Kage Baker passed away this past weekend. SF Signal links to remembrances and appreciations.
I first heard of Kage when the Company stories began showing up in my issues of Asimov's, and then again when the novels popped up on bookshelves.
Truth be told, I've not read any of the stories or novels.
I simply know of them.
One day, a few years back, while looking at a copy of one Company novel, I noticed the author photo and thought "Wow, she looks familiar. I've seen her before."
And I had.
Back in 1993, as a matter of fact.
At Blackpoint Forest, in the Northern California town of Novato, on a Saturday morning, I sat on hay bales with about a dozen other "actors" and listened to Kage and her sister Kathleen teach us how to speak Elizabethan english for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire.
That's how I know and remember Kage, telling us to beware of the "eels."
Since the novels and stories appeared, I've seen her become a force in the SF community.
I'm sorry I never got the chance to say hello when she made local appearances here in the Bay Area. And I'm sorry I heard about her illness late and was unable to send my well-wishes when the call went out.
I've heard lots of good things about the Company stories. Time to go find them.
Good-bye, Kage. May you be delivered from "eels."