Sep 28 2011 11:00am

A Tribute to Sara Douglass

It was with profound sadness that I learned of Sara Douglass’s passing this week. I had the pleasure of working with Sara for more than a decade on numerous projects, including her bestselling Wayfarer Redemption, Troy Game, and Crucible series. Sara was a dream to work with; a consummate professional with a love of history that was unsurpassed and someone whose fierce passion for her craft fueled all her works. Sara was not only one of my authors but during the long years we worked together she became a friend as well. She has gone from us much too soon and I mourn for the books that I will never get to read.

But she has left us a body of work that will live on: epic fantasies filled with characters that step off the page, who bleed, cry and engage in such messy lives that they are as real to us as our friends or neighbors. I sometimes would refer to her works as fantasies married to the very best of soap operas, and like those daytime dramas Sara always knew just how to draw the reader in and make them care enough to find out what happens next. So in that way Sara will never truly be gone and that is a small comfort. If you haven’t yet experienced her work seek the books out — you are in for a rare and special treat.

Safe travels, my friend.

Claire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor/Forge and has been with the company for more than 26 years.

Alex Bledsoe
1. alexbledsoe
Sad to hear this as well. Her nonfiction book The Betrayal of Arthur was a huge influence on my novel Dark Jenny.
Sydo Zandstra
2. Fiddler
R.I.P. Sara.

You will be missed, but you will live on through your works.
3. MJLocke
I'm very sorry for your loss, Claire. And for the field's loss. As you said, she was taken from us much too soon.
4. markerikson
A long, long time ago, I used to correspond with Sara Douglass via email. I was teenager who read nothing but fantasy, and Sara was the first prominent Australian fantasy author (there were some other Australian fantasies on bookstore shelves, but the books by Sara Douglass got their own fancy racks and posters, just like the big names from American and the UK), so I bought and read her books.

It was also right around the time that the internet became accessible to everyone, so I discovered her website (which I'm sure had frames and poorly tiled gif backgrounds, like all websites in that golden age) and sent her an email, and we actually corresponded for a year or so.

I was a little turd. I was a hardcore fantasy fan who thought Robert Jordan was the greatest writer ever, and in my teenaged mind, all fantasy should have been like the Wheel of Time. Sara wrote romantic fantasy, which just didn't tickle me. For some reason, I still kept reading the books, even though they weren't my thing, and criticising them. And for some reason (possibly because it was amusing) Sara Douglass kept replying to my emails.

In the end I did stop reading her books, and stopped emailing her - probably to her relief. And while I didn't really take to her work, I do still remember communicating with an actual author, who was really quite forthcoming - especially to an obnoxious teenage boy who was basically trolling her - as something very cool from my childhood.
5. Mama2herc
Did Sara Douglass ever finish The Falloway Man? and will it ever be published?
I miss her writing and would like to see more if possible.

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