I just finished a marvelous book by Richard Preston, First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe. It was sent to me by an old friend from my college days in Arlington, Texas, Tim Shropshire, who resides in Boulder, Colorado these days. (Good move, Tim). I haven’t seen him in almost 30 years now, but the internet helped us find each other. The non-fiction book chronicles the work of a group of astronomers at the Hale Telescope. I found it did more than most sf novels to evoke a sense of wonder and an appreciation for the work of scientists. I highly recommend it. And though the photo is from the Hubble, here’s a galaxy to whet your appetite.