Robert Holdstock

English SF and fantasy writer Rob Holdstock died on Sunday.

His early work was SF. Eye Among The Blind and Earthwind are on my bookshelves along with the short story collection In The Valley Of The Statues and the anthologies he co-edited, Stars Of Albion, Other Edens, Other Edens II and Other Edens III.

He moved into fantasy and the novel Mythago Wood garnered much acclaim – not to mention the BSFA award for 1984 – but I found it not to my taste. He published other works set in the same location of Ryhope Wood, including Lavondyss which I have had for years and not yet read, as well as other fantasy books.

I’ll need, now, to seek out his other SF novels Necromancer and especially Where Time Winds Blow which Ian Sales praises highly.

Robert Holdstock 2/8/48-29/11/09. So it goes.

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  1. Alex

    What a tragic loss for fantasy and literature in general.

    We’ve created an online tribute where his fans can pay their respects:

  2. BSFA Mailing – A Son of the Rock -- Jack Deighton

    […] As well as the usual review magazine, Vector, which (unusually, since I’m normally slow at catching up with the latest thing) contains reviews of three books I’ve already read – Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief which I reviewed for Interzone, Ken MacLeod’s The Restoration Game and Ian McDonald’s The Dervish House – the envelope also spilled forth the A4 magazine of those short stories on the ballot for the BSFA Awards for 2010 and an A5 booklet published as a memorial to Robert Holdstock. […]

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