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If, like me, you’ve spent the past seventeen years reading and re-reading the spectacular Wheel of Time series as it was published, I’m certain that you’ll agree that there’s little humor to be had today. It seems that one of the greatest epics in fantasy literature will remain unfinished, and the author who penned it, a man who was a pioneer in using the Internet to maintain strong links to his fans, is dead.
According to his own official blog, bestselling fantasy author James Oliver Rigney, Jr., who was best know by his pen name, Robert Jordan, died yesterday at his home in Charleston, South Carolina of cardiac amyloidosis after a prolonged battle with cancer. He will be remember for his contributions to the world of epic fantasy, including his (now unfinished) Wheel of Time series and Conan novels, as well as the historical novels he wrote under the pen name Reagan O’Neill.