The New York Times reports that Kurt Vonnegut died tonight at age 84.
I had no idea until I read that obituary that Vonnegut was the author of the sf story "Report on the Barnhouse Effect," which had a huge impact on me as a kid; I still remember it pretty clearly, even most of its penultimate sentence, about 30 years after last encountering it. But I hadn't remembered who the author was. I certainly never knew it was Vonnegut's first published story.
I liked a fair tad bit of his other work, too, of course.
Anyway. I'm sorry to see him go.
I suspect that there will be two things in common among the majority of the articles and blog postings about Vonnegut's death: