April 6th, 2006


This Day In History, 1992: Death of Isaac Asimov

On April 6, 1992, in the early morning hours, Isaac Asimov passed away. At the time, it was reported that his death was due to kidney failure. Ten years later, his wife Janet Jeppson Asimov revealed that Isaac had contracted HIV during the blood transfusions he received while undergoing heart bypass surgery in 1983.

I had a lot of strong personal feelings about Asimov, and I knew him tangentially. I wrote an article about my experiences with him for the fanzine Mimosa back in 1997 (edited by rwl and nwl). You can find the article on my own webpage here; or you can read the article as it was originally published, with the original illustrations, here.

For more information on Asimov, there is a Wikipedia entry on Isaac Asimov at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov

And finally, an excellent resource is the Asimov Online page at http://www.asimovonline.com

I still miss him.

Short Story Sale: The Wizard's Legacy

I am pleased to announce that I have sold a fantasy short story, "The Wizard's Legacy," to the anthology Heroes in Training, edited by Jim C. Hines and to be published by DAW Books in 2007.

With gnomi's help, I have crafted the narration for the movie trailer. As you read the following, imagine it's being read aloud by either Don LaFontaine or Hal Douglas.

"When the kingdom's wizard chooses two apprentices, thirteen-year-old Edmund, the son of an innkeeper, must prove himself worthy of the title. But is the second apprentice, a Duke's son, more worthy? Or is he a threat to Edmund? The final battle, facing off against a magical attack from the east, will determine Edmund's fate once and for all."

Hurricane Name Retirement

It's being reported by the Associated Press that the World Meteorological Organization has officially retired five hurricane names from last year's season. Hurricane names are retired when a particular hurricance is so devastating that it would be inappropriate to reuse the name for another hurricane.

Katrina, of course, is on the list, given its status as the most devastating hurricane in recent memory and the one that almost destroyed New Orleans.

Dennis, Rita, Stan and Wilma are the other four hurricane names never to be used again.

The new names taking over those slots: Don, Katia, Rina, Sean and Whitney. They will enter the rotation in 2011.