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Postby Jorelora » September 17th, 2007, 3:20 pm

I know when I was NB a lot of us used to talk about his books from time to time and I wanted to let you guys know that I just read that he has died from a rare blood disorder :(

I guess we'll never know how it all ended.

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Author Robert Jordan, whose "Wheel of Time" series of fantasy novels sold millions of copies, has died of a rare blood disease, his aide said Monday. He was 58.

Jordan, whose real name was James Oliver Rigney Jr., died Sunday at the Medical University of South Carolina of complications from primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy, his personal assistant, Maria Simons, said. The disease attacks the body's major organs; in Jordan's case, it caused the walls of his heart to thicken.

He wrote a trilogy of historical novels set in Charleston under the pen name Reagan O'Neal in the early 1980s. Then he turned his attention to fantasy and the first volume in his Wheel of Time epic, "The Eye of the World," was published in 1990 under the name Robert Jordan.

Jordan's books tells of Rand al'Thor, who is destined to become the champion who will battle ultimate evil in a mythical land.

Book 11, "Knife of Dreams," came out in 2005; there was also a prequel, "New Spring: The Novel," in 2004. The other titles in the series include "The Great Hunt," "Lord of Chaos" and "The Path of Daggers." Jordan was working on a 12th volume at the time of his death, Simons said.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet McDougal Rigney.
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Postby Pressto » September 17th, 2007, 5:21 pm

Yes it sucks he never finished this series
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Postby Thaldin » September 17th, 2007, 11:32 pm

Actually, we may learn how it ended.

He gave all his notes with the way he wanted it to end to his wife and publisher.

Now it's just up to them to decide if they want to put it out to finish his work.
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Postby Jorelora » September 17th, 2007, 11:57 pm

Thaldin wrote:Actually, we may learn how it ended.

He gave all his notes with the way he wanted it to end to his wife and publisher.

Now it's just up to them to decide if they want to put it out to finish his work.


Thats good! I hope they do, I really liked the books that I had read in the series (though it seemed to drag a bit too at times).
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Postby Bigfatbino » September 18th, 2007, 7:09 am

Damn! I'm really sorry he died and all, as 58 is now pretty young to croak, but that series of books should have been finished 6 books ago.

Leaving a work like that in the hands of his publisher and wife just won't be the same.

Still, I have no sympathy for that overdrawn fantasy series. I lost interest in it after I read a 1000+ page book in that series where nothing happened but a bunch of fucking marching and some wicked ccool LSD dream sequences /shrug.
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Postby Pulgrey » September 20th, 2007, 3:00 am

he is a master of plans with in plans and plots with in plots. I love how what happens in one book effects something 4 books later , the attention to detail is astounding. I would definatly hate to be the person who has to organize his notes!

Jordan has high hopes that he would beat the odds and pull through this, thoug his doctors only gave him something like a 30% chance. There was more then one person who got upset he decided to hold off ending the series in order to make a prequel ( ARGGHH ) but I have high hopes someone will make a valiant effort in finishing his work. Though his last book or two did drag out , I was still suprised he planned to end it in one book ( I was sure he had enough least for 2-3 more books , heh ) this has been a long series that many of my family , friends and Ihave followed.

If his website was up ( www.dragonmount.com ) I would post my sympathies , how ever here is as good a place as there.

He had an amazing talent I can only envy , with the story telling ability to bring the words to life. His presence will be missed.
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