Too soon. Far, far too soon. 43 years old? Shit.
For those who aren't familiar with Mike on-site (he became less active in recent years): as well as his Q&A activity getting him to almost 100,000 rep (at the time of writing), he was also one of the most active users in back-end site upkeep stuff, thankless tasks such as ...
Organising the great tag ...
That sucks. Trivia: He was the only cast member on the Peter Jackson movies who actually knew J.R.R. Tolkien.
LAWRENCE FRENCH: You actually met J. R. R. Tolkien, didn’t you?
CHRISTOPHER LEE: Yes, quite by chance, really. I met him with a group of other people in a pub in Oxford he used to go to, The Eagle and Child. I was very much in awe of him, as you ...
Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at the venerable age of 93. He was a man of incredible talent and expertise (NPR).
He was 6'5" tall, a world champion fencer,
He spoke six languages, did his own stunts,
Had appeared in over 250 movies and television shows
Had participated in more on-screen sword fights than any actor in history,
served for five ...
"No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away..."
Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
R.I.P Mr. Pratchett. You and your celestial turtle A'tuin shall live in our hearts forever.
Earth has lost one of its mightiest heroes today. I know just about all of us in the SFF community will be saddened by this loss.
If you are ever feeling generous I recommend The Stan Lee Foundation because being able to read is superpower that everyone should experience and share with the world.
I cannot say that I knew Mike well, but I knew him as he was here on the site and in chat.
All I can say is that his presence will be sorely missed, and I would like to extend this Stack's warm wishes to his family and other loved ones.
I mean, I can't say this is totally unexpected - he was 95.
But I think the last time the death of someone I've never met hit me this hard was when Jim Henson died, back in the early 1990s.
Goodbye, and thanks for all the incredible stories, and the sense of camaraderie you created between fans and creators with the old "Bullpen Bulletins" page, and "Stan'...
I got to know Mike best in a slack group he had set up a few years ago for some site members to chat together. I'm sure some of the older users knew him a lot better than me, but all the interactions I can remember having with him were positive. He will be missed.
Mike was one of the reasons why I enjoyed posting on this site so much! In my early days (2013), seeing his posts that were so well-written and insightful inspired me to post better and actually put effort into this site.
We even had a small rivalry to see who could post faster/better as we were both interested in similar works.
His hard work and dedication ...
I especially enjoyed his portrayal of the elder Dante in the BBC Radio 4 production of Danté's The Divine Comedy, the melancholy War Doctor and his wonderfully over-the-top acting as High Chancellor Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta.
It saddens me that he's passed on.
'But he can't die! He's always been here!' said Gurder, aghast. 'You've got it wrong. Sir? Sir!'
'Is he dead?' 'I detect no life functions.' 'What does that mean?' 'It means "yes".'
'It has pleased Arnold Bros (est. 1905) to take our brother to the great Gardening Department beyond Consumer Accounts, where there is Ideal Lawn Edging ...
/slytherincess raises her glass
I linked "Boat drinks" to the wiki page for Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead. I meant this to explain the source/meaning of "Boat drinks" in the context of a death, but it didn't occur to me that the title of the movie itself would make linking to it possibly super tacky. Please know that was not my ...
My favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy Bill Paxton roles are:
Chet Donnelly from Weird Science - I know that he has done so much with his acting career since this movie, but I always think of Chet Donnelly whenever I think of Bill Paxton.
Punk Leader from The Terminator - This was an extremely small, but memorable role.
Private Hudson from Aliens - This is one of my ...
While he'll be remembered for his many great achievements in his life, and the popularisation of Science among the masses, Stephen Hawking will also be remembered for being the only celebrity to cameo as themselves in Star Trek: The Next Generation, when he featured in a poker game with Data, Newton and Einstein.
Sean Connery played both of England's most legendary characters: King Arthur in First Knight, and Robin Hood in Robin and Marian (little known but well worth watching). I wonder if he was the only film actor to play both of these roles.
Mike was a great supporter of the blog. He contributed a lot of articles. The ones I think that stand out are:
A Guide to the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse
A Guide To The DC Cinematic Multiverse
Gorilla vs. Shark? Not so fast…
He was long known as the actor of Darth Vader, but had a different voice actor used over his voice, due to his accent (a distinctive west country accent that did not make him sound very menacing as a dark Lord of the Sith). It has been reported that he was close to rival bodybuilder competitors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno (from TV's Incredible ...
I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a Doug 9000 humanoid. I became operational at the R.A.I.N. house in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the 13th of March 1928.
Douglas, Douglas, ...
For Tolkien nerds, like us and many on this site, Christopher Tolkien is best known for the editing work he did on his famous father's Middle-earth stories.
For those who've only read JRR Tolkien's books without knowing about all that, Christopher and his brothers actually appeared in one of their father's works of fiction:
Anyway, just when Rover was ...