Thanks Chet and another mysterious SMS-er for a newsflash that American master of Science Fiction, Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday of brain injuries following a fall at his house in Manhattan. He left a substantial body of work written over more than half a century which includes his novels Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle.
Here are links to obituaries in the Guardian and the Herald Tribune, while Nicholas Lezard pays tribute on the Guardian blog.
I think that you guys will probably know Vonnegut's work better than I do (I'm ashamed to say I haven't read him at all yet, but have long intended to.) It would be interesting to hear what you think of his writing.
(Pic from the Guardian.)