Lit Aaron Allston has passed away.

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

  1. Dantana Skywalker Manager Emeritus

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    Oh, no. This is so sad! I love his books so much, though I haven't read the latest book (my library doesn't have it yet, and I'm broke). I heard about this from Janine Spendlove, who was a really good friend of Aaron's and is just devastated by this. 53 is way too young. He was younger than my mother.
  2. jedimaster203 Force Ghost

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    Absolutely horrible news. I woke up to it this morning, and am incredibly sad.

    I met Mr. Allston when he came to Lexington, Ky a couple years ago, literally one day before his heart attack. He was very warm, funny, and was just awesome in general. He played a huge role in my childhood, through his books. Starfighters of Adumar changed my life. The galaxy is a dimmer place without the light of his character.

    Rest in Peace, Aaron.
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  3. timmoishere Force Ghost

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    I just read Backlash a few weeks ago, and in the foreword, Allston mentioned that he had suffered a massive heart attack while on a book tour for his first FOTJ book, Outcast. He gave massive kudos to the medical staff of the hospital he was taken to. I guess the signs for his condition were there all along, but I just didn't want to see them. [face_nail_biting]
  4. mJedi775 Jedi Knight

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    He will be missed. I enjoyed reading his work and was right in the middle of rereading Wraith Squadron again. I remember even when I was reading a dark SW book like Betrayal, Aaron managed to insert his sense of humor and make you laugh.
  5. Ackbar's Fishsticks Jedi Grand Master

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    GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH first A. C. Crispin and now him?

    He was one of the best authors in the EU. He was bar none the funniest, and the only one who could literally make me laugh out loud (not smile or chuckle or "actually, that was pretty funny," uncontrollable LOL) again and again in every book he wrote. And the fact that I read on into the LOTF and FOTJ eras and enjoyed any of them is about 100% due to him.

    RIP. Wherever it is that people go after death, he deserves a good spot there.
  6. krtmd Force Ghost

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    So so sad. He was much too young. My condolences to his family and friends.

    His books were some of the best the EU had to offer, especially his humor. He will be missed.
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  7. snelson Force Ghost

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    that is very sad he was a good and funny author r.i.p.@};-
  8. The Compeer Jedi Grand Master

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    No one ever managed to capture the campy silliness of Star Wars quite like he did. R.I.P. Mr. Allston, you will be sorely missed.
  9. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    :(

    He was always such a witty writer, and a wonderful, kind-hearted man. He would talk with such passion about writing and the Star Wars universe if you got him on the subject. He absolutely loved it, and it showed in his work -- he made his characters come alive, running the entire emotional spectrum, from Ton and Face in Iron Fist to Wedge and co.'s antics in the unparalleled Starfighters of Adumar. His stories were unforgettable... and he will be sorely missed.

    To paraphrase one of his most memorable quotes:

    "I was just imagining what a sad galaxy this would be without Aaron's superior intellect and general state of wonderfulness."
  10. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    Terrible, terrible news. Only just finished reading Starfighters of Adumar about two weeks ago. Suddenly, I'm struck with the desire to read it again.
  11. timmoishere Force Ghost

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    Seems appropriate:

    A bit farther, and Phanan said, in a hoarse whisper Face could barely hear over the whine of the repulsorlift, "It's up there again."

    "Iron Fist?" Face looked up. The Super Star Destroyer was making another orbit.

    It was distant, pristine, like the giant spearhead of some supernatural being from the long-forgotten mythologies of a hundred worlds. It drifted by, not caring about the lives and deaths and victories and tragedies of the humans below. And when it descended, it would bring death. That, Face decided, was Iron Fist, and no such thing had a right to exist.

    If it took him forever, he would see it destroyed.

    He made sure his sudden revulsion did not make it to his voice. "Not too intimidating from this far away, is it?" he asked.

    Phanan didn't answer.

    "I said, not too intimidating from here, is it?"

    Phanan still did not respond.

