SFWA Grand Master Philip Jose Farmer has passed away at the age of 91. An author of over 60 novels and more than 100 shorter works, majority of which are still influential in the science fiction field.
His works included "The Lovers", published in 1952, and was the first time strong sexual themes had been used in a science fiction story. He was also the author of the World of Tier series of books and the Riverworld series.
He was also the developer of The Wold Newton Universe, the concept which tied many literary characters (Tarzan, Doc Savage, Sherlock Holmes, Fu Manchu, etc) together. Hotspur O'Toole and myself have been using this concept in the current Steelhead Adventures.
His works are too numerous to pick just one book or story to start with. But, you can bet that, no matter which book you pick up that he's written, you won't be disappointed.