by Steven H Silver
Science fiction fans have always had a respect and understanding for the history of the genre. Unfortunately, science fiction has achieved such an age that each year sees our ranks diminished. The science-fictional year 2009 could have been much worse for the science fiction community in sheer numbers. While there were a few tragic surprises, the mortality rate for 2009 was no higher than would normally be expected.
[Editor's Note: Here you will find the other In Memoriam columns.]
Voice actor Edmund Purdom (b.1924) died on January 1 in Rome. Patton dubbed numerous films from Italian into English. His genre work includes Cavalieri che fecero l'impresa (The Knights of the Quest), 2019 – Dopo la caduta di New York (After the Fall of New York), and Incubo sulla citt` contaminata (Invasion of the Atomic Zombies). In 1954, he won the Sour Apple Award for Least Cooperative Actor.
Actor Steven Gilborn (b.1936) died on January 2. Gilborn appeared in an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Tick." He provided the voice for Father in "Alien: Resurrection" and was also in the films "Evolution" and "Timescape."
Actor Pat Hingle (b.1924) died on January 3 from blood cancer. Hingle may be best known for playing Commissioner Gordon in the Batman movie franchise from 1989-1997. Hingle also appeared in the film "Muppets from Space" and the mini-series version of Stephen King's "The Shining."
Fan Ewan Chrystal (n.1952) died on January 4. Chrystal served as the department head for the concourse at Interaction. Chrystal was not only active in British con-running, but was also an anime fan. He served as the treasurer for Ayacon.
Producer Ned Tannen (b.1931) died on January 5. Tannen was president at Universal for "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" and helped produced many of John Hughes's "Brat Pack" films. In 1984, Tannen moved to Paramount, where he had a hand in "Ghost." In the 1985 film "Back to the Future," the character Biff Tannen was named for him.
Actor John Scott Martin (b.1926) died on January 6. Martin "appeared" in more than seventy episodes of "Doctor Who," although usually operating Daleks. He also appeared on-screen in the film Erik the Viking, Young Sherlock Holmes, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Ray Dennis Steckler (b.1938) died on January 7. Steckler began directing films in 1962 and eventually began acting, writing, and producing a couple of years later. Some of his genre works include "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?," "Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters," and "The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio."
Bob Wilkins (b.1932) died on January 7. Wilkins was the host of Creature Features, one of many local hosts who showed science fiction films from the 50s and 60s. In 1977, Wilkins launched a children's show called Captain Cosmic, which focused on airing science fiction serials.
Actor Don Galloway (b.1937) died on January 8. Galloway appeared in episodes of genre shows "Knight Rider" and "Fantasy Island," but was best known for his work as Detective Brown in "Ironside."
Artist Harry Turner (b.1920) died on January January 12. Turner created art for fanzines and professional publications and worked as a graphic designer. In 1978, the published Triad Optical Illusions and How to Design Them.
Author Hortense Calisher (b.1911) died on January 13. Mostly a mainstream novelist, Calisher dipped into science fiction with her novel Mysteries of Motion, alternate history with Journal from Ellipsia, and horror.
Actor Patrick McGoohan (b.1928) died on January 13. McGoohan won two Emmys for his work on "Columbo," but is best known for his role as Number Six in "The Prisoner." McGoohan's most recent work was providing the voice of Billy Bones in Disney's "Treasure Planet." McGoohan also appeared in "Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend" and played Christopher Syn in "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh."
Poet and editor John Fairfax (b.1930) died on January 14. Fairfax was the co-founder of the Arvon Foundation in 1968. The Arvon Foundation promotes creative writing and in 1969 published the Fairfax-edited poetry anthology Frontier of Going.
Actor Ricardo Montalban (b.1920) died on January 14. Montalban is best know for his portrayal of Mr. Roarke on the original "Fantasy Island" and for the role of Khan in the "Space Seed" episode of "Star Trek" and again in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." In recent years, Montalban has done voice work as well as appearing in a variety of genre shows and films. Montalban also appeared in "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" and the made for television "Wonder Woman" movie.
Composer Angela Morley (b.1924 as Wally Stott) died on January 14. Morley composed music for Watership Down, "Wonder Woman." She also orchestrated ET, The Right Stuff, Hook, Superman, and the first two Star Wars films. Prior to gender reassignment surgery in 1972, Stott conducted the BBC Orchestra and worked on the Goon Show.
Author John Mortimer (b.1923) died on January 16. Moritmer is best known as the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey, but he also wrote the script for the film The Innocents, based on a ghost story by Henry James and a television adaptation of Don Quixote.
Actress Kathleen Byron (b.1921) died on January 17.Byron got her start in uncredited roles in 1938 and played an angel in "A Matter of Life and Death." In 1972, she appeared in "Twins of Evil" and in "Nothing But the Night" the following year. Byron also appeared in an episode of "Blake's 7? and the film "One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing."
Actress Susanne Foster (b.1924) died on January 18. Foster only made a handful of films, mostly between 1939 and 1945, but during that time, she played Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera" opposite Claude Raines, in a production which also included Fritz Leiber, Sr.
Bob May (b.1939) died on January 18. May got his start as an actor at age two when he appeared with Olson & Johnson on Hellzapoppin. May's grandfather was comedian Chic Johnson. May is best known for his role as the robot on Lost in Space, although he did not provide the robot's voice. May also appeared as Adolf Hitler in an episode of The Time Tunnel. In November 2008, May lost his home to the wildfires in Los Angeles.
Fan Elda Wheeler (b.1961) died on January 19. Wheeler was a UK fan who was a member of the "Kent TruFandom" group. She was also a member of the UK women's APA.
Robert Broughton (b.1917) died on January 19. Broughton was a special effects artist for Disney who worked on nearly every film from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" through "The Black Hole." Broughton created the matte compositing technique used to allow Dick van Dyke to dance with penguins in "Mary Poppins" and Hayley Mills to appear as twins in "The Parent Trap."
Cincinnati fan George F. Stanley (b.1949) died of an heart attack on January 21. Stanley was a past chair of Millennicon in Cincinnati. In addition, Stanley was a private pilot and raised horses.
Producer Charles H. Schneer (b.1920) died on January 21. Schneer produced the films "Clash of the Titans," "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad," and "Jason and the Argonauts" in addition to many more films. In total, Schneer worked with Ray Harryhausen a dozen times, beginning in 1955 with "It Came from Beneath the Sea" until 1981 with "Clash of the Titans."
Producer Kim Manners (b.1950) died on January 25 from lung cancer. Manners was one of the producers of the television series "Supernatural" and had previously produced "The X-Files." Manners also directed episodes of both series, as well as episodes of "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." His work on "The X-Files" resulted in four Emmy nominations.
