Posts Tagged ‘death’

Farewell Arthur…

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

I just saw a notice that legendary author and theoretical scientist Arthur C. Clarke has just died at the age of 90. He was in a hospital near his home in Sri Lanka which is off the coast of India (and not too far from my location). This will be a very sad day in the Science Fiction industry and fans alike.

For those of you not familiar with Clarke, he wrote the well known 2001: A Space Odyssey [and it’s sequels] and co-authored the movie based on the book with the equally iconic and departed Stanley Kubrick. Clarke also authored a great many other science fiction short stories and novels that are considered classics in the genre. Many of his stories have to do with the mingling of science and faith and questions regarding humanity and existence instead of the typical pulp fiction that many sci-fi writers go for.

Farewell Arthur. I hope that you now know all the answers to the questions you always hoped we’d ask as well as the answers.

Another sad day

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

I just found out from Yoshi that the legendary Gary Gygax died today (yesterday here in Hong Kong) at the age of 69.  If you’re not familiar with the name, you may have heard of Dungeons & Dragons that Gary helped to create.  Gary was also the co-founder of the now defunct TSR that was bought by Wizards of the Coast quite a few years ago.  More information on Gary Gygax can be found on his Wikipedia page.

I got into the original Dungeons & Dragons when I was little, back before there even was an Advanced version with multiple hardcover manuals.  I’ve practically grown up seeing Gary’s name on one book or game or another all my life till I had to basically give up role-playing as I got older and had less time to devote to it.  Video games helped with that too.

It seems that a lot of famous people have been dying lately (Jeff Healey only a few days ago) but that’s not really accurate.  Famous people die all the time, it’s just that I’ve reached an age where the people who made a difference in my life are getting older and dying so I take more notice.  That’s one of the problems with getting older: the older you get, the more people die during your lifetime.  And eventually you and I will be that dead person who made a difference in someone else’s life and hopefully some people will take notice of our passing.

Rest in peace Gary.

New Batman movie will be postponed

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

The first thing I see in my e-mail this morning when I wake up?  Actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his New York City apartment yesterday.  The same Heath Ledger that starred in Brokeback Mountain and was cast as The Joker in the upcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight.

Filming was already well under way for the Dark Knight as I saw here in Hong Kong and from the insanely long trailer for the new movie I saw at the theater before I Am Legend started.

It’s not too often that a major actor dies in production of a major movie.  A similar loss, only under much different circumstances, would be Brandon Lee who was mortally wounded while filming super/anti-hero movie The Crow.

They’ve yet to announce if Ledger’s death will affect the release of the new movie, but with a July release date, I somehow doubt they had all the footage they would need for the final cut before now.   It’s sad to see anyone die, but it would be even worse for the work that the cast and crew of the two Chris Nolan led Batman movies to be lost because of this tragedy.  I would hope they can finish the movie and honor Heath Ledger in it’s completion.

Started writing again

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

I started writing again the other day. No, not on the zombie series. [Well OK that’s not entirely true.  I did do a little work on The Killing Fields at lunch today.] This is another new story line. Something along the lines of a children’s book. For adults. Because of all the blood and death. You know… for kids. *swivels hoola-hoop*

Yeah OK so there usually isn’t a whole lot of blood and death in kids books so this would obviously not be the correct classification. I was just thinking of something light-hearted like Jumanji and Night at the Museum mixed with something a little more disturbing like Hellraiser and The Relic with maybe a bit of Cthulhu mythos influences to spice it up a bit. I probably won’t finish it just like everything else, but you never know. Maybe if things settle down at work after I get back from the States, I can try and concentrate on writing more often. Maybe some more drawing too. That would be nice.

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