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Oh dear

We’ve lost Ric Locke (or so I’m told — if you can’t trust a man’s Facebook page…). Given the nature of his illness, sooner may be more of a blessing than later, but…



Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 26, 2012, 9:46 am

Thanks to everyone who kicked in for his oxygen machine. I’m sure we were all hoping he’d get more use out of it.


Comment from Oceania
Time: July 26, 2012, 10:36 am

Use SMPS units from computers with an electrolysis unit, and use the waste H2 to run a fuel cell to recover spent gases to increase efficiency.
We have a trial unit up and running …

Comment from yippee mcskittles bear mcsandman
Time: July 26, 2012, 11:50 am

Some people can’t help being douche bags. O, you’re one of them. That is all.

Sad to see you go, Ric. Godspeed.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: July 26, 2012, 12:00 pm

He was a good writer, and a good man. Thank you, Stoaty, for a fitting tribute.

Comment from naleta
Time: July 26, 2012, 1:29 pm

I only knew him from his book. I don’t know what to say, other than rest in peace.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: July 26, 2012, 3:33 pm

How sad. I was a reader of his site, and quite enjoyed it. I know Ric didn’t like cops, but this one that will miss him. He is in a better place, and the pain is gone. Rest WEll, Ric.

Comment from Mitchell TAFKAEY
Time: July 26, 2012, 4:43 pm

RIP Ric.

Comment from Mike James
Time: July 26, 2012, 4:52 pm

Eternal rest grant him, O Lord.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 26, 2012, 5:23 pm

An associate died of that particular cancer. He underwent surgery, chemo and radiation. It bought him all of six months.

He was miserable most of the time.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 26, 2012, 5:48 pm

Rest in peace, Ric.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 26, 2012, 5:57 pm

Well that is sad, its too bad he didn’t get noticed more for his writing.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 26, 2012, 5:57 pm

Its a fact that authors tend to start late in life. Almost never does a writer of fiction get a career going or sell any books before the age of 40, its just not a young person’s game. But that also means their run is always all too brief.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 26, 2012, 6:08 pm

What could a 20-something possibly write about that wasn’t pure guesswork?

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 26, 2012, 6:28 pm

Fare thee well, Ric…

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 26, 2012, 6:30 pm

What could a 20-something possibly write about that wasn’t pure guesswork?

Just for the pure sake of contrarianism, Robert E. Howard died at 30.

Also, Asimov’s best work was his early stuff.

But despite them, I’d say the point still stands.

Comment from Crabby Old Bat
Time: July 26, 2012, 6:57 pm

What could a 20-something possibly write about that wasn’t pure guesswork?

Jane Austen died at 42, and wrote First Impressions, which was later revised into her masterwork Pride and Prejudice, when she was 21-22 years of age. She seemed to have a pretty good grasp of her subject (life among the middle-class gentry).

Comment from Frit
Time: July 27, 2012, 1:00 am

RIP Ric, you will be missed.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: July 27, 2012, 1:23 am

The heartbreaker is that Ric wrote Temporary Duty long ago–the naval ship referred to as “Barry O” in the published book was originally named after President Clinton. But he couldn’t find a publisher. If electronic self-publishing had been viable even five years earlier than it was, we might be reveling in multiple works by Ric Locke. An author can get discouraged when they write, and write, and write, and only their immediate family and tolerant friends actually read their output.

Comment from sandman will resist
Time: July 27, 2012, 2:49 am

Godspeed, Ric Locke, Godspeed.

Comment from Mojo
Time: July 27, 2012, 3:45 am

I notice you guys had to go back a ways to find examples. Any modern 20-somethings? Britney Spears, maybe. Or Paris Hilton…

Comment from Pablo
Time: July 27, 2012, 4:07 am

Ric is one of the smartest people I’ve ever come across on the ‘tubes. His depth and breadth of knowledge, his clear, logical thinking, his keen insight and his easygoing demeanor ensured that everything he’d write was worth reading. The net is lesser without him. I seem to recall that I disagreed with him once. I was probably wrong.

Godspeed, my cyberfriend.

Comment from Pablo
Time: July 27, 2012, 4:08 am

As opposed to a pretentious, blathering douchebag with a thesaurus like Oceania…

Get bent.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 27, 2012, 6:26 am

Sad news… 🙁

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 27, 2012, 11:54 am

Senica Valley Virus Stage II Clinical Trails

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: July 27, 2012, 1:55 pm

Before anyone jumps on the troll–Ric was “tolerably amused by Oceania”; I think he’d find the tribute of trolling acceptable.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 27, 2012, 5:22 pm

I loved Ric’s book, Temporary Duty, and was certainly looking forward to his next one. Fair winds and following seas, Ric.

Comment from Allen
Time: July 27, 2012, 7:48 pm

I loved reading Ric’s Rulez. My favorite part of it was that he could get you into a corner in lightning speed. I didn’t always agree with some of the things he wrote but damn, you had to really think your way out of the box.

His work will be missed.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 27, 2012, 8:00 pm

Sorry to hear this. RIP Ric

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: July 27, 2012, 9:50 pm

Sad, indeed…Ric’s TDY has unfortunately carried over into PCS…

R.I.P., Trooper –

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 28, 2012, 3:07 am

mojo:What could a 20-something possibly write about that wasn’t pure guesswork?

Literary prodigies are rare, but not unheard of. Rudyard Kipling had dozens of short stories in print when he was only 23, and was acclaimed in London at 25. Isaac Asimov produced the Foundation series starting when he was 22. Shakespeare wrote his first play when he was 25, and six more by age 30.

Contemporary 20-somethings? I don’t follow current literature enough to know who’s well-regarded.

Sorry to hear about Mr. Locke, though I really didn’t know him beyond his comments here.

Comment from Doubting Rich
Time: July 29, 2012, 3:32 pm

Damn, only just sorted my Kindle Wifi so I could buy his book. Bought it yesterday.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: August 11, 2012, 11:13 pm

Oh, crap, just now saw this. Too long without internet. Clearly that cannot be allowed.

Many condolences to his family and friends.


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