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RIP Major Richard Winters!

When I was planning to restart writing the blog in the new year after a long break, I had no idea this would be the kind of post I was forced to write first.

One of the books which have made the strongest impression on me, given my love for history, is Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers. The book, and the stellar HBO series based on it, are a masterpiece of historical writing, a startling representation of the realities of war, and bravery people from even the most common walks of life are capable of. Although each man in E company is a hero of the narrative in his own right, Maj. Winters, a true leader of men, leads his soldiers even in this respect.

Maj. Richard Winters, winner of Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on D-Day, died on Januray 2nd, 2011.  Although the word is commonly overused now, in this case we can truly say – The world has lost one more Hero!

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Every one of us, we’d follow him to hell. That’s the type of guy he was.

- Private Joe Lesniewski, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

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RIP Michael Crichton

Jurassic ParkOne of the first book-to-movie adaptations I read about was “Jurassic Park” and it remains one of the rare few cases where I saw the movie before I read the book (because it was a long time before I figured out there was a book called “Jurassic Park“). But after that, I just had to get my hands on the other books by the author. Thus Michael Crichton became one of the first English authors (after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) whose books I have read.

Although I didn’t read the almost-Doomsday scenarios in “State of Fear” and “Next” as enthusiastically, “Timeline” remains one of my favourite time travel stories, while Jurassic Park series (Jurassic Park and Lost World)easily make it to the list of my Top 5 Sci-Fi series.

RIP Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008). From dinosaurs to nanobots, from jungles of Congo with vicious apes to concrete jungles with ruthless humans, sci-fi will miss you.

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Deveels and dragons. Pervects and Trolls (trollops too). Mafia and molls. Not to forget, demons and magicians…If you don’t know what I am talking about, you have missed one of the most hilarious sci-fi (or is it fantasy) series ever.

There are some series which make you laugh. There are some which keep you turning the pages. And then, there are some which keep you rolling on the floor from the first page, till you have finished the book, and even later. Myth- series by Robert Asprin falls in the third category.

RIP Robert Lynn Asprin (June 28, 1946 – May 22, 2008). We will M.Y.T.H. you.

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“When things are blackest, I just tell myself ‘cheer up, things could be worse!’ And sure enough, they get worse!”
- Skeeve (from Hit or Myth)

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Arthur C ClarkeBeing a Science-Fiction author is not an easy thing (and I know that because I have tried). Being counted as one of the greats in Sci-Fi genre, indeed any genre is definitely not a matter everyone can achieve (incidentally, does anyone remember Jules Verne now?). Sir Arthur C. Clarke (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008 ) deservedly was such an author.

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