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RIP: Joel Rosenberg

Sad news…

Author Joel Rosenberg has passed away. Joel was the author of the Guardians of the Flame fantasy series as well as several science fiction books.

From Felicia Herman, Joel’s wife:

On Wednesday afternoon, June 1, 2011, Joel had a respiratory depression that caused a heart attack, anoxic brain damage and major organ failure. Despite the very best efforts of the paramedics and the team at Hennepin County Medical Center, Joel was pronounced brain dead at around 5:37pm Thursday June 2nd, In accordance with his wishes, he shared the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

He is survived by his daughters, Judith Eleanor and Rachel Hannah, and his wife, Felicia Herman. Today, June 3rd would have been his 32nd wedding anniversary.

[via Steven H. Silver at SF Site]

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7 Comments on RIP: Joel Rosenberg

  1. Crap.


    As a roleplayer, of *course* I read Guardians of the Flame.


    Rest in peace, Joel.

  2. As a roleplayer I also read part of  the “Guardians of the Flame” series but could never quite like it. Still, it’s tragic he died. Best wishes to his family.

  3. I wonder if the Guardians of the Flame series is still in print?  It was his 2 D’Shai books (D’Shai and Hour of the Octopus) that I especially loved. I wish he’d written more of them.

  4. i’m surprised he didn’t shoot himself. that old gun nut. rip though.


    Stay classy, yona, you old anti-gun nut.

  6. There is a PayPal donation button at — these donations go DIRECTLY to Joel’s widow, Felicia Herman, to help her and their daughters.

  7. I’m sorry, that URL should have an underscore, not a hyphen:

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