I just learned a few minutes ago that one of my favorite writers, Octavia Butler, died Friday from a fall at her home. She was one of the best. I don't know what to say other than the world of fiction has been robbed of some classic books.
I remember that Orson Scott Card in his book on how to write science fiction and fantasy said that the opening paragraph to Octavia's book Wildseed was one of the best opening paragraphs of a novel he had ever read. At least there are a few books of hers I have yet to still read. That is now my only option, I reckon.
Here's more on what happened from USA Today.