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Saying Goodbye to Eugie Foster

Author Eugie Foster passed away earlier today.

I never had the chance to meet her in person, but we had known one another online for a long time. I thought of her as part of my cohort, the group of authors who all started writing and breaking in together.

Eugie was an excellent writer. I had the honor of publishing her story “Honor is a Game Mortals Play” in Heroes in Training back in 2007. I remember how excited she was to get into her very first DAW anthology (but it certainly wasn’t her last). I’ve still got her email about that, which included a literal “Squee!” :-)   In her 42 years, she had more than a hundred short stories published, and won a Nebula Award for her writing. She was that good.

She also devoted a lot of time and energy to reviewing and helping to promote short fiction in the genre, and to working as a director at DragonCon.

I remember her departure from Tangent Online. Without dredging up the details, I admired the honesty and determination she showed throughout an ugly situation. And I cheered when she launched The Fix, which swiftly became a strong and important new short fiction review site for the genre.

Eugie + HobkinAnd then of course there was her pet skunk Hobkin. Her blog posts about Hobkin were some of the earliest things I remember reading from her, and I always thought it was awesome that she had a pet skunk. I grew up with an interesting menagerie, thanks to my mother, but that’s one kind of pet we never had.

When Eugie announced last year that she had cancer, I was convinced she would recover. It wasn’t a rational belief. I just … I guess I just refused to believe there was any chance of her leaving us.

I hate the fact that we never managed to be at the same event at the same time so I could meet her in person, but I’m glad to have known and worked with her over the years, and the SF/F field was incredibly lucky to have her.

Her husband Matthew wrote today:

We do not need flowers. In lieu of flowers, please buy her books and read them. Buy them for others to read until everyone on the planet knows how amazing she was.

Eugie’s bibliography is here.

We’ll miss you, Eugie.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Sep. 27th, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, my god. Eugie was one of those brave people I really thought would live forever.
Sep. 28th, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
Oh gods. I "met" Eugie on Critters (I read her stuff and never had anything to actually critique because it was awesome) years and years ago, like nearly 15. I did slush reading for an anthology a friend was doing and she had submitted a story. This would have been 2002. Unfortunately, it didn't quite fit the tone my friend was going for, and I wrote her back and told her so.

I also told her I loved her story, and I hoped it went on to find a home, because it was amazing and full worthy of being published. My memory is touchy, but iirc she had already sold it (my friend had, er, made no progress on the anthology for two years due to health issues and was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of submissions, so I stepped in) and was incredibly polite and sweet about it.

I remember her from Critters (we didn't directly interact much but I read her stories and loved them... in retrospect I should have told her that more) and Speculations Rumor Mill, and in a way it seemed like she was... omnipresent. Not because she was vocal. But because she was who she was. And then those sites changed to other places, but it was still the same, at least to me. She's always been there, and always been awesome.

And now she's gone. My heart goes out to the family, but my heart also goes out to the community, where one of our own family and greatest voices has fallen silent. And I am very, very sad.
Sep. 28th, 2014 01:51 pm (UTC)
Such terrible news. Her posts about Hobkin were probably the first words of hers I read, too. I loved those posts.
Sep. 29th, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
How sad to lose such a talent so soon. My condolences to those whose lives she touched.
Sep. 29th, 2014 10:05 am (UTC)
It's so sad that such a sweet and talented person died so young. :( My heart goes out to her loved ones and the people she's inspired and supported.
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