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.
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.
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 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.
William Shunn has been named co-producer of the Tuesday Funk series of readings held in Chicago, along with Sara Ross. Tuesday Funk was founded in 2008 and is a monthly reading series featuring an eclectic mix of fiction, poetry, essays, and other bits of performance held on the first Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 pm, upstairs at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St. The next scheduled event is October 5 and will feature works by Connor Coyne, Jackie Adamski, and William Shunn.
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U, the first opera to be written in Klingon, is scheduled to debut in The Hague, The Netherlands for a three night run on September 10 at the Zeebelt Theatre. The opera will play in Frankfurt later this month. U was written by Floris Schoenfeld and Marc Okrand and tells the story of Kahless the Unforgettable, the first Klingon emperor.
Asteroid 2010 RX30 passed within 154,000 miles of Earth at 5:51am ET on September 8. Approximately twelve hours later, at 5:12pm ET, asteroid 2010 RF12 is expected to pass within 49,088 miles of Earth. The asteroids are both estimated to be less than 70 feet in diameter and neither poses a threat to Earth. For comparison, the Moon is approximately 238,857 miles away.
Author Sue Lange will be addressing the Prydonians of Prynceton, a science fiction media fan club, on Saturday, September 11 from Noon to 4pm. The event is free and Lange will discuss her work, science fiction, ebooks, Book View Cafe, and the future of books. The event will be held at the Mercer County Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ, and is free.
Ian Randal Strock has purchased Fantastic Books from Warren Lapine. Founded by Lapine to be the sf-reprint publishing arm of Wilder Publications, Strock has expanded the imprint to include original books, including Scott William Carter’s The Dinosaur Diaries and Sarah Totton’s Animythical Tales. Acquiring editors David Truesdale, Darrell Schweitzer, and Douglas Cohen will all be remaining with the company.