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R.I.P. Robert Jordan

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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.

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michaelw157
Sep. 20th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
R.I.P. Robert Jordan
I was introduced to Mr. Jordan's WoT earlier this year. A few months prior I had discovered and devoured "A Song of Ice and Fire" (you may of heard of it) and I was needing a fix (no pressure, if you were putting out a book every two weeks we'd want it in one ;-). Fortunately on trips to the book store (nirvana) a fellow reader recommended WoT. I'm now in the middle of book 11 and it's been pure joy every step of the way.

We will read many books that we enjoy through out our lives but how many have authors that you really love to read. How they wrote really spoke to you or you could really relate to the characters of their books more so than others. I will always be thankful for the adventures that Mr. Jordan took me on and wonder where we might have gone tomorrow.

I found this on another post and thought it was nice:


tsteele55428 Says:

September 19th, 2007 at 23:13
The wind was not a beginning. There are neither beginning nor endings to the turning of the wheel of time. But it was A beginning.

>>Let the Dragon ride on the wind of time forever.

>>We owe him that much

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