One of my favorite fantasy authors passed away this last weekend. He died of a rare blood disease. This is a sad ending for a man who was a great storyteller as his flagship series The Wheel of Time will now not be completed .... at least not by him. I have been following this series since the publication of the first book in 1990 and it was to be concluded with the twelth book, scheduled to be published in 2009. From my understanding, on his death bed he explained many of the plot lines to his family, but even if a ghost writer is brought in to complete the series it will not be the same. Sad for everyone.