Sadly, news has broken that Australian fantasy author Sara Douglass passed away earlier today. She had been battling ovarian cancer for some time, as I reported last year.
Douglass is best-known for her fantasy world of Tencendor, the setting for The Axis Trilogy, The Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy, The Darkglass Mountain Trilogy and the single novels Beyond the Hanging Wall and Threshold. She also wrote the historical fantasy series The Crucible and The Troy Game. She twice won the Aurelius Award for Best Fantasy Novel.
Condolences to her friends and family. Here is a thoughtful post that Ms. Douglass wrote a year and a half ago on the subject of facing mortality.