In Memoriam: Mary Rosenblum

Mary Rosenblum (1952–2018)

We were saddened and shocked to learn that Mary Rosenblum died in a plane crash in March. She was piloting a single engine Piper Super Cub, with no one else on board. Mary’s first fiction sale was to Asimov’s—“For a Price” (June 1990). Before taking up writing she had already made a living breaking horses, doing endocrine research, raising goats, and running a cheese factory. Later she would do primate research, serve on the Oregon state aviation board, publish nine science fiction and mystery novels, and teach writing at the Long Ridge Writers’ Group (now the Institute for Writers). At one time she told me that she would have to take a break from attending SF conventions because she had started a large-animal babysitting firm. She wanted to give farmers the opportunity to take weekends off while she tended horses, cows, pigs, and other livestock. She seemed to have no fear, and yet she was incredibly kind and compassionate.

Over the years, Mary sold us thirty-five stories. Among my favorites were early “Dryland” stories like “Water Bringer” (March 1991) and “The Bee Man” (September 1991). Another was her novella, “Gas Fish” (February 1996), which won our Readers’ Award and was a finalist for the Hugo. Mary’s last story for Asimov’s, “Lion Walk,” appeared in our January 2009 issue. She always promised there’d be more, but she was clearly developing passions for other ventures. Her last holiday card pictured a small plane landing in the mountains. We will miss her deeply, but are glad that her brave endeavors gave her so much happiness.