Archive for December, 2008

People Whose Work I Admire Who Died in 2008
December 28, 2008

In 2008 we took some heavy losses.

Steve Gerber (September 20, 1947 – February 10, 2008);  idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Thomas M. Disch (February 2, 1940 – July 4, 2008); suicide

David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008); suicide

Guy Peellaert (April 6, 1934 – November 17, 2008); cancer

4SJ Ackerman (November 24, 1916 – December 4, 2008); “old age”

And Arthur Clarke, Bettie Page and Dave Stevens went too. Here’s hoping we don’t lose any more in the next few days. And here’s to a 2009 where fewer folks like these pass. Cheers, gang. Many happy returns.

UPDATE: It looks like I spoke too soon. pulp and SF illustrator Edd Cartier’s death was announced after I wrote this.  Fingers crossed, that’ll be all.

A New Beginning, of Sorts
December 20, 2008

I’ve reserved this blog space for some time now with the hope of writing new content. We’ll see how that goes. For the short term, though, I’ve been adding the columns that I wrote several years ago under a different name for Nyxx Underground, backdated on the blog to the dates they were originally published (according to my records, at least). They’re rather long for blog posts, but keep in mind they originally had a rather different purpose in mind. I liked the column, it’s a pity circumstances didn’t allow me to continue then. My hope is that I’ll do more similar things here in the future. For now, enjoy the re-runs!