John Updike (b.1932) died on January 27 from lung cancer. Updike was best known for his Rabbit novels, which earned him Pulitzer Prizes, but he also wrote The Witches of Eastwick.
Author Lino Aldani (b.1926) died on January 31. Aldani was an Italian SF author whose first work appeared in the 1960s and it was followed by a novel in 1977. He wrote several other novels, including one in collaboration with Daniela Piegai. In 1963, he co-founded the Italian SF magazine Futuro, with Massimo Lo Jacono.
Fan artist Randy Bathurst died in late January. Bathurst's art has appeared in numerous fanzines as well as Mike Resnick's Unauthorized Autobiographies and Other Curiosities.
Actor Phil Carey (b.1925) died on February 6th. Carey is best known for his role on various soap operas, but he also has several genre roles to his credit, including the films "The Time Travelers" and "Monster" and episodes of "The Bionic Woman" and "Kolchak, the Night Stalker." During his fifty-eight year career, he appeared in nearly one hundred films and television shows. Carey was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2006.
Actor James Whitmore (b.1921) died on February 6. Whitmore appeared in a episodes of "The Ray Bradbury Theatre," "The Twilight Zone," and "Tarzan." He also appeared in the film "The Relic."
Author Richard Gordon (b.1947) died on February 7. Gordon, who wrote under the pseudonym Stuart Gordon, began publishing science fiction in 1972 and wrote at least ten science fiction and fantasy novels through 1990. In addition, his non-sf novels, written as Alex R. Stuart, often included elements of speculative fiction.
British author Edward Upward (b.1903) died on February 13. Upward published his first novel, Journey to the Border, in 1938 and returned to writing after his retirement in the 1960s. Many of his novels included fantastic elements and, at the time of his death, he was believed to have been the oldest author living in Britain.
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Jr. (b.1910) died on February 14. Knopf was the son of the founder of the publishing house that bears their name, but he left in 1959 and founded Atheneum. Following a merger with Scribner and later Macmillan, he managed the Scribner Adult line of titles. At Atheneum, Knopf published fantasy authors including Anne McCaffrey, Patricia McKillip, and Ursula K. Le Guin, among others. Knopf retired in 1988.
Chuck Crayne (b.1938) died on his seventy-first birthday, February 16. Crayne was a founder of NASFiC and BoucherCon. He had been suffering from back pain for the past month and went to the hospital, where he went into heart fibrillation. Crayne leaves behind his wife, fan and author Dian Crayne.
Rocket scientist Konrad Dannanberg (b.1912) died on February 16. Dannenberg came to the US at the end of World War II with other German scientists and worked on the team that created the Redstone rockets and eventually the Saturns that launched man to the moon. From 1960 until his retirement in 1973, he was the Deputy Manager of the Saturn program at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Following his retirement, he served as Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.
Actor Robert Quarry (b.1925) died on February 20. Quarry created the role of Count Yorga in "Count Yorga, Vampire" and reprised it in the sequel. He also appeared in Saturday morning shows "The Lost Saucer" and "Far Out Space Nuts," as well as an episode of "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century." Quarry was also in numerous science fiction films late in his career.
Clarence Swenson (b.1917), who played a Munchkin in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," died on February 25. Swenson's death leaves only eight of the Munchkin actors still alive. Prior to his role in the Wizard of Oz, Swenson toured with the Stanley R. Graham All Midget Circus. His only other film role was in The Terror of Tiny Town. The year before "The Wizard of Oz."
Philip José Farmer (b.1918) died in his sleep on February 25. Farmer is best known for his Riverworld series, but also had several other successful series. His World of Tiers has been used for psychiatric treatment. Farmer is also known for breaking taboos with his novel Strange Relations and the story "The Lovers" as well as exploring the works of other writers with The Other Log of Phileas Fogg and various works featuring Tarzan and Doc Savage. His Wold Newton stories attempt, somewhat tongue in cheek, to tie together all the Victorian and pulp popular characters. Farmer won the Hugo multiple times and was an SFWA Grand Master and received the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award.
Actor Sydney Earle Chaplin (b.1926) died on March 3. Chaplin was the third son of film legend Charles Chaplin and his second wife, Lita Grey. Best known for his career on stage, Chaplin appeared in two films with his father as well as science fictional fare such as "The Bionic Woman," "Satan's Cheerleaders," and "So Evil, My Sister."
Actor Jimmy Boyd (b.1939) died on March 7. Boyd appeared in an episode of the 1960s television series "Batman," "Space Patrol," and the film "Brainstorm." He was briefly married to actress Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in "Batman."
Magician Ali Bongo (b.1929 as William Wallace) died on March 8. Bongo worked as a magic advisor to several television shows, including Doctor Who and Ace of Wands, as well as to individualmagicians, including David Copperfield. He appeared in two episodes of the series The Tomorrow People.
Actress Anna Manahan (b.1924) died on March 8. Manahan appeared in "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," "Clash of the Titans," and "The Viking Queen," although she was best known as a Broadway actress.
Artist Jose Casanovas (b.1934 as José María Casanovas Magri) died on March 14. Casanovas began drawing for Spanish comics in 1957 for Futuro and Super-Strong. In 1962, he became an inker and took over full artwork the following year. He became known in the Anglophonic world for 2000AD, Starblazer and Starlord in the 1970s and was active into the 1990s.
Screenwriter Millard Kaufman (b.1917) died on March 14. Kaufman wrote the screenplay for the 1952 film "Aladdin and His Magic Lamp" and the 1951 film "Unknown World." In 1949, he co-created the character Mr. Magoo for the short film "Ragtime Bear."
St. Louis fan John Brooks (b.1952) died on March 15. Brooks was one of the founders of Archon and served as chairman of that convention as well as a later fan GoH.
Actor Ron Silver (b.1946) died March 15 of esophageal cancer. Silver appeared in numerous television shows and films, including "Time Cop," "Oh God, You Devil," and "The Entity."
Author John Kennedy (b.1945) died on March 18. Kennedy published a handful of science fiction stories, beginning with "Toward the Fullness of Eagles" in 1976. Three of his stories were published in the chapbook Nova in a Bottle.
Actress Natasha Richardson (b.1963) died on March 18, one day after suffering a head trauma in a skiing accident. Richardson portrayed Mary Shelley in the film Gothic and Kate in The Hand Maiden's Tale. She also appeared in an episode of the television show Tales from the Crypt. At the time of her death, Richardson, who is the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, was married to actor Liam Neeson.
