The SFF community lost an admirable man today: Dave Wolverton / Dave Farland.
Dave was an international bestselling author with more than 50 novels in print.
Among other awards, he won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for Best SF novel of the year, the Whitney Award for Book of the Year, and the International Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel of the year. But his best known work was, and is, his New York Times bestselling fantasy series The Runelords.
His son, Spencer, updated Dave’s Facebook page with the following:
Dave suffered a fall down the stairs this morning, and hit his head. He has suffered a hemorrhagic stroke with bleeding around his brainstem. He is comatose and on life support. To put it simply, he is not doing well at the moment. We are waiting for immediate family to be able to come and see him before making decisions on how to proceed.
Later, Spencer posted:
He held on till all his children could say goodbye, then faded swiftly without pain. Thank you for all the kind words, messages, and memories.After reading the countless messages and reflecting on my own experience, it is safe to say that my dad had a special way of seeing the potential in people. He will surely be missed.
Rest in peace, Mr. Wolverton. Condolences to your family and many friends.