Robert Jordan, author of the insanely popular (and Loud Librarian favorite) fantasy series The Wheel of Time, has died.
He was 58.
The final volume in the 12-book series remains unfinished, but friends and family have the plot as dictated to them by Jordan prior to his death.
This was the first fantasy series I ever read (beginning in college), and is the same series I am endeavoring to reread before the 12th volume is released. Now, it will be a somber occasion, but Jordan has left an indelible mark on fantasy literature, and will be missed.