We were saddened to learn yesterday that beloved fantasy author, Tanith Lee has passed away. A World Horror Grandmaster, winner of the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Awards for lifetime achievement, she was also the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award, in 1980, for Death’s Master, the second of her Flat Earth novels.
Obituaries have already appeared at The Guardian, Locus, Tor.com, io9, The Bookseller and many other sites, and the great and good of fantastic literature expressing their dsmay on Twitter. More than one has noted that we’ve lost too many good people of late, and as we contemplate adding Tanith Lee’s name to that of Sir Terry Pratchett, Leonard Nimoy, Graham Joyce, Kirby McCauley, Daniel Keyes and Jay Lake – just to name a few – it’s hard to disagree.
Tanith Lee Kaiine (1947-2015). Rest in Peace.