Rest in Peace, Kurt Vonnegut
I'm surprised this hasn't come up on any of the fantasy and science fiction forums I visit, but the NY Times has reported that Kurt Vonnegut died last night at age 84. I can't say I've read a lot of his books--his work seems to be the type I need to read well spaced out, otherwise it all blurs together--but I always respected him as an author.
Here's a link to the NY Times article. It's possible you may need to have a free membership to read it--I'm not sure.