16 September 2007


Robert Jordan has been called back into the Pattern. The Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wills. Perhaps his thread will be spun out again... but probably not in my lifetime. He managed to survive much longer than the doctors expected. I'd never heard of amyloidosis before running across his blog.

I can't think of a single author who has influenced me more. Both the books themselves and the directions in which they sent me. Wheel of Time was also the first fantasy series to truly engage my attention. And, no, he hadn't finished the final WoT book. There's a hint that, perhaps, someone else will finish it using his notes, and the telling that he gave to some close friends and family. But the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. Goodbye, Robert Jordan. You are already missed.


John said...

Tragic, but I think Douglas Adams' death affected me more.

Qalmlea said...

Douglass Adams didn't have as strong of an influence on me, I guess. Though both deaths are tragic.

John said...

Adams' fiction was great, but my favorite of his writingts is Last Chance to See. It inspired me to donate annually to the World Wildlife Fund.

I had to read it again when I heard about the Baiji dolphin (Yangtse River dolphin) being officially extinct.

Adams' description of the trip to China to see it (the Baiji dolphin) was likely always the closest I'd ever get, but now even the possibility is gone.

Qalmlea said...

Amazingly, they spotted one not too long after the extinction announcement. Of course, if there's only one, then it will really be extinct before long.