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Thursday, June 29, 2006

RIP Jim Baen

From Jerry Pournelle's site :

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Jim Baen, one of my oldest and closest friends, died peacefully last night. RIP
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine;
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,
et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam;
ad te omnis caro veniet.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine;
et lux perpetuam luceat eis.
Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.

Jim was editor of Galaxy when I wrote the science column "A Step Farther
Out." He was an excellent editor in every sense. Our conversations before I
wrote the columns improved it greatly, and his subtle editing, often not
noticed by me, made it more readable without intrusion. Niven and I hired
Jim to do line and copy editing for our early novels even when we were
working with some of the best editors in publishing.

He has unarguably improved the whole field of science fiction. Baen Books
will continue under the leadership of Jim's long time companion and friend
Toni Weisskopf. He is survived by his daughter Jessica.

Goodbye old friend.

There is an obituary at

We will all miss Jim.

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