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Lit Dave Wolverton has passed away

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Todd the Jedi , Jan 13, 2022.

  1. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Treasure Lover of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Dave Wolverton, AKA Dave Farland, author of The Courtship of Princess Leia, is in critical condition after suffering a terrible fall. Here's the latest from his son-
     
  2. Coherent Axe

    Coherent Axe Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Apparently earlier reports said he'd died, so there's been some confusion among Star Wars-related accounts sharing the news. Glad to hear it's not quite as bad as that.
     
  3. Jedi Knight88

    Jedi Knight88 Jedi Master star 4

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    I hope he gets better soon
     
  4. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    The day after CoPL was referenced in a live-action SW TV show, too. :(
     
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  5. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

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    There are public announcements and a group for close family and friends. I know a few people in the second and am waiting for the official announcement, but have heard that the news is bad from two people there. I’ve been involved in BYU’s scifi/fantasy symposium for years and he’s been a great fixture for years. It’s awful and the symposium is happening in a month, so the impending loss is hitting hard.
     
  6. clone commander bossk

    clone commander bossk Force Ghost star 5

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    Thats never a good thing to hear about anyone.

    My thoughts are with him.
     
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  7. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

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    Update: he passed away 6 hours ago.
     
  8. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 9

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    Sad news
     
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  9. clone commander bossk

    clone commander bossk Force Ghost star 5

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    So sorry to hear that.
     
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  10. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    :(

    CoPL wasn't the best SW novel IMO, quite a few silly moments, but he did give us Hapans, witches of Dathomir riding rancors, and Han's unforgettable advice, "I'd ask her to ride my rancor."
     
  11. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    I can't find anything official on this.. Do you have a link to an obit or news article on his death?
     
  12. The Positive Fan

    The Positive Fan Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Strangely enough, I'm seeing virtually nothing on any major news outlets. But his son did confirm the news on his dad's Facebook page.
     
  13. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Yeah, I was going to send the news to the TFN Main news email address but couldn't really find any proof.
     
  14. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

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    And the awfdorable song about Solo! What a Man! Solo!
     
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  15. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

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    The information has been confirmed by his family, but there aren’t articles out yet. He was supposed to teach at a conference tomorrow and the family reached out to one of the organizers.
     
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  16. Vialco

    Vialco Force Ghost star 5

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    Very sad. My heart goes out to his friends and family. May he rest in peace.

    Dave was a great author, having penned both the famous Courtship of Princess Leia as well as the fist ever Jedi Apprentice book, the Rising Force.

    While he may have left this earth, his spirit lives on in the books he wrote and in the hearts of all his fans.
     
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  17. Anedon

    Anedon Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Just as I joined an rpg as a Witch of Dathomir.
    Well I´ll continue this path in his honor. Rest in Peace Dave.
     
  18. Darth Invictus

    Darth Invictus Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Well wishes to his family.

    COPL was an important work in setting up major EU elements, without which the EU would be a very different creature.
     
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  19. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    COPL existed in a very common Bantam-era niche where it wasn’t good, exactly, it fit in awkwardly, but it was interesting, full of ideas, and relatively fun, and what it introduced became intriguing staples of the larger universe. And his Jedi Apprentice book was quite good and set the template for a series that I think has been persistently underrated. It’s not a bad legacy on the Star Wars side. A sad way to go.
     
  20. AusStig

    AusStig Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Condolences. Rest in Peace.

    I really like COPL (aside from the brainwashing gun). It was a good fun ride.

    Oh and the first jedi apprentice book is really good. It gives a great view of the jedi and why people don't like them (the jedi only help the weak leaving those who can defend themselves to defend themselves).
     
  21. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Treasure Lover of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    I only saw a screenshot of the facebook post from his son with the news of his passing, but here's a GoFundMe page that's more accessible that also shares the sad news.

    RIP, he certainly had one hell of an imagination, and it's great the lasting impact he's had on two continuities.
     
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  22. Jedi Knight88

    Jedi Knight88 Jedi Master star 4

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    Rip My Friend
     
  23. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

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    He was a very influential instructor at my alma mater as well.
     
  24. Golbolco

    Golbolco Jedi Master star 3

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    Very sad. I always enjoyed Courtship of Princess Leia. I once corresponded with him over email about some of the ideas and processes that went into the novel. My condolences to the family.
     
  25. Jedimarine

    Jedimarine Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    RIP, sir.

    Courtship is still my favorite single star wars book ever.

    It is where I always tell anyone wanting to dab a toe into the EU (Legends) to begin.

    I may have to read it again this weekend in his honor.

    Thank you, Dave.