How many of the in-memoriam posts here are for stfantasy writers (or editors or artists) compared with how many for actors (or directors)? If someone has both written and acted, go with what they're best known for.
Actors - 10
- Robert Hardy
- Martin Landau
- Stephen Furst
- Adam West
- Bill Paxton
- John Hurt
- Richard Hatch
- Carrie Fisher
- Leonard Nimoy
- Christopher Lee
Film makers/directors - 1
Authors - 4
Jerry Pournelle posted after this Q&A
Len Wein posted after this Q&A
Site members - 1
I am not sure users should guilt-trip one another into posting in memoriam stuff.
Let me present what Stanislaw Lem (or rather Chlorian Theoreticus the Proph) has to say on the subject:
Let them know, they who will worship me and raise up gilded monuments to my memory, that in return I wish them all to— to sprain their sprockets, pop their valves, burn out their transmissions, and may their data be dumped, and verdigris cover them from head to foot, if all they are able to do is honor corpses exhumed from the cemetery of history! Perchance there will arise among them a new sage, but they, slavishly poring over the remains of some letters I wrote to my laundress, will take no notice of him! Let them know, I say, oh let them know, once and for all, that they have my heartfelt damnation and most sincere contempt, that I hold them all for skeleton-kissers, corpse-lickers, professional axle-jackals, who feed on carrion because they are blind to wisdom when it is alive! ~ The Cyberiad - Tale of the Three Storytelling Machines of King Genius
We honor the brilliance of creators of secondary worlds by discussing their work here. It makes no difference whether they are alive or dead. Their creations are alive and they are at our (nonexistent) mercy to
What you think Terry Pratchett, who had no respect for empty, or as he called it 'recycled words' would have preferred, a sentimental post about him being dead as a stone or a lively discussion about one of his books ?
Wouldn't authors like Robert Sheckley or Philip K. Dick (and many other writers) who died in poverty would have appreciated it more if someone helped them out while they were alive?
So why should we lament over the corpses of the deceased authors, writing however beautifully executed if a bit morbid posts on meta, instead of say, posting questions on the main site about the author and his work?