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Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the bummer dept.

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guttentag writes "The author of The Hunt for Red October and many military and espionage novels which inspired a number of movies video games died last night in a Baltimore Hospital. The news was first reported by Publishers Weekly's Twitter account this morning and confirmed by New York Times Book Reporter Julie Bosman's Twitter account."

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We lost a good one here. (5, Insightful)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year ago | (#45014793)

Although his writing was pretty mechanical, his stories were real page turners. It's sad to see him go.

Re:We lost a good one here. (5, Insightful)

bhcompy (1877290) | about a year ago | (#45014843)

Without Remorse was one of the better modern fiction novels I've read, and totally accessible to those not looking for military porn

Re:We lost a good one here. (0)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year ago | (#45014911)

... not looking for military porn

What like Major Gunns? [wikipedia.org]

Re:We lost a good one here. (4, Insightful)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#45014927)

One of my favorites, as is Red Storm Rising (at one point I may have had 3 copies of Without Remorse, and 4 copies of Red Storm Rising). The juxtaposition of the 2 jungles (one an actual jungle, Vietnam; the other an urban jungle, the poor/drug areas of Baltimore) was really well done, especially how Clark has to transition each way pretty much overnight. And Red Storm Rising is classic military porn, yes. But as a standalone novel the characters were pretty well developed, the plot was believable, and the combat seemed spot on and realistic, both in the technologies/tactics used and the outcomes.

Re:We lost a good one here. (3, Insightful)

oobayly (1056050) | about a year ago | (#45014945)

Definitely, thought the Jack Ryan universe got a bit stupid in the end. I did however enjoy tying up various characters from all the books, even the minor ones (Bondarenko, Ozo). I have to say that Red Storm Rising was probably my favourite.

Shame to see him go, even though I haven't read any new of his for absolute years.

Is that the one with the shotgun stick? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45014947)

I read one Clancy novel and looking at the plot summary [wikipedia.org] , it looks like the one I read. And at the end, when he's in the hospital, the docs keep from him that they treated him for some STD that he got from his ex-hooker girlfriend.

Anyway, he had this shotgun stick - a pipe with a handle/firing pin and you put one shell in there and "stab" the guy in the diaphragm and it blew out his lungs and heart and was muffled by the chest cavity. Someone must have built one of those.

Clancy had a lot of details. It is a good book - for a middle aged male version of a romance novel.

Spoilers if you haven't read it(which you should) (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#45015113)

I read one Clancy novel and looking at the plot summary [wikipedia.org] , it looks like the one I read. And at the end, when he's in the hospital, the docs keep from him that they treated him for some STD that he got from his ex-hooker girlfriend.

That was actually towards the first 1/3 of the book. The girl he picked up got killed pretty early on.

Anyway, he had this shotgun stick - a pipe with a handle/firing pin and you put one shell in there and "stab" the guy in the diaphragm and it blew out his lungs and heart and was muffled by the chest cavity. Someone must have built one of those.

All it was is a shark bang stick. They are commercially available. What was always more interesting to me was when he converted his 1911 into a .22 with a kit and then fabricated his own silencer.

It is a good book - for a middle aged male version of a romance novel

I have a hard time calling a book with torture, revenge murder, drug use, and a special forces raid on a Vietnam POW camp a "romance novel". It's a character origin novel, and a really good story.

Re:We lost a good one here. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015259)

Without Remorse was one of the better modern fiction novels I've read, and totally accessible to those not looking for military porn

My all time favorite from Tom Clancy is still Cardinal of the Kremlin (a pity it was never carried over to the silver screen) followed by Red Storm Rising (getting this on the silver screen is really impossible) and of course The Hunt For Red October.

Of the "modern" novels Debt of Honor was good. Maybe a tad too lengthy.

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

GigG (887839) | about a year ago | (#45015553)

Agreed, though with today's CG tech Red Storm Rising would have been a hell of an HBO miniseries.

Re:We lost a good one here. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015709)

Regarding your sig, you plan to live to 98?

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#45014857)

They made some pretty good movies out of his books, but I confess the few that I read I really struggled through.

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

dywolf (2673597) | about a year ago | (#45014919)

his are some of my favorite books.

i just wish he hadnt put his name on those "co-authored" series, never cared for most of those.

I liked the movies, but really the books had so much more going on. like Red October, they completely leave out the near conflict and nuclear war that almost starts, like the jets attacking or threatening each others fleets, and so on.

but i love most of his books. and his nofiction was pretty fascinating too.