Canadian fan Chester Cuthbert (b.1913) died on March 20. At one time, Cuthbert was believed to have had the largest science fiction collection in Canada. Cuthbert also published two stories, with his debut story, "The Sublime Vigil," appearing in the February 1934 issue of Wonder Stories and his second appearing in the July issue of the same magazine. His collection was donated to the University of Alberta's Library, which maintains the Chester D. Cuthbert Collection.
Essayist Steven Tompkins died on March 23. Tompkins wrote numerous essays on high fantasy, focusing on Karl Edward Wagner, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Robert E. Howard. In 2005, he edited The Black Stranger & Other American Tales for Bison Books and wrote the introduction to the Del Rey re-issue of Kull: Exile of Atlantis.
Actor Andy Hallett (b.1975) died on March 29. Hallett is best known for his role on Angel as Lorne, although he also appeared in a bit role in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He provided the voice for the cricket in 2005 animated film Geppetto's Secret.
Composer Maurice Jarre (b.1924) died on March 29. Jarre won Oscars for his scores for Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A Passage to India. His genre work included the scores for Ghost, Solarbabies, Enemy Mine, and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Jarre scored his first film in 1952 and worked on more than 150 films until his retirement in 2001.
Author Michael Cox (b.1948) died on March 31. Cox published a biography of M.R. James in 1983 and then turned his attention to editing ghost story anthologies and eventually writing his own novels, beginning with The Meaning of Night.
Artist Frank Springer (b.1929) died on April 2. Springer began as an assistant to Milt Caniff on Terry and the Pirates in 1953. He went on to pencil and ink for Batman, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Green Arrow, and other titles for both DC and Marvel.
Librarian Joan McCowan died on April 4 in Cross Plains, Texas. McCowan was a librarian who realized the importance for Cross Plains to embrace its native son, Robert E. Howard. In addition to building a collection of his works at the Cross Plains library, McCowan was also instrumental in coordinating REH festivals in Cross Plains.
Dave Arneson (b.1947) died on April 7. Arneson was one of the creators of Dungeons and Dragons, along with Gary Gygax. His Blackmoor campaign, which he continued to run throughout his life, formed the basis for the game and was used in official materials for many years. After leaving TSR, Arneson published Adventures in Fantasy and founded his own company, Adventure Games.
Author Jack Jardine (b.1931) died on April 14. Jardine published under a variety of pseudonyms, including Howard L. Cory and Larry Maddock. His novels included the Agent of T.E.R.R.A. series as well as The Mind Monsters and The Nymph and the Satyr. Following a stroke in 2005, Jardine published the short story collection Unaccustomed as I am to Public Dying.
Author Jonathan Bayliss (b.1926) died on April 15. Bayliss wrote several novels about an alternate version of his town of Gloucester, Massachusetts as well as two plays based on the epic of Gilgamesh.
Sir Clement Freud (b.1924) died on April 15. Freud, the grandson of Sigmund Freud, wrote the childrens books Grimble and Grimble at Christmas, as well as numerous non-fiction articles and books. He was married to June Flewett, the inspiration for Lucy Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia, from 1950 until his death.
Canadian fan Gary Bateman (b.1947) died on April 18. Bateman attended numerous conventions, including Worldcons, over the years. His favorite authors were engineers, as was he. In addition to a degree in engineering, Bateman was a chartered accountant and had written books on taxpayer rights.
Author J.G. Ballard (b.1930) died on April 19. Ballard was a major part of science fiction's New Wave and his novels, particularly Empire of the Sun and Crash, gained him mainstream acceptance. Other novels included The Burning World, The Crystal World (which won the Seiun Award), and The Day of Creation. Ballard was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006.
Author Ken Rand (b.1946) died on April 21 following a long battle with abdominal cancer. Rand is the author of several novels, including The Paradox Stone, Rock 'n' Roll Universe, and others. He also wrote the non-fiction The 10% Solution: Self-editing for the Modern Writer.
Cinematographer Jack Cardiff (b.1914) died on April 22. Cardiff worked on numerous films of genre, or nominal genre interest, including The Vikings, Conan the Destroyer, Crossed Swords, The Fifth Musketeer, and The Tell-Tale Heart. He might be best known for his work on The African Queen, and he worked as the director on Sons and Lovers. He won an Oscar for cinematography for Black Narcissus in 1947 and an honorary Oscar in 2001.
Actress Bea Arthur (b.1922) died on April 25. Arthur was best known for her non-genre work, including Maude and The Golden Girls, and her husky voice, but she also had some genre roles in her career, most notably doing voicework for Futurama, a small role in Mel Brooks's History of the World, Part One, and as Ackmena in The Star Wars Holiday Special.
Paranormal investigator Hans Holzer (b.1920) died on April 26. Holzer studied the Amityville Horror haunting and declared the house was built on an Indian burial ground. He went on to write several works, both fictional and non-fictional based on the case.
Author Tom Deitz (b.1952) died on April 27 of heart failure. Deitz was the 2007 Phoenix Award and wrote novels including the Soulsmith series, Windmaster's Bane, and The Gryffon King. In the 1970s, Deitz contributed to the fanzine Aphelion and to APA MOTiVE in the 1990s.
Venetia Phair (b.1918) died on April 30. Born Venetia Burney, in 1930, she suggested to her grandfather, Falconer Madan, that the new planet discovered by Clyde Tombaugh should be named Pluto, after the god of the underworld. Madan passed her suggestion on to astronomer Frederick Hall Turner and the name was eventually adopted.
Comic and animation artist Ric Estrada (b.1928) died on May 1. Estrada was the co-creator of Power Girl for DC Comics and also worked on Karate Kid and Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes. In the 1980s, he began working on animation, with his talents employed by He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Jonny Quest.
UK Fan Abigail Frost died on May 1. Frost wrote for fanzines and worked as a journalist, although her lack of computer skills limited her fannish interaction in recent years. Frost won the 1993 TAFF race, traveling to the US. Following her trip, Frost suffered financial setbacks and her use of TAFF funds raised red flags in the fannish community. Frost's fanzines included New River Blues (with Roz Kaveny, 1979-81), Le Nouveau Revue Bleu (1984), Mexicon 2 – The Fanzine (with Pam Wells, 1986), and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1989).
Filker John Caspell (b.1951) died on May 2. Caspell, who was also known as "Dr. Filk," performed with Brooke Lunderville and both hailed from British Columbia. Caspell and Lunderville performed many original filksongs, including "The Space Lasers May Already Have Penetrated My Tinfoil Helmet (Despite My Extensive Field Research)," "Gone Fission," and "Blind Date on the Island of Dr. Moreau."
Actor Dom DeLuise (b.1933) died on May 4. DeLuise has appeared in numerous films, including the Mel Brooks comedies Blazing Saddles, The Twelve Chairs, and Silent Movie. His genre roles include appearances in Stargate SG-1, Third Rock from the Sun,SeaQuest DSV, and Spaceballs.
