I read recently that Kage Baker died of cancer this year, aged 58. She's best known for a magnficent time travel saga which describes the self-domestication of Homo Sapiens over a period of several milennia through the eyes of the immortal servants of a time-travelling organisation called The Company.
The Company novels were one of several inspirations for Time Gradient, and undoubtedly the best written. Her other books are more overtly humorous; and also well worth a read.
So... goodbye, Kage, and thank you. I'll shed a selfish tear because you won't be writing any more books for me.