Tuesday, September 14, 2010

R.I.P E.C. Tubb, 1919-2010

Locus has reported the sad news that space opera doyen E. C. Tubb has died.

Edward Charles Tubb was born October 15, 1919 in London. He became a fan of SF before WWII, collecting magazines as a teenager and helping to found the British Science Fiction Association. He married Iris Kathleen Smith in 1944, and is survived by their two daughters, two granddaughters, and a number of great-grandchildren.

Tubb wrote many sf stories and novels, but his lasting legacy will probably be his famous Dumarest Saga, which tells the tale of the rugged, Eric John Stark-like Earl Dumarest as he quests throughout the galaxy searching for his birthplace, a mythical planet called "Earth."

The series ran for over thirty volumes and exerted a strong influence on the classic SFRPG Traveller. It's sad that he has passed but he'll be forever remembered by his fans for the entertainment he has given us.

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