doctorow at March 20th, 2014 10:04 — #1
ziselberger at March 20th, 2014 10:31 — #2
Damn. I read "The Jaguar Hunter" back when it was released in the late 80s. It was (and is) one of my favorite books. When I was in college, I was lucky enough to take several classes from Tom Clareson, the groundbreaking Science Fiction academic. My senior year, I gave him a copy of "The Jaguar Hunter," since he'd never heard of Shepard. At one of our last meetings together, we talked about Shepard's work; Clareson thanked me for introducing him to such a remarkable author.
anansi133 at March 20th, 2014 12:11 — #3
From Swanwick's piece:
'Fifteen grams, I believe that's a record.'
Did I miss something?
daneel at March 20th, 2014 12:16 — #4
Reference to Dylan Thomas' (alleged) last words?
I've had 18 straight whiskies, I think that's a record!
Nice pub, the White Horse.
pablo9000 at March 20th, 2014 12:19 — #5
I fell asleep last night with The Dragon Graiule in my hands, woke to this sad news. I owe so much of my treasured ...perspective... to this man. I'm not much of a celebrity-death monger (and Lucius Shepard was not much of a celebrity), but his death hurts more than I could have anticipated. I'll be re-reading them all, I'm sure, for many years, with gratitude. Thank you Mr. Shepard.
tim_jarrett at March 20th, 2014 12:54 — #6
Back in 1990, I had to do a project on a writer in a high school lit class. Being a smart-assed speculative fiction fan, I did it on Lucius Shepard. The only problem was that in those pre-Internet days I didn't have access to much information about him, outside of the stuff on the book jacket flaps.
In desperation, I wrote his publisher begging for some biographical detail, and weeks later received a handwritten note from the man himself, with some xeroxes of (I think) a Rolling Stone interview and some other assets. Seriously cool. I'm sorry he's gone.
listener43 at March 20th, 2014 14:12 — #7
"I watched a chess-boxing match with Lucius and I have never seen someone more delighted."
Seriously? I read about chess-boxing HERE, but never thought it was real.
It mentions Al Bester in the text: could it be? Is there an SF chess-boxing underground of which I've not been aware?
daneel at March 20th, 2014 14:19 — #8
I'll put my money on Wladimir Klitschko.
jhbadger at March 20th, 2014 14:25 — #9
I suspect he was no stranger to the hard stuff measured in grams. Besides an SF author he was a movie critic and he reviewed the 2000 movie "Almost Famous" (about a kid journalist following a 1970s rock band on tour) negatively. While I and most others liked the movie, he may have had a point -- the movie shows the band being wild by drinking and smoking pot and Shepard complained that that was unrealistic because the 1970s rock scene was way wilder than that.
garygoldfinch at March 21st, 2014 09:47 — #10
"The Jaguar Hunter" was my introduction to him (probably around the time it came out too), still an amazing collection to this day, really opened my eyes to so much. As Cory says, one of those writers who changed those who found him.
smut_clyde at March 22nd, 2014 03:38 — #11
smut_clyde at March 22nd, 2014 03:47 — #12
Shepard's pioneering research into human magnetotaxis (by way of symbiotic fluorescent bacteria) led directly to recent developments in canine magnetotactic dog pooping.
jeanne_vanburen at March 23rd, 2014 00:37 — #13
Lucius or as he allowed me to call him, Lu Lu, was like a family member to me and Jack Dann and our Son, as he stayed with us in my son's room often writing his great works. We are so sad. Now I am without words. But I know I cannot make meals for him or listen to his singing Roy Orbison songs, or buy him Butterfingers candy. I hope he meets Roy somewhere in the universe, and he can get loads of Butterfingers! That would be heavenly. And he and Roy will get along, swimmingly! RIP me friend!
doctorow at March 25th, 2014 10:05 — #14
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