Jim Baen, one of the giants in the Science Fiction industry, passed away last night. In a fit of foresight, he asked David Drake to write the obituary, and David obliged. I never got to meet Jim, but I hope to meet him in the next life. "R.I.P." (Rest In Peace) doesn't fit my wishes for Jim. I hope his passing into the next world presents him with adventure, challenge, and the opportunity to watch what he created continue to grow and flourish. Okay, maybe I'll wish him some Peace, but he'd better not just be lying around Resting In It. I can't add much to the great things that have been said about Jim Baen, so instead I'll offer up some brief humor in tribute by misquoting DeForest Kelley: "He's Jim, dead."