It is with a heavy heart that I bring news of the passing of writer Aaron Allston. He was a prolific writer, working in such well known properties such as then TSR's Dungeons & Dragons, as well as two magazines, co-wrote on the game "Savage Empire," five original novels, and even the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. But most prevalent to this group are the Xwing series novels that he wrote, giving us such memorable characters such as Voort "Piggy" SaBring, Runt, Kell Tainer, "The Face" Loran, Doc Ton Phannon, and others within Wraith Squadron, as well as two books in the New Jedi Order series, three of the nine Legacy of the Force series and three of the nine Fate of the Jedi books.
In 2009 he had to undergo emergency quadruple bypass surgery, and after his recovery from that, continued to write and go to conventions. It was at VisionCon in Springfield Missouri that he collapsed, with it believed to be from a massive heart failure.
Aaron Allston became one with the Force 27 Feb 2014 at the age of 53.
While Aaron may not have been a massive presence within the Star Wars community as a whole, he was well respected and supported, which he made a point of acknowleding in the forward of...Outcast I believe, during his recovery from surgery. His passing does bring up a very important fact: death is unavoidable (much as we wish otherwise). Age, sickness, accidents, injury...they all take their toll. Eventually, the people who brought this massive universe that we like to play in shall all move on.
However, while death is a natural part of life, we can remember their contributions and honor their Legacy to giving something to us all. In this, they shall live on. As we know, legacies are a very integral part of Star Wars, and we should thank them for what they have done for us.
To that end, and to honor the legacy and contributions of those who become one with the Force, a new folder has been created. "In Memoriam." This folder shall be for those writers, filmmakers, actors and others who have brought a significant contribution to the Star Wars universe, and have passed on.
"Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not."
So thank you, Master Scribe Allston, for what you have given to us. We are eternally grateful that you were with us to share with us your gifts.
December 8, 1960 – February 27, 2014