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Ken Rand

It is with a sad, sad heart that I must announce that writer Ken Rand passed away earlier tonight, at about 5 pm, after a long battle with a rare, incurable disease. A number of years ago, 2 weeks before the last Norwescon Ken attended, he told me the news of his terminal illness and said it might be two weeks and he'd miss Norwescon, or it might be 2 years. Typical Ken Rand fashion, it was, I think, more than 4 years.

I announced at Talebones Live! at Norwescon that Ken was pulling the plug on all the things that were keeping him alive, due to his decreasing quality of life. He had all his family around him and it was time. He figured a few days after he did that, he would be gone. Again, it was a week and a half. That man loved life, was so full of life, and gave so much of his life to others....it's not surprising. Instead of a moment of silence at TB Live, I told everyone he deserved a standing ovation. The applause went on for over a minute, I think. Thanks to everyone who kept their end of the agreement, as per his wishes, and didn't call or email him during that time.

Ken's son, Mike called me to let me know. I'm Ken's literary executor, so there are things to be done as time goes on. Mike is in the process of creating a new webpage for his dad. His old webpage is still up. There will be more information forthcoming. I'm not on Facebook, or MySpace, or Twitter, and so on, so do pass along the word to those communities as well. I have already contacted Locus. I'm not in much of the right state of mind to write more personal memories about him at the moment, but I will. Forgive me.

The SF world -- the world -- has lost one of the finest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.

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deborahlive
Apr. 22nd, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear this. He was one of a kind.
coppervale
Apr. 22nd, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Oh, dear. I'm so sorry to hear this, Patrick.
joshrountree
Apr. 22nd, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear this. I never met Ken, but I've certainly benefited from his wisdom.
shadesong
Apr. 22nd, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss...
ecmyers
Apr. 22nd, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
This is terrible news. My condolences on the loss of your friend. He's left a wonderful legacy.
mikigarrison
Apr. 22nd, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
As much as we all will miss him, I am incredibly glad that he was able to pass away on his terms, with his family there with him. *hugs*
barbhendee
Apr. 22nd, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh, Patrick,

I just got online and read your post. I am so, so sorry. I wish I could say more, but . . . I'm just so very sorry.
corvida
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
I know you are not his family, but I offer you my condolences anyway. I know he was a good friend to you and your life will be poorer for your loss but I hope the good memories of him remain as strong as he was in life.
jennifer_brozek
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
Oh no. I'm very sorry to hear this. He was one of the first authors I met when I went to Norwescon. He was so kind and encouraging.
lonesome_crow
Apr. 22nd, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
Very sorry to hear this, Patrick! My condolences and sympathy go out to all his family and friends.
jimmy_hollaman
Apr. 22nd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
We all just heard about this on the Yard Dog group list. He was such a good person and a great writer.....
leela_cat
Apr. 22nd, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Patrick. I hope you find blessings in your memories of him.
omahas
Apr. 22nd, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so grateful to have known Ken, and so sad that he passed away when he had so much more to give all of us. I gave you a hug at Norwescon, but here's some more.

::hug::::hug::::hug::::hug::::hug::
mcjulie
Apr. 22nd, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Huge sad condolences to you and all his friends and family.
elfs
Apr. 22nd, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, no. I'm so sorry. We knew this day would come, but... it's still hard. Take care of yourself, man.
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