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RIP Mike Resnick

Sci fi writer and editor of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine Mike Resnick has passed away after a two month fight with cancer. Mike was the first person (and only, so far) in the mainstream sci fi market to buy my stories (two of them) and will be greatly missed.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Mike a few times on Facebook. He was unfailingly kind and urged me to submit my stories directly to him instead of going through the gatekeeping process. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

If you care to donate, there’s a Kickstarter to help his widow pay off his medical bills here.

A few comments from his Facebook feed today:

“…a giant in the field of Science Fiction, an author who brought joy to many, and who nurtured and encouraged a number of gifted proteges along the way.”

Marianne Plumridge

“I discovered him in 1994 and he has been a huge inspiration and influence ever since. He leaves behind a massive body of published work that could fill an entire library.”

Dave Gilbert

“Your stories were wonderful, and your lessons at Clarion Writing Workshop were the most memorable I’d ever had. I miss your grumpy humor, your mercenary zeal for writing, and the support you gave to other writers. The world is a poorer place without you in it.”

Hilary Moon Murphy

Mike Resnick was one of the Masters of Science Fiction that I read widely growing up. He was an amazing wordsmith, and could do comedy, tragedy, hard and soft sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction like nobody else.”

Nathan Herald

“His connection to his friends, his readers, and his colleagues enriched his life, and he never stopped being delighted to meet people who read his work, who were interested in writing, who loved books and stories, and who shared his sense of wonder. He remained enthusiastic about his craft and devoted to his writing to the end of his life, and was always thrilled to be part of the science fiction community, as both a fan and a pro. He taught me a lot about being a writer and a professional.”

Laura Resnick, daughter

R.I.P, Mike.

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