Ray Bradbury: The Rocket Man (1920-2012)

The science fiction world, and much of the world at large is weeping today because we lost a giant. I can’t recall when I first heard the name “Ray Bradbury” but in my limited memory, it seems as if I was born with the name, that there was never a time I didn’t know who […]

RIP Robert Hegyes (Epstein)

I remember watching the show as a kid living in New Jersey. And doing poor impersonations of some of the characters. RIP Robert Hegyes. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVS3WNt7yRU&w=400]

R.I.P. Anne McCaffrey

I first saw the news of Anne McCaffrey’s passing last night via a Rob Sawyer tweet and it kind of stunned me. I was never a big reader of Anne McCaffrey‘s, not because I didn’t like her work, but mostly because I hadn’t gotten around to reading the bulk of it. What I have read […]

RIP: J.D. Salinger

I suppose that reports of his death were greatly exaggerated–until today.  It has been reported that J.D. Salinger has died at his home New Hampshire.  He was 91 years old. I loved the voice in The Catcher In the Rye.  The book itself is a triumph of American literature.  I also loved Salinger’s cameo appearance […]

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RIP: Michael Crichton

Buried among the news of Barack Obama presidential victory comes word that Michael Crichton has died.  He was most famous, perhaps, for Jurassic Park.  That book was the only of his books I ever read, and I very much enjoyed it.  I read the book well before the movie was ever made and though I enjoyed the […]

RIP: Randy Pausch, 1960-2008

It was announced this morning that Randy Pausch, author of the best-selling The Last Lecture, had died. I watched the YouTube version of the lecture, as well as his time management lecture, and I read his book. Brilliant guy, tragic loss.

Thomas M. Disch

It was reported over the weekend that Thomas M. Disch committed suicide over the holiday weekend. I read only one of his books, Camp Concentration way back in October 2000, while sitting in a jury pool in a Hollywood courthouse. I was never called to server that day. According to my list, I wasn’t that […]

Sir Arthur C. Clarke: the last of the Big Three

I just read the sad news that Arthur C. Clarke has died at the age of 90.  He was the last surviving member of the Big Three of science fiction writers, Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov being the other two, both of whom died more than a decade ago.  I’m not sure I can […]

Gary Gygax

As several others have already reported, Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, died today. For a brief time in my life, say from about age 10-14, I played quite a bit of D&D. I stopped playing at about the time I started reading more, and noticing girls, but during the time that I did […]


I had a fairly productive work day today and that felt good. Tomorrow, I’ll be in meetings for much of my work day. I ran over to the bookstore today to see if they had the August issue of Locus in yet, but they didn’t. While there, I did a bit of browsing and added […]

R.I.P. Tom Snyder

I’m still behind in the news and discovered during a meeting that I just attended that Tom Snyder has died. I used to watch his late, late night show and always thought he was terrific. I think that Harlan Ellison appeared as a guest on his show more times than anyone else. Over at the […]