Locus Online is reporting that Neal Barrett, Jr. has passed away. He was 84 years old.
Neal Barrett, Jr. was an acclaimed short story writer and novelist.
His short fiction included “To Tell the Truth” (1960), “Perpetuity Blues” (1987), “Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus” (1989, Hugo and Nebula Award finalist), and many more works, many of which were collected in books like Slightly Off Center (1992), The Day the Decorators Came (2000), Perpetuity Blues and Other Stories (2000) and Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr. (2012). His novels included The Gates of Time (1970), The Hereafter Gang (1991) and Prince of Christler-Coke (2004) and more.
He was toastmaster at the 1997 Worldcon in San Antonio, and was named Author Emeritus by SFWA in 2010.