Re:We lost a good one here. (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#45015053)

i just wish he hadnt put his name on those "co-authored" series, never cared for most of those.

But, really, can you blame him?

When someone comes along and says "hey, we'll give you big piles of money if we can crank out pulp associated with your name and based in and around your fiction", it's hard to turn them down when they add enough zeroes.

I suspect he was happy enough to get the money.

Re:We lost a good one here. (2)

osu-neko (2604) | about a year ago | (#45015677)

Bingo. And some people liked them. You're always free to buy or not buy what you like or don't like.

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about a year ago | (#45015865)

i just wish he hadnt put his name on those "co-authored" series, never cared for most of those.

But, really, can you blame him?

When someone comes along and says "hey, we'll give you big piles of money if we can crank out pulp associated with your name and based in and around your fiction", it's hard to turn them down when they add enough zeroes.

I suspect he was happy enough to get the money.

I don't think I ever read Clancy. He was the last of the Cold War novelists, and that kind of stuff isn't up my alley. But the '90's were full of "co-authored" books. Apparently the publishers no longer had the courage to introduce new authors so they attached up-and-comers to well-established big names.

As it happens, most of the authors I read on a regular basis who are new since about Y2K didn't originally show up as co-authors, for whatever that ploy was worth.

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#45015147)

I liked the movies, but really the books had so much more going on. like Red October, they completely leave out the near conflict and nuclear war that almost starts, like the jets attacking or threatening each others fleets, and so on.

My "favorite" part of the Red October movie is when they are in the CIC of the carrier and Thompson says one of the F-14s clipped a Soviet plane, but the video they show of a plane crashing to the deck of the carrier(which is obviously real footage) is clearly NOT of an F-14. But otherwise a good movie. And it's still weird to see Baldwin so young and skinny

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about a year ago | (#45015595)

I also liked the part in the movie when Tim Curry as the medical officer shows up after the political officer "slipped on tea".
IIRC, the medical officer said "Don't be upset. It was a mercy killing. He had a certain naive charm, but no muscle."

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

Loether (769074) | about a year ago | (#45015497)

Couldn't agree more on the co-Authored books sucking. Talk about the definition of sell out. I love Tom Clancy and I have most of the "co-authored books" I got them as gifts from well meaning family. I don't even consider them TC books.

Cardinal in the Kremlin is one of my favorites. I love the old soviets for bad guys and space lasers whats not to like.

Re:We lost a good one here. (0)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year ago | (#45014937)

Although his writing was pretty mechanical, his stories were real page turners. It's sad to see him go.

The one thing I won't miss is the occasional "Let's trot out Tom Clancy" nonsense that various TV outfits would engage in when they needed the appearance of military expertise...

Re:We lost a good one here. (3, Interesting)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year ago | (#45015059)

Kind of like every time there's a problem with a plane they roll out "Miracle on the Hudson" Capt. Sullenberger?
Clancy did a lot of research for all of his books, you have to give him props for that. While he never served in the Military he
knew a lot about the motivations and the technology which made his books more realistic.

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year ago | (#45015315)

Oh, he beats the hell out of a lot of other choices(like, say, any active employee of a defense contractor with a stake in the situation they are talking about, a depressingly common move); but it always made me a bit queasy that a novelist was treated as a serious option for comment on military or geopolitical 'News' shows.

Re:We lost a good one here. (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#45015893)

... it always made me a bit queasy that a novelist was treated as a serious option for comment on military or geopolitical 'News' shows.

As opposed to the network anchor? You realize that they don't set the bar up very high for these sorts of things.

After all, it's only 'news'.

Re:We lost a good one here. (3, Interesting)

Alomex (148003) | about a year ago | (#45015619)

Clancy did a lot of research for all of his books, you have to give him props for that.

He was given unfettered access to the military and often his stories were really just fictionalizations with mild embellishments of actual events. This follows on a long tradition of artists (painters, writers, photographers) being given special access to war theaters. So nothing wrong with that, I just don't know if I would call this "research".

Re:We lost a good one here. (3, Insightful)

ebno-10db (1459097) | about a year ago | (#45015209)

Although his writing was pretty mechanical, his stories were real page turners.

That's certainly true of the earlier books that he actually wrote. I think I read and enjoyed all of them. One thing I've always disliked is when authors needlessly inject their own politics, left or right, into fiction, but Clancy was no worse with that than many authors.

