New Orleans fan Dr. Jack Stocker suffered a massive stroke on July 6. He is currently in hospital and on a ventilator. Stocker has been active in New Orleans fandom for several years. He lost a great deal of his book collection in Hurricane Katrina and has been working to rebuild it.
San José has won the right to host Westercon 64 in 2011, receiving 79 of the 93 ballots cast in an uncontested election. The event will take place at the Fairmont Hotel from July 1-4, 2011. Announced guests of honor include Patricia A. McKillip, Phil & Kaja Foglio, and Mike Willmoth.
The winners for the Premoetheus Award, which recognizes libertarian science fiction, have been announced. The awards will be presented at Anticipation, this year’s Worldcon, in Montreal.
- Novel: Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
- Hall of Fame: The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Pasadena has announced its intention to run a write-in bid to hold the 2010 NASFiC in conjunction with Westercon 64. If they win against Raleigh, which is running an announced bid, the NASFiC will take place the weekend of July 1-4, 2010 at the same time, and with the same facilities as Westercon 64. To vote for Pasadena, write in “Pasadena again in 2010″ on the NASFiC voting ballot. Westercon 64 Chairman Christian B. McGuire notes “We will not campaign! We will not party!We will not take supporting memberships of any sort!”
Chris Beckett’s collection The Turing Test won the 2009 Edge Hill Short Story Prize, presented annually for best single-author story collection published in the United Kingdom. The award, which is not a genre specific award, carries with it a £5,000 prize and a painting by Liverpool artist Peter Clarke. Beckett received an additional £1,000 as the Reader’s Prize, given in conjunction with the award.
Fan artist Peggy Ranson has suffered an heart attack and is undergoing bypass surgery. Ransom was an Illustrator of the Future finalist in 1990 and was a Hugo nominee for best fan artist from 1991 through 1998, winning the Hugo in 1993.
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.
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!”
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.
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.