Al Feldstein and Ellen Datlow have been named winners of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Horror Writers of America. Feldstein is known for his lifetime work in comics, beginning with EC in 1948. Datlow has a long history as an horror editor. The awards will be presented during the Stoker Awards Banquet at the Stoker Weekend at Long Island Marriott Hotel and Convention Center which is scheduled to run from June 16-19.
A memorial exhibit of Ray Capella’s art will take place in Pomona, CA on March 26 and 27. Capella, a member of LASFS, died in 2010. The exhibit will take place at the dA Center for the Arts, 252-D South Main Street in Pomona, California and will feature not only his professionally published work, but also art he provided for various fan publications.
Judge Denny Chin has rejected the Google Books Settlement, saying that the search engine’s agreement was too broad and “would arguably give Google control over the search market” for books. The agreement between Google and the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers was dismissed without prejudice, which means that Google and the organizations can revise the agreement and resubmit it in a way that gives better protection to copyright owners.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor (b.1932) died on March 23. Taylor only appeared in a couple of genre films, including The Flintstones, Night Watch, and The Blue Bird. Taylor was also the guest of honor at Rovacon in Virginia in 1978 and 1979 when she was married to Virginia politician John Warner. Taylor’s best known work was out of genre and included National Velvet, Cleopatra, Father’s of the Bride, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Butterfield 8, the last two of which garnered her Academy Awards.
April R. Derleth (b.1954), the President and CEO of Arkham House, died on March 21. Derleth was the daughter of author August Derleth. Arkham House has announced that all sales and unfilled orders are temporarily being suspended.
The winners of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually for gender-bending speculative fiction, have been announced. The awards will be presented at Wiscon on Memorial Day weekend. This year’s judges included Penny Hill, Euan Bear, Jessa Crispin, Alice Kim, and
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, by Dubravka Ugresic
Furthermore, an honor list of six works was announced:
The Bone Palace, by Amanda Downum
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
“Diana Comet and the Disappearing Lover,” (a.k.a. “Diana Comet”) by Sandra McDonald
“Drag Queen Astronaut,” by Sandra McDonald
The Secret Feminist Cabal, by Helen Merrick
Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
Living with Ghosts, by Kari Sperring
The Colony, by Jillian Weise
Fan Steve Davis (b.1938) died on March 18 following a battle with cancer. Davis was married to Grania Davis, who had formerly been married to Avram Davidson. Davidson lived with Steve and Grania for several years before Davidson’s death. Davis assisted in the translation of stories for the anthology The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories.
Hugo Award winning fanzine editor Mike Glicksohn (b.1946) died on March 18 after suffering a stroke. Glicksohn won the Hugo in 1973 for Energumen, published with his wife, Susan Wood Glicksohn. He also published the fanzine Xenium. A founding member of the Ontario Science Fiction Club, Glicksohn was fan Guest of Honor at multiple conventions, including Aussiecon in 1975.
Actor Michael Gough (b.1917) died on March 17. Gough has appeared in numerous science fiction films and television shows, including the role of the the Celestial Toymaker in the William Hartnell Doctor Who serial of the same name and later appeared opposite Peter Davison in “Arc of Infinity.” He also appeared as Alfred Pennyworth in the Batman films of the 1980s and 90s. Other genre roles include Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Corpse Bride, and Sleepy Hollow.