Jack Vance(John Holbrook) passed away Sunday at the age of 96. He died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Oakland, California. Jack was a brilliant author whose most recognized works were The Dying Earth series and the Lyonesse trilogy. He was also one of the major influences for Gary Gygax when designing Dungeons & Dragons (he's the reason the magic system is referred to as "Vancian Magic").
It is sad knowing that Jack is no longer with us. However, like any great author, he will continue to live on in the pages of his work.