Michael Crichton died. Age 66. Cancer.
(Author. Jurassic Park.)
Liked his stuff! He put the Sci back in Sci-Fi. Probably my favorite of his was The Great Train Robbery. I'm not attached to him like I was to Fred Saberhagen, but his was a one of a kind talent.
Anyhow, turns out he was a funny dude. You should check out this little thing I read about him. Should make you laugh.