosted at YouTube. (Please click on my name, below this post, if you wish to view the video)

I made the video to commemorate your father's passing, not merely to mark the time, but to show how far science ahs come since Cosmos first aired, in approaching his vision. Even today, astronamy has still not fully caught up -- but good progress is being made. This video tries to show this.

I would be honored if you'd watch it some time. Thank you.



Dear Nick,

I think the reason your father had Phobos on his license plate was because Deimos looked too much like Demons. I also would not be surprised if he had Phobos in such plains view as to create questions by others about the name, all the better to get the public learning something new and thinking about the wider reality around them.

Thank you for sharing your personal thoughts and experiences with your father. We greatly appreciate it.


Friend Nick:

Thanks For Life Your and Father, I am remenber 20 Dic 2006, in station Radio 97.7 Fm, (Pereira-Colombia), Program¨"Exploraciones del Siglo XXI" . One Hour , Translation In Spanish For 55 Languages From Voyager.

Juvenal Gordon.

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Idlewild Trilogy

  • i d l e w i l d

    "Sagan has a ferocious imagination."
    -- Stephen Baxter

  • e d e n b o r n

    "One of the best post-apocalyptic novels you will ever read."
    -- SFX Magazine

  • e v e r f r e e

    "Sagan's mind-blowing post-apocalyptic trilogy comes to a satisfying, terrifying conclusion."
    -- Kirkus Reviews


  • Aristeia Rising

    "An intense and intelligent story partnered with art that makes your eyes drool."
    -- Ain't It Cool News

  • Hubris

    "Lord, this is epic. If you thought the first volume of the Shrapnel series was intense, brutal, and dark, just wait until you get your hands on its follow up."
    -- Comics Bulletin


  • Future Proof

    "A delightful 'expedition in search of the future,' providing clear explanations of today's cutting-edge technologies to find where science fiction has become reality."
    -- Publishers Weekly

Star Trek

  • Voyager: Season 5

    "Year five of Star Trek: Voyager is the greatest achievement in its seven year run. This is Voyager in its prime, and in its absolute top form."
    -- DVD Answers

  • TNG: Season 7

    "One of Next Generation's best seasons ever... The series was at the top of its game, consistently turning out episodic sci-fi hours that felt fresh and captured the imagination."
    -- SciFi.com

Computer Games

  • Zork Nemesis

    "The story is dark and gripping. Numerous subplots and twists are heightened by a surprise climactic revelation. Character developments are complex. The portrayals of the dark side of mankind in these characters are chilling."
    -- The Adventure Collective




Carl Sagan

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