Author Tom Clancy Passes Away

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Author Tom Clancy Passes Away

Best known for his military thriller novels, Tom Clancy died in a Baltimore hospital yesterday.

Before he ventured into the videogame world, Tom Clancy wrote books, and he wrote a lot of them. The best-seller novelist passed away yesterday in a hospital of his native city Baltimore, the New York Times confirmed. He lived to be 66 years old. Clancy's book Command Authority is planned for publication on Dec. 3.

Clancy helped found videogame development studio Red Storm Entertainment in 1996, and it went on to develop many franchises based on Clancy's work. Ubisoft later bought the company and makes games under Clancy's name, most recently Splinter Cell: Blacklist. The next upcoming game is Tom Clancy's The Division.

Ubisoft released a statement on Facebook this morning:

"We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy's passing and our condolences go out to his family. Tom Clancy was an extraordinary author with a gift for creating detailed, engrossing fictional stories that captivated audiences around the world.

The teams at Ubisoft, especially the Red Storm studio, are incredibly grateful to have collaborated with and learned from him, and we are humbled by the opportunity to carry on part of his legacy through our properties that bear his name."

Much of Tom Clancy's work takes place in the Cold War, and he was well known for his insider knowledge on military intelligence and operations. His understanding of the military and espionage raises the bar for all writers.

Source: New York Times

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You've done well for military literature and video games, and we'll forever remember you for it. Godspeed, sir.

*salute*

He's dead?

I've only read The Hunt for Red October but it was pretty good.

I guess that ends the Clancyverse.

He's just off doing a little...

*puts on sunglasses*

...Ghost Recon.

This guy was my favorite author. He's the reason I really got into reading, and why I read as many books as I do. Rest in Peace, Mr. Clancy.

RIP. you will be missed. enjoyed your books.

Ed130:
He's dead?

I've only read The Hunt for Red October but it was pretty good.

I guess that ends the Clancyverse.

From what I understand, his death is unlikely to end the publishing of new books by "Tom Clancy".

BloodSquirrel:

Ed130:
He's dead?

I've only read The Hunt for Red October but it was pretty good.

I guess that ends the Clancyverse.

From what I understand, his death is unlikely to end the publishing of new books by "Tom Clancy".

That's exactly what I feared.

Was it his idea?

Captcha: danish robot dancers

Looks like all his work will be in clear and present danger of been re-issued by the money hungry estate of Clancy!

I loved his work, not so much the books, but the films and games based on his books.

BloodSquirrel:

Ed130:
He's dead?

I've only read The Hunt for Red October but it was pretty good.

I guess that ends the Clancyverse.

From what I understand, his death is unlikely to end the publishing of new books by "Tom Clancy".

The novel series like "Tom Clancy's Special Soldiers: The Panty Raid by Generic McGenericson" will probably carry on, I think its obvious I don't think much of them. Sad to see Tom Clancy himself has gone, he wrote some really good novels and some of the Jack Ryan stories are among my favourite ever books.

Such a sad passing. I only hope that he finally did get to see Montana.

Baltimore? That's the town he nuked in The Sum of All Fears. I guess the city got its revenge now.

Never read anything by him, but some of the games and movies influenced by him are among my favorites.

My condolences to his family

One of my favourite authors, especially his earlier cold war era books (Red Storm Rising is among my top 10 books). The newer series with Jack jr. were alright but not quite as good as the early years.

I really never got into the 'based on Tom Clancy's' pulp books that were being churned out since they weren't actually written by Tom.

I remember reading all of 'Executive Orders'. Loved it. The Hunt For Red October is one of my favorite movie adaptations. I'll miss his writing.

RIP Mr Clancy. I really enjoyed your novels The Hunt for Red October and Rainbow Six.

Ed130:

BloodSquirrel:

Ed130:
He's dead?

I've only read The Hunt for Red October but it was pretty good.

I guess that ends the Clancyverse.

From what I understand, his death is unlikely to end the publishing of new books by "Tom Clancy".

That's exactly what I feared.

Was it his idea?

I really like his books and I frankly felt cheated when I found out that many of the later books were actually ghost written.

I believe the world has lost a great man today, I never read any of his books which I will have to correct in a way to honour him but my first experience of his work was when I played a burnt copy of Rogue Spear when I was just a young boy, I played it online with other people and had a ball of a time. It remains to this day one of my favourite games, R.I.P. Tom, you beautiful man you!

Nielas:

Ed130:

BloodSquirrel:

From what I understand, his death is unlikely to end the publishing of new books by "Tom Clancy".

That's exactly what I feared.

Was it his idea?

I really like his books and I frankly felt cheated when I found out that many of the later books were actually ghost written.

