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'[OT]: Fw: Poul Anderson 1926 - 2001'
2001\08\02@222208 by Russell McMahon

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> POUL ANDERSON 1926-2001
>
> Poul Anderson died at home near midnight, Tuesday July 31, 2001.  He had
> come home that day to receive hospice care after kidney failure brought
> on by prostate cancer.

> A memorial gathering is planned for 2pm, Saturday, August 4 at the
> First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street, Oakland.  Following
> that, a small wake will be held at Greyhaven from approximately 5pm.
> Please bring food or drink to share if attending the wake.

> In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the SFWA Emergency
> Medical Fund c/o Chuck Rothman, SFWA Treasurer, 1436 Altamount Ave., PMB
> 292, Schenectady, PA  12303-2977.

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2001\08\02@222843 by James R. Cunningham

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Russell, thanks for the 'heads up' on this.  I didn't know Mr. Anderson, but I
do know some of his friends, and they all thought the world of him.  He had a
terrific talent for storytelling.

Jim Cunningham

Russell McMahon wrote:

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2001\08\02@231437 by James Newton. Admin 3

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I know that it is very selfish of me, considering that all I know of the man
were his books, but after loosing Azimov, Clarke (who lives? but doesn't
write?), and worst of all: Heinlein (my father who I never met), I'm really
getting depressed. Somehow knowing that I'll never read a new Poul Anderson
story just takes it out of me.

Gone forever. Leaving no more behind. Its too late to write again! You have
no mind left! Its just in the dirt, turning into poop. Feeding the plants.
And don't start the religious thing damn it. Even if they live on, it does
the rest of us no good.

And even worse is the knowledge that many, many others, who have something
(maybe not much, but something) to share, will go to the grave without ever
having written it down, or will have written it down and not refined it
through feedback until it becomes recognizable as a gem and therefore
published.

How many things did my mother tell me, little gems of wisdom, that I've
forgotten or never written down to share with my children or the world? She
is walking around today, years to live, and she doesn't know her own name.
My dad changes her diaper.

How many things that I learned last year have I forgotten already? How many
interesting words have I heard or thought and lost?

I'm going to go work on my techref and try to raise my spirits. I'll devote
what I write to Poul.

James Newton
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2001\08\03@092851 by 859-1?Q?Alexandre_Guimar=E3es?=

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Hi,

> Gone forever. Leaving no more behind. Its too late to write again! You
have
> no mind left! Its just in the dirt, turning into poop. Feeding the plants.
> And don't start the religious thing damn it. Even if they live on, it does
> the rest of us no good.


   I am a little more optimistic about death... The person will never be
gone forever if someone still remembers them !! This is specially true for
writers because all the ideas they have planted will still be among us for a
very long time. Asimov may have made himself "imortal" because of his laws
of robotics. He will be among us for as long as we remember his ideas.
Besides that I have always felt that some have to go for other to come.
Instead of thinking about the lost geniuses try to thing about the new ones
that are coming and using the gone ones knowledge to make a better world.

   Cheer up, James ! Live is beautifull...

Best regards,
Alexandre Guimaraes
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2001\08\03@114047 by 859-1?Q?Alexandre_Guimar=E3es?=

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> > Instead of thinking about the lost geniuses try to thing about the new
ones
> > that are coming
>
> These folks have family and friends who miss them and want them to be
> remembered.
>
> All the best,
>
> Jim

   You probably misunderstood me ! I have lost many close friends at very
young age that I miss a lot and also family members that I would REALLY love
to have close to me all the time. I just said that death is a fact of life
and is unfortunately is a necessity and we have to cope with it. The pain of
losing a close one or someone that we admire is well know to me and for me
the compensation are the new ones that are born and come to live among us.
At the same year I lost one of my best friends that I have known for 20
years I received the gift of a nephew that is the "cuttest little thing"
that I have ever seen. I still miss my friend a lot and remember all the
good moments we spent together. That is exactly what I was trying to
express, he will not be really dead as long as I remember him and the good
things he has done for mankind stay alive. He is still very alive in my
heart and in the heart of many people he has influenced during his short
time among us. The good ones will live a very long time because there will
be people to remember them and what they have done.

Best regards,
Alexandre Guimaraes

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2001\08\03@230130 by DFansler

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......... And even worse is the knowledge that many, many others, who have
something
(maybe not much, but something) to share, will go to the grave without ever
having written it down, or will have written it down and not refined it
through feedback until it becomes recognizable as a gem and therefore
published...............



It has been just over 10 months since I lost my wife of 24 years to cancer -
she was 43.  Knowing that she was going to die, she took the adage "live
today as if it were your last day" and did just that.  One thing that she
left all of us was do not wait to pursue your dreams - tomorrow may be to
late.

She wrote a statement on living and dying that was read at her celebration
of life - it is an uplifting statement that can be found at
http://www.dv-fansler.com/Ann/ann_testimony.htm.  Fair warning to James
Newton - Ann's testimony does have religious overtones :).



David V. Fansler
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