Kevin J. Anderson has more than 140 published books, 56 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and penned the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.
i write. i make up stuff. i adventure hard, so you don’t have to.
Larry Hagman passed away today, in Dallas appropriately. Rebecca and I got to know Larry for two weeks in Australia, when we were traveling around together as guests for Supanova, along with Barbara Eden and James Marsters. He was a very funny guy, easy to talk to once you got past the awe, and he was *always* reading a book on his iPad. He knew I was the science fiction author guest for Supanova, but he didn’t really read much science fiction. When I asked him what kind of books he liked, he told me he preferred thrillers, so I recommended my ILL WIND.
We had breakfast, rode on the bus together, chatted about his avocado farm and his commitment to solar power and renewable energy (yes indeed, JR Ewing was in real life a clean-power advocate!) The Supanova crew was like a big family, and we all got to become close friends.
After about a week of traveling together, we were having lunch during a winery tour. He leaned across the table and said, ‘You know, I did meet another science fiction author once. I was a guest speaker on a cruise ship, and I met the son of Frank Herbert. Did you know that he’s writing new Dune books with some other author?” I blinked at him. “Larry, *I’m* the other author!” He did a doubletake, and we both laughed.
I’m so glad I got a chance to know him.