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Not a political diary. And keeping it brief overall and adding some links. But just wanted to inform the Kossack Sci fiction and Fantasy community of of Roberts Death.  I enjoyed his books and he made difference in my world.

Robert Asprin was a prolific fantasy and science fiction author.  And he made a difference in my life with the Myth Series.   It's amazing how comedy fantasy can teach you about money management and life in general.  

Here's some more about Yang the Nauseating death (from his alternate life with the SCA).  Live Journal Link for Death of Robert Asprin

I have only encountered him through his books.  Loved Thieves World  Link 1, Link 2 and Myth Adventures Series and enjoyed the Phule series.

Express your thoughts, from my recent reading about him while writing this it sounds like he lived a full (or Phule) life.  Being an Author, a Veteran, an SCA Warrior (and founder of the Great Dark Horde), and having his own Myth-adventures with the IRS.

 I'll miss him for his writing.  I give condolences to his family and friends.

What did you like about his books?  Did any Kossacks know him personally?
Anyone know Yang the Yang the Nauseating from the SCA.   Lets give him a proper Kossack wake...

If you read some of the information in the Links above you'll find that this diary could be political because of Healthcare ("notorious for avoiding doctors") and the IRS issues he had.  But try not to go too political and just have some fun.

Originally posted to Damn Frank on Fri May 23, 2008 at 08:29 AM PDT.

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  •  I started reading the Myth series (7+ / 0-)

    back when it started, I really enjoyed them.

  •  RIP Robert (4+ / 0-)
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    cometman, fritzrth, oortdust, aigeanta

    I thought the Thieves' World series was brilliant. The Myth books weren't my taste though, a very quirky combination of fantasy and hideous puns.

    "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

    by esquimaux on Fri May 23, 2008 at 08:39:04 AM PDT

    •  I never read Aspirin (1+ / 0-)
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      esquimaux

      He sounds a bit like Piers Anthony with the bad puns.

      I guess I prefer the hard scifi but I'll give kudos to just about anyone from the genre. RIP Mr. Aspirin.

      I'm currently reading Alistair Reynolds 'Revelation Space' series.  Anyone out there read that yet?

      "The meek shall inherit nothing" - F. Zappa

      by cometman on Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:04:36 AM PDT

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  •  I haven't read his work yet, (3+ / 0-)
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    oortdust, cfk, esquimaux

    but will definitely check them out now. Thanks. I add my condolences to his family, friends and readers.

    noli, amabo, verberare lapidem ne perdas manum -- Plautus

    by fritzrth on Fri May 23, 2008 at 08:41:33 AM PDT

  •  RIP (3+ / 0-)
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    Nova Land, oortdust, esquimaux

    Rest in Peace Mr. Aspirin

    I found his Phule series to be a leadership primer, and have implemented the open-minded, "appreciating people for what they can bring to the table" approach in my managerial endeavors.  This approach has never failed to provide positive results.  Read the Phlue series if you can!!!!

    "Eat flaming death fascist media pigs" - The Firesign Theatre

    by Perdurabo on Fri May 23, 2008 at 08:42:43 AM PDT

  •  I interviewed him (4+ / 0-)
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    at a conference some 30 years ago, when he had first started his mythadventures series.  I more than anything loved his novel Tambu, though, which I thought should have had more interest as a character study.  

  •  great sense of humor! (3+ / 0-)
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    Nova Land, cfk, esquimaux

    I loved both the Phule series as well as the Myth books. Robert did a great job telling jokes while teaching valuable ideas, like leadership and money management, which were previously mentioned.

    I never did get into the Thieves' World series, although now I can't remember why.

  •  RIP (4+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth, oortdust, cfk, esquimaux

    Thieves World is one of my favorite sci fi/alt fantasy universes.  Mr. Asprin will be sorely missed.  Dang it.  This takes me back to when Octavia Butler died.  

    It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin

    by Freedoms Road on Fri May 23, 2008 at 08:49:40 AM PDT

  •  I have (1+ / 0-)
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    oortdust

    a 12 year-old.  Are his books appropriate for him?