The later books and games with the Clancy label really lost a lot of the moral ambiguity in the stories, making them more and more YAY PATRIOTISM. It got really, really weird with RS:Vegas. Why is Ding white with a German accent? Is that how you INFILTRATE COLUMBIA?

You can say a lot about where the works with his name went when people went up in arms about how they thought the new Rainbow Six game would be about American soldiers killing Americans.

To all of you who have never read a Tom Clancy book, or have only read one or two, I highly recommend Without Remorse. It's a prequel that follows John Clark, the character played by Willem Dafoe in Clear and Present Danger.

I went through a Tom Clancy kick when I was in high school, and read several of his books. I really enjoyed them, and I'm sorry to see him go.

Meh, at least we won't be getting any more shitty Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell games with his name slapped in the box.

Scratch that, we'll still get those shitty games, but without his name slapped in the box.

I'm not sure how involved Mr Clancy was with the development of the Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell games over the years. But if he was the inspiration behind these titles, then they will always have a special place in my gaming heart.

Rest in peace, Mr Clancy.

I only read Rainbow Six. Great book, so thanks for that. RIP.

DVS BSTrD:
He's just off doing a little...

*puts on sunglasses*

...Ghost Recon.

Wow, you must be popular at funerals.

Well... thanks for spoiling the ending, Tom.

You'll be hard pressed to meet someone who hadn't seen/read any of his works (or adaptations of his works). Wow, the world of literature lost a great author today.

RIP, Tom Clancy.

I enjoyed the games and movies he was most likely tangentially involved in and read 2 of his books that he may or may not have written and found them alright enough if a little over detailed on the descriptions of doorhandles of submarines.

World is moving on I guess...

I never read any of his novels, but Ghost Recon (despite me sucking at it) and Splinter Cell are among some of my favorite games. Sure, the plots aren't exactly Shakespearean, but he's a pretty good writer by all accounts and I've always had a damn good time with them.

He will be missed.

given reading a Tom Clancy on holiday is practically a modern cliché i hope he went at least moderately happy with the mark he made on the world.

Special Edition Splinter Cell box in T-5, 4, 3,...

Sucks to die so early though, 66 isn't that old. Was it a heart attack?

Not a fan of T.C.'s political views being sandwiched into every book he wrote, but I really enjoyed his narrative technique. He was really good at creating tension by drip feeding details of the anatagonists' plot.

RipVanTinkle:
I'm not sure how involved Mr Clancy was with the development of the Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell games over the years. But if he was the inspiration behind these titles, then they will always have a special place in my gaming heart.

Rest in peace, Mr Clancy.

It's been said that during the beginning everything passed directly through to him, and he had to sign off if it was to be in the game.

the only thing that he granted Ubisoft was in Splinter Cell 1, where Sam has a pair of goggles that does night/thermal/electricity vision.

Tom thought it was stupid, and said that technology wouldn't work as a pair of goggles. He originally wanted four different goggles for Sam. Thankfully Ubisoft was able to talk him into allowing it for the sake of gameplay.

Now this does make me sad, because I had the original Rainbow Six on the N64 once upon a time. It's since long gone missing. But if I did have it, I would be playing a game that a good author help create, that actually got me to retroactively read his books, something no other author has been able to do.

I only ever read Rainbow Six because it was the only one to ever grab me right away, I found the rest of his books kind of boring. My dad loves his books though and has read pretty much all of them multiple times. He does have at least one last book coming out in December. I played quite a few of the games based on his work though.

SupahGamuh:
Meh, at least we won't be getting any more shitty Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell games with his name slapped in the box.

Scratch that, we'll still get those shitty games, but without his name slapped in the box.

Nope, his name will still be on the box. He worked out a licensing deal with Ubisoft to use his name pretty much without consulting him first.

Oh...well, goodbye.

o7, You will be missed.

mysecondlife:
I only read Rainbow Six. Great book, so thanks for that. RIP.

DVS BSTrD:
He's just off doing a little...

*puts on sunglasses*

...Ghost Recon.

Wow, you must be popular at funerals.

Probably, humor is a wonderful way to deal with negative emotions. When my mom shot herself most, not all, of my (and my friends) grieving was expressed through humor (often dark). If I am feeling bad why would I want to wallow in the feeling, why would I avoid looking for humor in life?

@ DVS BSTrD, That was pretty good. :{D

just 66 years old? fuck, that's early for dying of old age, my grandfather is older than that and he's still skipping about.

Sad to see him go, I enjoyed the games he helped create and I know a classmate who owns every book he ever published.

The man who brought us Rainbow 6, before it turned to crap, has passed. Best tactical FPS ever... ok Rogue Spear was best, but still... *silent moment*

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