Lit Aaron Allston has passed away.

Discussion in 'Literature' started by HEDGESMFG, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. HEDGESMFG Force Ghost

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    Well that was terribly unexpected. :(

    http://www.theforce.net/story/front/Author_Aaron_Allston_Has_Passed_Away_156868.asp

    Reminds me a bit of the story where Patrick Troughton (of Doctor Who fame) passed on during a convention. My condolences to his loved one.

    Amidst all the debates of story canon, continuity, and all of our many issues with the EU, there is no doubt that he was a great author that gave us many great tales to read, and worked very, very hard on his projects. His love of Star Wars and humorous spirit knew no bounds, and he made the legacy this board follows just that much richer.

    Canon be damned, this is our greatest loss this year.
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  2. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Devastating news. Absolutely devastating.

    He's had health issues in the past but it's still hard to believe. Hard to process.
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  3. CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus

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    I suddenly have mixed feelings about not reading Mercy Kill yet. I feel guilty, but at the same time, I know to savor it that much more now.
  4. purplerain Force Ghost

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    Oh my! :_|. He was the best author of the Legacy-era novels.
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  5. Ghost Chosen One

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  6. Robimus Force Ghost

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    So sad. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Although I never met him, like many Star Wars authors, he always felt like someone I knew. The world is a lesser place tonight. RIP.
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  7. Todd the Jedi Mod and Sitcom Dad of SWTV

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    I figured if he could survive that quadruple bypass surgery from a few years ago, he could overcome any health problem. :(

    The world seems a bit less funny without him. His novels brought myself and many others great joy. My thoughts are with his close friends and family.
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  9. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    He was one of the most interesting and easily approachable SW VIPs -- he was always friendly and always made it easy. I had a great (but brief) convo with him about villains during C3, and I'll always remember the time that a bunch of my friends got Allston to prank call me from Dragon*Con while I was busy stressing out about my first year of school and the like. He was always up for some fun.
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  10. JackG Force Ghost

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  11. Force Smuggler Chosen One

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    May the Force be with you Aaron Allston.
    Your books are easily among the best of the EU. Hands down.
    Going to miss waiting for new books from you.
    Your post NJO books were the best of that era.
    Enemy Lines Duology was one of the best duologies in all of Star Wars.
    I don't want to say goodbye..........
  12. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    I am completely heartbroken. Such and amazing person and author. I'm going to have to wait until later to put up a better tribute because I can't see through the tears very well.
  13. Cynical_Ben Force Ghost

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    I... can't even think right now.

    Mr. Allston was one of my favorite authors, not just for Star Wars, but of all time. His books defined the EU for me, more than Zahn, more than Stackpole or Stover, more than KJA, Denning or any other author. He understood what it meant to write Star Wars books, how to capture the tone, the setting the focus and crux of a story set in our beloved GFFA. His style helped inspire my own, his focus on characters and their believability and interaction, on having a sense of humor and fun about the story even in the darkest times, and about giving it a heart that resonates with the reader. Allston didn't just write books, he helped give life to a universe we all loved.

    I regret and will always regret that I never got to know him personally. I would have loved to sit down with him and share just how much I relished his books, how much they resonated with me, how much I wished I could have been an author like him. I would have loved to hear from him what it was like to write stories like Wraith Squadron, who his inspiration for Ton Phanan was or where he got the ideas for Starfighters of Adumar. I would have loved to hear other stories he wanted to tell, ones that were never written down, stories about him and his life and who he knew and what he did.

    Now, I'll never get the chance.

    [IMG]

    Rest in peace, Aaron. We'll miss you. @};-
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  15. Cynical_Ben Force Ghost

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    I haven't either, Coop. Needless to say, I'll be dedicating the final two reviews in my X-WIng series thread, Starfighters of Adumar and Mercy Kill, both to his memory. I only hope I manage to make it all the way through the books.
  16. Nobody145 Force Ghost

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    Oh, really sad news. I remember hearing a bit about his health problems, but still a shock to hear he's died. :( Rest in peace.
  17. Heat Force Ghost

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    Sad news. 53 is too young. RIP.
  18. The Great No One Force Ghost

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    i really don't know what to say about this. his were always among my favorite SWs novels, and easily were the best of the nine book series we have. i'm incredibly sad, but at the same time i'm very glad he was a writer whose work i have much of. it means i can always go back and remember him, and be touched by his contributions to SWs and just ideas as a whole. a sad day for those of us who love this universe, even through all of it's ups and downs. a sadder day for those who loved him and any friends and family that survive him, my thoughts and prayers are with them as they deal with this trauma.
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  19. Jerran Tankarri Jedi Master

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    An absolute shock and far too young. Rest in peace.
  20. Mia Mesharad Force Ghost

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    He always struck me as a really nice guy, always down to talk and hang out with fans, and his work with Star Wars was top notch. Very sad to hear of his passing.
  21. windu4 Force Ghost

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    Aw man. This is truly terrible news. Aaron Allston was a truly talented writer and one of my favorite SW novelists. His books were multifaceted and he knew how to bring the spirit of Star Wars to his books and how to breathe life into secondary characters from the movies. I've really enjoyed his work. My heart goes out to his friends and family. Here's to one of the few people who really knew what Star Wars is all about.


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  22. my kind of scum Force Ghost

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    This is awful and unexpected news. Not sure even what to say right now. RIP.
  23. Havac Former Moderator

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    I don't know what to say. I just don't.

    He was the best. Fantastic, brilliant, joyful, entertaining, soulful, hilarious books. Tremendous talent. His X-wing books are some of the best EU of all time. They're so funny, so fun, but they have such depth and power underneath all that goofiness. I don't know if I've ever seen anybody else hit that target so well. They're a huge part of my childhood, a huge part of my view of Star Wars. I'm feeling real, real grief for the death of a guy I never met.

    This is the worst.
  24. Jedi Daniel Force Ghost

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    Well this has come as a shock! Can't believe it :eek:
  25. timmoishere Force Ghost

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    First Crispin, now this. So sad! :_|
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