This is something of an ‘open letter’ to the Elite Dangerous community at large, and huge thank you to all concerned.
As you’re all aware, Michael Holyland died on the 22nd of May 2019 at the age of 15. Along with World of Tanks, Elite Dangerous was one of his favourite games. His plight came to the attention of the Elite Dangerous community via his uncle, Mat Westhorpe.
In response to a tweet from Mat, the Elite Dangerous community, alongside Frontier Developments themselves, pitched in in every way that could be imagined, trying to make Michael’s last days as full of happy memories as could be managed.
You can read about Michael, his family and his story from the following links:
One of the many things given to Mat was an personalised audio-book, set in the world of Elite Dangerous. It was created in just a few short days from beginning to end by the efforts of Frontier, voice actors and the community. Michael was able to hear it before the end.
It wasn’t intended to be made public, but one of Michael’s last wishes was that he wanted it to be shared with the community that had done so much for him.
We have taken the additional steps of formatting the story into ebook versions as well as audio, so it can be enjoyed in multiple ways.
All the versions are freely available at no charge. Instead, we are suggesting that donations to Cancer Research UK are an appropriate way to honour and remember CMDR Michael Holyland.
You can find all the download links for the book, and a directions to the Cancer Research by following the link below.
Thank you Elite Dangerous Community, you’ve shown yourself to be truly ‘Elite’.
Right on, Commanders and o7.
Huge thanks to Mat Westhorpe, Zac Antonaci, Paige Harvey, Sally Morgan-Moore, Joe Hogan, David Braben, Amelia Tyler, Jay Britton, Richard Reed, Dan Grubb, Antony Taylor, Anthony Hunt, James Ludlow, Jordan (CMDR Cryptic Echo), Jamie McKinnon (CMDR Orange Phoenix) and the SPVFA, and the extended Elite Dangerous Community.