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R.I.P. Robert Jordan

The world of high fantasy is poorer today.

James Rigney, better known to fantasy readers as Robert Jordan, has passed away. Although he had been fighting amyloidosis for several years, the news of his death still came as a shock to many, including me. He was so optimistic and determined that you had to think that if anyone could beat the disease, it would be him.

Jim was a good and gracious man, a pleasure to share a platform or a pint with, and his contributions to modern fantasy were many. His huge, ambitious WHEEL OF TIME series helped to redefine the genre, and opened many doors for the writers who followed.

He was also unfailingly generous towards other fantasists, always ready to offer them support and encouragement. My own ICE & FIRE series might never have found its audience without the cover quote that Jim was so kind as to provide, back when A GAME OF THRONES was first published. I will always be grateful to him for that.

The last time I saw Jim was at an Archon in Collinsville, Illinois. It was before his final illness. He was the convention Guest of Honor and I was the Toastmaster, and I introduced him by telling the audience that actually we were the same person. It was a gag that Jim himself had suggested in the Green Room beforehand. While I was doing the intro, and claiming credit for all his books, he slowly entered, walked up silently behind me, and stood looming over me, glowering like Zeus. We got a great laugh.

I had some great dinners with Jim and his wife Harriet there in Collinsville as well. We talked about other writers, editors, publishers, all the stuff that writers always talk about... oh, and a little about our own series as well... and Jim and Harriet invited me to visit them if I ever made it down to Charleston. Sad to say, I never did.

RIP, Jim. You will be much missed.


Sep. 18th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
I like GRRM -
Well I'm not sure I like HIM but I like his books.

Thinking about it I do not think I like him at all.

How can he have the nerve to fly around and watch football before he is finished til A Song Of Ice & Fire? Rude man indeed!! As you may have guessed I'm desperatly waiting for a Danse with Dragons!

I just hope you will finish your books before you get too old or sick... I'm having nightmares about it...

Ahh.. maaaaby a bit cranky today, but I just found out RJ died, and when I read the news, first I was afraid it was george! Don't get me wrong, I love Wheel of time, but not as much as a song of ice and fire... so behind all the bullocs there is actually a complement...

Live long and prosper (and write a bit faster)

Sep. 19th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
Re: Worried!
show some respect. shut up.


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