The well-known and beloved writer Ion Hobana died in Bucharest Tuesday evening, according to ziare.ro. He was 80 years old. A science fiction writer, journalist, editor and secretary of the Romanian Writers’ Guild, he was also known for the educative programmes hosted on the national television. Over the last years, he had led the Children and Youth Literature Department of the Writers’ Guild in Bucharest. In late 2009, while working on a new book, he was diagnosed with a very serious illness. Doctors gave him 6 to 9 months to live. He bravely fought the disease, long enough to get his book – “One hundred and one thousand years from now” – ready for printing. He lived to see what came to be his last book published and to send a few autographed copies to his close friends. In the wake of celebrating his 80th birthday on January 25, his condition worsened abruptly. He died at Bucharest’s Coltea Hospital, on Tuesday evening.