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 Post subject: Algis Budrys RIP
PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:52 am 
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Algis Budrys died on Monday at the age of 77.

I never met him - I had a near miss in 1993 when he was a guest of honour at Wincon 3 in Winchester. He had to cancel at the last minute because of
bureaucratic hassles about his US re-entry visa. (He'd lived in the USA for
nearly sixty years but was a Lithuanian citizen - he took out US citizenship
shortly after that.)

He was never the most prolific of writers, as he spent a lot of time
reviewing and in later years editing the Writers of the Future anthologies.
But Rogue Moon, Who? and Michaelmas are SF classics that deserve to be more widely read - and shamefully none of them are in print in the UK.

Gary


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:39 am 
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That's sad news. I worked for him briefly for about a year or so, late 90s/early 2000s, when he was editing TomorrowSF. He was always charming, helpful - and he always paid on time. A real pro. We had a long conversation on the phone once about Magnus Mills, who had the time was reported to have earned a million quid with his first novel. Budrys found this information hilarious and said, 'And I'll bet we never hear much from him after this.' A truer word...


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:47 pm 
RIP Algis

Rogue Moon is a great book and should be on the SF classic list... Gollancz should do it as part of their series.


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I can't imagine it hasn't occurred to them. There are titles that Gollancz would like to reprint as Masterworks but which they can't get the rights to. A Canticle for Leibowitz is one of them - wonder if Rogue Moon (which lost to Canticle for the Hugo) is another?


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