Good stuff Matt. I just started Cibola Burn last week. Hoping it pulls me through. I like the politics stuff as well, but I also really like the sci-fi protomolecule stuff as a ever present "threat" of something else. Can't wait to see where it goes. Part of me started thinking how fun would the books be if in the end, even after accessing the gates it was determined humans were in fact the last bastion of sentient life in the entire UNIVERSE (big echo).......pretty friggin scary and lonely.
I've been processing this since yesterday when I read the news on Twitter while waiting in between job interviews. It was the proverbial sucker punch. I was lucky enough to get to shake the mans hand and that is all, though like most of you have been faithfully listening to the Bombcast since I discovered it in 2008/9 (can't remember exactly). Ryan was so great at bringing the right balance to the podcast. I will remember him as I hope he would want, through his laugh/giggle. The one way communication I have had with him was enough for me to develop true affinity toward him and the rest of the team at GB.
The site and the podcast has truly been a needed distraction during difficult times, as well as a source of pure joy as I watched with envy the team live out what would be my dream job.
Here's to hoping that he has a Podcast going by the time we meet again in the next life. Tipping one back for you Ryan.
To his wife, family, and the Giant Bomb crew I am deeply sorry for your loss. May you find whatever peace you need during these difficult times.