Yesterday evening members of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild (CSfG) gathered at the Wig and Pen to bid a fond farewell to Jimmy Goodrum who passed away before his time. We raised a glass and remembered him.
His lovely lady was there to join us. She brought with her one of his pieces that was read out. It detailed Jimmy’s view of why he was proud to be a ‘geek’. The piece was thoughtful and funny. He outlined how he had come to speculative fiction at the tender age of eleven when he read Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ – how it had lead him to further readings in science, the environment, culture and beliefs. He talked of his love of Douglas Adams’ ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ series and the places that took him – cosmology, space travel and related science.
All of us there nodded throughout the reading because he touched on the reasons we all love what we do whether we are published authors or just apprentices. And we were touched by him one last time.
He detailed how speculative fiction takes us away from the drabness of reality and takes us to a colourful place full of wonder and possibilities.
To paraphrase the title of Adams’ fourth book in the series: ‘So long, and thanks for the stories.’