I’m truly saddened to learn that Aaron Allston passed away earlier today. He was enroute to a convention and reportedly collapsed and suffered massive heart failure. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later that night, according to reports.
Aaron was well known as a NY Times Best Selling Author of Star Wars novels. He got his start as a freelance writer for games, however. Specifically he wrote severally products for the early Champions and Hero System lines that received critical acclaim from fans and industry peers alike.
I met Aaron through mutual friends in the role-playing game (RPG) publishing industry. While we weren’t close friends, I did enjoy his company as we saw each other over the years, and I had the honor of playing in a game with him at a convention we both attended. I will always remember Aaron Allston as an extremely friendly, charismatic, kind soul, with an incredible wit and equally impressive humility.
Aaron will be missed by many. My prayers go out to his family and friends, of which he no doubt had many. Thank you, Aaron, for everything you gave us.
- Aaron Allston Has Passed Away (Force.net)
- An excellent obituary written by fellow author Allen Varney.
- Goodbye, Aaron Allston by Matt Forbeck (forbeck.com)
- Aaron Allston (wikipedia)
The video below has a short bit of him talking about writing in the Star Wars universe: