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Diana Wynne Jones

I don’t like having to do a lot of obituary notices and I really hate this one: British fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones passed away this weekend after a long battle with lung cancer at the age of 76. Jones was a giant in the field, particularly in the world of childrens/YA where she was much loved.  A winner of numerous Carnegie Medals and Mythopoeic Awards, she was best known for her Chrestomanci books, Dogsbody, the Derkholm duology, the Dalemark series and Howl’s Moving Castle, which was turned into an animated movie nominated for an Academy Award. More to the point, she was funny, generous, smart and articulate — one of the best ambassadors we had for books.

Here are some accounts by writers who loved her:

http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2011/03/being-alive.html

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/03/remembering-diana-wynne-jones

More stars dimming. Let’s hope for a happier spring.

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Interesting Writings for a…man, it’s getting really chilly already!

First up, Matthew Cheney’s excellent post at Strange Horizons about the recent teen suicides and the issues of masculinity that lead to homophobia:

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2010/20101011/cheney-c.shtml

Second, an interesting pair of articles at Cracked.com on myths about males and females that turn out to be true or sort of true and others that are completely false:

http://www.cracked.com/article_18529_6-absurd-gender-stereotypes-that-science-says-are-true_p2.html

http://www.cracked.com/article_18760_6-things-everyone-knows-about-women-that-arent-true.html

Third, a good article from the New York Times on the fact that people in the U.S. got a massive tax cut and seem not to have noticed because the Obama administration did it sensibly instead of splashily and conservative propaganda has lied their asses off, unfortunately with the help of the media.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/us/politics/19taxes.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=michael%20cooper&st=cse

Fourth, an older but still unfortunately perfectly pertinent piece from the Starship Reckless blog about women and non-whites being seen as furniture:

http://www.starshipnivan.com/blog/?p=712

And fifth, John Scalzi wrote a very moving piece about privilege, called “Things I Don’t Have to Think About Today.” If you don’t click on any other of the links here, please click on this one, and pass it around:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/10/18/things-i-dont-have-to-think-about-today/

And finally, not a link but a bit of good news. A couple of weeks ago, SFF author Diana Wynne Jones reported in that she is doing better, that some of her cancer tumors are miraculously shrinking and that her doctors are stumped but thrilled. We’re crossing our fingers for you to make a full recovery, Diana! (Hey, it worked with the Chilean miners.)

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Tell Her that You Love Her

We’ve been losing some terrific authors lately — Kage Baker, Jeanne Robinson — and now comes word that Diana Wynne Jones, who has been fighting lung cancer for awhile now, has reached the end of her medical treatments and is in hospice care for this last period of her remarkable life. Jones, well what can one say about Jones? She has been one of the major women writers who opened up the SFF field for women, she has been a major figure in British fantasy, and she’s had a big impact on both adult and particularly childrens/YA fantasy, from her infamous satire The Tough Guide to Fantasyland to her Chrestomanci series to works like Howl’s Moving Castle, which was recently made into an Academy Award nominated animated feature. She was given the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 20o7. Other SFFH writers gush about her. She is, in the parlance, a good egg.

If you’ve read her work and enjoyed it and would like to send kind words, a fan site is taking emails which they will print out and read to her:

http://www.leemac.freeserve.co.uk/

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