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I wish my life could be all musings of science fiction possibilities, but life has a texture to it – a passage we all have to travel. My passage has hit one of those sad corners – one where a good friend and neighbor has just died from complications stemming from bladder cancer.

We usually go through life being shocked by death, but it's one of the few guarantees that being alive offers. As the Flaming Lips song goes, "Do you realize that everyone you know some day will die?"  But they go on….

"And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round"

Sunset by RedNosE2

It's just a pity that human nature often blinds us to the true value of our friends until they take their exit cues…

Well, on a lighter note I blew through the latest James S.A.Corey book www.amazon.com/Abaddons-Gate-T…  (576 pages) in about three sittings. The third book in their Expanse series, the story and writing are still going strong as ever! Space Opera made of pure awesomium! And again the book leaves us with a totally new hand of cards to play in subsequent novels. The series remains my favorite active SF book series and really begs to be a completely awesome HBO SF series!

Holden's Java by dana-redde

There are a few shorts stories connected to the series as well. While these haven't been quite as strong as the novels, they still provide some good additional background on Corey's solar-system-spanning future humanity. Some of the short works are stand alone e-books, others are part of anthologies. So far we have:

"The Butcher of Anderson Station" (kindle e-book): www.amazon.com/Butcher-Anderso…
"The Gods of Risk" (kindle e-book): www.amazon.com/Gods-Risk-Expan…
"Drive" (in the anthology "Edge of Infinity"): www.amazon.com/Edge-of-Infinit…
An unnamed story in the "Old Mars" anthology to be released in October: www.amazon.com/Old-Mars-ebook/…

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GenmaKragoth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013   General Artist
Sorry to hear about your friend passing. It's always hard to see those close to us go, but like you said, we are richer for having known them. I agree with you about the Expanse series. "Leviathan Wakes" was one of the best SF novels I've read in a very long time (I say read, more like devoured... couldn't put it down). Just picked u the second book "Caliban's War" and am looking forward to diving into that once I finish with Hugh Howey's "Wool Omnibus".
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well the urge to "devour' the Expanse novels only gets worse with time ;) Glad you're enjoying so far! It's one of those book series that just seems to strike a chord with everyone!
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tommerch Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry to hear about your friend!

Thos. Merchant
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sorry for your loss, but all the same, they never really die as long as we remember them. Plus, that's a beautiful way to remember someone. :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sadness is part of what I feel, but another part is gratitude for his friendship and example. The people around us go a long way to making us who we are... and some donate some pretty quality ingredients :D
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to hear you lost a friend . In the future remember to keep him alive in your memories/heart . The older we get the more people we help live on .
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep. True words. We carry our lost friends and family forward. And personally I enjoy my "duty" of sharing their lives through stories told to friends. I like to celebrate the lives that have touched me :D
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great way to put it . "To celebrate their lives ."
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Taka67 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
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Leviathan Wakes, the first book in that Expanse series is only $2.99 as an ebook on Amazon right now. YOINK! Grabbed it, I'm not sure when I'll get around to reading it though. :o
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, thanks for the heads up! That's a GREAT deal! I hope ya like the book, my friend!!! :D
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
My customary response to hearing such news is to say:

Sad now. :(
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah. I remember when John Lennon died and they just kept kept playing the clip of Paul McCartney. They asked him what he though of John's death and he just said, "Bummer, man... It's a bummer." At the time I thought it was kind of shallow, but as I've endured the death of friends and family myself, I've come to understand the authenticity of it. It's certainly the equivalent of "Sad now.' And truthfully, what more can we say?
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
I find it brings it to a pure and innocent emotion.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to hear about your friend.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
It was not entirely unexpected. He'd been fighting this for well over a year. Still, last I saw him he looked so good. And he was good up until his last week. All things considered, it ended as best as he could have expected. The downhill slide was quick (days), he went surrounded at home by family, and died in his sleep. We should all be so lucky, when the time comes...

Anyway, thanks :)
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Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry for your loss
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Though, y'know, it's not really a loss in the scheme of things. Knowing him gave me experiences and perspectives that I'll carry for the rest of my life, so I'm thankful for what he gave me to carry forward :)
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Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Then that is a true friend
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Deltigar Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Sorry for your loss.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Mostly I'm concerned for his wife. It's rough when you have a hole like that to fill in your life.
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Deltigar Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Yes it is.
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Writer
My consolences, good sir. I know the pain you're feeling. I lost both my Mom and my buddy Dave Ledwith here on DA last year. It still hurts :(

In lighter news, I'm now halfway through writing Chap.2 of my first Trek novella ~ it's coming along really well :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah - we've talked about Dave. Sounds like you guys were closer, but I still count him as a friend. And it's pretty freakin' neat that his gallery lives on. Heck, I still stumble on new (for me) works of his, so it feels a bit like he's still producing! Even if that's not actually the case, he is continuing to inspire me. And hey, I'm sure we're both better for knowing him as we did, hm?! :D
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Indeed, we're better for having known him. And he still inspires me as well, just like you do :)
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