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Soviet Space Stamps And Postcards Might Convince Me To Actually Write A Letter

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Soviet2I never really got the appeal of collecting stamps. I’m not saying the hobby doesn’t have an appeal, mind you, merely that it doesn’t appeal to me. But hey, I say that as a guy with a half dozen longboxes of comics I’ll probably never look at again packed into a storage unit, so who am I to judge? Still, if anything were going to woo me into the field of philately, these vintage Soviet stamps honoring Russia’s space program might be just the thing.

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Want U.S. Stamps Honoring Science Fiction Authors? Sign The Petition!

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Robert Heinlein stampThese days, science fiction authors get more kudos than they used to. The Sunjammer solar sail and the Clarke Belt, the part of space where geostationary satellites live, are both named after Arthur C. Clarke and his works. Iain M. Banks recently had an asteroid (re)named after him. NASA renamed Curiosity’s landing site on Mars Bradbury Landing.

Next up: postage stamps honoring sci-fi writers — if we can convince the USPS, that is.

Back in February, the USPS Commemorative Panel announced that this summer it will issue stamps honoring five pivotal science fiction writers: Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert, and Ray Bradbury (it used to be a rule that someone had to be dead for five years before being memorialized on a stamp, but no longer). Gene Mierzejewski of Amazing Stories said it best when his “heart couldn’t help skipping a beat” when he read the news.