I woke up to very bad news this morning. Austin writer Aaron Allston passed away, while at an SF/F con in Missouri. He had had a bad heart attack in 2009, and had recurring health problems from that, but he was only 53. And of course, as a writer, he couldn't afford to stop working.
I've known Aaron so long I don't remember when we met. He was a kind, funny guy, and always great to talk to. I remember sitting around with him and several other people talking late at night at the first WorldCon in San Antonio in 1997, but I know we met before that, probably at AggieCon. Sometime later we were both at the Texas Book Festival together, and he offered to denounce me in the SFWA Forum since the festival guide had gotten my bio wrong and said I won a Nebula award instead of just being nominated. We had just done a signing together in Austin in October of last year.
Here's an obituary by Allen Varney
Writer Aaron Allston passed away
February 28th, 8:58