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

    by TracieLynn on Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:00:27 AM PDT

    •  I read them at 12 (3+ / 0-)
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      but my parents definitely didn't monitor my reading list (Oregon enlightment types :)).  If your kid is emotionally able to handle sex and violence he'll enjoy them, but they are definitely racy, written by adults and explore an alternate morality in which thieves are heroes, prostitutes are working girls, and I seem to recall an evil vivisectionist.... So, maybe not exactly appropriate for a 12-year old.

      It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin

      by Freedoms Road on Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:09:21 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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        for the input.  It sounds like, from what you and Damn Frank say, that the Myth series might be more his speed.

        The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

        by TracieLynn on Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:17:09 AM PDT

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        •  if you can handle the puns (2+ / 0-)
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          and Tom Swifties -- that's like a Barney tape (or is it Sponge Bob nowadays?  Or Puffi AmiYumi?) for a 12-year old.  

          I loved them, but have a cousin who put some of those puns and Swifties on repeat, then started making some of his own up.  :-)

          It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin

          by Freedoms Road on Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:23:21 AM PDT

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    •  absolutely yes (4+ / 0-)

      in regards to Myth Series and the Phule Series (humorous fantasy and science ficton) and will actually open his eyes and teach him something.

      The Myth Series I'm positive he'd love because he would be able to relate to a young apprentice magician put in a tough situation (his mentor dies) but its written like the old Bob Hope on the Road Movies.  With tons of comedy Myth Adventures and tons of bad puns.

      Phule series is worth trying afterward if he wants...

      The Thieves World Anthology is a lot more Adult.  

      "Hey You, standing by the phone, naked all alone, can you help me..." Pink Floyd

      by Damn Frank on Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:13:47 AM PDT

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      •  These sound (1+ / 0-)
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        Nova Land

        great.  I'll get him started on the series.

        From what you and FreedomsRoad said, I'll steer clear of the Thieves World series for a couple of years.

        The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

        by TracieLynn on Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:18:59 AM PDT

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        •  but I do reccommend buying thieves world (2+ / 0-)
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          TracieLynn, Nova Land

          if you are into reading a hard hitting fantasy with tons of great short stories by some of the best in fantasy at the time.  It's amazing that he kept it going through 10+ novels.  That way you're the cool parent so he can say: My Mom reads awesome books ;-).

          "Hey You, standing by the phone, naked all alone, can you help me..." Pink Floyd

          by Damn Frank on Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:37:21 AM PDT

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    •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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      they are actually very sweet.

  •  I also loved the Thieves' World books. (1+ / 0-)
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    cfk

    Lynn Abbey is now editing them.  She was married to him some time ago, and I hope that she is doing ok.

  •  Thieves' World rocked mine. (1+ / 0-)
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    JanetT in MD

    I still have a SF Bookclub edition of the first three in hardcover.  At that time, it was my first exposure to a framework-universe where others were invited to write stories and use each others characters.  I'm inclined to go and reread them now.

  •  I knew him as a Dorsai (3+ / 0-)
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    Erin in Flagstaff, Nova Land, cfk

    In the 70's, I was a young science fiction fan going to school in Albany.  I occasionally made Toronto and Midwest conventions.  At the time, the Dorsai Irregulars were a controversial topic:  They provided security for cons, in character.  While no one (to my knowledge) disputed their integrity, it was deemed a Bad Thing for sf fans to be the ones guarding the Art Show et al.

    Yang the Nauseating led the troupe, but was moving out of it to become a writer.  When I saw him, he was mostly playing music (with Gordy Dickson) and in general having a drunken ol' time.  Sometimes in costume, but usually not.

    We never interacted beyond a few words hither and yon, but I always enjoyed his enjoyment.  He always seemed to be having fun, and it was contagious.

    I'll remember him smiling, swatting away at a guitar in the midst of a music circle.

    "What doesn't have credibility today is the truth." -- Bill Moyers, The Daily Show 6/22/05

    by Baron Dave on Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:19:59 AM PDT

  •  Some of Asprin's work is also available in (1+ / 0-)
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    cfk

    comic book and graphic novel format.  Many of these are quite good, and might be especially enjoyable to teenage readers.

    In addition to adaptations of some of the Myth Adventure series (originally done in comic book format by Apple comics, then collected into trade paperbacks by Donning / Starblaze), there are also 3 Duncan and Mallory books which I recall as being quite enjoyable, as well as quite suitable for young teens.

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