From: Joe Merlin
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Hi There and Greetings. I just wanted to say that Blood Music is one of my favorite SF/Horror books of all time. I have been a fan of SF for a while and I have always been interested in the idea of the SETI searches for "ET's". I remember reading about the August 15, 1977, "WOW" signal apparently caught by The Very Large Array. They said the signal originated near the constellation Sagittarius, yet that constellation is in the southern sky and would not be visible from New Mexico, where The VLA is located. Sounds like a hoax to me...I also came across something set up by Washington State University that talks about newly discovered planetary systems. It seems that Mu Arae is a good bet for a place where extra terrestrial life might have developed...I think they're getting TV signals from 1960 right about now, since they are 50 light years distant. By the way, do you know of Aricebo is still active?
From: Greg Bear
Ah, so they're watching "My Mother the Car" and have determined we are not a threat! Though Bill Gordon passed away recently, Arecibo does indeed seem to be very active. Take a look at their web site.
From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
I just want to assure Mr. Merlin that Sagitarius, like all the other constellations of the zodiac, is visible from New Mexico. If it weren't, that state would be in perpetual darkness during most of December, because that's when the sun is "in" it.
Sagitarius IS located south of the celestial equator, and thus in the southern hemisphere of the SKY--probably this is the source of the confusion. One does gets tangled trying to visualize all these angles and viewpoints. Suffice to say the only place a sky-hemisphere is entirely occluded is from the opposite pole of the Earth.
From: Greg Bear
This probably goes along with the thesis that the only way we'll ever travel to the sun is to go at night.