2007 Paper of the Year (A+ for "leadership ability") in junior highschool they started telling us about "leadership ability" which apparently was exemplified by some guy who was good at sports, didn't bug the teachers, and was perhaps a bit cleaner than usual. It certainly wasn't clear to me what "leadership ability" meant, but we were supposed to develop it and be recognized for it. Now I realize that it is a quality which a technical research paper can have, but rarely does. It's pretty obvious now in nonstring QG what the 2007 paper of the year is going to be. It came out 1 November and tops everything from the first ten months, in terms of future significance of the research. Not only that, it also manages to be clearly written in only 8 pages! But the paper also has some other quality. It does something that a pure theory research paper isn't usually expected to do. It tells a story which heals and unifies a community of ideas that was showing signs of conflict. It puts things together. That is why it is an especially interesting paper. Also Etera, who posts here sometimes, is on board with this one. A brilliant stroke, so brilliant I almost hold my breath and don't mention, is citing Thiemann Master Constraint as a precursor to the two key EPR papers. http://arxiv.org/abs/0711.0146 The story it tells is inclusive, everybody has a part, and it fits together several disparate things that weren't fitting together before: spinfoam, the discrete area spectrum, the immirzi, the lorentzian version, the canonical ancestor LQG... We have two more months left in 2007. Let's see if anything appears that tops this.