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John M. Ford, 1957-2006

R.I.P., science fiction and fantasy author John M. Ford.

Sonnet: Against Entropy

The worm drives helically through the wood
And does not not know the dust left in the bore
Once made the table integral and good;
And suddenly the crystal hits the floor.
Electrons find their paths in subtle ways,
A massless eddy in a trail of smoke;
The names of lovers, light of other days --
Perhaps you will not miss them. That's the joke.
The universe winds down. That's how it's made.
But memory is everything to lose;
Although some of the colors have to fade,
Do not believe you'll get the chance to choose.
Regret, by definition, comes too late;
Say what you mean. Bear witness. Iterate.

-John M. Ford

(Thanks to agentxpndble for the news.)

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melissagay
Sep. 25th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, no!!! Sadness. We will remember.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 25th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
Isn't it sad? :( But you're quite right - we will remember. And reread!
karmaku
Sep. 25th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh no. Hmm.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 25th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
Sad, isn't it?
kangeiko
Sep. 25th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Noooo! He was one of my favourite Trek authors; he created the Klingons for me!!
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 25th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Yes - exactly! You said it.
terrylj
Sep. 25th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
His "How Much For Just the Planet" is still one of my favorite Trek books ever.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 25th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Mine too! Only he could pull off a musical comedy for Trek.
gilda_elise
Sep. 29th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)
So sad. I'd only recently bought his "The Dragon Waiting," and looked forward to a fascinating read.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
Very sad indeed! I'm thankful we have his books to read (and reread!) and enjoy.
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