1916 - 2013
BELIEVED MAN SHOULD ENDURE, NOT MERELY SURVIVE
He basically created the "Dying Earth" genre. His stories were rich with ideas and propositions. He was legally blind since the 1980's but kept writing with a special computer.
The left didn't like him for the same reasons they hated Heinlein. Too masculine for them and appreciative of the virtues of the individual rather than the collective. He had more brains in his little finger than 99% of the authors you see dominating the New York Time list each year. His writing was brilliant because he was overflowing with deep meditations on human existence.
He hailed from an era that thought the group existed to preserve the individual, not the other way around. His protagonists were two-fisted apocalyptic survivalists who never surrendered. His hero was the man who represented the best values of his civilization without ever being subsumed by it.