I’ve just learnt some shocking news: Robert Jordan, the author of the Wheel of Time series of fantasy novels, has passed away. (more details here)
Although occasionally clumsily written, and though they’ve taken far too long to come out, they stand as one of my favourite series and an exercise in worldbuilding and storytelling that few have matched.
What makes it worse is that the last book of the series – A Memory of Light – has yet to come out. It seems likely that his wife will complete the book, but it’s still a great blow.