He's another one I'll really miss. I certainly found some of his later work to be hit or miss, but his early and mid career writing was some of the very best in the genre and stuff that I loved reading. I guess I'll get out "The Sentinel" and watch 2001 tonight.
Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit. -- Erasmus
All others things being equal, the simplest solution is usually stupidity. -- Darwin Minor
Wow. This just turned into a very sad night. Reading 2001 and Rendezvous with Rama as a kid helped shape me into the sci-fi nerd that I am now. They jumpstarted my kick into reading sci-fi, and alongside the Star Wars movies and Lord of the Rings helped pushed me into sci-fi and fantasy works as a whole. Truly a brilliant man, a great author, and a gifted visionary. I had hoped to meet him someday and will regret not ever being able to do so in some way.
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Michigan against the SEC: 20-5-1 (7-3 in bowl games)
The Face of Battle is one of the most riveting (and sobering) works of history I've ever read. NYT obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/03/books/sir-john-keegan-historian-who-put-a-face-on-war-dies-at-78.html?pagewanted=all