RIP, Kage Baker

Breaking my silence today to note that according to Green Man Review, Kage Baker died early this morning, at home, with family and friends around her. SFWA’s notice of her passing is here.

Good writer, good person. I’ll miss her.

23 Comments on “RIP, Kage Baker”

  1. To be clear, she and I were not close friends; we met a couple of times and were friendly toward each other, and I regret that I will not be able to be in her company again, outside of her books. I don’t wish to imply a closer relationship than there was. There are others far more worthy of sympathy and consideration than I.

    Nevertheless, and on behalf of those folks, Mark, thank you.

  2. Such a waste. It is a small consolation that she was at peace and was able to be at home with her loved ones when she passed on.

  3. That is very sad. I’ve pulled out several of her short stories recently, and she will be missed by the science fiction community. :(

  4. Very sad news. She was one of my favorite authors. Condolences to all her friends, family, fans, and acquaintances,
    Jack Tingle

  5. I hope Kage’s loved ones can find comfort in knowing that they will, one day, smile again at the thought of her. It’ll take time, and that’s as it should be. Let grief have its day, and it’ll slip away quietly leaving fond memories behind.

  6. Damn. I didn’t realize she was ill until the posting a week or 2 ago. If there’s anything to be glad about in such a sad event it’s that she didn’t linger longer in pain and that she was able to pass with family and friends around.

    RIP Kage and condolences to all who knew and cared for her.

  7. In many ways, I feel you’ll be one of many Sympathy Multiplexers. It’s a very 21st century thing, and very cool in these worst of circumstances.

  8. One need not be a close friend, or personal acquaintance, of an artist one admires to truly miss her. Any artist we love becomes a beloved companion. I will greatly miss Kage Baker, my unknown great companion.

  9. I never met her, never read her books, but had heard of her. Nevertheless, I am very sad at this news. (In addition to the loss of another human being, the specifics were just too close to too many people I know or have known. Sorry if that’s a clumsy statement.)

    I wish her family, friends, and loved ones well.

  10. “In the Garden of Iden” is not normally one of the books I gravitate towards, but I read it, and Sky Coyote out of interest. Mendoza in Hollywood caught me in the mystery, and I had to run around and find all the short stories on Fictionwise and find the threads to this amazing tapestry of mystery and adventure. I’m always sad for the loss of someones loved one, but I’m sad that the person that taught me the latin name for chocolate is gone…..

  11. I’ve read about her books on the Green Man, but I only heard about her condition from Locus. Sympathies for all who knew her. Way too fast.

  12. All I can say is Cancer Sucks! It has taken too many people from this planet before their time.

  13. This is very sad. I started with “The Garden of Iden” and rapidly tore through the entire ‘Company’ series. Ms. Baker brought a fresh take to the time travel genre, and she left us far too soon.

  14. I can’t think of anything of hers that I’ve read that I didn’t like (and I think I’ve read all but the sequel (follow-up?) to _Anvil of the World_. Sad to see her go too soon.

  15. She was a fighter with a cool imagination. She got people interested in SF and fantasy. She’ll be missed.

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