It's another story when you start talking about the later books (after 2003) that said "by Tom Clancy" in gigantic type, and "with so-and-so" in little type. In other words, books not really written by Clancy. Why a successful author would do that is beyond me. Even if he didn't feel like ever writing another book, he didn't need to, as I'm sure he'd already made a fortune from his books and the movie rights.

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

osu-neko (2604) | about a year ago | (#45015755)

One thing I've always disliked is when authors needlessly inject their own politics, left or right, into fiction, but Clancy was no worse with that than many authors.

I think it really depends on how its done. I think Robert Heinlein was a certifiable crack-pot when it comes to his ideas on government and society, but it's still enjoyable fiction, and gives insight into the way people like that think...

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

misexistentialist (1537887) | about a year ago | (#45015883)

As a service to his fans, so they will always have new books to occupy them.

Re:We lost a good one here. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015679)

Most book writing is pretty mechanical (of course with the exeption of J.K, she wrote the Harry Potter books in caligraphy with a griffin-feather)...

Re:We lost a good one here. (4, Interesting)

guises (2423402) | about a year ago | (#45015819)

Setting aside his writing for the moment, he impressed me back in 2001 on September 11. He had a book where some terrorists hijacked a plane and crashed it into the capital building, so the news drones had him on so they could say things at him about that. Meanwhile, he had a message: "Don't make the mistake of blaming Islam or Muslims for this. This was a specific group of terrorists, not representative of Muslims in general." (I paraphrase.) The talking heads tried to redirect him, ask him how he "felt" about this or that nonsense, but he stayed on message.

He was the only one for at least a couple of days after 9/11 (that I saw on TV at least) who both recognized that this would be a problem and who called for consideration in the face of bigotry. I have trouble believing that he was the only one who recognized that this would be a problem.

Rest In Peace T.C. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45014805)

Huge influence on my life as a reader and tech enthusiast. He will be dearly missed.

Re:Rest In Peace T.C. (-1)

aaronjp (51549) | about a year ago | (#45014861)

+1

Re:Rest In Peace T.C. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015439)

(A) !!!!

Now who is going to... (2)

Niterios (2700835) | about a year ago | (#45014819)

Write the story for Ghost Recon 17: Invade Cuba Again?

Re:Now who is going to... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45014847)

I'm guessing a Ghost writer.

Re:Now who is going to... (1)

compro01 (777531) | about a year ago | (#45014901)

Whoever is behind the David Michaels pseudonym. Probably Peter Telep.

Ghost Recon is among the Tom-Clancy-as-a-brand-name properties.

I would like to have seen Montana. (4, Funny)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year ago | (#45014831)

n/t

USA SuX (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45014849)

(A)

Re:USA SuX (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015051)

(A).

Re:USA SuX (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015411)

(A) !!

Outgrew him (0)

SoupGuru (723634) | about a year ago | (#45014881)

I loved his stuff as an ass-kicking young man but as I grew older I lost interest.

But his written work hasn't impacted me nearly as much as the hours spent playing Rogue Spear.

Re:Outgrew him (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#45015037)

I loved his stuff as an ass-kicking young man but as I grew older I lost interest.

I haven't read him as much lately either. I think it's not so much that I grew out of him, but that his later stuff isn't as good as his earlier stuff. I think after Rainbow 6 the books kind of started to go down hill, partly because Jack was his best character(followed very closely by Clark), but also because the plot began to get stretched a bit. I can understand an international CT force made up of NATO members, but a private yet government created/sponsored counterterrorism company/agency? Plus the fact that the Emir was obviously bin Laden. I will say he also ruined politics for me. I would absolutely love someone like Jack as president, but we will never have someone like that get far enough in our politics to actually get there.

Re:Outgrew him (1)

somersault (912633) | about a year ago | (#45015195)

I can understand an international CT force made up of NATO members, but a private yet government created/sponsored counterterrorism company/agency?

To me that doesn't sound any harder to believe than government sponsored rebel factions/terrorists.

A Blue October (5, Interesting)

kingtet (3360659) | about a year ago | (#45014895)

The technical detail and intriguing blending of military tactics and politics engrossed me as a child. Perhaps more importantly, his political views that often shone through his writings challenged my own, which are often contrary to the ones he held, in a way that did not make me instinctively defensive or unreasonable. He was a great writer, indeed. RIP.