Actress Jane Randolph (b.1915 as Jane Roemer) died on May 4. Randolph starred in Cat People and its sequel The Curse of the Cat People. In addition, he appeared in Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Author Herbert Goldstone (b.1920) died on May 7. Goldstone's only published science fiction story was "Virtuoso," which appeared in F&SF in 1953 and has been reprinted multiple times.
SF fan A. Langley Searles died on May 8. Searles was active in FAPA and published the Fantasy Commentator. Searles activity in fandom dates back to the 1940s. In 1950, Searles published Sam Moskowitz's This Immortal Storm as a serial in Fantasy Commentator. Searles died of prostate cancer.
Author James Kirkup (b.1918) died on May 10 in Andorra. Kirkup wrote satirical fantasy as well as poetry which drew from fantasy and mythology. He was placed on trial for obscenity after the publication of his poem "The Love That Dares to Speak Its Name." His novels include Queens Have Died Young and Fair.
Actor Frank Aletter (b.1926) died on May 13 in Tarzana, CA. Aletter played the role of Mac in the 1966 television series It's About Time. He also appeared in such genre television shows as The Twilight Zone, The Six Million Dollar Man, Planet of the Apes, and The Bionic Woman. From 1958 through 1974, he was married to Lee Meriwether, who portrayed Catwoman in the 1966 film Batman.
French editor Robert Louit (b.1944) died on May 13. Louit served as translator for J.G. Ballard's Crash and edited the Dimensions line from 1973-1984. When Dimensions was closed, he founded the Double Star line for Denoël.
Voice actor Wayne Allwine (b.1947) died on May 18. Since 1977, Allwine has provided the voice of Mickey Mouse for Disney. In addition, Allwine worked as a sound effect editor on the films Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Alien Nation, The Black Cauldron, and others. Allwine was married to Russi Taylor, who provides the voice for Minnie Mouse.
Actress Lucy Gordon (b.1980) was found dead in her Paris apartment on May 20. Gordon apparently hanged herself. Gordon appeared as news reporter Jennifer Dugan in the film Spider-Man 3.
Actor Simon Oates (b.1932) died on May 20. Oates portrayed John Ridge in Doomwatch and appeared in The Avengers and The New Avengers as well as portraying John Steed in a stage production of The Avengers. He also appeared in the film The Terrornauts.
Actress Joan Alexander (b.1918) (also known as Joan A. Stanton died on May 21. Born Louise Abrasse, Alexander played the role of Lois Lane on the "Superman" radio series, opposite Bud Collyer. She continued to voice Lane's characters in projects through 1968. Alexander also appeared on the television show Captain Video and His Video Rangers.
Author Kaoru Kurimoto (b.1953) died on May 26. Kurimoto wrote the 127-volume Guin saga, which was adapted into a successful manga and has been translated into several languages. Kurimoto has also published under the pseudonym Azusa Nakajima and was married to Hayakawa SF editor Kiyoshi Imaoka.
Producer Mort Abrahams (b.1916) died on May 28. In the 1950s, Abrahams was the producer of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. He went on to work on the anthology series Tales of Tomorrow. Abrahams served as associate producer on the first two Planet of the Apes films and received a story credit for Beneath the Planet of the Apes. His non-genre work included The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The House on Garibaldi Street.
Author David Eddings (b.1931) died on June 2. Eddings began publishing fantasy in 1982 with the Pawn of Prophecy, first in his Belgariad series. He followed up with numerous novels examining the same world, often from points of view of different characters who had been previously introduced. In the mid-90s, his books began to acknowledge his wife, Leigh Eddings, as an active collaborator.
Author Paul O. Williams (b.1935) died on June 2. Williams was the author of the Pelbar Cycle, a series of seven novels set in a post-apocalyptic Illinois. In 1983, Williams won the John Campbell Award for Best New Author. In addition to the Pelbar series, Williams published two other science fiction novels, the most recent in 2004. He was also a poet, having served as president of the Haiku Society of America, and was a professor emeritus of English at Principia College.
Artist Ilene Meyer (b.1939) died on June 3. Meyer was self-taught and made her debut in 1969, exhibiting her work at conventions. Eventually, she began to paint cover illustrations for books and magazines. She published the collection Ilene Meyer: Paintings, Drawings, Perceptions.
Actor David Carradine (b.1936) was found dead in Bangkok on June 4. According to police sources, Carradine hanged himself. Carradine portrayed Frankenstein in the film Death Race 2000 and provided the character's voice in the recent remake. Carradine also appeared as Bill in the Kill Bill films and Gnomen in the film made of Isaac Asimov's story Nightfall. Appearing in more than 200 films and television series, Carradine was best known for his portrayal of Caine on Kung Fu, for which he was nominated for an Emmy.
Australian fan Laura Molesworth died on June 6. Molesworth was married to Voltaire Molesworth, the author of A History of Australian Science Fiction Fandom, 1935-1963. After they married in 1946, Laura became active in the Futurian Society of Sydney. She served as the club's librarian (as well as a librarian in her mundane life) . She was involved with organizaing the earliest Australian National Conventions. By the time Voltaire died in 1964, both had cut back on their fannish activities.
Bette Farmer (b.1923) died on June 10. Farmer was the widow of science fiction author Philip José Farmer, having been married from 1941 through his death in February of this year. Over the years, Farmer wrote a few essays for fanzines about her husband and frequently attended conventions with him, including Farmercon.
Author Harriet B. Gilmour (b.1939) died on June 21. Gilmour worked for US publishers Bantam and Scholastic in addition to writing fiction. She wrote the junior novelization for the 1998 film version of Godzilla and from 2001 to 2004 co-wrote the T*Witches series with Randi Reisfeld. Gilmour wrote as H. B. Gilmour.
Actress Farrah Fawcett (b.1947) died on June 25 following a long battle with cancer. Best known for her role as Jill Munroe on Charlie's Angels, she only appeared as a regular on the show for a single season. Prior to that, she had appeared in two episodes of I Dream of Jeannie and in a recurring role on The Six Million Dollar Man, which starred her then-husband, Lee Majors. Perhaps her most well-known genre roles were in the film Logan's Run and Saturn 3. She also did voice work in the animated film The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars in the role of "faucet."
Singer Michael Jackson (b.1958) died suddenly on June 25 following a coronary. Jackson began as a member of the Jackson 5 when he was a young child and became the best selling singer of the 1980s with his album Thriller, which included one of the first music videos to fully adopt special effects, as well as present a view of genre creatures. His film debut was as the Scarecrow in the film version of The Wiz. Jackson also touched the genre with his appearance and performance in Francis Ford Coppola's short film Captain EO and a brief appearance in the film Men in Black II. Changes in his appearance, erratic behavior, lawsuits, and a brief marriage to Elvis Presley's daughter among other things made Jackson fodder for the tabloids.
Artist G(erald) Scott Heckenlively (b.1963) died on June 26. Heckenlively began illustrating for fan publications and eventually became artist for independent publishers of genre-based literature, video, film, and some theatrical productions. He took a break from art to work as a musician, but returned to the field and was active in exhibiting at San Francisco Bay area conventions. He also worked on the video games "Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind" and "Barkley: Shut Up and Jam!"
Academic Robert A. Collins (b.1929) died on June 27. Collins founded the annual International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts in 1980. In 1985, the IAFA created the Robert A. Collins Service Award, presenting Collins with the first award for service to the organization. The award has been presented several times, although irregularly, since then.
Kansas City fan Julie Hise (b.1962) died on June 28 following a battle with cancer. Hise was married to fan Bob Hise and the two of them were the fan guests of honor at Contraception 19 in 2007. Julie (née Hepler) became active in fandom in 1983 and met Bob at Archon in 1988. She was active in KaCSFFS sicne 1988 and co-chaired ConQuest 23 in 1993. She has typically worked registration at both ConQuest and Contraception.
Southern fan Ken Moore died on June 30. Moore won the Rebel Award in 1974, co-chaired DeepSouthCon in 1986, was a DSC guest of honor in 1991, and chaired the con in 1995. Moore founded Kubla Khan in Nashville and was an avid collector of SF art. Moore has also been the guest at Concave, which was begun in part as an offshoot of an idea Moore had to make UpperSouthClave a traveling convention.
Actor Karl Malden (b.1912) died on July 1. Malden is best known for his role as Detective Mike Stone on The Streets of San Francisco and his series of American Express traveler's check commercials. He did have at least two genre credits to his name, portraying the Walrus in a television adaptation of Alice in Wonderland in 1985 and as Harry Sherwood in the 1979 film Meteor.
Actress Mollie Sugden (b.1922) died on July 1. Sugden was best known for her roles as Mrs. Slocumbe on Are You Being Served? Sugden appeared in a few genre roles, such as providing voice work for the animated The Princess and the Goblin or for BFG.
Author John A. Keel (b.1930) died on July 3. Keel wrote about UFOs and other paranormal occurrences, including the Mothman Prophecies, which was made into a film. Over the course of his investigations, Keel decided that UFOs were not extraterrestrial in nature.
Actress Brenda Joyce (b.1917) died on July 4. Joyce, born Betty Leabo, appeared as Jane Porter in five Tarzan films, bridging the last of the Johnny Weismuller films and the firts of the Lex Barker ones. Joyce also made genre film the Spider Woman Strikes Back and Pillow of Death.
New Orleans fan Jack Stocker (b.1925) died on July 8 following a stroke. Stocker was active in book collecting and ran a dealers table at many conventions. His career as a chemist made him a welcome addition to science panels at a variety of cons.
Artist Dave Simons (b.1954) died on June 9. While at Marvel Comics, Simons worked on Conan, Red Sonja, and Ghost Rider. In the 1990s, after leaving the comic book industry, Simons worked as an animator for Captain Planet, Masters of the Universe, and other television series. He eventually returned to limited work in comic books.
Publisher Charles N. Brown (b.1937) died peacefully in his sleep on July 12 on his way home from Readercon. Brown, along with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf, founded Locus as a fanzine in support of a Boston Worldcon bid. When the 'zine received a Hugo nomination, Brown continued to publish it, eventually turning it into the news magazine of the science fiction field. Locus has won 29 Hugo Awards over the years. In addition, Brown contributed book reviews to Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and year in review articles to Terry Carr's anthology series.
Author Phyllis Gotlieb (b.1926) died on July 14 following complications from a burst appendix. Gotlieb won the Aurora Award in 1982 for her novel A Judgement of Dragons. The Canadian Sunburst Award is named after her debut novel, originally published in 1964. In addition to writing numerous novels and short stories, Gotlieb was also a poet and served as editor for Tesseracts 2. Her most recent novel was Birthstones, published in 2007.
Actor Dallas McKennon (b.1919) died on July 14, five days before his nintieth birthday. McKennon is best known as a voice actor, having provided voices for numerous Disney films, including Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, and 101 Dalmatians. He also did numerous voices for the "Woody Woodpecker" cartoons and provided the voice for Archie Andrews in Archie and the voice of Gumby. McKennon's voice work can also be heard throughout the Disney amusement parks. Early in his career, he made numerous appearances on such television shows and films including My Favorite Martian, Son of Flubber, and 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.
News anchor Walter Cronkite (b.1916) died on July 17. Cronkite was one of the most trusted news anchors on television, working as anchor for CBS from 1962-1981. He was on the air for much of Viet Nam, the King assassination, and the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. For the later, Cronkite was on air for nearly the entire lunar part of the mission. In 1967, NYCon 3 presented CBS television a Special Committee Award for the television show The 21st Century, which was hosted by Cronkite.
Eleanor "Ellie" Frazetta (b.1919) died on July 17 following a year long battle with cancer. Frazetta, married SF artist Frank Frazetta in 1956. Ellie was a partner with Frank, handling many of the business aspects of his career.
Fan Arthur O. Lewis, Jr. (b.1920) died on July 18. Lewis served as president of the Science Fiction Research Association in 1977-78. He was also a professor at Penn State until his retirement in 1985. Lewis specialized in Utopian literature and some of his work includes Of Men and Machines . He edited the anthology Utopias: Selected Short Fiction and a 41-volume reprint of Utopian literature fo Arno Press.
Author Gene van Troyer (b.1950) died on July 18. Van Troyer not only wrote his own science fiction, but also worked to translate Japanese science fiction into English. His poetry appeared in numerous science fiction magazines and he was one-time editor of Star*Line. He first visited Japan as an exchange student in 1974 and has been living in Japan for the last several years.
Graphic designer Heinz Edelmann (b.1934) died on July 21. Edelmann is best known in the English-speaking world for his work as art director on the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. Edelmann's other high profile work included the design of the mascot for the 1992 World's Fair in Seville, Spain. Edelmann was also instrumental in book cover designs for the publishing house Klett-Cotta and had a lengthy career in poster design. He also taught art design at the Academy in Stuttgart.
Australian fan David McDonnell died on July 21. McDonnell was active in Melbourne fandom, including Trek, filking, and gaming.
Cartoonist John Ryan (b.1921) died on July 22. Ryan created Captain Pugwash for The Eagle. He soon created a different character, Harris Tweed, Special Agent. Captain Pugwash also appeared in The Radio Times.
