RIP, Stephen “Stepto” Toulouse

The last time I chatted with my friend Stephen Toulouse, he was cheerfully trolling me on Twitter about the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck,” which he enjoyed rather more than I did, followed by a quick DM to let me know he was just having fun, which of course I knew. I was having fun with him too.

I’m so happy my final words with him were of friendship, and fun, and silliness, and of kindness to each other.

Farewell, Stepto, my dear friend.


By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

13 replies on “RIP, Stephen “Stepto” Toulouse”

I had the honor and pleasure of being his admirer, friend, and for a while – boss.

I’ll never get to say so many damn things. Even just to say thanks one more time.

Thanks for all the things, sir.

I’m completely heartbroken. I’ll treasure the times we got to be together, far too few, and the many email and Twitter and FB conversations we had over the years, still not enough. Never enough. But I did get to see him last May, and now I’m so glad that I made the effort.

This is a tough one, a really tough one.

When I read he’d passed the Thunderstruck trolling was the first thing I thought of (and then thought of him at Woodstock Austin from 2010). This one is a kick in the gut. G’dam it, Stepto, we’re gonna miss you.

10/23/17, 4:04pm


If I ever die (again) suddenly it was @scalzi because he was….wait for it. Wait….wait. THUNDERSTUCK

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