Unhealthy Americans vs. Veganism (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45014907)

How much do you want to bet he was a meat eater?

I'll bet he ate meat within 24 hours of his death. Ate dead animal right to the grave (most likely red meat).

Re:Unhealthy Americans vs. Veganism (0)

RobertLTux (260313) | about a year ago | (#45014989)

and died very very happy.

Seriously do you think somebody that wrote WAR Novels gave a flying [redacted] about the Vegan agenda??

but anyway lets shelve this until we find out what he died of.

Re:Unhealthy Americans vs. Veganism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015171)

And my grandfather was slaughtering a cow when he passed from an aneurysm at the age of 93.

He ate meat everyday and swore by a nice rare grass-fed steak. He did hate range maggots though (sheep).

I guess if he was a vegan he would have died at 60, overweight and sporting wheat-belly.

Re:Unhealthy Americans vs. Veganism (1)

Phelony (2628303) | about a year ago | (#45015241)

I doubt this whole story, but good on him!

Re:Unhealthy Americans vs. Veganism (2)

Phelony (2628303) | about a year ago | (#45015187)

This whole thread will probably be modded down, but the OP, statistically is probably right. Someone dieing in the US @ 66 was probably afflicted with coronary artery disease (almost always from a lifetime of chronic animal consumption, as a plant-based diet doesn't impart plaque on the artery walls like an animal-based diet does), or died from the the symptoms of diabetes. He wasn't a smoker, so lung cancer can probably be ruled out. Also doubt he got hit by a car while on his skateboard.

Re:Unhealthy Americans vs. Veganism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015345)

Most American eat meat at *every* meal. That or pasta which is why they're always sick.

Re:Unhealthy Americans vs. Veganism (2)

spartacus_prime (861925) | about a year ago | (#45015939)

I'll be that within 24 hours of his death he wasn't doing much of anything.

Very tech oriented (4, Insightful)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year ago | (#45014929)

He was very tech oriented and worked extensively with people in the field to try to make his novels sound as accurate on the details as he could. He was good enough at taking non-classified data and extrapolating where things could go from there that he received visits [clancyfaq.com] from the FBI and CIA to find out how he knew what he knew.

He certainly made things up (caterpillar drive for the sub etc), but the point is he worked tirelessly to get technical details right in as many cases as he could, and to try get them as plausible as he could get away with in those cases where he needed to make the up. He put a lot more effort into getting the details right than most authors and far more than Hollywood ever did and for that his passing is very relevant for Slashdot. He took creative license, but he took it far less than a lot of other authors (Bourne Ultimatum series etc) and used it far more selectively.

He wrote 17 number one selling books and had three of his books turned into blockbuster movies. He was active in having games made about his books even back in the 80's and made sure a series of games was made ever since then. He came up with ideas for terrorism like flying a civilian airliner into a government building before 9/11.

Re:Very tech oriented (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015177)

He certainly made things up (caterpillar drive for the sub etc),
 
he didn't make up the "caterpillar drive" for the "Red October"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetohydrodynamic_drive

Re:Very tech oriented (1)

nevermindme (912672) | about a year ago | (#45015403)

Err. Clancys Catapillar drive, Magnetohydrodynamic was built at at several research labs within 12 months of the release of the Book Hunt for Red October and by the time the movie was out the US Navy had something like 10 million dollars in research grants out to labs to do work when the projects got pulled back into the dark in 95.

The construction of a Gadget explains the classical machining of bomb components in exportable detail.

He was best at when giving the motivation why Ryan, Chaves and Clark would work for political hack masters and got pretty tepid and juvenile when he made Ryan a political creature. The non fiction books he wrote about everything from a Air Wing to Marine Division are total rehashes of books written by every post pentagon author except Clancy got a six figure advance.

Re:Very tech oriented (1)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year ago | (#45015559)

Interesting, I had understood the caterpillar drive to be something that he had made up. It makes me wonder if he had talked with people working with their development at the time.

Re:Very tech oriented (2)

mu51c10rd (187182) | about a year ago | (#45015453)

Slight correction...he had 4 movies made after his books. The press releases keep skipping Clear and Present Danger with William Dafoe and Harrison Ford. Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and Sum of All Fears.

Two in one day... Stephen King, dead at 54 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45014931)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Re:Two in one day... Stephen King, dead at 54 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45014979)

AC seems a reasonable source. Update Wikipedia, its not on there yet.

