Actor Peter Donaldson (b.1952) died on January 8 following a two-year battle with cancer. Donaldson is best known for his work at the Stratford Festival, but he also appeared in the SF film Invasion!, The fantasy movie Deeply, and an episode of Forever Knight.
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.
Chris Garcia has announced that this year’s ballot for the FAAN Awards, to be presented at Corflu 28 is on-line. Ballots are due back to Chris by February 4. Anyone with the necessary knowledge of the people and their work is eligible. If you think you may be unknown to the Administrator, please cite a fan (include contact details, e.g. email address) who can confirm your credentials.
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Jerry Weist (b.1949) died on January 7 after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Weist has authored numerous books, including Bradbury: An Illustrated Life, the first two editions of The Comic Art Price Guide, and a book on Frank R. Paul, which he was updated at the time of his death.
Minneapolis fan Elise Matthesen suffered a minor stroke on January 4 while visiting Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. After suffering a sudden impairment of vision accompanied by a strong and lateralized headache, Teresa called an ambulance. Matthesen is recuperating and appears as if she will make a full recovery.
Fan Ruth Kyle (b.1930, nee Landis) died on January 5, the day after her 81st birthday. Kyle entered fandom in the mid-1950s and served as the Secretary for NyCon II, the 1956 Worldcon. The following year, she attended Loncon, the Worldcon in London, while on her honeymoon with Dave Kyle, flying over on a specially chartered flight.
The People’s Choice Awards were presented on January 5. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.
- Favorite Movie: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
- Favorite Movie Actor: Johnny Depp
- Favorite Movie Actress: Kristen Stewart
- Favorite Action Movie: Iron Man 2
- Favorite Drama Movie: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
- Favorite Family Movie: Toy Story 3
- Favorite On Screen Team: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner
- Favorite Horror Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street
- Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Fringe
The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that it has pledged $250 per year to help support the SF&F Translation Awards, which are given to recognize the translation of science fiction, fantasy and related fiction from other languages into English. Science Fiction Studies has also pledged annual support for the awards. Currently the SF&F Translation Awards are holding a fundraiser, which will include prizes such as autographed books by Neil Gaiman and Jeff VanderMeer.
Charles Coleman Finlay will speak on “How The Marysville Public Library Saved My Life.” at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 233 W. 6th Street, Marysville, OH on Tuesday, February 15 as part of the Friends of the Library Authors’ Series. The event will last from 6:45—9:00 P.M. and will help raise money to support the Marysville Public Library.