What's unavoidably sad is that he was still banging out solid sci-fi novels in recent years (Matter
, Surface Detail
and The Hydrogen Sonata
), he was still quite young really, and a lot of creative potential was unfairly robbed by his cunting cancer. I'm particularly rattled by his death on a personal level since I met him in person at a book signing only last October.
A tremendous creative talent that's walked down the Crow Road much too soon.