Aaron Allston, 1960-2014


photo-aaronallstonIt is with a sad heart that I share the passing of author Aaron Allston.

I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Aaron several times in the last decade, most recently at the San Diego Comic Con. He had a wry sense of humor, one that set people at ease immediately. When he had to cancel a visit at my bookstore due to a stroke several years ago, Aaron readily agreed to sign books through the mail once he had recovered, going above and beyond for Star Wars fans. He signed my personal copy, “Yub, Yub!” It makes me smile, even now. It’s just the kind of guy he was.

Along with Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole, Matt Stover, Troy Denning, Christie Golden, Karen Traviss, James Luceno, and a few others, Aaron helped build and expand the Star Wars universe. It is a universe as varied as our own world and, in many ways, we have Aaron to thank for that. He began his career as a game designer but it is my opinion he will be remembered for his Star Wars work, taking over the X-Wing stories after Michael Stackpole and quickly becoming one of the top writers in the universe.

As for me, I will always remember his wry wit and his love of writing:

Any sufficiently badly-written science is indistinguishable from magic.” — Aaron Allston

The way to a man’s heart is through his chest.” — Aaron Allston

If you hack the Vatican server, have you tampered in God’s domain?” — Aaron Allston

My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. And of course, his readers, who he loved with a bright passion.

May the Force hold you close, Aaron Allston.