"Fantasy author David Eddings has sadly passed away, aged 77, last night. Best-selling and popular are often epithets that are applied to authors on writers' press releases, but in David's case, it was well deserved. His commercial success, says fantasy author Stephen Hunt, paved the way for a whole generation of doorstopper sized fantasy series".
I really enjoyed Mr. Eddings' work, especially his later books. His Belgarath the Sorcerer and Redemption of Athalus really gave me a feel for doing epoch-spanning backgrounds that were still accessible. He will be missed.