Last month the Star Wars community mourned the loss of author Aaron Allston. I shared my own thoughts, and Club Jade compiled a list of loving tributes from around the web. Recently, Michael Stackpole wrote eloquently about his longtime friend:
Many people, when they pass, are lauded as having “touched many lives.” Aaron enhanced them. His stories have brought smiles, provided escape and sanctuary, and even life lessons to and for his readers. His teaching has enabled lots of young and new writers to start along that path to attain their dreams. And his good sense and humor and friendship has kept people like me encouraged and sane. That he made my life better is an understatement, and the future will still be powered by his influence.
… I’ve lost a very good friend, and I’ll be feeling that loss for the rest of my life. But, I’ll take solace in the fact that when I need to visit Aaron, I can pick up one of his books and find him there. And I can smile knowing that there are plenty of other people who will find him there, too.
Stackpole also joined Bryan Young, Ron Garner, and Janine Spendlove on Full of Sith for a special podcast dedicated to their friend and fellow collaborator.