The writer Harlan Ellison is gone:
“My work is foursquare for chaos. I spend my life personally, and my work professionally, keeping the soup boiling. Gadfly is what they call you when you are no longer dangerous; I much prefer troublemaker, malcontent, desperado. I see myself as a combination of Zorro and Jiminy Cricket. My stories go out from here and raise hell.”
I would say he almost single-handedly turned the world of Sci-Fi on it’s head and saved it from its tropes and clichés, and put the human condition at the center of his stories.
Ellison was many things, many of them flawed, but he knew himself and his craft better than most people alive. He will be missed.