BIG sadness. Winchell Chung a.k.a. firstname.lastname@example.org, and creator of the Atomic Rockets - Atomic Rockets website, went into the hospital at the end of August and has since been diagnosed with metastasized prostate cancer. It’s a foregone conclusion that barring a miracle it’s now just a matter of how long it’ll take him to die.
Winchell built Atomic Rockets up into one of the most beloved and influential reference sites for hard SF writers, astronomy buffs, and space enthusiasts; to the point where his own site leads the list of returns for internet searches on various science fiction and science fact topics.
We are about the same age and grew up with the same cultural influences, so we synched up well in correspondence over the years, and several of my suggestions were deemed worthy of inclusion on his site.
Plans are underway to curate his site, but he will be sorely missed.