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 2010 could have been much worse for the science fiction community in sheer numbers. While there were a few tragic surprises, the mortality rate for 2010 was no higher than would normally be expected.
[Editor's Note: Here you will find the other In Memoriam columns.]
Agent Knox Burger (b. 1922) died on January 4. Burger published Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s first short story in Collier's and ran Knox Burger & Associates Literary Agency. Among his clients were Vonnegut, MacKinlay Kantor, Donald Westlake, Ray Bradbury, and Jack Finney.
Fan Michael Moslow (b. 1952) died on January 7. Moslow was in the hospital following a relapse of pneumonia. He was a New York City fan with a wide knowledge of classic SF books and films, and a love for old time radio and TV shows.
Animator Art Clokey (b. 1921) died on January 8. Clokey is best known for creating the stop-motion clay animation characters Gumby and Pokey in the 1950s. The characters have appeared on many shows as well as their own and a feature film. He also designed the title sequence for the genre film Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine.
Karen Duff (b. 1948) died on January 8 after suffering an heart attack. In the 1980s, Duff edited the fanzine Majoon and co-edited the anthology Worlds Apart using the name Camilla Decarnin. She also published several poems and the short story "The Book of Time" using that name. She was often known in fannish circles as Mog.
Fan Midge Reitan died on January 14. Reitan was active in Chicago fandom, attending Thursday Nights in the mid-70s and co-chairing Windycon 7 in 1980. She was also a frequent attendee of Midwestcon and Worldcons.
Japanese fan Takumi Shibano (b. 1926) died on January 16 from pneumonia. Shibano co-founded and edited Uchüjin, Japan's first sf magazine, in 1957. He wrote several science fiction novels and in the 1970s he became a translator of science fiction into Japanese. Shibano was guest of honor at two worldcons, LACon III in 1996 and Nippon 2007.
Italian fan Ernest Vegetti (b. 1943) died on January 16 Vegetti began reading science fiction in 1956 and eventually became an expert in the field, publishing articles, bibliographies, and running conventions, including Eurocon and Italcon.
Roger Gaillard (b. 1947) died on January 22. Gaillard was the curator of the Maison d'Ailleurs, a museum dedicated to science fiction, utopias, and extraordinary journeys, in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland from 1989 through 1996. Gaillard also edited several books on science fiction.
Actress Jean Simmons (b. 1929) died on January 22. In recent years, Simmons provided voice work for Howl's Moving Castle and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. She has also appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Admiral Satie and in the 1990s version of Dark Shadows. Simmons was twice nominated for the Academy Award and is perhaps best known for her roles as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and Varinia in Spartacus.
Actor Pernell Roberts (b. 1928) died on January 24. Roberts is best known for his portrayals of Adam Cartwright on Bonanza and John McIntyre on Trapper John, M.D., btu he also appeared in a handful of genre shows in guest roles. His appearances included episodes of Man from Atlantis, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Sixth Sense. He also appeared in a television version of Around the World in 80 Days
Actress Zelda Rubenstein (b. 1933) died on January 27. Rubenstein is best known for her role as the psychic Tangina Barrons in the Poltergeist films. Rubenstein, whose career included numerous other roles, including voice work on The Flintstones, levereged her Poltergeist role into numerous appearance in documentaries and other roles.
Author Kage Baker (b. 1952) died on January 31. Baker was the author of several novels in the "Company" series and won the Sturgeon Award for her novella "Empress of Mars," which was published in an expanded version in 2009. She began publishing with the short story "Noble Mold" in 1997 and followed up with her first novel, In The Garden of Iden, the next year. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Baker was suffering from uterine cancer.
Author Eric C. Williams (b. 1918) died in January. Williams entered UK fandom in the 1930s and published about ten science fiction novels in the sixties and seventies. He began publishing with the short story "Sunout" in 1965 and published his first novel, The Time Injection three years later. His final novel, Homo Telekins was published in 1981 and he didn't publish anything more until several short stories appeared between 1999 and 2003.
Actor Ian Carmichael (b. 1920) died on February 5. Carmichael provided voicework for The Wind and the Willows television series and appeared in Meet Mr. Lucifer, Ghost Ship, and From Beyond the Grave.
Author Philip Klass (b. 1920) died on February 7 from congestive heart failure. Klass wrote science fiction under the name William Tenn. Klass began publishing science fiction with the story "Alexander the Bait" in 1946. His only novel was Of Men and Monsters. Tenn was best known for writing satirical science fiction and was one of the guests of honor at Noreascon 4 in 2004. Tenn was nominated for the Hugo Award for his non-fiction collection Dancing Naked and in 1999 was named the SFWA Author Emeritus.
Actress Caroline McWilliams (b. 1945) died on February 11. McWilliams is best known for her roles on the television series Benson and Beverly Hills, 90210, but also had several genre appearances to her credit, including Dr. Vita Duetsen on Lois and Clark, the made-for-tv movie The Aliens are Coming, Project U.F.O., and The Incredible Hulk.
David Storr Unwin (b. 1918) died on February 11. Unwin was the son of publisher Stanley Unwin and wrote using the pseudonym David Severn. His novels, mostly for young adults, covered a range of genres, including the ghost story The Girl in the Grove the time travel novel The Future Took Us, and the fantasy The Green-Eyed Griffon.
Actor Cy Grant (b. 1919) died on February 13. Grant appeared in At the Earth's Core and Journey to the Far Side of the Sun. He was featured in the series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and appeared in Blakes 7. Born in Guyana, he was the first black man to appear regularly on British television. Grant served in the RAF during World War II and was trained as a barrister.
Japanese translator Hisashi Asakura (b. 1920) died on February 14. Asakura, whose real name was Zenji Otani, translated works by Philip K. Dick, Michael Bishop, Thomas M. Disch, Kurt Vonnegut, and others into Japanese.
Author Jim Harmon (b. 1933) died on February 16. Harmon wrote numerous should stories in the 1950s and 60s, appearing in magazines including Galaxy, If, and F&SF. He also wrote westerns and occasionally used the pen name Judson Grey. Harmon served a short stint as editor of Monsters of the Movies and was also a pioneer in the field of radio show history.
Actor Lionel Jeffries (b. 1926) died on February 19. Jeffries appeared in more than 100 films and television episodes and is perhaps most recognizable as the grandfather in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He played Blake in The Quatermass Experiment, Pellinore in Camelot, Dilworthy in Rocket to the Moon, and Cavor in The First Men in the Moon. He had guest roles in several genre series, including The Adventures of Robin Hood and Lexx.
Author Mervyn Jones (b. 1922) died on February 23. The author of nearly 30 novels, only one of them, On the Last Day was a science fiction novel.. He began publishing fiction in1953 after serving in World War II and writing and editing New Statesman.
