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Algis Budrys

I’ve heard that A.J. Budrys died today at the age of 77.

I didn’t know him well, but our encounters were always amiable.  (The last time I remember seeing him was about ten years ago, when he was Guest of Honor at Readercon, and I seem to recall him clapping me on the shoulder and calling me “a good kid” or somesuch.)

Regardless of our friendship, he was a great friend to F&SF, publishing many stories in the magazine (including the shorter version of ROGUE MOON).  He was also our primary book reviewer from the Sept. 1975 issue through the Jan. 1993 issue.

Rest in peace, Ayjay.


4 Responses to “Algis Budrys”

  1. Gary Piserchio on June 12th, 2008

    I hadn’t heard. Very sad. I respected him as both a writer and an editor. My only personal encounter with him was a mishap with a rejected story of mine. But he was kind and attentive to me and it (the story). Wow, I can’t believe that was already 15 years ago.

  2. Simon McCaffery on June 12th, 2008

    That is sad news! I first met Algis when he was a guest of honor at Conestoga and he had dinner with several of the Oklahoma Science Fiction Writers members. He was extremely intelligent, down to earth, and a wonderful editor. He published one of my early stories in Tomorrow SF, and he was always encouraging to new writers. Bless him.

  3. Amy Sterling Casil on June 13th, 2008

    That is such a nice post to remember A.J., Gordon. I did know him maybe a little better, as he was one of my instructors at Neolithic Clarion in 1984, and he and Edna were the two people I kept in best touch with in the intervening years when I quit writing. I cannot say how strongly I feel about the quality of everything he did, and the wonderful man he was. OK, kid?

  4. Michael Metzler on July 1st, 2008

    In the mid-1980s I was fortunate to share an apartment in Los Angeles with Algis for a couple of years. I was selling foreign rights and Algis was editing the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future anthology, and we both discovered that were out of town about half the time. He was always good company and a good friend. I once forced him to read a short story I’d written in a moment of inspiration (I’m. He said, “It’s at least as good as half the stories I reject.” I left it at that and stuck to publishing. Like science fiction, Algis was always engaged making the future possible, and perhaps better. I think that is a great legacy.

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