    Face stood where he was, unwilling to turn and look, to walk back on his cold-numbed legs to confirm what he feared.

    But the speeder bike slowly drifted forward until it was beside him.

    Phanan's chest did not rise and fall. But his organic eye was still open, directed upward, and his expression--for once lacking pain, lacking the shields of sarcasm and manufactured self-appreciation--was that of a child wondering at the glittering beauty of the stars.

    Face's vision blurred as his own eyes filled with the first tears he'd shed since he was a boy.
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  12. sharkymcshark Jedi Grand Master

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    Actually a little bit devastated, he's easily my favourite EU author and Starfighters is probably my favourite read of all time.

    RIP.
  13. DarthBarrister Jedi Master

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  14. ChildOfWinds Chosen One

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    This is very sad news. I very much enjoyed his x-wing novels. My sincerest condolences to his family and close friends.
  15. Darth Xalfrea Jedi Grand Master

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    My goodness...I can't believe it.

    I personally haven't read any of his works, but I've heard tons of people like them and praise them, so I can imagine and empathize with those people who were hit hard by the loss. RIP Mr. Allston, your works shall live on in the hearts and minds of fans, canon be damned.

    I think I shall take it upon myself to buy the Wraith Squadron trilogy soon.
  16. Darth_Garak Force Ghost

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    This just took me by complete surprise. His books were favorite in the X-Wing series. This is a sad day for us all.
  17. Darth_Xeres Jedi Grand Master

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    This is the saddest news I've read this year. He was one of my favorite SW writers, and absolutely the best weaving humor into his tales, ranging from witty one-liners to elaborate jokes that took on a life of their own in the storyline, like Lieutenant Kettch. It was one of my fondest wishes for the ST that he would get to write new X-Wing novels set in that timeline, and that hope is now gone.
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  18. colojedi7 Jedi Grand Master

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    I met Mr Allston at a book signing at CIV. Wonderful man. I love every Star Wars book he wrote. RIP. :_|
  19. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    So sad, and yes, way too young.

    I loved the Enemy Lines duology and was (still am) looking forward to reading more of his work. Those books gave a bit of humor to the otherwise really somber NJO. When I get home tonight, I'm going to try to pull some of my favorite quotes out of my Kindle clippings.

    RIP Mr. Allston. The Star Wars EU is a less funny place now. :(
  20. Revanfan1 Chosen One

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    The kark? No, no, no. :_|
  21. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    I haven't been to Lit in quite a while, but I saw the thread for this in JCC (and I was very heartened to see that Allston got a thread in JCC) and had to come right over to give my thoughts. Here's what I posted in JCC:

    OH NO NO NO NO NO :_|

    I think, if it came down to a total shakedown and I literally had to destroy for all time every EU work in existence except for the works of one author, it would be Allston's stuff I would save. His stuff was often genuinely hilarious and he didn't take himself or his books too seriously, something of a rarity in the EU. But he could also really kill me with his heartbreaking stuff. I mean, Chewbacca died? Sure, fine, whatever. But Grinder? I literally cursed aloud at that first time I read it.

    And a few years ago when everyone was doing their "twenty best EU moments" Allston took my top spot for the scene in Wraith Squadron when Wedge writes the letter to Admiral Ackbar to let him know Jesmin has died. That was heartwrenching and when I first read it I wasn't that far removed from my father's death; it genuinely helped.

    Actually, maybe everyone needs to go read that scene. It seems the perfect way to respond to Allston's death, to read him writing about how death is not the end.
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  22. Revanfan1 Chosen One

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    Kyle Katarn himself cried today. :(

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    I think we could all use a pick-me-up...

  23. Auditor Dredd Force Ghost

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    Rest in peace Mr. Allston, my condolences to his family and friends.
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  24. Cronal Jedi Grand Master

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    Very sad news :( RIP Mr Allston
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  25. Sinrebirth SWC and EUC Forum Moderator

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    May the Force be with you, Aaron. You shall be remembered.


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