Re:Two in one day... Stephen King, dead at 54 (-1, Offtopic)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about a year ago | (#45014983)

I just heard that Walter White is dead at age 52. Everyone who loves chemistry will be mourning the Nobel winner.

Re:Two in one day... Stephen King, dead at 54 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015397)

Back to 4chan you go kiddo.

/. Obituary Section Please (4, Interesting)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about a year ago | (#45014941)

So the passing of an author who is popular amongst nerds and geeks gets mentioned here (all due respect to Clancy) while the obituaries of much more significant pioneers of geeky, nerdy things are routinely dropped from consideration after submission. It happens again and again. It seems like popularity trumps significance. How about an Obituary Section?

Re:/. Obituary Section Please (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015323)

Popularity always trumps significance, that's why it's popularity.

Re:/. Obituary Section Please (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015607)

Most /. "nerds" have never even heard of the real science and technology pioneers so they don't care. For example, raise your hand if you knew who Harold Agnew [wikipedia.org] was?

Re:/. Obituary Section Please (1)

ebno-10db (1459097) | about a year ago | (#45015859)

I kept my hand down and read your link. While the guy was obviously accomplished in some respects, I don't see why the average nerd should recognize his name.

Re:/. Obituary Section Please (1)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year ago | (#45015831)

He popularized technology and did a damn sight to try to get it right in the media. Remember watching the Matrix and seeing the use of Nmap and being excited because they got a single piece of tech right? This guy worked hard to get as many of those pieces right as he could.

Most authors don't get visits from the FBI or CIA because they managed to get the tech that spot on. Clancy worked to incorporate tech day in and out for decades and did it books, movies and games, arguably to a greater extent than any other person in the media.

While I certainly think the pioneers in the tech field deserve to recognized, they don't popularize the technology or try to get it right in the media. Tom Clancy did exactly that for decades. Think of Norman Borlaug, he saved more lives than anyone in history but he didn't popularize his technology with the public or focus on the media. How many people heard of him when he passed away or can say who he is without looking him up?

Red Storm Rising (2)

Zedrick (764028) | about a year ago | (#45014959)

I've always wondered what kind of audience his books are intended for. I really liked Red Storm Rising when I first read it at the age of 14-15, Patriots, Hunt For the Red October and something else were also fun. Then I (and my classmates) kind of outgrew him, and the later books just seems bizarre - greens are terrorists?

I can still enjoy re-reading some stuff, just like I can kind of enjoy watching teen-movies like Pacific Rim (ok, that's not totally true - stopped watching after 4/5th when I got tired of all pointless robot battles). But I get the impression most of his readers are adults?

Anyway, thanks Tom for at least providing the inspiration for Red Storm Rising the sub simulator! One of the best C64 games ever.

Re:Red Storm Rising (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | about a year ago | (#45015129)

Some authors improve with time and exposure, others are a flash in the pan. Some produce their greatest works young, and other old.

The Tom Clancy I will always remember is "Red Storm Rising" (not a great novel, but a great page turner) , "Red October" and "Patriot Games". Tom Clancy's early books were fantastic page turners, not high art but highly entertaining and quite well thought out. I wish that all of his works were of the same quality, or better.

Now we will never know if there was the potential for greatness that sometimes comes with the "wisdom of elders".

Thank you for the memories Tom, as far as I'm concerned "Red October" still stands as a "best in genre" after 30 years.

Re:Red Storm Rising (2)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year ago | (#45015139)

... the later books just seems bizarre - greens are terrorists?

Some of them, yes.

Domestic Eco-Terrorism Has Deep Pockets. And Many Enablers. [forbes.com]

The combined damage in North America alone from eco-terrorism was estimated by the FBI to exceed $100 million.

These terrorists did not limit their actions to the destruction of property. They planted pipe bombs, mailed packages booby-trapped with razor blades, and physically assaulted scientists at public events. By 2001 the FBI had characterized them as the nation’s most active domestic terrorist group. One ELF member remains at large and on the FBI’s Most Wanted list today. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, these radical domestic acts of violence against agriculture slowed as public tolerance for these crimes wore thin, but the attacks continued overseas with the support of groups like Greenpeace.

