It’s a publication double feature!
This story has been kicking around in my brain ever since I learned of Mr. Hawking’s fateful invitation. And this month I finally put pen to paper. Enjoy!
Dear Mr. Hawking,
I regret to inform you that I will not be attending your reception, scheduled for 12:00 UT, 28 June 2009.
Or perhaps I should say that I apologize for not having attended your reception, given that this letter will not be delivered until after the event has concluded. You of all people must understand the complexities of communicating in a manner such as this, but alas, we are limited by the temporality of our existences.