It seems to me that many have not yet heard that over the weekend we lost author and D&D inspiration Jack Vance. From http://www.jackvance.com/:
"Jack Vance passed away at home on the evening of Sunday May 26, 2013, ending a long, rich and productive life. Recognized most widely as an author, family and friends also knew a generous, large-hearted, rugged, congenial, hard-working, optimistic and unpretentious individual whose curiosity, sense of wonder and sheer love of life were an inspiration in themselves. Author, friend, father and grandfather – there will never be another like Jack Vance."
It seems a bit of a shame that we have lost to of the great influences on old school gaming at once. Harryhausen and not Vance. You can write a memorial to Vance here.