Monday, February 8, 2010
Kage Baker, science fiction writer and author of the excellent Company novels, died January 31 from cancer. I know that there are other authors more famous than her that have died in the past couple of weeks or so (namely J.D. Salinger and Howard Zinn, both brilliant authors), but Kage Baker's books profoundly moved me, made me laugh, made me think, and most of all entertained me. I didn't enjoy every one of her books--in fact, I wanted to throw The Machine's Child across the room when Baker couldn't manage to stay in one orderly timeline (which to be fair, must be hard when you are writing a novel about immortal time travelers). In spite of that I was hooked and am profoundly glad that she was able to round out the series with Not Less Than Gods, a look at Victorian assassin Edward Anton Bell-Fairfax.