Producer Harvey Frand (b.1940), died on July 23. Most recently, Frand worked on Battlestar Galactica, but his prior genre credits included the 1985-7 version of The Twilight Zone, The Lazarus Man, and The Pretender. Frand won an Emmy for his work on Battlestar Galactica: Razor in 2008.
Australian fan Kris Hembury died on July 23. Hembury was an active member of the Fantastic Queensland project and the Visions Writers group. He was awarded an emerging mentorship from Fantastic Queensland and State Development and was mentored by Marianne de Pierre.
Seattle fan Wrai Ballard (b.1924) died on July 24. Ballard was an active contributor to FAPA and official editor and contributor to SAPS. Lee Jacobs created a series of pulp-style adventures in SAPS entitled "The Ballard Chronicles," starring a fictionalized version of Ballard. In the early 1950s, Ballard refused to publish Jacobs's essay "The Influence of Science Fiction on Modern American Filk Music," which inadvertantly coined the term filk because of fear that its bawdy nature could get SAPS in trouble with post office censors. Ballard thereafter promoted the typo. Ballard has been suffering from cancer.
Producer and screenwriter Harry Alan Towers (b.1920), (a.k.a. Joachim Linden and Peter Welbeck) died on July 31 in Toronto from complications from pneumonia and heart disease. His genre work included the film She, Dorian, The Mummy Lives, Masque of the Red Death, and numerous others. Using his Welbeck pseudonym, he wrote the screenplay to both Gor and its sequel, Outlaws of Gor.
Los Angeles fan Phil Castora (b.1934) died sometime in July. Because of health issues, Castora was living on disability and unable to attend LASFS events in recent years. His death was discovered by fandom when two members of LASFS took distributions of L-APA to the facility where Castora was living and informed of his death.
Director John Hughes (b.1950) died on August 6. Hughes is known for writing and directing films including genre works including Weird Science, Flubber, and Miracle on 34th Street. Hughes was also known for his numerous coming of age movies, including Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Comic artist Frank Borth III (b.1918) died on August 9. Borth did much of his work during the Golden Age of Comics, beginning with "Ken Stuart" in the late 1940s. He created the character Spider Widow and also wrote the strip "There Oughta Be a Law," illustrated by Warren Whipple. He also did some work for Cracked. Much of his work was on the Catholic-oriented Treasure Chest.
Baltimore fan Hal Haag (b.1946) died on August 12. Haag chaired Balticons 25 and 35 and was widely known as Balticon's Gaming Czar. Haag sat on the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Board of Directors as well as an officer of the Maryland Games Club. Haag was quick to teach new board or card games anywhere he went and was the instigator of the 1998 Worldcon, Bucconeer.
Actress Virginia Davis (b.1918) died on August 15. Davis appeared in several of the early "Alice" comedies produced by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks beginning in 1923. Although the first of the films was called Alice's Wonderland, the character had nothing to do with the Lewis Carroll character. The "Alice" comedies mixed live action footage taken of Davis with animation. Although her contract was not renewed after the first thirteen "Alice" films, Disney used her in his ink and paint department and for voices in movies such as Pinocchio. She appeared in eight films in the thirties and forties in uncredited roles.
Actor Edwin Reimers (b.1912) died on August 16. Reimers appeared in the Star Trek episode "The Troble with Tribbles" as Admiral Fitzpatrick and also had a guest role on The Munsters. He was also the announcer for a vareity of television shows and was the spokesman for Allstate Insurance for 22 years.
Publisher Donald M. Grant (b.1927) died on August 19. Grant began publishing with Grant-Hadley Enterprises in 1945 and founded a series of small press publishers, culminating in Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in 1964. In addition to publishing editions of Stephen King's Dark Tower novels, DMG also published L. Sprague de Camp's autobiography.
Author and fan Anne Braude died on August 25. Braude was the co-editor with Ed Meskys of Niekas and was also an early member of SCA. Braude's fiction appeared in Catfanastic IV and Olympus.
Producer Richard Berg (b.1922) died on September 1. Berg produced the 1980 miniseries of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and the miniseries of James Michener's Space. Berg also worked as a writer on several television shows.
Actor Frank Coghlan, Jr. (b. 1916) died on September 7. Coghlan began appearing in films in 1920, when he was four and may be best known for his role as Billy Batson in The Adventures of Captain Marvel. His final role was in 1974 with a cameo in the first season of Shazam!
Artist Ed Valigursky (b.1926) died on September 7 of heart failure. In addition to a large amount of work for magazines including Amazing, IF, and Fantastic Adventures, as well as book covers, Valigursky's artwork was commissioned by NASA. Valigursky studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago following World War II.
Actor Ray Barrett (b.1927) died on September 8. Barrett is best known within the genre for his voice work on Thunderbirds in the 60s, portraying John Tracy, among others, but he also performed in Invaders from the Deep, Stingray, and two episode Doctor Who serial, "The Rescue."
Screenwriter Larry Gelbart (b.1928) died on September 11. Gelbart is best known as the producer of the television show M*A*S*H and the libretticist for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, but he also wrote Oh, God! and the remake of Bedazzled. Gelbart worked on Your Show of Shows (a.k.a. The Sid Caesar Show) and wrote for radio before television.
Actor Henry Gibson (b.1935) died on September 14. Gibson was probably best known as a regular on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, which featured him as a poet, and her role in The Blues Brothers as the leader of the Nazis, but Gibson also appeared in several genre television shows and films. He appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone, Galaxy High School, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. his film work included Innerspace, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and Escape from Witch Mountain.
Actor Patrick Swayze (b.1952) died following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer on September 14. Swayze appeared in the films Ghost, as Allan Quatermain in King Solomon's Mines, in Donnie Darko, and in Red Dawn among other films. His two most famous roles were in the genre film Ghost and in Dirty Dancing. Swayze also appeared in an episode of Amazing Stories.
Actor John Joyce (b.1939) died on September 15. Joyce appeared in Illuminatus!, The Warp, and Some of Your Blood, the last being performed at the 1979 Worldcon in Brighton. Joyce also appeared in three episodes of Doctor Who in the 60s and 70s.
Screenwriter Troy Kennedy Martin (b. 1932) died on September 15. Martin wrote episodes of The Old Men at the Zoo and Edge of Darkness as well as the about to be-released film based on the latter. He also wrote the film The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine.
Author Janet Fox (b.1940) died on September 21. Fox began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1970s with "The Materialist" for The Magazine of Horror. In the 1990s, she wrote six books in the "Scorpio"series using the name Alex McDonough. A collection of her short fiction, A Witch's Dozen, was released in 2003. From 1984 though 2003, Fox served as editor of Scavenger's Newsletter, a 'zine devoted to tracking the fiction market.
