Tom Clancy, 1947-2013
I haven’t read Clancy in years, and never felt the hunger to find and consume all of his work, a la Zelasny and Vance. I merely read Red Storm and the Jack Ryan novels.
Clancy wasn’t a great writer, because he wasn’t a great wordsmith. He was “only” a very good one. But man, could he tell a story. He was a great, great, great storyteller. How great? Every single Hollywood adaptation of his novels has been worth seeing…yes, even the Ben Affleck one. This puts Clancy’s storytelling instincts beyond Hitchcock, Spielberg, and even Uncle Walt. There is Clancy and there is Pixar. That is all.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Clancy.