Actor Andrew Koenig (b. 1968) was found dead in a Vancouver, Canada park on February 25. Koenig, who had a recurring role on the television series Growing Pains also appeared in the film InAlienable, the fan film Batman: Dead End, and an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, was the son of Walter Koenig, who portrayed Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek and Bester in Babylon 5. Koenig, who had been missing since February 14, committed suicide according to his father.
Artist Robert McCall (b. 1919) died on February 26. McCall learned he was colorblind when trying to become a pilot in World War II. FOllowing the war, he worked as an illustrator for Bielefelt Studios and Charles Cooper Studios. Long an avid fan of aviation, in the 1960s, he worked for NASA to help create illustrations for NASA and in 1967 he began working on the promotional art for Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: a space odyssey. Other science fiction film posters he created include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Meteor, and The Black Hole.
Los Angeles fan Lauren Uroff (b. 1959) died on March 2 from breast cancer. Uroff was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. Uroff was an avid reader and active in many on-line communities.
Actor Corey Haim (b. 1971) died of an accidental overdose on March 10. Haim appeared in numerous films, including The Lost Boys, Watchers, and the tv film Merlin. Many of his projects were in conjunction with his long-time friend Corey Feldman, leading to the two being referred to as "the Two Coreys."
Fan Dan Province (b. 1947) died on March 13 after suffering a stroke on March 11. Province was an Ohio fan who was active in running Marcon, Context, and Millennicon. He served on the board of Fanaco, the organization that runs Context. He is survived by his wife, Jan.
Actor Peter Graves (b. 1926) died on March 14. Graves has appeared in several iconic roles, from Jim Phelps in Mission Impossible to Captain Clarence Oveur in the two Airplane! films (the second of which was a genre film, to Price in Stalag 17. Graves also appeared in several episodes of Fantasy Island and an episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Other genre roles included the film It Conquered the World and The Clonus Horror.
Australian author Patricia Wrightson (b. 1921) died on March 15. Wrightson was the recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1986 and often used native Australian mythology is her writing. Although Wrightson was best known as a children's author, she also wrote non-juvenile works such as The Ice is Coming, Journey Behind the Wind, and The Dark Bright Water.
Ohio Fan C. Joe Mannings (b. 1944) died on March 17. Manning attended numerous events in Klingon costume and organized the Camp Dover Peace Conference, a Star Trek convention. He served in Vietnam and Germany as well as with the Civil Air Patrol.
Poet John Nichols died on March 18. Nichols had poetry appear in Asimov's, Strange Horizons, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, and other venues. Nichols spent several years as the treasurer of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. He taught social studies at Cleveland's South High School and was scheduled to retire at the end of the current semester.
Comic book fan Joe Sarno died on March 18. Sarno was a founder of both The Fantasy Collectors of Chicago and the Chicago Comic Con, which was eventually sold to Wizard World. In 1971, he opened one of the country's first comic book stores, The Nostalgia Shop, initially in his basement before moving to a store front and eventually becoming Comic Kingdom, which closed in 2003.
Comic artist John Hicklenton (b. 1967) died on March 19 after suffering from multiple sclerosis. Hicklenton drew ZombieWorld using the name John Deadstock. Other titles he worked on include Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, and Third World War. He was first diagnosed with MS in 2000 and in 2008, the documentary Here's Johnny was released about his experiences.
Author William Mayne (b. 1928) died on March 23. Mayne wrote the Earthfasts series and the Hob series of short stories. Mayne won the Carnegie Medal in 1957 for his book The Glass Rope. His Earthfasts series was made into a television series in 1994. In 2004, he admitted to charges of child sexual abuse and was imprisoned for two and a half years.
Actor Robert Culp (b. 1930) died on March 24 after falling and hitting his head on the sidewalk in front of his house. Culp is best known for his role as Kelly Robinson in I Spy. In the 1980s, he appeared as Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero. Culp also appeared on a variety of television shows and films with genre ties.
Art Director John D. Jeffries, Sr. (b. 1935) died on March 25. Jeffries served as a set designer for the original Star Trek. His brother, Matt Jeffries, was the inspiration for the name "Jeffries Tubes." Jeffries went on to work as a set designer for the films Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Black Knight and as a productin designer on the television shows The Greatest American Hero and Misfits of Science.
Actor and producer John McGarr (b. 1964) was killed by a drunken driver on March 25. McGarr was in Indianapolis to attend Horror Hound Indy when he was struck on his way to breakfast. He produced and appeared in the film House of the Wolf Man. He also appeared in the horror film Sick Girl.
Comic editor Dick Giordano (b. 1932) died on March 27. Giordano began working on comics in 1951 and worked for DC, Marvel, Dell, Valiant. He was also the editor in chief at Charlton, overseeing the period when Charlton created several iconic superheroes, including The Blue Beetle. When he moved to DC in the late 60s, he brought much of the Charlton talent with him. Giordano inked several comics, perhaps most notably Superman vs. Muhammed Ali.
Author Dirk L. Schaeffer (b. 1933) died on March 28. Most of Schaeffer's writing was made up of jazz and film reviews, but in 1993, he published the science fiction story "Three Moral Tales" in On Spec.
Joel S. Ross (b. 1947) died on April 2. Ross was the author of the horror novel Eye for an Eye and also contributed several short stories to anthologies. He taught abnormal psychology and worked as a psychologist for juvenile defenders for New York.
Manga artist Chiyoko "Shio" Satö (b. 1952) died on April 4 from brain cancer. Sato was a member of the Post Year 24 Group, a group of female artists influential in developing shojo manga. She debuted in 1977 with Koi wa Ajinomono!? and went on the publish Yumemiru Wakusei and One Zero.
Actor Corin Redgrave (b. 1939) died on April 6. Redgrave, brother of Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, appeared in numerous films, including Excalibur, in which he played Cornwall. He also appeared in a 1966 episode of Mystery and Imagination played Jonathan Harker in an adaptation of Dracula.
British actor Christopher Cazenove (b. 1943) died on April 7. Cazenove has appeared in numerous films and television shows, perhaps most notably Dynasty. His genre credits include an episode of Charmed, A Knight's Tale, an episode of Tales from the Crypt, and Royal Flash.
Artist John Schoenherr (b. 1935) died on April 8. Schoenherr was the recipient of the Hugo Award and illustrated numerous books and magazines, both within the field and outside it. Among his best known works were his covers for Analog that illustrated the serialization of "Dune World," which became the novel Dune. Schoenherr's illustrations were often influenced by his knowledge of zoology.
Peggy White (b. 1927) died on April 8. White was the widow of science fiction author James White and attended Irish science fiction conventions beginning in the 1950s.
Portland fan John Andrews (b. 1951) died on April 9. Andrews helped create Portland fandom, financing the first OryCon. Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc (OSFCI) was founded in Andrews's living room. For the last several years, Andrews had muscular dystrophy, which did not stop him from attending OryCons and Worldcons.
