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RIP, Ken Rand

Wed, April 22, 2009 (06:21 AM)

On April 21, 2009, the Science Fiction community said goodbye to a dear and respected friend, Ken Rand (1946-2009), following a prolonged illness.

A journalist turned Award-winning Author, Rand's pen was a prolific one, signing his name to over a hundred short stories, a dozen books, and too many columns, articles and interviews to list, though many of his friends and admirers count the number at,"not enough."

His books regarding the craft of writing are regarded as some of the finest in the field, and his "Port Chicago" series detail the true-life (and death) story of a small town that was simply "in the way."

Whether it was his engaging smile, subtle wit or open and welcoming heart, Rand shared a bit of himself with everyone he met, asking nothing in return.

He will be missed.

Also: you may want to check out Patrick Swenson's blog post. Patrick knew Ken well and is his literary executor. Patrick's Blog.

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