Thomas J. Bassler, who wrote sf as T. J. Bass, died December 13. He authored a pair of Nebula-nominated books, Half Past Human and its sequel The Godwhale (click to see John DeNardo’s reviews at SF Signal).
A medical doctor, Bassler wrote The Whole Life Diet: An Integrated Program of Nutrition and Exercise for a Lifestyle of Total Health (1979), with Robert E. Burger.
He also garnered attention with his theory that marathon running might confer a sort of immunity from heart disease. According to Runners World (December 2008):
He likened marathoners to the Masai warriors of Kenya and the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico-groups with little or no heart disease. “Marathon runners have much in common with these primitive populations,” Bassler wrote. Runners everywhere repeated Bassler’s tale to friends and skeptics alike. Then a trickle of case studies proved Bassler wrong, and the party was over.