Re:Red Storm Rising (1)

bagorange (1531625) | about a year ago | (#45015779)

The article you link includes destruction of GM crops in what it calls terrorism. It is unsurprising that the investor class's journal of choice thinks this way. (Forbes)

Most reasonable people think of terrorism as acts threatening human life/lives.

Why would slashdotters support GM crops? The goal of such research is to make plants into intellectual property - not usually the favourite kind of property around here.

Re:Red Storm Rising (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#45015409)

I've always wondered what kind of audience his books are intended for.

For me, Tom Clancy books were always the ones I brought on vacation with me. In fact, they still are. Most of the books are pretty long, so you only need to bring one or two with you.

His books are pretty much geo-political/military/espionage thrillers, usually have a very complex plot presented from multiple angles involving a lot of events and characters, and make for a very satisfying (if admittedly escapist) read.

Since there was continuity across the books in terms of characters and the overall arc (even if they weren't published in order), you could pick up the book and mostly know who the players were and remember why you liked the characters. Even if you just grab one from the series it's got that familiar "yeah, this is what I want right not" kind of read to it.

I wouldn't call it Earth-changing literature, but it's still an enjoyable read. And when I'm lounging pool-side in the Caribbean with a drink in my hand ... it's pretty much exactly what I want to be reading. Not overly taxing, but page turning and time filling in an enjoyable way.

Tom Clancy has been my go-to 'fluff' read for a long time now, and every couple of years I re-read some or all of them.

Then again, I know a lot of people who absolutely hated his books, so they definitely weren't for everybody.

Re:Red Storm Rising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015503)

After the Cold War ended his writing turned into right-wing polemics, where the villians of every story were revealed to be some hilariously overwrought caricature of something that the Republican Party was angry about at the time -- environmentialists, the anti-war movement, Japanese car imports, etc.

It's a shame because aside from that little tendency, the writing was fairly good.

Let the Conspiracy Theories begin... (5, Funny)

wernercd (837757) | about a year ago | (#45014965)

Obamacare starts. Tom Clancy Dies. Coincidence? I think not.

Re:Let the Conspiracy Theories begin... (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about a year ago | (#45015057)

Is this the Splinter Cell guy?

Re:Let the Conspiracy Theories begin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015223)

Yes, it's him.

Re:Let the Conspiracy Theories begin... (1)

jackb_guppy (204733) | about a year ago | (#45015163)

Just like a spy... die one day to live again on another with a new name.

Re:Let the Conspiracy Theories begin... (4, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | about a year ago | (#45015249)

Oh come on, you can do better than that. How about this: NSA spy thriller manuscript found partially written in dead author's home. Contained too much truth. Experts say it may have gone beyond Snowden's revelations, and pulled in numerous undisclosed sources. Cause of death remains unknown.

Re:Let the Conspiracy Theories begin... (1)

ZeroSerenity (923363) | about a year ago | (#45015431)

Or maybe he ran on government money and that got cut off?

Re:Let the Conspiracy Theories begin... (0)

sootman (158191) | about a year ago | (#45015437)

He'd still be alive if Obamacare had started sooner!

Re:Let the Conspiracy Theories begin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015533)

Already the Death Panels are showing their incompetence.

Re:Let the Conspiracy Theories begin... (2)

MTEK (2826397) | about a year ago | (#45015839)

Yikes, I realize cost-controls are an unfortunate reality, but someone needs to slow down those death panels.

Twitter? Really? (2)

saveferrousoxide (2566033) | about a year ago | (#45014985)

Am I the only one who finds it sad that such an influential author's death warranted only a tweet by his publisher and that it was "confirmed" by a NYT reporter's tweet as opposed to say, Clancy's estate or an official family statement? Tom Clancy dies and he gets two tweets. I suppose there's a bit of irony there. Now get off my lawn.

Re:Twitter? Really? (1)

saveferrousoxide (2566033) | about a year ago | (#45015069)

Sorry for talking to myself here, but I just realized it was "Publisher Weekly's" twitter account, not "his publisher's weekly" twitter account. My mistake!

Re:Twitter? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015285)

Welcome to our brave new world, where the most prominent news outlets are operated by the populace, as opposed to a few illuminati with the power to decide what news is fit to print and what is not.

CRAZY IVAN (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015045)

I shout this every time I see someone fake right then flip around for a u-turn at a 4-way stop in San Francisco, which is like every day.

