Author Robert Jordan dies

By BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press Writer
Mon Sep 17

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Author Robert Jordan, whose “Wheel of Time” series of fantasy novels sold millions of copies, died Sunday of a rare blood disease. He was 58.

Jordan, whose real name was James Oliver Rigney Jr., was born and lived in this southern city most of his life. He died at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston of complications from primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy, his personal assistant, Maria Simons, said Monday. The blood disease caused the walls of Rigney’s heart to thicken.

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Robert Jordan (pic from locusmag.com)

I’ve never been a massive fan of Robert Jordan, but this is very sad news indeed. That’s far too young for any one to die. Especially when they were working on the twelfth and final book in a series of bestsellers. There are going to be a lot of people out there thinking about all the time they invested in those stories, desperate for a promised end one day, in a state of confused emotions. On the one hand, they’re going to be very sad that Jordan has died. On the other hand, they’re going to be hating him for going before he finished his work.

From slashdot.org:

Jordan was in the process of writing the twelfth and final book in the Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light, but the book was not slated for release until 2009 and is still incomplete. While there is hope that the book will still be finished from Jordan’s notes, this is devastating news to all of us who have been reading the series since 1990.

All we can do is hope that his notes are clear and someone does take up the challenge. For now, however, it’s enough to know that Jordan did what few fantasists did and burned up the bestseller lists on a regular basis. I never got past book 4 of The Wheel of Time, but I’m obviously the weird one. So many people were deeply touched by his work and he’ll be sadly missed.

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In an interview with The Associated Press in 2003, Jordan discussed having a best seller.

[The first time it happens] you go out in the middle of the floor and you do a little dance. Then you go someplace booze is being served and buy a drink for everybody in the house.

You have to have talent to some extent — I certainly hope I have talent — but you have to have luck as well. Once you get that first shot, that will get you noticed for the rest of your books and that will give the rest of your books a better chance.

Encouraging words for all writers there.

Vale, Robert Jordan.

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3 thoughts on “Author Robert Jordan dies

  1. 58 is young. I am shocked by this news.

    I enjoyed a couple of his earlier books in the series, but as more and more books were added that turned me right off.

    What can I say…his death and the fact he didn’t get to finish the series is dreadful news.

  2. Being a new convert to Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series and the fantasy genre in general, I am sorry to hear that he is no longer alive in the light to hear this, but it is something I had to communicate somewhere to him or fans of his work. My name is “Andor.” I work with “Amador” and “Lan.” We all work in a very small company of about 20 people in Elk Grove Village, IL. How does a statistical quirk like this occur in a writer’s seemingly fictional assignment of names of places and characters in a book? Of course, it added to my instant fascination and the intrigue of the books. Now I am on a quest for a bumper sticker that says, “Queen of Andor” in some striking gothic script. Thanks for letting me share…if not Robert Jordan himself. May the Mother’s embrace hold him safely in the light forever.

  3. Thanks Ingrid – good luck find that bumper sticker. (There are places online where you can get them made!)

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