Science fiction author Jay Lake passed away this morning. He was 49 years old and had been - very publicly through blogging and a documentary film - fighting colon cancer for six years.
Lake was the author of nine novels and three hundred short stories. John Scalzi has penned a memorial to him which can be read here. Unfortunately, I have not read any of his work - something I will have to remedy - but I've always heard of him spoken as a good guy with a tremendous work ethic (barely slowing down after being diagnosed) and someone who faced his enormous struggle with good humour. Condolences to his friends and family.