Author Ann Crispin posted yesterday on her Facebook that she’s nearing the end of her fight with cancer. “I am doing the best I can to be positive but I probably don’t have an awful lot of time left. I want you all to know that I am receiving excellent care and am surrounded by family and friends.”
She’s perhaps best known by Star Wars fans for her Han Solo trilogy: 1997′s The Paradise Snare and The Hutt Gambit and 1998′s Rebel Dawn. She also wrote several Star Trek novels – 1983′s Yesterday’s Son was the first original Trek novel to be a New York Times bestseller – and is one of the founders of SFWA’s Writer Beware, a watchdog group for scams and fraud in the publishing industry.
Messages left on her Facebook will be read to her by her husband, Michael.
Veteran British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor has passed away at the age of 99, his wife told BBC News. In addition to Star Wars, his credits included Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove and The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night.
Mark Newbold wrote about Taylor today for StarWars.com, and here he is talking about filming the attack on the Death Star: