But whether that happens in the near future, the far future, or not at all, one thing is certain. We shall not see his like again. While he's had many imitators over the years, none have matched the power of his writings, the lyricism of his poetry, or the (sometimes) bleakness of his world view. He helped define a genre, something few men or women can boast. As long as there are people who love a good adventure with depth as well as action, he will endure.
So raise a glass with me and toast the birth of Robert E. Howard.