Richard K. Lyon (1933-2008)

I'm sad to report that Richard K. Lyon passed away on 21 November 2008. While perhaps not a major figure in the field of fantasy, Richard had great success with a trilogy of novels co-authored with Andrew J. Offutt in the late seventies and early eighties: Demon in the Mirror, The Eyes of Sarsis and Web of the Spider. In recent years his writing had appeared everywhere from Analog to my own Theaker's Quarterly Fiction.

I didn’t get to know him as well as I would have liked – I wish we had been able to work together on a longer project – but he was always extremely polite and generous, treating my suggested edits to his work with a seriousness that had hardly been earned by their source. In total I published seven of his stories over the last two years.
In early November he wrote to say, “My doctor tells me that I need to put my affairs in order. Since I’ve enjoyed 74 years of virtually perfect health, a very successful career as a scientist, two sons of whom I’m proud, and the love of a beautiful, kind woman for 40+ years, this is no great tragedy.”
I’m sure his friends and family disagreed very strongly on that last point.
Richard K. Lyon was a research scientist, inventor and writer, with a PhD in physical chemistry from Harvard. His hobbies included collecting pulp SF magazines and writing. Tales from the Lyonheart, a recent collection of his stories is available from Wild Cat Books. A selection of his previously unpublished stories will appear in TQF over the next couple of years.
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Stephen Theaker's reviews, interviews and articles have appeared in Interzone, Black Static, Prism and the BFS Journal. Among other work for the BFS, he has been awards administrator, short story competition administrator, Dark Horizons editor, FantasyCon secretary and treasurer, and (briefly) chair.