Fan Favorite Fantasy Author Wishes for 2016 to End
Death has a grim inevitability we don't often look in the eye. Call it aversion to the obvious or anxiety for the expected, but it's there. No one wants to openly accept what's coming but 2016 has done an excellent job reminding us that none are impervious. This week alone took from us musician George Michael, fantasy author Richard Adams, and beloved actress/writer Carrie Fisher. And George R.R. Martin is none too satisfied with it.
Rest easy, Princess.
Though he's made his name in the deep fantasy genre, with a knack for killing fan favorite characters, George R.R. Martin is not happy with this year. Some might find that interesting with his apparent love of morbid endings. That's where the author ends and the man begins, it seems.
There is not much I can say about the death of Carrie Fisher that a thousand other people have not said already. She was way too young. A bright, beautiful, talented actress, and a strong, witty, outspoken woman. Princess Leia will live as long as STAR WARS does... probably forever...
Pressing on, Martin discussed the regret he felt about never meeting one of his favorite fantasy authors, Richard Adams, who passed away on December 24, 2016:
Adams was not 'one of us,' in the sense that he was never a convention-goer or part of our genre fantasy community, which may be why he was never honored with a life achievement award by the World Fantasy Convention. Nonetheless, he deserved one. I've been suggesting him for that honor for at least twenty years... in part because I wanted to meet him. Now I never will. That's sad (though not as sad as PLAGUE DOGS).