Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.

Jane Jewell reports on SFFNet that Sterling E. Lanier has died.

She doesn’t give a source for the report, so one can hope that the rumor has been greatly exaggerated.

Back in the 1970s I was extremely fond of the Brigadier Ffellowes stories–a few were still appearing in F&SF when I was a teenager. I should see if I can track down copies of the ones I don’t have (nearly all of them) and reread them. Hiero’s Journey was a good (and old-fashioned even when it was published) book of the Hey-the-Apocalypse-happened-and-things-are-pretty-cool type. I was not so crazy about the sequel, Unforsaken Hiero. There were rumors of a third Hiero novel, which we will never see now, I guess.

[edit: Further circumstantial details with an obituary here.]

[further edit (4/3/07): Fred Saberhagen has died also . I decided not to make a new post about this, although I’m a fan of 2 or 3 of his long-running series, because people who actually knew him and whose voices carry farther than mine does were already mourning him. Also because I felt that the blog was starting to sound like an old man querulously reading the obituaries. “Eh. Binky ‘Bronco’ Sorensen died. That bastard owed me three bucks!” etc.]

[And Beverly Sills is dead as well. That’s three, so they can stop now, right?]

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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