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Old Tue, Sep-18-2007, 10:41:21 PM   #1
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Default Robert Jordan, Wheel of Time author, has passed away.

Saw this on another forum. Thought I'd share my sadness and outrage.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Author Robert Jordan, whose "Wheel of Time" series of fantasy novels sold millions of copies, died Sunday of a rare blood disease. He was 58.

Jordan, whose real name was James Oliver Rigney Jr., was born and lived in this southern city most of his life. He died at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston of complications from primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy, his personal assistant, Maria Simons, said Monday. The blood disease caused the walls of Rigney's heart to thicken.

He wrote a trilogy of historical novels set in Charleston under the pen name Reagan O'Neal in the early 1980s. Then he turned his attention to fantasy and the first volume in his Wheel of Time epic, "The Eye of the World," was published in 1990 under the name Robert Jordan.

Jordan's books tells of Rand al'Thor, who is destined to become the champion who will battle ultimate evil in a mythical land.

Book 11, "Knife of Dreams," came out in 2005; there was also a prequel, "New Spring: The Novel," in 2004. The other titles in the series include "The Great Hunt," "Lord of Chaos" and "The Path of Daggers." Jordan was working on a 12th volume at the time of his death, Simons said.

"The younger devotees of the series, who seem to be legion, have a habit of dutifully rereading the complete gospel before each addition. ... (Jordan) creates a universe simple enough to master and then challenges the characters to do the same in meticulously choreographed battles against chaos and dissolution."

In a 2004 online chat on the USA Today Web site, Jordan said he hoped to finish the main "Wheel" series in two more books. "It's not an absolute promise, but I'm very much hoping for it and I think I can do it," he wrote.

Most of the books made The New York Times list of best sellers.

In an interview with The Associated Press in 2003, Jordan discussed having a best seller. The first time it happens "you go out in the middle of the floor and you do a little dance. Then you go someplace booze is being served and buy a drink for everybody in the house.

"You have to have talent to some extent I certainly hope I have talent but you have to have luck as well," Jordan said. "Once you get that first shot, that will get you noticed for the rest of your books and that will give the rest of your books a better chance."

He said in the interview that his Southern background came through in his work, even though it is set in a fantasy world.

"What I write is certainly not set in South Carolina, but I have had a number of reviewers comment on the fact that I write with a distinctly Southern voice," he said.

"It goes beyond more than simply where the story is set. I believe it is something we take in in the air and the water. It's a matter of word choices of the rhythms of sentences and the rhythm of speech in particular."

A graduate of The Citadel, South Carolina's state military college, Rigney worked as a nuclear engineer at the old Charleston Naval Shipyard before taking up writing full time in 1977. He served two tours of duty with the Army in Vietnam. He was decorated several times, including winning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet McDougal Rigney.

Funeral arrangements had not been finalized on Monday, Simons said.
My condolences go out to his family...

On another note...

MOTHER****ER!!!
I stopped reading after the 7th book cuz it just seemed like this **** would never end. I joked that the bastard better finish the series before he died. Then he got that disease last year and i was like, "Oh...my...god." Now look. Son of a *****.

FYI, the book he was working on was going to be the last one. He had said even if it had to be 2000 pages it was going to be the last.
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It should have been a trilogy. That aside, let's hope he doesn't have a son with aspirations of being a writer. Otherwise we're going to get the same load of rubbish that Frank Herbert's son produced after he died.
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It should have been a trilogy. That aside, let's hope he doesn't have a son with aspirations of being a writer. Otherwise we're going to get the same load of rubbish that Frank Herbert's son produced after he died.
Apparently before he passed, he was able to tell his wife and another person (son?) the major final details of the book. It won't be the same but an end is better than none.
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It should have been a trilogy. That aside, let's hope he doesn't have a son with aspirations of being a writer. Otherwise we're going to get the same load of rubbish that Frank Herbert's son produced after he died.
Wow, I really enjoyed all the prequels and House books. All my literary friends as well. You're actually the first I've heard that doesn't like them. Why not?
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One of my favorite game shows, second only to Jeopardy. RIP.
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One of my favorite game shows, second only to Jeopardy. RIP.
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much better show than that pat sidejacks and vanna whileits show much much better
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Wow, I really enjoyed all the prequels and House books. All my literary friends as well. You're actually the first I've heard that doesn't like them. Why not?
They catch a ton of flak from "purists", but I also enjoyed the **** out of them. They're a different beast to the books Frank wrote but they're great in their own way.
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They catch a ton of flak from "purists", but I also enjoyed the **** out of them. They're a different beast to the books Frank wrote but they're great in their own way.
I'm definitely not a purist. I loved the first couple Dune books, but I feel like Frank went insane halfway thru that series and I had a difficult time finishing the last couple books.

Back to topic, I feel like I should finish the last couple books in the Wheel of Time since I put all the work into reading the thousands of pages of the series so far.
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