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I’m so sad to be writing this.

The SF community in the South West lost one of its stars when Colin Harvey passed away last night following a stroke.  Colin was one of the first authors to sign to Angry Robot, who published his novels Winter Song and Damage Time.  He was a perpetually smiling face on the convention circuit, always very interested in what the people around him were doing, and always very supportive of fellow writers, perhaps because he struggled so long (72 rejections, I believe) to get his first novel published.

He was the inspiration behind BristolCon.  I say inspiration; he suggested it over several pints in the Commercial Rooms, then sat back and grinned at the chaos he had wrought.  Colin had a mischevious sense of humour, and he was the eternal optimist.  He always had at least half-a-dozen projects on the go; his own writing, editing for anthologies, doing an MA in writing at Bath Spa University.  When I last spoke to him he was looking forward to the end of a part-time job with a charity so he could go back to Uni and fit in some more writing. 

It seems cruel that someone so full of life should be snatched away so suddenly, with so little time to enjoy the success of his break-out novels.  He was a good friend, and I will miss him very much.

Raising a pint in your honour, Colin!