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) has died. 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.