Some news is so surprising and hits so hard it paralyzes you.
Almost two years ago I received this email:
Some of you have already heard, but for those who have not, I am so sorry that I need to share unbelievably sad news with you all. Our beloved Jeff passed away on Monday, July 17 of a very aggressive lung cancer. We are in utter shock and disbelief.
Thank you to all of you who have known Jeff during his life, whether through his writing career or personal life, for your friendship and support to him throughout.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers and if choose to, please direct any communications back to my email address, noted above.
I knew Jeff the blogosphere. I had read his short story “The Frozen Sky.” The story was about an astronaut trapped under the ice of Europa. He was kind enough to discuss it with me. I then read the book version he wrote, and we spoke again. Having these brief interactions just made me happy, I was so excited to see where Jeff’s career was going.
And then I got the sad news. And it was just something that was there, in my inbox, and I didn’t want to do anything with it, because it felt so sad to know that I wouldn’t get to read the next part of the story in this life.
I am so grateful that I got to know Jeff, even if in an online way. We have the ability to have such effects on each other,
Jeff’s obituary is available online.