I was extremely fond of John's writing, and adored his work in the Liavek anthologies (and yes, he partially contributed to the creation of that shared world), but he wrote so many other brilliant pieces of fiction and non-fiction that... well, I could go on and on about him and his writing.
I think that coffeeem said it all really, in her journal entry yesterday, and so I will not add more. All I will add is that if you get a chance, pick up some of John M. Ford's writing and read it. You won't be disappointed.
So, I raise a slightly belated virtual toast in memory John M. Ford.
John M. Ford (1957-2006)