Profile: John Kenny

Personal background
I've served with the Toronto Fire Department since January 9th, 1989. I'm presently Captain of Aerial 324. Before becoming a firefighter, I worked for several years at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto, writing and producing astronomy shows for the public. So astronomy has always been part of my life.

In 2013 I published my first novel, The Spark - a thriller set in the fire service. I know this isn't a space for personal promotion, but I'm pretty proud of it. The book won the Indie Reader award for Best Suspense/Thriller that year. When I'm not writing or working, I race sprint canoe, sail, curl and enjoy long distance motorcycle touring - my GoldWing has over 300,000 km on it.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I'm pretty much a nihilist. As individuals, even as a species we are so insignificant. If our whole solar system were to disappear, the rest of universe wouldn't even notice. It would be like removing one drop of water from the ocean.

BUT... but if we were to detect and in some far distant future, become linked to other intelligences and other civilizations, if we were to become part of the social/cognitive fabric of the larger universe; a thread in some great cosmic tapestry, that would be something truly significant.
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