My firend, Reb

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.
I am sad to report that sci-fi writer, Gibson Michaels , suffered a massive heart attack in his home this morning and passed away. He passed quickly and with apparently little suffering.
 
His wife called me this morning with the news and it has taken me this long to be able to try to articulate the sense of loss I’m feeling today.
 
We’ve known each other for 13 years and had become good friends without ever once meeting in person. We’d tried to meet back in February, but couldn’t because I got sick a day before I was to head for Houston.
 
We were going to meet next Thursday in Santa Barbara when he flew out here.
 
His nickname was Reb. He was among the first class of Dragon Awards finalists in 2016 – losing to David Weber. He was a great writer.
 
He was my friend.
 
He will be missed.