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Tanith Lee and CLOCKWORK PHOENIX

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This morning I learned that Tanith Lee has passed away. Tanith had stories in all four of the previous volumes of Clockwork Phoenix. As Anita put it in a metaphor I know Tanith would appreciate, she was part of the spine of Clockwork Phoenix.

Tanith’s story “The Woman” was the very first story I ever accepted for Clockwork Phoenix, back when we were being published through Vera Nazarian’s Norilana Books. With its rich language, sumptuous setting, surreal atmosphere and provocative subject matter, it set the tone for everything that followed.

In Clockwork Phoenix 2, we had the honor of publishing her novelette “The Pain of Glass,” a continuation of her beloved epic series Tales of the Flat Earth.

After the second anthology, I started to get to know Tanith. She picked up on the way Anita arranges the stories in the books so that the themes connect and overlap, and called Anita a genius, words that still move us to this day.

For Clockwork Phoenix 3, Tanith wrote the surreal and haunting “Fold” at my request, and it became the last story in the book. It would have been the final “chapter” of Clockwork Phoenix, had I not chosen to hold a Kickstarter for a fourth volume.

When Clockwork Phoenix 4 passed go, I went to Tanith again. She told me that she was in poor health and couldn’t write something new, but she had an older story she could let me see. That proved to be “A Little of the Night,” a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2014. What a pleasure that was to help bring her more award recognition.

I had hopes, if Clockwork Phoenix 5 reaches its goal, of seeing another story from her. I am crushed that this part of the dream won’t come true. But Anita and I agree, if we get to create this new book, then it will be, must be, a tribute to Tanith.
 
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On May 26th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC), sovay commented:
But Anita and I agree, if we get to create this new book, then it will be, must be, a tribute to Tanith.

Her memory for a blessing.
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On May 26th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Yes.
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On May 26th, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC), asakiyume commented:
Very sorry to hear of her passing.
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On May 26th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
I knew she had faced some health problems, but I had hopes that they'd been overcome.
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On May 26th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC), sovay replied:
I knew she had faced some health problems, but I had hopes that they'd been overcome.

I knew nothing about her health; this came out of nowhere for me. Cancer?
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On May 26th, 2015 09:09 pm (UTC), andrian6 replied:
Apparently she mentioned, back in 2010, she'd been treated for breast cancer. But no one has stated a cause of death; simply that she passed peacefully.
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On May 26th, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
In 2012 she told me she was undergoing chemotherapy, and also told me to keep that to myself. But I do not know her actual cause of death.
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On May 26th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC), sovay replied:
In 2012 she told me she was undergoing chemotherapy, and also told me to keep that to myself. But I do not know her actual cause of death.

Just because of her age, I wondered. Thank you.
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On May 27th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC), davesmusictank commented:
Will be sadly missed. Fine author.
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On May 27th, 2015 04:26 pm (UTC), deborahjross commented:
What a lovely thing to do.

I was amazed at how Tanith could write consistently amazing stories, each one lusciously detailed and with tremendous heart. Not a wimp among them.

How fortunate we as readers were to receive those stories, and how doubly fortunate we as editors were to work with their creator.
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On June 12th, 2015 10:49 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Fortunate, indeed. Thank you, Deborah.
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