Actor Meinhardt Raabe (b. 1915) died of an heart attack on April 9. Raabe only appeared in a few films and is most notable for his portrayal of the coroner in 1939's The Wizard of Oz. Raabe continued to make appearances at Wizard of Oz conventions until his death. In 2005, Raabe published his autobiography, Memories of a Munchkin: An Illustrated Walk Down the Yellow Brick Road which talked about the film, his work at the 1933 world's fair, as a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, and as the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile driver.
Actor Michael Pataki (b. 1938) died on April 16 following a battle with cancer. Pataki provided voices for Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures , Batman, and Extreme Ghostbusters. He appeared in episodes of Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Amazing Spider-Man, and numerous other television series and films.
Carl Macek (b. 1950) died on April 17 after suffering an heart attack. Macek began his career doing grassroots promotional work for films such as Star Wars and Alien. In the early 1980s, he worked with Harmony Gold to create the Robotech series. Throughout his career, he helped support the dubbing and creation of anime, helping to bring it to a wider US audience.
Editor, publisher, and fan George H. Scithers (b. 1929) died on April 19, two days after suffering an heart attack. Scithers entered fandom in 1957 and began publishing the Hugo Award-winning fanzine Amra. He chaired the Discon, the Worldcon, in 1963. In 1969, he published his first short story in If. Scithers founded Owlswick Press in 1973, and four years later was named the first editor of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, which he left in 1986. Two years later, along with John Betancourt, Scithers re-established Weird Tales. He was the fan guest of honor at Millennium Philcon, the Worldcon, in 2001. Scithers received a total of 4 Hugo Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fan Joy Sanderson (b. 1923) died on April 22. Sanderson was, at different times, married to Vin¢ Clarke and Sandy Sanderson. In 1957, she served as Secretary for Loncon I, that year's Worldcon. When she decided it was time to downsize houses in 2001, she worked with Moshe Feder to ensure that her collection of fanzines would be preserved.
Author Sharon Webb (b. 1936) died on April 29 from an heart attack. Webb began publishing science fiction in 1963 when her poem "Atomic Reaction" appeared in F&SF under the pseudonym "Ron Webb." A year later, her first short story, "The Girl with the 100 Proof Eyes" appeared in the same magazine under the same name. Many of her stories were collected in the fix-up novel The Adventures of Terra Tarkington and she also wrote the Earth Song trilogy.
Actor Lynn Redgrave (b. 1943) died on May 2. Redgrave appeared in numerous films and television shows, including playing Aunt Millicent in the 2003 film Peter Pan, the Wicked Witch of the East in The Lion of Oz. and Dr. van Helsing in Disco Beaver from Outer Space.
Actor Kei Satô (b. 1928) died on May 2 of pneumonia. Sato appeared in Godzilla 1985: The Legend Is Reborn and in numerous Japanese films including Kwaidan, Azumi, Yabu no naka no kuroneko, and The Oiwa Phantom.
Script supervisor Robert Gary (b. 1920) died on May 3. Gary served as a script supervisor for the television shows Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Gary worked on numerous other television shows, including The Outer Limits and Highway to Heaven. Originally an actor, Gary turned to script supervision during the blacklist era when he was concerned about drawing attention to himself.
Guenter Wendt (b. 1924) died on May 3 after being hospitalized for congestive heart failure and then suffering a stroke. Wendt served as NASA's original launch pad leader and was the last person NASA astronauts saw before they left Earth. Wendt was born in Berlin and became a US citizen in 1955, shortly before going to work for NASA. Wendt had left NASA to work for North American Aviation, but the fit was not good and after the Apollo 1 fire, the astronauts insisted that Wendt be hired back by NASA to continue his work. Wendt eventually retired from NASA in 1989. He published his memoirs, The Unbroken Chain in 2001.
Director and screenwriter David E. Dursten (b. 1921) died on May 6. Dursten wrote two episodes of the television series Tales of Tomorrow as well as the horror film I Drink Your Blood, which he also directed and acted in.
Actress Babz Chula (b. 1946) died on May 7. Born Barbara Ellen Zuckerman, Chula appeared in the comedy Stay Tuned, the vampire film Bitten, and The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
Editor David Everitt (b. 1953) died on May 7 after a long battle with ALS. Everitt served as co-editor of Fangoria, working on the magazine from issue sixteen in 1981 through issue 50 in 1985. In addition to his magazine editorial work, Everitt published numerous books on a variety of topics relating to film and television.
Actress and singer Lena Horne (b. 1917) died on May 9. Horne was an African-American actress who was blacklisted in Hollywood in the 1950s for her activism. She began working as a lounge singer when she was 16. After Hollywood blacklisted her, she returned to singing in nightclubs. Her most famous recording is, perhaps, "Stormy Weather." Horne began appeared in television and film again in the 1960s and in 1978 played the role of Glinda in The Wiz, her last film role. All of her later appearances were in cameos as herself.
Artist Frank Frazetta (b. 1928) died on May 10. Frazetta, whose wife, Ellie, died in July 2009, is perhaps best known for his paintings of Conan the Barbarian and artwork for other books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Frazetta had a career spanning more than forty years. He was a Hugo Award winner, a member of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, and was named Spectrum Grand Master of Fantastic Art.
Thundercats writer Steve Perry (b. 1954) who disappeared in May, has been declared a murder victim by the Zephyrhills police. Perry disappeared from his home around May 16 and shortly afterward, two of his roommates were arrested on unrelated charges. Police were not ready, at the time, to declare Perry a murder victim, despite finding a severed arm in his abandoned van and other body parts nearby. They have not indicated why they now consider him a murder victim. In addition to Thundercats, Perry also worked on the comic books Timespirits and Silverhawks.
Author George Ewing (b. 1946) died on May 18 following a massive heart attack. Ewing was a member of the St. Petersburg (Florida) Writers Club and frequently attended Necronomicon. He has published short stories as well as technical articles. Ewing was a member of the Clarion class of 1973 and began publishing short stories in 1974 with "Black Fly."
Mathematician Martin Gardner (b. 1914) died on May 22. Gardner published the "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American as well as create a series of mathematical games that ran in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine from 1977 through 1986. Gardner wrote fiction set in L. Frank Baum's Oz world, as well as essays and monographs on Lewis Carroll's work.
Author Arthur Herzog III (b. 1927) died on May 26. Herzog published numerous novels, including Orca, Immortalon, Icetopia, and more. Herzog also published two collections of science fiction short stories as well as non-fiction books. His novel The Swarm was adapted for film in 1978 and his novel IQ 83 is currently in production. he also composed the song "God Bless the Child."
Voice actress Pat Stevens died on May 26 following a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Steven voiced the role of Velma Dinkley on various incarnations of Scooby Doo from 1976-1979, during which time, she also appeared on M*A*S*H as Nurse Baker.
