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RIP, George Alec Effinger

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Dael
04-30-2002
05:39 PM ET (US)
I'm a huge fan of the Audran novels, but as he's been out of print for years in the UK, his name was always semi unknown.
I came across the news whilst casually surfing and it blew the wind right out of me.
I remember reading somewhere that George had written "None of us have so many friends that we can afford to lose even a single one."
I think that probably says it better than I could.
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musashi
04-29-2002
12:21 PM ET (US)
Egads, I hate to hear this. For some reason I picked up copies of When Gravity Fails, A Fire In The Sun, and The Exile Kiss a month back at a local used book store. I hadn't read them in years and came across three used copies in perfect condition. And here, four weeks later, he's dead. He was a terrific writer. RIP, George.
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shannon
04-29-2002
11:43 AM ET (US)
I was a writing student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and Effinger came in as a guest. He was extremely encouraging to me. There was something so cool about a LOCAL sci-fi writer. He was sick then....
I regret never meeting him again.
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Stefan JonesPerson was signed in when posted
04-29-2002
01:44 AM ET (US)
Argh! How sad . . . but not surprising, given the number of times he's been at the brink before.

He was posting to the SF newsgroup a few months back, regretful over burned bridges but hopeful about getting out of rehab and enthused about new projects.
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Matthias
04-28-2002
07:01 PM ET (US)
I've shared an elevator with him once or twice at a NecronomiCon in Tampa (www.stonehill.org) .. First Damon, and now George. Suck factor is high.
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Pat YorkPerson was signed in when posted
04-28-2002
06:35 PM ET (US)
I saw him at cons, Charlie, but never did more than share a few sentances. I understand he'd been sick for a long time. Fans and freinds ran fundraisers to help pay his medical bills, and when illness forced him into bankrupcy, the hospital threatened to take ownership of his characters/writing/etc.

Yet another reason to decry this country's benighted medical system. It makes my heart ache to think how ill health and financial distress must have crushed him.
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Charlie StrossPerson was signed in when posted
04-28-2002
04:42 PM ET (US)
Oh bugger. Never met him -- but wanted to. (And was hoping for another of those novels, some year or other.)

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