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R.I.P. Algis J. Budrys, 1931-2008

I just heard from Geoff Landis that Algis Budrys passed away this morning. He was one of the great writers, editors, critics, and teachers of science fiction, and as the first week's instructor for my Clarion class in 1985, he certainly had a profound influence on my early development as a writer. I'm very sad to hear this news, especially given that I now live so close to Evanston, Illinois, where he made his home for so long.

I've pulled Rogue Moon down from the shelf and intend to start re-reading it tonight, something I've meant to do for a very long time.

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keikaimalu
Jun. 9th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Sad news indeed. He was a force for good in the field.
holyoutlaw
Jun. 9th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for passing this on. I liked his writing, and he taught the first week of Clarion for years and years.
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jamietr
Jun. 10th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Sad news. He gave me the first "good" rejection I ever received back when he was at Tomorrow. I just pulled out the letter, dated 28 December 1995, and it still is among the best possible rejection letter I've ever received. It was shortly after that that I read Rogue Moon and was blown away by it.
pixelfish
Jun. 10th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Sad news for SF fans. Sorry to hear about your mentor passing on.
geoffrey_landis
Jun. 10th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Goodbye, A.J.
He'll be missed. He left a lot of friends in the community, as a mentor, an editor, and a writer.
nitewanderer
Jun. 10th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Damn. I never made it to Clarion, but I had dinner with him at LTUE once, and it was an unforgettable experience. I learned much just listening to him that night.

Then end of an era.
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