Producer Peter Keefe (b. 1953) died on May 27. Keefe was a producer and writer of Denver, the Last Dinosaur, Twinkle, the Dream Being, and Widget, the World Watcher. He also produced Voltron: Defender of the Universe and Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. In addition to writing for his own productions, Keefe wrote an episode of the series Tales from the Darkside.
Fan and Celtic scholar Alexei Kondratiev (b. 1949) died of an heart attack on May 27. Kondratiev, who was fluent in all six Celtic language, was instrumental in the Celtic Reconstructionist movement and a strong defender of Celtic language and culture. His books included The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual, Learning the Celtic Languages: A Resource Guide for the Student of Irish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Breton, Manx, or Cornish, and the comic Vidorix the Druid.
Actor Gary Coleman (b. 1968) died of a cerebral hemorrhage following a fall on May 28. Coleman is best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the television series Diff'rent Strokes, but also appeared in a couple retellings of A Christmas Carol as well as an episode of Amazing Stories and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Coleman, known for his height, ran to replace Governor Gray Davis of California and came in eighth.
Actor Dennis Hopper (b. 1936) died on May 29. Hopper is best known for his role in the film Easy Rider, but also appeared in numerous films of genre interest, including Land of the Dead, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Space Truckers, and Waterworld. His television work included an episode of The Twilight Zone.
Author Jeanne Robinson (b. 1948) died on May 30. Last year, Robinson was diagnosed with a virulent form of biliary cancer which has not responded to treatment. Robinson, the wife of Spider Robinson, co-authored the Stardance novels and won the Nebula and Hugo Awards in 1978 for the original novella, "Stardance." Robinson has also been a dancer and choreographer. At the time of her death, she was working with James Sposto and David Gerrold to bring Stardance to the screen.
Author Randolph Stow (b. 1935) died on May 30 of liver cancer.. Stow published The Girl Green As Elderflower, Suburbs of Hell, Visitants, and Tourmaline. He won the Miles Franklin Award for To the Islands.
Actress Rue McClanahan (b. 1934) died on June 3. McClanahan is best known for her role on Golden Girls and its sequel, but has also appeared in the television show Wonderfalls, the film Starship Troopers and did voice work for the animated Spider-Man series. Other genre work includes Biosphere 2, The Dreamer of Oz, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Author Frank K. Kelly (b. 1914) died on June 11, one day shy of his 96th birthday. Kelly began writing stories in 1931 when "Light Bender" appeared in Wonder Stories. Kelly published a total of ten stories over the next four years, three of which he would publish in his only collection, Starship Invincible in 1979. Kelly became a reporter and served in World War II before working for Harry Truman. He published several non-genre books. In 1996, Kelly was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame.
Everett Bleiler (b. 1920) died on June 13. Bleiler, who was twice nominated for the Hugo Award for his works Science Fiction: The Early Years and Science Fiction: The Gernsback Years, was a leading bibliographer of the field. He is also credited with co-editing, with T.E. Dikty, the first year's best anthology series. He won the SFRA Pilgrim Award in 1984 and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988.
Illustrator Al Williamson (b. 1931) died on June 13. Williamson began working on the Tarzan with his mentor, Burne Hogarth, in 1948. By 1952, he was working for EC Comics on Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, often collaborating with Frank Frazetta. In the mid-80s, Williamson worked on comic adaptations of many sf films, including Bladerunner and The Empire Strikes Back. He remained active into the 2000s.
Irsh writer Stephen Gilbert (b. 1912) died on June 23. Gilbert wrote the novels Landslide and Monkeyface. His novel Ratman's Notebooks was the basis for the film Willard.
Los Angeles fan Bob Null (b. 1938) died on June 23 after a battle with cancer. Null was long active in LASFS, serving twenty terms as the organization's vice president. Null, who also sat on the Board of Directors, frequently handled logistics for local conventions.
Author F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre (b. 1948) died on June 25, an apparent suicide. MacIntyre was the author of The Woman Between the Worlds and MacIntyre's Improbable Bestiary, the latter made up of his columns for Asimov's. A body identified as MacIntyre's was found in his burned apartment a day after he was taken to Coney Island Hospital for observation after police had received word that he might be suicidal.
Actress Ilene Woods (b. Jacquelyn Ruth Woods in 1929) died on July 1. Woods only made two films and is best known for her second role, providing the voice of Cinderella in the 1950 Disney film of the same title. She performed on radio and recorded a demo of several of the film's songs for Jerry Livingston and Mack David to pitch to Disney and Disney cast her in the role.
Actress Vonetta McGee(b. 1940) died on July 9. McGee appeared in the films Blacula, Brother Future, and Repo Man. McGee believed that the term "Blaxploitation," which was applied to many of the films she appeared in, hurt her career opportunities.
Author James P. Hogan (b. 1941) was found dead on July 12 according to his literary agent. Hogan, who won three Seiun Awards and 2 Prometheus Awards, wrote the "Giants" series, beginning with his debut novel, Inherit the Stars, as well as The Proteus Operation and Thrice Upon a Time.
Comic book author Harvey Pekar (b. 1939) was found dead at 1:00 am on July 12. Pekar chronicled his life in comic form, published as American Splendour, which was also made into a film in 2003. In addition to his own autobiographical comics, Pekar published several other comics based on history or biographies of other people. In 2006, he was named the first guest editor of The Best American Comics.
Actor Peter Fernandez (b. 1927) died on July 15. Fernandez is best known for his involvement with the 1967 anime series Speed Racer, providing the voicework for both Speed Racer and Racer X and writing scripts. Other shows of genre interest he worked on include Captain Video and His Video Rangers, Gigantor, and Space Cruiser Yamato and the films Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster and Mothra. He had a bit role in the live-action Speed Racer film.
Actor James Gammon (b. 1940) died on July 16. Gammon, perhaps best known for his gravelly voice which he used in the film The Iron Giant, also appeared in an episode of Batman in 1967, The Wild Wild West, and the film The Cell.
French-Canadian comic critic Richard Langlois (b.c. 1942) died on July 19. Langlois introduced the study of comics at the college level in Quebec and helped curate several comic-themed displays, including exhibitions on Albert Chartier, Edgar Pierre Jacobs, and Quebecois comics. Using the pseudonyms Richard Lee and Lee Richard, he had recently participated in several e-zine debates on comics.
Actor Maury Chaykin (b. 1949) died on July 27, his 61st birthday. Chaykin Appeared on many genre television shows, including Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, Eureka, and The Twilight Zone as well as films.
Actress Lorene Yarnell (b. 1948) died on July 29. Yarnell, best known as part of the act Shields and Yarnell, with Robert Shields, appeared in The New Adventures of Wonder Woman as Formicida, and in the television special Wild Wild West Revisited. She had a bit role in the made-for-tv movie Generation, but her largest genre role was as Dot Matrix in the Mel Brooks spoof Spaceballs (although Joan Rivers provided her character's voice).
Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz (b. 1942) died on July 31. Son of screenwriter/director Joseph Mankiewicz, the younger Mankiewicz also wrote for Hollywood and received consultant credits on Superman, Superman II, and Ladyhawke. He also wrote the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever and directed the fantasy film Delirious and an episode of Tales from the Crypt.
Oscar winning actress Patricia Neal (b. 1924) died on August 8. Neal starred in the science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still and also Immediate Danger and Ghost Story. She won her Academy Award for her non-genre role in Hud.
London fan Dick Ellingsworth (b. 1943) died on August 10. Ellingsworth edited two issues of Burroughsiana when he was 19. Ellingsworth broke into fandom as part of the New Wave and recently published what he had hoped would be the first of a series of recollection of that era.
Spanish illustrator Fernando Fernandez (b. 1940) died on August 10. Fernandez began by drawing war and romance comics, eventually contributing to Vampirella, Heavy Metal, and Creepy, for which he adapted Dracula. In 1989, shortly before retiring from the comic field, Fernandez adapted Isaac Asimov's Lucky Starr for comics.
Elaine Koster (b. 1940) died on August 10. Koster was president and publisher of Dutton/NAL before she founded her own literary agency in 1998. Koster published Stephen King's "Richard Bachmann" novels, as well as Greg Iles and Peter Straub.
Producer David L. Wolper (b. 1928) died on August 10. Wolper is best known as the producer of Roots, but also produced a television version of Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon and the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Fan Isaac Bonewits (b. 1949) died on August 12. Bonewits was active in the Society of Creative Anachronism as well as the neo-pagan movement. He became interested in Druidism while at college and helped establish the Reformed Druids of North America.
Susan M. Garrett (b. 1940) died on August 14 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Garrett began publishing fan fiction in 1983 in her Doctor Who fanzine Time Winds and she went on to write fan fiction of several other television shows and in 1997 was hired to write a novelization of Forever Knight, entitled Intimations of Mortality for Berkeley.
Screenwriter Jackson Gillis (b. 1916) died on August 19. Gillis worked on several genre television shows over the years including both The Adventures of Superman with George Reeves and Lois and Clark. He also wrote for Lost in Space, The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, and Knight Rider.
Scottish poet Edwin Morgan (b. 1920) died on August 19. Morgan was named first Scottish National Poet in 2004 and was associated with the Scottish Renaissance. In 1979, he published a poetry collection entitled Star Gate: Science Fiction Poems.
Game designer Charles S. Roberts (b. 1930) died on August 20. Roberts designed Tactics, widely considered to be the first modern board wargame. In 1958, he founded the Avalon Hill Game Company, which produces games including D-Day, Stalingrad, Battle of the Bulge, Gettysburg. His games inspired a generation of later designers, including Dungeons & Dragon's co-creator Dave Arnason.
Animator Satoshi Kon (b. 1963) died on August 24. Kon began drawing manga for Young magazine and eventually became an animator, working on films including Rojin Z and Memories. In 1998, he directed Perfect Blue. He was currently working on The Dream Machine.
Astronaut William B. Lenoir (b. 1939) died on August 28. Lenoir joined the Astronaut Corps as part of Group 6 in 1967 as a scientist-astronaut. He flew his only mission in November 1982 as a mission specialist aboard Columbia flight STS-5, which was considered the first operational flight of the shuttle. Lenoir left NASA in 1984 after declining a space on a 1985 shuttle launch. He went on to work for Booz Allen Hamilton. He returned to NASA in 1989 as Associate Administrator for Space Flight and remained until 1992, when he again left for BAH, where he remained until his retirement in 2000.
French director Alain Corneau (b. 1943) died on August 29. Corneau won an Cesar Award for his historical film Tous les matins du monde. His only foray into science fiction was the 1974 film France, Inc.
Author Rebecca Neason (b. 1954) died on August 31 following a long illness. Neason wrote the novels The Oak and the Cross, The Thirteenth Scroll, and The Truest Power. She also published novelizations for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Highlander.
Editor Larry Ashmead (b. 1932) died on September 3. Ashmead worked for Doubleday in the 1960s and published many science fiction authors, including Isaac Asimov, Barry Malzberg, Gordon Dickson, and more. He was the editor responsible for the earliest of the Nebula Award anthologies and Science Fiction Hall of Fame, which helped keep the early SFWA afloat. Ashmead also worked for Simon & Schuster, Lippincott, and HarperCollins, retiring in 2003.
Bibliographer Neil Barron (b. 1934) died on September 5, 2010 in Las Vegas. Barron published five editions of his bibliography/reference work Anatomy of Wonder. He was also the founder and first editor of Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review. After publishing the final edition of Anatomy of Wonder, Barron dropped out of the community.
Actor Glenn Shadix (b. 1952) died on September 7. Shadix appeared in Demolition Man, Multiplicity, Beetlejuice, the Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes, and did voice work for Teen Titans, Justice League, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Actress Billy Mae Richards (b. 1921) died on September 10 following a series of strokes. Richards appeared in the 1988 tv series War of the Worlds and the films Gammera the Invincible and Shadow Builder. Her best known role, however, was providing the title character's voice for the Bass-Rankin production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and subsequent films.
Author Edwin Charles Tubb (b. 1919) died on September 10. E. C. Tubb was best known for his Dumarest Saga, which ran for thirty-three volumes, and his Cap Kennedy series, written under the pseudonym Gregory Kern. He wrote six novels set in the world of Space: 1999 as well as several stand-alone novels and short stories. Tubb was one of the Guests of Honor at Heicon, the 28th World Science Fiction Convention held in Heidelberg, Germany in 1970 and was one of the co-founders of the British Science Fiction Association.
Actor Harold Gould (b. Harold V. Goldstein, 1923) died after suffering from prostate cancer on September 11. Gould appeared in numerous works of genre interest, including episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Lois and Clark, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, and The Wild Wild West. He also did work on the films Brother Bear, The Love Bug, The Strongest Man in the World, and Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth.
Actor Kevin McCarthy (b. 1914) died on September 11. McCarthy is best known for his appearance in the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers and has also appeared in Piranha, The Twilight Zone: The Movie, and others, including television shows. McCarthy began appearing in films in 1944 and continued until his death. He was nominated for an Oscar, and won a Golden Globe, for his appearance in Death of a Salesman.
French director Claude Chabrol (b. 1930) died on September 12. Chabrol was part of France's New Wave, directing films such as Le Boucher and La Femme Infidèle. He also delved into some genre work, with the science fiction film Dr. M and the horror movie Alice ou la dernière fugue. He also directed episodes of fantasy and horror television series Les redoutables and Fantômas.
Actor James Bacon (b. 1914) died on September 18. Not to be confused with the Irish SF fan, Bacon appeared in all five Planet of the Apes films, usually as an ape, although he portrayed a human, General Faulkner, in Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Bacon, who primarily made his living as a journalist, also had minor roles in the films Capricorn 1 and Meteor.