Literary agent Barbara Bova died on September 23. Bova has been married to author Ben Bova since 1974. That same year, she founded the Barbara Bova Literary Agency.
Fan John Davis died on September 23. Davis was active in FAPA, the Cult, and SAPS.
Emily Bethke (b.1981) died on September 25. Bethke was the daughter of SF author and poet Bruce Bethke and was active in Harry Potter fandom.
Fan Zanny Dillson (b.1953) died from leukemia on September 25. Dillson was an active costumer in both the fannish community and working in local community theatre. Dillson served on the board of directors for Chattacon for more than twenty years and served in many positions at the con.
Author Mary Schaub (b.1943) died September 25. Schaub collaborated with Andre Norton on The Magestone and published many short stories, most of which were also set in Norton's Witch World.
Fan Ben P. Indick (b.1923) died on September 28. Indick published the fanzine Ben's Beat and the study George Alec Effinger: From Entropy to Budayeen as well as essays and articles in many fanzines and professional magazines, including Publishers Weekly and REHUPA. In 2009, he received the First Fandom Hall of Fame Award at Anticipation.
Cosmonaut Pavel Popovich (b.1930) died on September 30 following a stroke. Popovich flew aboard the Vostok 4 in 1962 and the Soyux 14 in 1974. Vostok 4 was part of the first dual space flight and Soyux 14 was the first successful mission to the Salyut 3 space station. Throughout the 1980s, he served as Deputy Chief of the Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center. He was an advocate into the study of UFOs and claimed to have seen one on a flight from the US to Russia. An asteroid and an Antarctic mountain range are named in his honor.
Author Jennifer Swift died on September 30. Swift attended Clarion in 1979 and several short stories between 1984 and 1999 in Asimov's, Amazing, Interzone, F&SF, and others.
Astronaut Frank Caldeiro (b.1958) died of brain cancer on October 3. Caldeiro worked on 52 shuttle launches before being selected for the astronaut corps in 1996. The first Argentinean to train for spaceflight, Caldeiro specialized in cryogenics and propulsion systems and directed the high-altitude atmospheric research experiment program carried onboard NASA's WB-57 aircraft.
Academic Raymond Federman (b.1928) died on October 6. Federman taught at the University of Buffalo and wrote numerous essays, poems, and criticisms, as well as serving as a translator. His novel The Twofold Vibration was science fiction.
Producers Barry Letts (b.1925) died on October 9. Originally an actor, he decided to become a director and producers in the 1960s. His association with Doctor Who began in 1967 when he directed the six part "The Enemy of the World." He was a producer of the show from 1969 to 1974, during which time, he hired Tom Baker. Letts returned to the show as an executive producer from 1980-1981.
Artist Dean Ellis (b.1920) died on October 12 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Ellis was trained at the Cleveland Art Institute, but interrupted his studies in 1941, serving in the Pacific Theatre until 1945. After finishing his BFA, he was named one of the country's most promising artists by Life in 1950. He had a successful career when he was asked to create covers for Ray Bradbury novels in the 1960s, a job that led to him working for most of the major science fiction publishers of the period.
Comic artist George Tuska (b.1916) died on the night of October 15. Tuska worked for Marvel Comics in the 1950s and served as the final artist for the newspaper comic "Buck Rogers." From 1968-1978, he drew Iron Man for Marvel and from 1978-1993, he drew The World's Greatest Superheroes for DC.
Producer Daniel Melnick (b.1932) died on October 17. Melnick served as the chief of MGM Studios in the 70s before becoming President of Columbia and then moving to Fox. His genre work included production credit on Altered States and Universal Soldier: The Return. he also was the producer of All That Jazz, Roxanne, Footloose, and numerous other films.
Composer Vic Mizzy (b.1916) died on October 17. Mizzy is most famous for writing the snappy theme to the television show The Addams Family. In addition, Mizzy recorded the song, overdubbing himself to make it sound like there were multiple voices. In 1960, Mizzy began to write music for television shows following a career writing for Doris Day, the Andrews Sisters, and other singers. He also socred several films for Don Knotts, including The Reluctant Astronaut.
Actor Joseph Wiseman (b.1918) died on October 19. Wiseman is best known for his portrayal of Dr. No in the James Bond film of the same name. He also appeared in The Twilight Zone episode "One More Pallbearer," several episodes of Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century, and The Greatest American Hero.
Author Louise Cooper (b.1952) died on October 20. She published The Book of Paradox,her first novel, in 1973 and became a full-time author in 1977 after the publication of her sixth novel. Cooper supplemented her writing income with copy-editing and proofreading. Over the course of her career, Cooper published more than 80 novels.
Author Lionel Davidson (b.1922) died on October 21. Davidson published numerous thrillers as well as genre work in The Sun Chemist and the young adult novel Under Plum Lake. When writing for young adults, Davidson used the pseudonym David Line.
Artist Don Ivan Punchatz (b.1936) died on October 22 after suffering cardiac arrest. Punchatz began exhibiting his work in 1962 and in 1963 he began providing cover art for science fiction and fantasy books. In 1970, he established SketchPad Studio, which became a launchpad for many other artists and taught at Texas Christian University from 1970. Perhaps his most famous work in the field graced the covers of the Avon editions of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" novels and Philip José Farmer's "Riverworld" books in the 1970s.
Rocket scientist Qian Xuesen (b.1911) died on October 31. Qian, also known as H.S. Tsien, was one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His work wouuld be the inspiration for the Dyno-soar project. During the 1950s, he was accused of being a communist sympathizer, stripped of security clearance. Attempting to return to his native China, he was detained by the US for five years. In China, he became known as the Father of Chinese Rocketry.
Comic Con founder Shel Dorf (b.1933) died on November 3. Dorf was trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before working as a freelance artist in New York. As a teenager, he had helped run Triple Fan Fest in Detroit. When he moved to San Diego in 1970, he decided to run something similar and Golden State Comic Con was born. Dorf walked away from the convention in the mid-80s after running it for 15 years.
Bibliographer Ignatius Frederic Clarke (I.F. Clarke) (b.1918) died on November 5. Clarke published Voices Prophesying War in 1966 and followed it up with a multi-volume history of British science fiction in 2001. In 1974, Clarke won the SFRA's Pilgrim Award for distinguished contribution to science fiction and the organization's Pioneer Award in 1997 for his essay "Future-war Fiction: The First Main Phase 1871-1900." In addition, with his wife, Margaret, Clarke produced several translations of French science fiction.
