"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again."
James Oliver Rigney, Jr, known by the pen name "Robert Jordan" died on Sunday.
While Wheel of Time was not my first foray into science-fiction/fantasy, it was, without a doubt, the most influential. The way I write, the way I think about fantasy, the way I feel about how magic should work, and the way I visualize magic in my head is all grounded and/or heavily influenced by Jordan's writing. And, while I have not yet read all of the books, I fully intended to, much as I might have said otherwise.
The Light shine on you, Robert Jordan,and may you shelter in the palm of the Creators Hand. The last embrace of the mother welcome you home.