Author Jennifer Rardin (b. 1965) died suddenly on September 20. Rardin began publishing her Jaz Parks series of urban fantasy novels in 2007 with Once Bitten, Twice Shy. She has followed her debut novel with five more in the same series.
Composer Geoffrey Burgon (b. 1941) died on September 21. Burgon got his start as a ballet composer, but moved on the film and television composition, providing music for the Doctor Who serials "The Terror of the Zygons" and "The Seeds of Doom," the horror series Shades of Darkness, the BBC's productions of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Silver Chair, and Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Burgon also composed the music for Monty Python's Life of Brian.
Dracula Society founder Bernard Davies (b. 1923) died on September 21. Davies co-founded the Dracula Society in 1973 and organized the first Dracula-themed tour of Transylvania for the society, following it with similarly themed tours of Czechoslovakia and Whitby. Davies also contributed several articles to Bram Stoker Society Journal. In addition to being a fan and expert on Dracula, Davies was also active in Sherlock Holmes fandom.
Actress Jackie Burroughs (b. 1939) died on September 22. Burroughs, who is best known for her role in Avonlea appeared in several genre productions, including episodes of Smallville, The Twilight Zone, and Ewoks. Her genre films include Heavy Metal, Food of the Gods 2, Willard, and Into the Labyrinth.
Puppeteer Van Snowden (b. 1939) died on September 22. Snowden worked on many shows for Sid and Marty Krofft, including Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Land of the Lost, and Pufnstuf, whose portrayal he frequently performed, especially after 1975. He worked the Crypt Master puppet on television and in the film Casper and also worked as a puppeteer on the film Beetlejuice.
Actress Gloria Stuart (b. 1910) died on September 26. Bets known as the older version fo Rose in the film Titanic, Stuart co-starred with Claude Rains in the 1933 verison of The Invisible Man. Othe rgenre credits include Roman Scandal, It's Great to Be Alive, and The Old Dark House. Stuart began acting in films in 1932 and retired in 1946. She came out of retirement in 1975 and continued to work until 2004.
Agent Ralph Vicinanza (b. 1950) died of a brain aneurysm on September 26. Vicinanza represented Stephen King, Connie Willis, Robert J. Sawyer, Stephen Baxter, and many other major science fiction and fantasy authors. Vicinanza also had a producer credit on some films and television shows made based on his clients work, including FlashForward, Jumper, and the forthcoming The Forever War.
Fan Jack L. Brizzi, Jr. (b. 1976) died suddenly on September 27. Brizzi frequently attended Marcon, Worldcons, and other science fiction and horror conventions. He recently collaborated with his mother, science fiction author Mary Turzillo, on an article examining the use of horror poetry in death metal lyrics.
Film editor Sally Menke (b. 1953) died on September 28 while hiking. Menke edited the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the horror films Grindhouse and Nightwatch. She worked closely with Quentin Tarantino and was the editor on all of his films from Reservoir Dogs to Inglourious Basterds. She received Oscar nominations for Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction.
Director Arthur Penn (b. 1922) died on September 28, a day after his 88th birthday. Penn received three Oscar nominations, for his films The Miracle Worker, Bonnie and Clyde, and Alice's Restaurant. He directed one horror film, Dead of Winter and appeared in two episodes of the television series BeastMaster, his only acting roles.
Actor Tony Curtis (b. Bernard Schwartz, 1925) died on September 29 in his home in Las Vegas. Best known for so many films, not least of which are Some Like It Hot, Spartacus, The Great Race, Operation Petticoat, The Great Imposter, and The Defiant Ones (his only Oscar nomination). He also appeared in some genre works, including Rosemary's Baby, Lobster Man from Mars, The Manitou, The Mummy Lives, and an episode of Lois and Clark.
Author, producer, and screenwriter Stephen J. Cannell (b. 1941) died on September 30. Cannell was the producer and writer of television shows The Greatest American Hero and The A-Team. He has also acted in genre television, including Threshold, Ice Spiders, and Castle. Cannell also wrote several mysteries and thrillers, including the "Shane Scully" series.
Betty Bond (b. 1916) died on October 1. Born Betty Fulsom, she was married to science fiction author Nelson Bond for 72 years prior to his death in 2006. Betty assisted Bond by typing is manuscripts and keeping the financial books on his writing career. Nelson Bond was named Author Emeritus of SFWA in 1998. Betty Bond was the host of the Betty Bond Show on the radio in Roanoke, VA during the 1940s and also was a presence on television through 1959, winning the Virginia Associated Press broadcasting award.
Illustrator Brian Williams (b.c.1956) died on October 4. Williams began illustrating Joe Dever's Lone Wolf novels with The Cauldron of Fear and continued to illustrate the series through California Countdown. His illustrations also appeared in White Wolf magazine.
Actor Sir Norman Wisdom (b. 1915) died on October 4. Sir Norman appeared in numerous films beginning in the late 1940s. Best known for comedy, his genre credits include the horror film Evil Calls and fantasy Five Children and It. He also appeared in the documentary Where on Earth Is… Katy Manning Because She'd Really Like to Know!. Wisdom received a lifetime achievement award at the British Comedy Awards in 1992 and an OBE in 2000.
Director Roy Ward Baker (b. 1916) died on October 5. Baker directed the science fiction films Quatermass and the Pit and Moon Zero Two and the horror films The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death, Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde and many more. He won the Fantafestival Audience Award for The Monster Club and two Berlin International Film Festival Awards for Asylum. He also directed an episode of the 1982 steampunk series Q.E.D.
Reen Brust died on October 7 from congenital heart failure. Brust was the first wife of author Steven Brust and the basis for his character Aliera. She also urged Brust to write the novel that became Jhereg and To Reign in Hell. Brust was active in Minneapolis fandom and read Tarot.
Mary E. Stubbs died on October 9. Stubbs was married to Harry C. Stubbs, who was better known in the science fiction community as Hal Clement, and who also painted under the name George Richard.
Australian fan Alf van der Pooten (b. 1942) died on October 9. Van der Pooten was active in Sydney (and later Melbourne) fandom in the 1970s and 80s. He attended the first Syncon in Sydney and later became friends with Locus publisher Charles Brown, who he helped at the first three Aussiecons.
Australian author Donald H. Tuck (b. 1922) died on October 13. Tuck was Australia's first Hugo Award winner for his the third and final volume of his study The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy in 1984. Tuck was the Australia Guest of Honor at Aussiecon I in 1975, but failed to show up.
Belgian author and fan Alain Le Bussy (b. 1947) died on October 14 from complications following throat surgery. Le Bussy was the editor of the fanzine Xuensè and was active in convention running. He wrote more than thirty novels and had two series, the "Aqualia" and the "Yorg" series. His novel Deltas received the Prix Rosny-Aîné in 1993 and in 1995, he was inducted into the European Science Fiction Society Hall of Fame.
