Vlad Taltos (was Re: Hurrah for Hallie was Re Ender's Game)

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Sun Mar 30 16:18:28 EST 2003


Paul said...
> > > What happened with George Alec Effinger?
> >
> > He has very poor health and staggering hospital bills.  He had to
> > declare bankruptcy and the asset the hospitals were awarded were
> > his intellectual property in the character and world he had
> > created.  The stupid thing is that the lawyers and hospital insist
> > on taking all proceeds from those works.  Thus, if he writes any
> > further in that world, all the proceeds go to the doctors.
> > Leaves him with little incentive to write them.  If they had a
> > brain between them, they'd work something out--after all,
> > potential future earnings beats guaranteed none and he's a
> > relatively successful mid-list author.  My understanding is that
> > he's still wrangling over potential future works, but I'm not
> > sure--it's been four or five years since I heard anything about
> > it.
>
> As I understand it, he did eventually get his stuff back from the
> lawyers and the bill collectors, but subsequently suffered a further
> and more severe decline in his health that left him permanently unable
> to write anything else ever.  :(

To the best of my knowledge, that further decline in his health went on to
be a fatal decline.  I believe he died sometime last year; he was married to
Barbara Hambly for a while and ISTR reading on the BH website her
thoughts/feelings about his death.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian.
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Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net

"I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be
mistaken."
- O. Cromwell


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