Publisher William Miller (b.1934) died on November 5. Miller ran Panther Books and Grenada and also worked as an agent in Japan.
Author Karl Kroeber (b.1926) died on November 8. Kroeber was Ursula K. Le Guin's brother and wrote Romantic Fantasy and Science Fiction. He was an academic who studied American Indian literature and worked as a professor at Columbia University.
Kansas City fan John D. Taylor (b.1946) died on November 14 from cancer. Taylor was a founding member of the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society in 1971. Taylor ran Kansas City's only science fiction specialty store, founded Kansas City's first science fiction convention, and was instrumental in running MidAmeriCon, the 1976 Worldcon in Kansas City. More recently, Taylor helped with the Heinlein Centennial. Active until the end, he co-chaired ConQuest in 2009. He is survived by his daughter and his second wife, Tina Black, to whom he was married eighteen days before his death.
Actor Edward Woodward (b.1930) died on November 16. Woodward appeared in numerous films and television shows, including the title role on The Equalizer. Some of his genre work included the 1970s series 1990, 1996 television version of Gulliver's Travels, the role of Merlin in Arthur the King, and The Wicker Man.
British fan Sheila Pover (b.1930) died on November 20. Pover was an attendee at various UK Discowrld conventions.
Comic Con founder Ken Kreuger (b.1933) died of an heart attack on November 21. Krueger was an attendee of the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939 and was active in fandom throughout his life, including owning a bookstore in San Diego. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Golden State Comic-Con in 1970, which grew into the San Diego Comic Con. Krueger's death comes in the same month as that of Comic Con founder Shel Dorf.
Artist Irving Tripp (b.1921) died on November 27. Tripp is best known as the illustrator of the comic Little Lulu. He began working on comics in 1941, four months before taking a leave of absence during World War II. He returned to Dell Comics in 1946 and remained there until his retirement in 1982. he began working on Little Lulu in 1949. He also worked on comic book version of Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, and Dumbo.
Author Robert Holdstock (b.1948) died on November 29 after spending ten days in hospital battling an e. coli infection. Holdstock was the author of the Mythago cycle and the Merlin Codex series. He twice won the World Fantasy Award (for Mythago Wood and "The Ragthorn.") as well as numerous other awards. He began publishing in 1968 with the short story "Pauper's Plot."
Author Harry C. Crosby, Jr. (b.1925), who wrote as Christopher Anvil died on November 30. Crosby had numerous short stories appear in Astounding and Analog as well as many novels. Recently, Baen Books has been republishing omnibus editions of many of his novels and short stories.
Agent and editor Don Congdon (b.1918) died on November 30. Congdon began working for Lurton Blassingame, eventually gaining his own clients, including Ray Bradbury. In 1944, he was hired as the editor of Collier's and in 1946 he was working as an editor for Simon and Schuster. He returned to agenting in 1947 and founded his own company in 1983. Congdon also edited several anthologies.
Spanish actor Paul Naschy (b.1934) died on November 30. Born Jacinto Molina Alvarez, he changed his name at the request of a German film distributor. Naschy appeared in nearly one hundred films, many of them horror films, including La marca del Hombre-lobo, El retorno de Walpurgis, El aullido del diablo. In addition, Naschy wrote, directed, and produced.
Serbian author and poet Milorad Pavic (b.1929) died of heart failure on November 30. Pavic is perhaps best known to anglophonic readers for his novel The Dictionary of the Khazars, which was published in translation in 1988. Many of his books dealt with time travel and frequently had a gimmick. His subsequent books included Landscape Painted With Tea, Inner Side of the Wind, Last Love on Constantinople, and Unique Item.
Fan Kennedy "Kippy" Poyser (b.1919) died on November 30. Poyser was the Fan GoH at the 1981 Orycon, edited the 1982 World Fantasy Con program book, and chaired Hatcons in the 1980s. Poyser also owned several bookstores, in Connecticut and Texas. He was the former husband of Hugo Award-winning artist Victoria Poyser.
Actor Richard Todd (b.1919) died on December 3. Todd appeared as Robin Hood in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men and in Dorian Gray as well as in the Doctor Who serial "Kinda." He was nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Hasty Heart, but is probably best known for his role in the film Dam Busters.
Actor Gene Barry (b.1919) died on December 9. Barry is best known in SF circles for starring in the 1953 version of War of the Worlds. He also had a bit role in the 2005 version of the film. Barry appeared in two episodes of Science Fiction Theatre, three episodes of Fantasy Island, and an episode of the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone. He may have been best known, however, for his roles as Bat Masterson on the show of that title and Amos Burke in Burke's Law.
Screenwriter Dan O'Bannon (b.1946) died on December 17. O'Bannon began writing screenplays with the film Dark Star and when on to work on numerous science fiction films including the Alien franchise, Total Recall, Invaders from Mars, and The Return of the Living Dead. He had bit roles in a couple of the movies he wrote, worked on computer animation for Star Wars, and directed The Return of the Living Dead.
Actress Connie Hines (b.1930) died on December 19. Hines is best known for her role as Carol Post on Mr. Ed, but also appeared in an episode of Sea Hunt and Fractured Flickers.
Los Angeles fan Roy Test (b.1922) died on December 20. Test co-founded the Los Angeles chapter of the Science Fiction League in 1934. When the chapter left the SFL, they adopted the name Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS).
Actress Brittany Murphy (b.1977) died on December 20 after going into full cardiac arrest. Murphy made her debut in an episode of Murphy Brown and went on to have roles in the television series Seaquest DSV and the films The Devil's Arithmetic and Sin City. She did voice work for Futurama and Happy Feet.
Actor Arnold Stang (b.1918) died on December 20 of pneumonia. Stang appeared in numerous television shows, radio shows, and movies, including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. His genre credits include Ghost Dad, an episode of Tales from the Darkside, Hercules in New York, and voicework in numerous cartoons including Herman the mouse, Top Cat, and Shorty in the Popeye cartoons.
Fan Annette Carrico (b.1918) died on December 24. Caricco ran the con suite at Concave and helped at other Kentucky cons for several years. She was the Fan Guest of Honor at Rivercon 23 and slated to be the Fan GoH at Concave 31 in February 2010. Carrico did not let being confined to a wheelchair slow her down.
Bibliographer Mark Owings (b.1945) died on December 30 from pancreatic cancer. Owings worked with Jack Chalker to publish The Index to the Science-Fantasy Publishers and The Revised H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography. Owings was also the publisher of Croatan House in conjunction with Chalker and Ted Pauls.
Steven H Silver is a seven-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings. He is the publisher of ISFiC Press. In addition to maintaining several bibliographies and the Harry Turtledove website, Steven is heavily involved in convention running and publishes the fanzine Argentus.
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