Jack Vance has died. One of the most under-rated, under-appreciated authors of our age, his influence in SF&F is deep and wide. He was one of those authors whom you can recognize from a single paragraph (it didn't hurt that said paragraph often contained a word you didn't know). My own book, The Kassa Gambit, was my tribute to the space-faring world-spanning political adventure he invented and perfected.
We all knew some time ago that Lurulu was his last book, but the thought of all those wonderful words now gone forever still makes me sad.
Jack Vance dies at 96