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Old 09-20-2007   #1
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Robert Jordan, who has died aged 58, was the best-selling author of the Wheel of Time fantasy novels, a series which approached the success of writers such as JRR Tolkein and Stephen Donaldson.

Though fantasy novels tend to be ignored by most critics or, on the rare occasions they receive attention, roundly condemned, they make up a section of the paperback market comparable to crime fiction. The WoT sequence, as its fans called it, was possibly the most popular set of books in the field. It was translated into more than a dozen languages and sold many millions of copies – by 1998, more than 10 million were in circulation, and each new book sold 200,000 more than the one before.

Usefully, from the point of view of Jordan's publishers, a series planned as a four or five book sequence stretched to 11, the last three of which topped the bestseller charts. Less happily for the fanatical readers who had been following the millions of words of Jordan's tale, the planned 12th volume, A Memory of Light, remained uncompleted at Jordan's death on Sunday. "I've been warned that if I died before I finished the books, they were going to desecrate my grave," he joked in an interview in 2000.

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Robert Jordan was the pseudonym of James Oliver Rigney, Jr, who was born on October 17 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. With some help from a brother 12 years older, he learnt to read by the time he was four and soon developed an enthusiasm for Mark Twain and Jules Verne, and a determination to write.

In 1968 he was sent to Vietnam, where he served two tours of duty as an Army helicopter gunner, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. After returning in 1970 he went to The Citadel, South Carolina's military college, where he studied Physics, before becoming a nuclear engineer with the US Navy.

He began writing seriously in 1977 after being housebound by an accident. Under the name Reagan O'Neal he produced The Fallon Blood (1980) and in the following two years, two sequels, The Fallon Pride and The Fallon Legacy. These were historical romances featuring an Irishman who settles in Charleston in the mid-18th century, and later becomes involved with Barbary pirates.

After the success of Jordan's books, these were repackaged and republished in the mid-1990s. Rigney was an enthusiastic reader of history and took great pride in living in one of Charleston's oldest houses, built in 1797.

As Jackson O'Reilly, he then published Cheyenne Raiders (1982) and as Robert Jordan signed up as one of several writers working on a series of novels featuring Conan the Barbarian, the character created by the Texan pulp writer Robert E Howard and played on screen by Arnold Schwarzenegger, now Governor of California.

Beginning with Conan the Invincible in 1982, he turned out seven of these in a period of two years; they were later collected as The Conan Chronicles in two volumes. Jordan also wrote a useful chronology of the period covered in Howard's novels and those which followed them. He also turned his hand to spells as a dance and theatre critic.

The first of the Wheel of Time sequence, The Eye of the World, appeared in 1990. From the opening paragraph of Chapter One, much quoted by fans, it was clear that Jordan intended to take his time with the story: "The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning."

If the critics thought this tosh, it did nothing to deter millions of enthusiasts, who admired the intricacy of Jordan's worldbuilding and his attention to characterisation. They followed the adventures of the shepherd Rand al'Thor as his quest ranged from the Mountains of Dhoom to Haddon Mirk, the Sea of Storms and Dragonmount (which Jordan adopted as the name of his website). The Great Hunt and The Dragon Reborn were followed by The Shadow Rising; The Fires of Heaven; Lord of Chaos; A Crown of Swords; A Path of Daggers and so on, and on. With Teresa Patterson he produced a guide to his complex creation, entitled The World of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time.

James Rigney's hobbies included hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, pool and collecting pipes. A devout High Churchman, he was a stalwart of his local Episcopal congregation. He was approachable and affable with admirers at readings and conventions, where he was often mobbed by fans.

He is survived by his wife Harriet McDougal, an editor at the fantasy and science fiction publisher Tor, and their son.

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like i said. my life may be over. he was my all time favorite author. and now the series will never be compleet!
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Old 09-20-2007   #2
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is that a lion the witch and thw ardobe serioes?? forget the o, and every othe rspelling error damn.
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is that a lion the witch and thw ardobe serioes?? forget the o, and every othe rspelling error damn.
No. That was C.S. Lewis.
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I'm really sad that he is dead. The Wheel of Time was one of my favorite series. Its too bad he won't be able to finish it. Also, I highly recommend the first three books in the series, and the rest to anyone who really likes fantasy novels.
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Re: robert jordan died!! my life is over!

He was a pretty cool guy. He loved my town so much. I understand that love. I wish I had been able to attend more of his poetry readings downtown. I only ever made it to one. And he did them quite frequently at the College of Charleston.
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ive moved on from greeiving, and straight into the anger fase. i cant belive he fucking kicked the buckett before he was able to finish the series!! he promised he would finish before he died!!!
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Suspense if you ask me. Use your imagination.
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