Robert Jordan, known as the author of the brilliant fantasy series The Wheel Of Time, passed away on Sunday, September 16th. He was 58 years old at the time.
The Associated Press filing can be found here.
This isn’t a news site, and I don’t have anything profound to say.
I know that many of my friends will be affected by this news just as I am, and I wanted to make sure you got the chance to hear as soon as possible.
My wife just emailed me 10 minutes ago, to let me know. She knew from my conversations with friends that I cared, and would want to know.
Robert Jordan had for quite a while been associated with The Dragonmount blog, and would occasionally post updates on his condition, and how he was feeling.
My friend Mark had told me some time ago that Mr. Jordan had been very sick, but with the treatmeant he had been getting, he was beginning to feel better.
I checked back periodically, but to be honest I felt as though I were being too voyeuristic in the affairs of Mr. Jordan’s life, and I stopped visiting Dragonmount, perhaps in the naive wish that I could help him, or at least myself, by remaining ignorant and “thinking happy thoughts”.
All I can really think of to say is, I have been reading Mr. Jordan’s books since the first in the series, The Eye of the World, came out almost 17 years ago. At the time, I was a Sergeant and attending an advanced school stateside, on a base of Privates and PFcs whom Thou Shalt Not Fraternize With, and here was this huge fat book that not only promised to be a good long read and keep me out of trouble, but professed to be the first of a long series. I read that book from cover to cover in a weekend, and I was hooked from then on.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 17 years. I can remember in the earliest days of comupting, BBS sytems, phone modems and turn based chat posting, and hordes of fans on the fledgling PC Intrawebs, organizing ‘Darkfriend Socials’, getting together in face to face parties to celebrate the amazement of being fans of such a marvelous and complex fantasy world.
I was one of the online chatgroup that Darkfriend Socials sprang from, and used to debate the ‘Super Aes Sedai’, and what would happen to Perrin next, for endless hours.
Sightings of Mr. Jordan at conventions, or small book signings, were reported on and tidbits of hints that may or may not have been said were dutifully posted for all to read and debate at length. We hung on his words with open ears.
I guess all I can say, all that I should say, is simply…
For 17 years of my life, I have been influenced by a great writer, and today I feel as though I have lost a good and precious friend, a friend that I never met in person, but who truly was a part of my life. I wish that there were some way to let him know how much I appreciate his writing, admire his storytelling, and how much I wish him godspeed and blessings.