Actor Simon MacCorkindale (b. 1952) died on October 14 from bowel and lung cancer. MacCorkindale appeared in the television shows Earth: Final Conflict, Quatermass, Relic Hunter, Poltergeist: The Legacy, and the title character in Manimal. He also appeared in the film The Sword and the Sorcerer.
Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot (b. 1924) died on October 14 from pancreatic cancer. Mandelbrot was a pioneer in the field of fractals, a term he coined, and first described the Mandelbrot set.
Actor Johnny Sheffield (b. 1931) died on October 15. Sheffield is best known for appearing as Tarzan's son in eight films during the 1940s opposite Johnny Weismuller. Following his Tarzan films, Sheffield attempted to capitalize on his fame with his own series of jungle films as Bomba, the Jungle Boy, a series which ran from 1949 through 1955 when Sheffield retired from acting.
Actress Barbara Billingsley (b. 1915) died on October 16. Best known for her role as June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, Billingsley made several appearance in genre work, including Invaders from Mars, the original Angels in the Outfield, Amazing Stories, and Mork and Mindy. She received two Emmy nominations for her work on Muppet Babies.
Actor Tom Bosley (b. 1927) died on October 19. Bosley is best known for his role as Howard Cunningham on Happy Days, but he appeared in several genre television shows including Night Gallery, Bewitched, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker (and, of course, the Mork episodes of Happy Days). He also created the role of Maurice in the Broadway version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
Actor Graham Crowden (b. 1922) died on October 19. Crowden appeared in the Doctor Who serial "The Horns of Nimon" and reportedly turned down the opportunity to replace Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. Other genre work included The Last Days of Man on Earth, Star Maidens, Jabberwocky, and the voice of Mustrum Ridcully in the animated adaptation of Soul Music.
Publisher Bob Guccione (b. 1930) died on October 20. Guccione is best known for founding Penthouse magazine and his funding for the 1979 film Caligula, but in the science fiction world he will be best remembered for founding Omni Magazine (and later Omni Online), which ran plenty of original science fiction under the editorships of Ben Bova, Robert Sheckley, and Ellen Datlow.
Author Eva Ibbotson (b. Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner 1925) died on October 20. Ibbotson published her first novel, The Great Ghost Rescue in 1975 and went on to publish The Secret of Platform 13, The Star of Kazan, and The Beasts of Clawstone Castle. She won the Nestle Smartie Award in 2001 for her novel Journey to the River Sea.
Animator Alex Anderson (b. 1920) died on October 22. Anderson created the design for the characters of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Bullwinkle J. Moose, Dudley Do-Right, and Crusader Rabbit while working for Jay Ward Productions. Because Anderson did not want to move from San Francisco to Los Angeles, he did not work directly on Rocky and His Friends or subsequent shows and only had a consulting credit. Anderson sued Jay Ward Productions for credit in the creation of the characters.
Actor Denis Simpson (b. 1950) died on October 22 of a brain hemorrhage. Born in Canada, Simpson appeared in the television movie Final Days of Planet Earth and an episode of the short-lived 2007 series Flash Gordon. He also appeared in an episode of the television show Night Visions. He also was the original vocalist for the Nylons.
Actor Don Leifert (b. 1950) died on October 23. Leifert appeared in several science fiction and horror films, including Crawler, The Galaxy Invader, Nightbeast, and The Alien Factor.
Comic book illustrator Mike Esposito (b. 1927) died on October 24. Esposito worked on Wonder Woman during the Silver Age and co-created the Metal Men for DC. In the mid-60s, he began freelancing for Marvel, using the name Mickey Dee to hide his identity from DC. Esposito worked on many of the major DC and Marvel titles and also helped create Hell-Rider. Esposito was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005. One of his Wonder Woman drawings was featured on a US postage stamp in 2006.
Director and actor Lamont Johnson (b. 1922) died on October 24. Johnson won two Emmy awards for his television work. In the early 1950s, Johnson portrayed Tarzan on the radio show Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. Moving into film, he directed several episodes of the original The Twilight Zone, including "Five Characters In Search of an Exit," and Spacehunter.
Artist Hans Arnold (b. 1925) died on October 25. Arnold was born in Switzerland and moved to Sweden in 1947. Throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s, he provided illustrations for various short fiction magazines. Mostly known for his horror illustrations, Arnold helped found the Swedish Horror Academy.
Actor James MacArthur (b. 1937) died on October 28. MacArthur is best known for his role as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams on Hawaii Five-0, but he also appeared in episodes of Time Express, The Adventures of Superboy, Tarzan, and Fantasy Island. He also appeared in several Disney films, including Swiss Family Robinson. At the time of his death, producers of the new Hawaii Five-0 were negotiating to have him appear on the show.
Musician Maurice Murphy (b. 1935) died on October 28. As principal trumpeter for the London Symphony Orchestra, Murphy's playing can be heard on the soundtracks for all six Star Wars films, Superman, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and numerous other genre films. Murphy was made a MBE in the 2010 New Years Honors for his trumpeting.
Geoffrey Crawley (b. 1926) died on October 29. In 1982 and 1983, Crawley published a series of ten articles in British Journal of Photography exposing the Cottingley Fairy photographs as fakes. Crawley obtained the original cameras used in 1910 and determined that they were incapable of taking the pictures without using darkroom trickery to enhance and alter the images. After Crawley's articles appeared, the cousins in the picture admitted the pictures were taken using cutouts on pins. The two girls died in 1986 and 1988.
Screenwriter Mervyn Haisman (b. 1928) died on October 29. Haisman began his career as an actor, but moved on to writing screenplays. With his writing partner Henry Lincoln, he wrote the scripts for three Doctor Who serials during the Patrick Troughton era: "The Abominable Snowman," The Web of Fear," and "The Dominators." He would return to writing in the Whoniverse in 2008 with The Sarah Jane Adventures serial "Enemy of the Bane." He also wrote the horror film Curse of the Crimson Altar.
Scriptwriter Takeshi Shudo (b. 1949) died on October 29 from a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Shudo worked for Studio Ghibli before taking a job at the Pokémon Company, where he became the chief writer for Pokémon and worked on the company's first three films.
Joseph G. Gavin, Jr. (b. 1920) died on October 30. Gavin was the Director of the Lunar Module Program for Apollo at Grumman for ten years before becoming the company's President in 1972. He was not only responsible for the Lunar Module's design, but also headed the program when the Lunar Module was used as a lifeboat for the Apollo 13 mission. He received the NASA Distinguished Public Medal in 1971.
Dutch author Harry Mulisch (b. 1927) died on October 30. Several of Mulisch's novels included science fiction and fantasy themes, such as De Ontdekking van de Hemel, which was made into the film The Discovery of Heaven. Asteroid 10251 Mulisch is named in his honor.
