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Richard Hatch, RIP - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
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Richard Hatch, RIP
I first met Richard Hatch when I worked for Byron Preiss in the mid-to-late 1990s. Byron had licensed the rights to do original novels based on the 1970s show Battlestar Galactica, and he brought Richard on board to co-write the books, initially with Christopher Golden, and subsequently with Stan Timmons, Alan Rodgers, and Brad Linaweaver. While the BSG books were not my project, I did some work on them here and there to help out, and also talked to Richard a bunch of times.

Later on, after we were both well away from working for Byron (but before he died), we would meet at conventions where we both were guests (Dragon Con, San Diego Comic-Con, others) and commiserate over what a pain in the ass he was. Those conversations tapered off after Byron died, though Richard still remembered me from those days, and we talked about bunches of different projects whenever our paths would cross. I remember him saying how much he enjoyed playing Tom Zarek on the rebooted BSG, and he and I also wound up having several conversations about the Klingon character he was to play in the Axanar fan film, long before that whole project went to shit.

His death at the too-fucking-young age of 71 of pancreatic cancer is a great loss to the acting world, especially since he was that particularly nifty example of the breed, an actor who always thought deeply about what made the characters he played tick.

*raises a glass*

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