Like C.S. Lewis and Andrew Greeley L'Engle helped shaped my concept of what it means to be Christian. For the most part her characters' faith existed in much the same way mine does, as a solid background and a daily striving, not as an insecure need to prove something to others.
I appreciated that she didn't talk down to her YA audience when I was of the target age and it makes re-reading her work as an adult just as pleasurable as it was then. I learned about Mitochondria from her long before it was covered in any class and knowing what a tesseract is is still a recognition sign between nerds.
And as a nerd I really, really appreciated and loved the character of Charles Wallace. I wish she had written more with him.
In a time when the biggest kids series is the Harry Potter books, a series that L'Engle complained lacked any depth, it's even sadder to lose a writer who wasn't afraid to tackle the big issues that kids have to come to terms with growing up: faith, evil, death, standing up for a principle even if it means going against society's norm, and love. It always came back to love in all it's forms with her.
Wiki has a halfway decent introduction to her and her work.
Every profession needs someone who is willing to barbecue sacred cows and speak his mind and he filled the role well. He even recently filed suite against the BOD of his own institute.
93 is a good run and he was active up to the end with a newly finished book that will be published posthumously.
I wasn't the huge fan that Katje is, I somehow have just not gotten around to reading more than Slaughterhouse-Five and a couple of essays, but I enjoyed it whenever he got interviewed. It feels like Earth became a little more shadowed by his passing. We need curmudgeonly old guys who are willing to declare that the Emperor has no clothes on a regular basis.
The co-author of the Illuminati series passed away January 11th. The Telegraph has an excellent obit:
His webpage has a brief mention:
If you've never read any of his work I highly recommend it but be warned. It isn't light beach reading and you may need a few days afterwards to process it. It's the sort of stuff that, even when he is being silly, gets into your head and plays around with the software. Maybe especialy when he is being silly.
Here is his Wiki entry for more info
So, I looked at my journal, then I went to Fano's friends page and after going ever further back I finally found that my last four posts show up here as public but do not show up at all on the friends pages of those who have friended me.
I just went through and deleted them and am reposting them as one long post.
PS, I am way behind on reading MY friends page. Expect a bunch of comments this weekend. Or not since I'm getting the trailer Saturday and my cousin is in town for a visit. I'll catch up eventually. Really.