DUNCAN, David John
June 30, 1933 - October 29, 2018
Noted Science Fiction and Fantasy writer Dave Duncan, died peacefully on October 29, 2018 in Victoria, BC. surrounded by his family. He will be sadly missed by his wife Janet, his son Nick Duncan(Jay), his daughters Jennifer Press (Richard) and Judy Duncan (Don McIntosh), his brother Michael Duncan, and his grandchildren Kevin, Jessica, Brendan and Sam.
Born in Newport-on-Tay, Scotland on June 30, 1933, Dave left the old country in 1957, after graduating from the University of St. Andrews. He settled in Calgary, Alberta where he worked as a petroleum geologist for 30 years. He was innovative in his approach to the oil business and, in addition to being a working geologist, founded a data company specializing in timely retrieval and dissemination of well information.
Dave was a master storyteller who sometimes liked to say that when he didn’t like the real world he could invent his own. And what brilliant, intricate worlds he created. When the oil patch took a downturn in the eighties, Dave submitted a manuscript to Del Rey in New York. To his delight it was accepted and the confidence he gained from that allowed him, at age 53, to switch careers completely and turn to writing full time. That novel, “A Rose Red City”, was the first of over sixty books mostly in the fantasy genre but also science fiction, young adult and historical, making him one of the country’s most prolific and much-loved authors. He was both an honorary and founding member of Science Fiction Canada, was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2015, and twice won an Aurora Award for best novel.
Dave always balanced science with the arts. It was while acting with an amateur theatre group in Calgary, he met Janet and soon began a long, loving marriage that lasted for 59 years. Theirs was a marriage of mutual respect, love and much humour. Janet was his biggest supporter, a respected influence and in-house editor. Family was very important to Dave and over the years he ensured there were many gatherings, special occasions and vacations that brought his brother, children and grandchildren all together.
Those who knew Dave soon recognized they were with a man of quick wit, a creative, brilliant
mind that drummed a little differently than anyone else’s. Prior to writing, he
successfully explored painting, photography, computer programming, genealogy and
many other passions that came and went. But writing was the passion that stayed and
was his true calling.
Never one to leave loose ends, fans will be pleased to know Dave Duncan finished his last book days before his death.