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RIP Farley Mowat, acclaimed Canadian author and environmentalist
May 8, 2014 | 2:25 pm

farley mowatSorry Joanna if you were planning on writing this because he's Canadian. I wanted to write it because he was one of my favorite authors as a child. Farley Mowat died yesterday at age 92, just days away from his 93rd birthday. He was author of 45 books, many of them about nature, but the one I loved most is [easyazon-link asin="0316881791" locale="us"]Never Cry Wolf[/easyazon-link], which was about Mowat's experiences living among wolves at the request of the Canadian Wildlife Service. It's a great book, and I'd highly recommend you read it, but that's difficult as I'll explain in a moment. First...

R.I.P Tom Clancy: Master Thriller Author
October 3, 2013 | 1:33 pm

I've been a huge fan of Tom Clancy, and his work since I was a teenager, and yesterday's news of his death hit me hard. Later in the day, I was having coffee with a friend, who mentioned Clancy during our conversation. Something told me he didn't yet know of the news, and I asked, "You do know he died today, right?" His face fell, and he said, "No, I hadn't." We both shared a spontaneous moment of silence. It felt pretty crummy to break the news to someone, but at least we weren't alone. For those of you who might...

R.I.P. Frederik Pohl: Science fiction’s veteran iconoclast
September 5, 2013 | 12:39 pm

Frederik PohlFrederik George Pohl, Jr. (Nov. 26, 1919 – Sept. 2, 2013) was almost a living artifact of a bygone era in science fiction, as well as one of the genre's most fertile and perennially refreshed talents. Born in the immediate aftermath of World War I, he died in the epoch of Google Glass and the Large Hadron Collider, without ever losing his imaginative spontaneity or intellectual curiosity, or his ability to upset and disturb the genre consensus. For all its radical technological vision, science fiction has a reputation for frequently being socially and politically conservative, whether it's Orson Scott Card's anti-marriage equality...

R.I.P. Seamus Heaney: The passing of a giant
August 30, 2013 | 12:50 pm

A few hundred words are going to be far too little to pay tribute to Seamus Heaney (April 13th, 1939 – August 30th, 2013), one of the titans of modern literature, a giant who the whole earth is too small to hold. The Irish Times' official obituary quoted Robert Lowell's judgment in calling him "the most important Irish poet since Yeats"—it might just as well have said the most important poet of the later 20th and early 21st centuries. Only his predecessor as Nobel Prize for Literature holder Pablo Neruda rivaled him in popularity, and arguably never surpassed him in moral stature. We...

Elmore Leonard, Crime Writer, Passes at 87 Years Old
August 21, 2013 | 2:05 pm

Elmore LeonardThe New York Times is one of several outlets reporting that crime novelist Elmore Leonard has passed away at 87 years old. According to the article, Leonard had his first story published in 1951 and "60 years later, was still churning out a book a year." He is known for novels such as 'Glitz' and 'Get Shorty,' some of which were also adapted for movie and television. I personally haven't read much by Elmore Leonard, but I know my father is a fan of his work, and I am sure he will be missed in literary world. ...

Deceased: Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Donald J. Sobol
July 17, 2012 | 11:23 pm

coveyDr. Stephen R. Covey, renowned management/self-help author and co-founder of Franklin Covey, has passed away. Covey was most famous for his book The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective People and the many related works it spawned. Dr. Covey caused a stir in the e-book world in late 2009 when he granted one year e-book exclusivity on two of his titles to Amazon’s Kindle store. Even now, 7 Habits is not available in e-book form on Barnes & Noble (though the other included title, Principle-Centered Leadership, is). Also recently deceased: young-adult detective story author Donald J. Sobol, best known...

RIP Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011)
November 22, 2011 | 11:23 pm

anne-mccaffreyToday the news came out that SF author Anne McCaffrey passed away yesterday of a stroke, at the age of 85. There can be no argument that McCaffrey was one of the greatest SF writers of the 20th century. As Tor.com points out, writing career is a history of firsts: first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction, first woman to win a Nebula award, first author to hit the NY Times bestseller list with an SF title. Her books were amazing, and I have little doubt they influenced me in many ways. One of my fanfic...

RIP Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
October 5, 2011 | 11:01 pm

News sites all over the Internet are carrying the news that Steve Jobs has passed away. There are plenty of eulogies, looks back at his life, and links to videos or texts of speeches he made or interviews he gave at one time or another, and since you can hardly turn around without finding them right now I don’t see the need to repeat them here. I will note that Poynter has an interesting article about “How Steve Jobs changed (but didn’t save) journalism” that is well worth reading in keeping with our own subject matter. I gather Jobs...