Locus Online is reporting that Edward Bryant died in his sleep after a long illness. A long-time resident of Colorado, Bryant was a short story writer, reviewer, and critic of science fiction and horror. He regularly reviewed and provided conventions for Locus.
While Bryant was a frequent convention goer, I only recall being at one convention with him, the 2000 World Fantasy Convention in Corpus Christi. I don’t think I interacted much with him, that being my first large convention. So much major talent in one place was pretty overwhelming, and that convention is the high water bar I have for large conventions. What I do remember is that Bryant was a warm and friendly man who was well-liked. I don’t remember him being at the 2006 WFC or the San Antonio Worldcon a few years ago.
Bryant is an author whose work I’m familiar with more by reputation than actually reading. Fortunately, much of it is available in electronic format. I picked up a collection of his science fiction and one of his horror. I’ll try to read some and, if time permits, post about it.
Charles Gramlich has posted this tribute.