Date of birth: January 19 1942
Date of death: July 20 2015
Adrienne Martine-Barnes was born to David Alexander Martinez and Margaret Amedea (Obegi) Martinez in Los Angeles, California, on January 19, 1942. She grew up in the Los Angeles area, later living in New York City, Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon. She died in Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland on July 20, 2015. She was first married to Ronald Hicks, with whom she had a son, Geoffrey (wife Audrey), and one grandson, Henry Hicks, of Bloomington, Indiana, who survive. She later married Larry Barnes, who disappeared while camping in the California mountains and is presumed to have predeceased her.
Adrienne attended the University of Redlands for a year and UCLA for another but never completed her degree. She loved medieval times and the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. During her lifetime, she published a dozen novels and nine short stories, including the four-book Chronique D’Avebury, The Dragon Rises, and the non-genre novel, Never Speak of Love. In addition to those books authored independently, she wrote three books for the Darkover series with Marion Zimmer Bradley. She also collaborated with Diana L. Paxson on a trilogy about the Irish hero Fionn MacCumhal. She was a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and was active in SF fandom, known especially for some of her costume work in convention masquerades. She was also very active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, devoted to researching and recreating aspects of medieval life in Europe, during its early years. Among her roles there was serving as first queen of the East Kingdom. She had considerable expertise in the life and times of Eleanor of Aquitaine and was well know for her knowledge of medieval cooking and costume.
Adrienne was loved for her wit, intellect, and creativity. She was a wry conversationalist to the end of her days, telling one loved-one that she wanted to “fly away from old age on a magic carpet.” She was unabashedly magical!
In accordance with her request to be near family, Adrienne was buried in Kingman, Indiana. There will be a memorial gathering in her honor at Greyhaven in Berkeley, California, on August 16.
23 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Audrey
Candle lit by Marga sad time for you, Geoffrey, but i believe that your mother has gone to a better place.
Candle lit by Mary Porter Vaughan Ah, Adienne, the tales I could tell... Peace.
Candle lit by Naomi Fisher Adrienne was a woman of great wit and charm, and an immensely gifted writer. Her trilogy of EXILE'S SONG, THE SHADOW MATRIX, and TRAITOR'S SUN, set on Marion Zimmer Bradley's fictional planet of Darkover, were the finest written about that world in decades, and brought new life and fully-realized, sympathetic characters into the series. It was a real pleasure to work with Adrienne when she attended DeepSouthCon 40, in Huntsville, Alabama, and I was very sorry to hear of her passing from her fellow author and long-time friend, Gregory Benford. The world is poorer, and far more boring, for her absence.
Candle lit by GREGORY BENFORD She was a fine lady, an expert writer, good friend through decades.
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by The Harrigan Family The was a good friend and a Lovely Lady. She will be missed.
Candle lit by Kathy Sanders Love you and miss you Auntie Adrienne
Candle lit by Ben. Camacho She was a wonderful person, she will be missed.
Candle lit by Leslie Johnston I have so many memories of Adrienne: time spent together at our homes and at conventions, creative collaborations, her looking out after me after my mother passed away. I had lost touch with her in recent times, but I never stopped thinking of her.
Candle lit by Carole Parker A fun lady. Without her, I would not have been as likely to find out the Shibori dyeing technique that I now attempt.
Candle lit by Karen Schnaubelt She was a friend in science fiction fandom, and mentored me in costuming. She helped me found Costume-Con, which just passed its 33rd year. We fell out of touch over the years, but I never forgot her.
Candle lit by Carol Salemi I met this multi talented lady thru the costuming community. We have lost another wonderful person...she will be missed
Candle lit by Pamela K. Kinney and Bill Truesdale You are at peace in the Afterife and with fellow fandom who have passed on.
Candle lit by Raymond J. Hindle We are lessened, by her passing, but elevated by her presence in our lives.
Candle lit by Susan Haseltine A presence and an inspiration.
Candle lit by Sue Lyssa Stone Shaffer You are free and you are missed.
Candle lit by Sally C. Fink Dearest Auntie Adrienne, you were my writing mentor, a constant inspiration and one of the most unique ladies I ever had the privilege of knowing. May you fly to the shores of your dreams on that magic carpet.
Candle lit by Kathy, Jim, Craig and Lynn Weeks Mother, artist, author, seamstress, historian, listener and "good cooker" (as our daughter used to say)...we will remember you, Adrienne - our next-door-neighbor and friend - as all these and more. Many good soups and stews you shared with us! We will miss your sharp wit and candid take on life, your generous spirit and ability to keep all riveted with your amazing stories. Rest (dance!) in peace with the Goddesses, knowing how many lives you touched in unexpected ways.
Candle lit by gilly she is my favorite author
Candle lit by Gilly's Adrienne, you don't know how much you meant to us We both look up to you every day and I don't go a day without thinking about you. Adrienne I will always remember you as my dear friend. I love you to the moon and back. I miss the morning talks we had and the night time phone calls. Right now we are thinking of you and are having a really hard time with it. I can't believe you are not with me here today. Adrienne you mean the world to the Gilly's and I just love you so much.
Candle lit by Judy Blish Adrienne introduced me to fandom in 1963 and persuaded me to atend my first Con. which changed my life. I have many treasured memories of those days, her cat (the Ferret Goofmother) and the costumes and her Pocket Dragon... I miss her.
Candle lit by Cheryl Farmer Adrienne was a great friend, influence, and fairy godmother to me. I’ll never forget her humor and her “Adrienneisms”. May she Rest In Peace.