I am not a personal acquaintance but an avid fan. I had gone to the web to get an address as I wanted to write her and tell her how extraordinarily relevant her books were to current events on sooo many levels, as I had been yet again rereading the whole series as a way of reminding myself that there were/are still bright, funny, insightful, passionate people in the universe. I was horrified to discover the loss of her and her family. What an enormous light went out when they were lost. I cannot begin to imagine the enormity of that to friends and family.