Steven DenBeste has died.

I didn't always agree with him (imagine that), but he was an important early voice in blogging that I read regularly when he ran the site at USS Clueless.

Sic transit gloria mundi.


Grim said...

I don't remember ever having a strong sense of agreement or disagreement, but our specialties of knowledge were so different that I often felt like I learned something by reading him. Like you, I mostly read him in the old days -- before he changed his focus to anime.

May he rest in peace.

james said...

I decided to start blogging myself after reading USS Clueless. I wanted to try his long original-material essay format, instead of the link/comment or link/only style some others were using. Couldn't keep that format going--too tempting to review a news article...

I was sorry to see USS Clueless go away. And anime didn't catch my interest at all.

Tom said...

I also read him at USS Clueless. I learned from him, and I think his arguments were pretty well reasoned. I'm not that interested in anime, so haven't read much of his stuff since he left USS Clueless.

I'm sad to hear of his passing. RIP.

Elise said...

I'm so very sorry to hear this. I very much appreciated his ability at USS Clueless to explain engineering ideas - especially the concept of scale - clearly and simply.

I'm glad he found something in anime that apparently involved him so fully, especially given his health problems.