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.
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.
Author Michael A. Burstein has been elected to a third term to the Board of Library Trustees in Brookline, MA. He will hold his position for another three-year term. The election was the first contested election since 2003. Burstein came in second of the five candidates.
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.
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 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.
The second annual Science Fiction Studies Symposium will take place at University of California-Riverside on Thursday, May 27 in the Reading Room of Special Collections and Archives on the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library. Sherryl Vint, Joan Gordon, and Carol McGuirk will present papers on Animal Studies and Science Fiction beginning at 2:30. The sessions will be moderated by Rob Latham. The event is free and cosponsored by Science Fiction Studies, the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Utopian Literature at UCR, and the UCR English Department Lecture Committee.
Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon, has announced that they will sponsoring an independent/fan film festival. The festival will be run by Nat Saenz. Films will be accepted in the following categories: Trailers, Short Film (under 10 minutes), Short Films (under 30 minutes), and Feature Films (over 30 minutes). All films must be appropriate for all ages audiences, must be accompanied by the official entry form and US$20.
Aussiecon 4 has released a Hugo Voter packet with works and samples from numerous Hugo and Campbell nominees. The packet is available for download by Aussiecon 4 members. Download information will be sent out to members beginning this week. The Hugo voting process for works published or otherwise released in 2009 is open to supporting and attending members of Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention. In order to participate, you must purchase an Aussiecon 4 membership by 31 July 2010 23:59 PDT.
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.