I just got word that Robert Asprin passed away yesterday. The full text of the article on the SFWA website can be found here. Asprin was a great writer, and I count his comedic works (especially the Phule's Company series) among my strongest influences. I loved the Myth Adventures series with Aahz and Skeeve, and Phil Foglio recently sent me the graphic novel he and Asprin collaborated on. I'm especially saddened because his writing career had lapsed for years, and it's only recently that he was rebounding from that long, rough patch. Goodbye, Robert. We'll surely miss you.