Den from the Book Swap Shop finally found the box he'd stashed this in during their premises move, and gave it to me a few days ago (as an early Birthday present) 'cos he knew I had my eye on it back before Christmas.
Without running a search, I think this is the '57 or '58 annual. The Holy Grail is the 1959 one: John M Burns illustrated the front plate -- he told me it was one of the earliest pieces of pro work he'd done; he bought a couple books on horse anatomy at the time (which he still has!) so that he could do it properly... as a result he now has no fear of drawing horses, unlike some artists.
In the current run of The Order (wot I am currently writing and which John is illustrating) I run a lickle riff / homage to Champion the Wonder Horse (and a respectful nod towards John, of course!) 60 years later.
"I" actually = an interspecies "WE"...
How evolution beat us to transhumanism...
"A first observation is that the key services that animals, from sponges to humans, gain from their microbiome are nutritional and defense against natural enemies. This commonality is unsurprising because interactions with the microbiome are near universal in extant animals and more ancient than the evolutionary origin of animals : our ancestors were multi-organismal before they were multicellular.
"A second, more surprising and challenging finding is that the microbiome also plays a central role in the three processes that have traditionally been said to define the human self: the adaptive immune system of vertebrates that discriminates self from nonself with exquisite molecular precision, the brain functions that underpin human personality and cognition, and the sequence of each person’s genome that guides our unique phenotypic traits."
Sticking a pin in the hollow personality-cult bubble of Elon Musk:
"However, these fantasies of wealthy tech CEOs are just that: fantasies. None of these technologies will come to fruition in the way they promise — if they ever become a reality at all. The truth is that the technologies we need to transform our transportation networks already exist, but Americans have been stuck with a dated, auto-dependent system for so long while being denied the technology of the present — let alone the future — by politicians who are in the pockets of the fossil fuel lobby and addicted to a damaging “free-market” ideology that they’ll believe any snake oil salesman — or wealthy entrepreneur — who comes along with a solution.
"And, out of all of them, Elon Musk is the worst."