I was very sad to learn that Erik Ray died on May 14, after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle. He was more of a friend-of-a-friend than a direct friend, but I certainly enjoyed the time I spent with him when we were both living in the Boston area.

For those of you who come here for video-game-related reasons, he worked on the excellent System Shock in a variety of roles, including doing some of the level design. He also wrote a pleasant introduction to XML.

But the main reason why I miss him is Lambda Expressway. It’s a fabulous quirky audio novella, mixing a sort of adventure story with mentions of the virtues of building your own backhoe, a character with a theme song immortalizing the virtues of buns, and, well, just go listen. (I do every year or so.)

I think I have another tape or two of his around somewhere; I really need to go and get them digitized. I hope they haven’t fallen apart…

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