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RIP, Philip Edward Kaldon

I learned earlier today that Philip Edward Kaldon, aka Dr. Phil, had passed away.

Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon - ConFusion 2015I don’t remember exactly when he and I met, but it’s been years. I knew him both as an author and as a fan, a constant presence at most Michigan conventions. We played dueling photographers at ConFusion back in 2015.

As an author, he was published in Writers of the Future XXIV, Analog, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Abyss & Apex, and more. At least two of his stories are available online:

He was also a physicist, and taught at Western Michigan University. (Which, personally, I think gave him an unfair advantage in writing science fiction!)

I knew he’d been having health troubles for a while, but I’d thought — hoped — he was on the path to recovery. I’d been looking forward to joking with him about his new bionic leg at next year’s ConFusion.

He always struck me as positive and pleasant and generally just enjoying himself. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say a bad word about him (which is especially impressive in this community).

He was a regular at many of my book launch events here in Michigan, going back almost ten years, which…it meant a lot.

I’m sorry we won’t get to see more of his work, but I’m even sorrier that I won’t get to hang out and joke around and talk writing and photography and whatever else again.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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deborahblakehps
Apr. 22nd, 2016 12:14 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
martianmooncrab
Apr. 22nd, 2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
sorry for the loss of a friend...

with friends we only see intermittantly, we do have ongoing jokes, and we prepare for the next go around, like prize fighters.. ..sigh..
candyflosskillr
Apr. 23rd, 2016 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the links above, I am in love with his military Sci-Fi universe, those stories were so good. I clicked through to his personal website and found some other works freely available to read online.

Giant Cicadas and Other Odd Indignities: http://southernfriedweirdness.blogspot.co.nz/2008/01/giant-cicadas-and-other-odd-indignities.html

Le Grand Bazaar: http://www.spacewesterns.com/articles/108/

Brooding in the Dark: http://interstellarfiction.com/fiction/brooding-in-the-dark/
jimhines
Apr. 24th, 2016 12:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for finding and sharing those.
Vaughan Stanger
Apr. 24th, 2016 11:34 am (UTC)
Dr Phil ranked high on my list of nicest people I've ever met on the internet. I wish I had the chance to meet him IRL. I hope his novel series will see the light of day (some day, somehow).
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