Was of course saddened by Kurt Vonnegut's passing, although he had a good innings. Liked the man and what he represented, although never a great fan of the books in all honesty: too much flippancy and disregard for reality (and I say that as a lover of SF and fantasy...). Have a blog entry going up at the Guardian next week to that effect, together with a rather amusing anecdote about my first encounter with him. The Guardian guys expect much controversy and vitriol when it appears. Well, so it goes... But shocked today to hear of the death of Jill McGown. A lovely lady, and remarkable author of solidly reliable crime books. She didn't enjoy the same span as Vonnegut. Alas.... Time goes on.