Sad news ... Stephen King, dead at 54 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015085)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details.
I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Re:Sad news ... Stephen King, dead at 54 (1)

mu51c10rd (187182) | about a year ago | (#45015525)

Do you have a source for this? He looks quite alive to me still. Although the guy who hit him with his car a while back died yesterday. Is that what you are referring to?

New Source Needed (1)

gent01 (1005535) | about a year ago | (#45015137)

Where will I get totally probable conspiracy theories for my aluminum foil hat group now? (Big fan. He will be missed.)

Re:New Source Needed (1)

mu51c10rd (187182) | about a year ago | (#45015571)

Something about those theories. I recall that when 9/11 happened, my first thought was to the book where the terrorists use a 747 to hit the US Capitol and kill off most of Congress, the President, and most of the Supreme Court. He had a great storytelling ability...and spent quite a bit of time on research. Anyone else wonder if you could figure out a fission bomb based upon his explanations in Sum of All Fears?

LATIMES.COM's obituary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015201)

Is very lacking. Basically two paragraphs that belittle his style of writing.

In the words of Capt. Ramius (2)

dreamstateseven (2742929) | about a year ago | (#45015213)

Where I am going, you cannot follow.

Hunt for Red October game (1)

Gibgezr (2025238) | about a year ago | (#45015341)

The Hunt for Red October was made into at least two video games; I played the more complex "simulator-style" game on the Amiga, and it was actually a fantastic game.

Re:Hunt for Red October game (1)

idontgno (624372) | about a year ago | (#45015629)

Clancy and gaming is an interesting topic.

Much of Red Storm Rising [wikipedia.org] was modeled largely on naval combat simulations using a table-top minatures game that evolved into the Harpoon video game franchise [wikipedia.org] .

The wikipedia article about Red Storm Rising specifically state that the Soviet invasion of Iceland and the huge airborne anti-ship missile attack on the American carrier task force were played out tabletop before being written.

I found this fascinating writeup [futureofthebook.org] of the gaming sessions that led up to some of the most interesting naval combat fiction ever written, IMHO.

frailzors? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015413)

*toasts* (3, Informative)

PortHaven (242123) | about a year ago | (#45015477)

[R]ed Storm Rising
[I]nto the Storm
[P]atriot Games

Tom Clancy :'(

***

And lets not forget his depicting an aircraft being crashed into the capitol building years before it was attempted in real life.

NSA (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45015505)

The NSA got wind of his latest spy thriller.

Wealthy but still dead at 66. (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | about a year ago | (#45015681)

Seemed like a decent guy (nice stuff with that kid Kyle in the 90's).

When they talk about delaying social security to improve your payments, need to keep this in mind. For the most part- taking social security early or late still results in a break even between 82 and 84. If you take it early, you start losing your bet at age 82. If you take it late, you start winning your bet between 82 and 84.

If you think you are likely to die prior to age 82 (when did your parents and grandparents die, what kind of health are you in), then you may want to take social security early.

Best Clancy Quote (1)

GigG (887839) | about a year ago | (#45015725)

Way back when John Grisham's first book had hit it big Clancy was being interviewed on one of the morning shows. They asked him with the popularity of Grisham's book would he ever write a book with a lawyer as a hero. His answer was, "I think I'm a pretty good fiction writer, but I'm not that good." (Paraphrase from a 20 year old memory.)

Re:Best Clancy Quote (1)

gnasher719 (869701) | about a year ago | (#45015825)

Way back when John Grisham's first book had hit it big Clancy was being interviewed on one of the morning shows. They asked him with the popularity of Grisham's book would he ever write a book with a lawyer as a hero. His answer was, "I think I'm a pretty good fiction writer, but I'm not that good." (Paraphrase from a 20 year old memory.)

Michael Connelly, "The Fifth Witness". Quite good until just before the end. On the last pages it suddenly gets a lot better.

In the gaming realm... (1)

ducomputergeek (595742) | about a year ago | (#45015733)

I loved the early Red Storm Entertainment games of Rainbow 6 and the original Ghost Recon. Still haunts me that a game released circa 2000 predicted a Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. And then it happened.

I was in Naval Nuclear Power School when.... (1)

weiserfireman (917228) | about a year ago | (#45015767)

I first heard about Hunt for Red October. I still have my first edition copy.

I had lots of questions from friends and family about how Nuclear Reactors really worked, and until that book came out, I was really scared about what I could and couldn't say without jeopardizing my security clearance.

After I read that book, I would reference people with questions to that book. It answered their questions.

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