Author Glenn Lewis Gillette (b. 1946) died on November 1. Gillette died following a year long battle with cancer. Gillette's first published story was "Monster in the Waterhole," in the June 1972 issue of Analog. He was active in the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop and edited the SFWA newsletter for several years. In 2008, he coordinated the SFWA table in the dealers room at Denvention.
Glen GoodKnight (b. 1941) died on November 3. GoodKnight, born Glen Howard Goodknight III, founded the Mythopoeic Society in 1967 and later merged the Society with the Tolkien Society. Mythcon I in 1970 was an attempt to merge the personalities of the two groups. GoodKnight edited nearly 80 issues of the society's newsletter.
Chicago fan George Brickner (b. 1952) died on November 5. Brickner, who also went by the name Dupa T. Parrot, was a beta tester for the CompuServe Forums in 1979 and went on to have a long on-line presence on the science fiction section of the forums once they went live. Brickner was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009.
Actress Michelle Nicastro (b. 1960) died from cancer on November 5. Nicastro provided the voice for Princess Odette in the Swan Princess series of animated films and also was the singing voice for Callisto in Xena: Warrior Princess. Early in her career, she appeared in an episode of Knight Rider. She also appeared on Broadway in the musical Merlin in 1983.
Producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki (b. Hirofumi Nishizaki, 1934) died on November 7 after falling overboard off the coast of Chichijima Island. Nishizaki wrote and produced the anime series Space Cruiser Yamato, Star Blazers, and Space Battleship Yamato among others. He was wearing a wetsuit and was believed to be planning on going for a swim at the time of his accident.
Filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis (b. 1919) died on November 11. De Laurentiis produced several science fiction and fantasy films including the remake of King Kong, Dune, Conan the Barbarian, Barbarella, Flash Gordon, The Dead Zone, and Army of Darkness. In 2001, he won the Irving R. Thalberg Award and he won an Oscar in 1957 for La Strada. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films presented him with a lifetime achievement award in 1997.
London fan Paul Gamble (b. 1949) died on November 15. Gamble spent many years as a bookseller, including a period of time at Forbidden Planet, and was active in London fandom. At times he represented authors as a literary agent.
William E. Self (b. 1921) died on November 15. Self worked as a production manager for several television shows of genre interest, including Batman, Land of the Giants, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, and Time Tunnel. Self appeared in several films as well, including The Thing from Another World.
Fan Asenath Hammond (b. 1950) died on November 22. Hammond was active in NESFA, New York fandom, and LASFS. Hammond was married for a while to artist Rick Sternbach.
Actress Ingrid Pitt (b. 1937) died on November 23. Pitt is best known for her work in Hammer horror films and, according to her daughter, would want to be remembered for her role as the title character in Countess Dracula. She also appeared in the original The Wicker Man, as well as Sound of Horror, Minotaur, and The House That Dripped Blood . Pitt also appeared in episodes of the Doctor Who serials "Warriors of the Deep" and "The Time Monster."
Anime director Umanosuke Iida (b. 1961) died on November 26. Iida directed anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, Mighty Space Miners, and Hellsing. He also worked on the video game Final Fantasy VII.
Author John Steakley (b. 1951) died on November 27. Steakley was a Texas fan and the author of the novels Armor and Vampire$, which was made into a film by John Carpenter. He published several short stories in Amazing.
Comic artist John D'Agostino, Sr. (b. 1929) died on November 28. D'Agostino immigrated to the US and took a job as a colorist with Timely Comics, the fore-runner to Marvel, where he was the letterer for the first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 using his pseudonym "Johnny D." From 1965, he has worked on Archie comics.
Actor Leslie Nielsen (b. 1926) died on November 28. Nielsen was originally cast in romantic leads, but after he was cast as a deadpan doctor in the film Airplane, his career took off as a comedic actor. Some of his genre roles included Commander J. J. Adams in Forbidden Planet, Superhero Movie, the title role in Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Scary Movie 3 & 4, 2001: A Space Travesty, and many more. Nielsen had checked into the hospital for a staph infection and developed pneumonia.
Director Irvin Kershner (b. 1923) died on November 29. Kershner's strongest genre credits were directing The Empire Strikes Back (later, Star Wars; Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) and The Eyes of Laura Mars. He went on to direct Robocop 2 and episodes of Amazing Stories and SeaQuest DSV. Kershner won a Saturn Award for The Empire Strikes Back and in 2010 received a Lifetime Achievement Saturn Award.
LA Fan Len Moffatt (b. 1923) died on November 30. A member of First Fandom, Len and his wife, June, helped organize many of the early Bouchercons and in 1973 and in 1999 he and June received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, the couple were the Eastbound TAFF delegates. Moffatt was Fan GoH at Westercon XXV, Loscon 8, Bouchercon 16, and TraLaLa Con. He was one of the original members of CAPA in 1961. Moffatt had a couple of short fiction stories appear in the 1950s and also sold science fiction poetry.
Robert Doyle died in November. Doyle chaired the 1989 World Fantasy Con in Seattle, Washington. Doyle was active in West Coast fandom before slowly gafiating. He used to host an annual dinner for Seattle area fans. Doyle also collected original sf art.
Japanese voice actor Takeshi Watabe (b. 1936) died on December 13 of pneumonia. Watabe provided voice work for several anime series, including Doraemon, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes. He also wrote a book on voice acting.
Colorist Adrienne Roy (b. 1953) died of ovarian cancer on December 14. Roy was a long-time staple at DC Comics, working on Batman for 189 issues and Detective Comics for 202 issues over 18 years. Roy also spent 14 years coloring The New Teen Titans.
Writer, producer, and director Blake Edwards (b. 1922) died on December 15. Edwards may be best known for his films 10, the Pink Panther, and The Great Race. Edwards did have a few genre films, including Switch, Strangler of the Swamp, and The Atomic Kid. In 2004, he won an honorary Oscar in recognition of his writing, directing, and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen. The same year, he won a Life Career Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
French director Jean Rollin (b. 1938) died on December 15. Rollin directed Le Viol du Vampire and followed up with La Vampire Nue, Le Frisson des Vampires, and Requiem pour un Vampire as well as numerous other zombie and vampire films throughout his career.
Special effects designer Grant McCune (b. 1943) died on December 27 of pancreatic cancer. McCune got his start with the design of the great white shark in the film Jaws and went on to design R2-D2 for Star Wars, a film for which he won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. He was nominated for a second Academy Award for his work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. After setting up his own company, he worked on films such as Spider-Man, Batman Forever, Spaceballs, and Ghostbusters II.
Actor Bill Erwin (b. 1914) died on December 29. Erwin first appeared in a genre role on the series Science Fiction Theatre and went on to have multiple appearances on The Twilight Zone. He appeared in the time travel film Somewhere in Time and the time travel series Voyagers! and Quantum Leap and in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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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