Canadian sff author Dave Duncan passed away October 29 after sustaining a brain hemorrhage in a fall.
Originally from Scotland, Duncan lived all his adult life in Western Canada. He worked as a geological consultant until at age 53 he made the transition to full-time professional writer.
His best-known fantasy series included “The Seventh Sword,” “A Man of His Word,” and “The King’s Blades.”
He sold his sixtieth book this year – the science fiction novel Pillar of Darkness.
He won two Aurora Awards, for his novels West of January (1990) and Children of Chaos (2007).
He was an eight-time nominee for the Endeavour Award, given for a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest.
Duncan was both a founding and an honorary lifetime member of SF Canada, the country’s association for speculative fiction professionals. He was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2015.
He is survived by his wife, Janet, whom he married in 1959, and by their son, two daughters, and four grandchildren
[Thanks to Susan Forest for the story.]