obituary

RIP Farley Mowat, acclaimed Canadian author and environmentalist

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 8, 2014 // 4 Comments

Sorry 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 [...]

R.I.P Tom Clancy: Master Thriller Author

By libertyc
October 3, 2013 // 7 Comments

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, [...]

R.I.P. Frederik Pohl: Science fiction's veteran iconoclast

By libertyc
September 5, 2013 // 4 Comments

Frederik 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 [...]

R.I.P. Seamus Heaney: The passing of a giant

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Elmore Leonard, Crime Writer, Passes at 87 Years Old

By libertyc
August 21, 2013 // 2 Comments

The 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 [...]

Deceased: Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Donald J. Sobol

By libertyc
July 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

Dr. 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 [...]

RIP Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011)

By libertyc
November 22, 2011 // 3 Comments

Today 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 [...]

RIP Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

By libertyc
October 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

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