The world has lost a legend of fantasy literature. Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl’s Moving Castle, Dark Lord of Derkholm and many other classics of the genre, died Saturday in England after a two year battle with lung cancer.
The news of her passing began trickling onto the net Saturday, first from a death date added to her Wikipedia page, and then through the Twitter feed of her friend, fellow author Neil Gaiman, who wrote a lengthy post on his blog Sunday about Jones and her death. Among the more tear-jerking passages from the post are things like this:
“I do miss her, very much. I have some wonderful friends. I have people in my life who are brilliant, and people who are colourful, and people who are absolutely wonderful, and who make the world better for their being in it. But there was only one Diana Wynne Jones, and the world was a finer one for having her in it.”
A post on Jones’ own website announcing her death also noted that we have not seen the last of her work. Earwig and the Witch, a short novel for young readers, will be published later this year, and a book of interviews, essays and lectures will follow next year.
She was a treasure to everyone who loved works of the fantastic, and she leaves behind dozens of wonderful works that we can keep reading and sharing, to remember the wonderful imagination she shared with us.