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Mac Tonnies has died

Posted in Personal by Will on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 ~ 1am

I am stunned – I felt a literal shock wave flit through me as I saw your post.[*] Thank you for telling us. I’ve been reading Posthuman Blues for a long time, and always enjoyed Mac’s selection of photos that he used to illustrate his blog — including fashion photos, or old scifi book covers, etc. I always knew that he’d have a good picture or an insightful comment on his blog, and often both. I’d just referred someone to him who was looking for interesting futurists. I did not know him personally. But from his more candid writings that he did from time to time, I knew that he was lonely. I don’t mean that to imply he passed away voluntarily, but only to honor him not only for his talent, but also for where he felt himself as coming up short (in the relationship department). He’ll be back — somewhere — for his journey was probably incomplete. He deserved more. Only 34! He always looked a bit frail, but that could mean anything from heart problems to greater susceptibility to a flu or pneumonia I suppose. The only good part of this is that I know he probably stayed aware after he died, and appreciated more of the mystery that he dealt with in his incarnated life. I can’t help but think he probably got a smile out of his post-life observations.

[*] I originally wrote this as a reply to a thread on another site.

And just as I finished reading the 84 comments on his last blog entry, and shut off my stereo, I thought I heard the first few notes of Vangelis’ “Bladerunner Blues”. It made me cry. (It seemed like maybe his way of signaling all his mourners that he was out there. Although I hadn’t noticed it until today — the next day — the line “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe . . .” appears in the footer of each page of his blog. I just knew he liked the film because he mentioned it a lot).

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