Obituary: Richard Hoen

Fan Richard Hoen (b.1928) died on August 2, 2010. Hoen was a twenty-year old college student when he wrote a letter to John W. Campbell praising the contents of the November 1949 issue of Astounding. Campbell ran the letter and set about creating the issue Hoen has described, publishing it in November 1949. Interviewed by Time Magazine at the time, Hoen said he had entirely forgotten the letter by the time the predicted issue appeared.

Rob Thurman Recuperating

Author Rob Thurman was in a car accident the week of August 19. Thurman spent several days in the ICU and was taken off a ventilator on August 27. By August 28, Thurman was aware and cognizant of her surroundings.

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Patterson Undergoes Amputation

William H. Patterson, Jr., the author of Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve , entered the hospital upon his return home from Renovation with Diabetic Ketoacidosis. His hospitalization resulted in a transmetatarsal foot amputation.

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Watts and Sweet Wed

Canadian SF authors Peter Watts and Caitlin Sweet got married on August 19.

Obituary: Paul Roberts

Fan Paul Roberts (b.1962) died on August 21 while driving home to Utah from Renovation. Roberts was killed when he struck a car making an illegal U-turn. Roberts had been working the Westercon table at Renovation and was active in Utah fandom.

Obituary: Michael Showers

Actor Michael Showers (b.1967) was found dead in the Mississippi River on August 24. Initial tests indicated he was probably in the water for two days. Showers has appeared in episodes of The Vampire Diaries and Tekken, as well as the films The Collector and Immortally Yours.

NASA and Tor

Tor Books and NASA have announced a collaboration to publish a series of
science based, commercial fiction books, referred to as “NASA inspired Works of Fiction.” The series will allow authors to work closely with NASA Subject Matter Experts to ensure that the science incorporated into the novels is accurate. The Goddard Space Flight Center’s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office will host a two-day workshop for authors.

Weird Tales Sold

Wildside Press has sold Weird Tales to Marvin Kaye. Kaye has elected to edit the magazine himself and the staff, including Hugo-winning editor Ann VanderMeer will not be retained. VanderMeer’s last issue will be #359 with subsequent issues edited by Kaye (and some will contain VanderMeer purchased stories).

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Obituary: Bill Trojan

Fan and publisher Bill Trojan (b.1948) died on August 21 in his hotel room shortly after the end of Renovation. Trojan, was a Eugene, Oregon area fan, the owner of Escape Books, and a collector and reseller of SF, Collectable Comic, and Pulp Fiction era books and original cover artwork was known for running Adventure House, which reprinted replicas of pulp adventure magazines and books. Trojan had been in Reno for the convention, where he was working as a volunteer.

Texas Wins Worldcon

Texas won the right to host the 71st World Science Fiction Convention in 2013. LoneStarCon 3 will be held in San Antonio, Texas from Aug. 29-Sept. 2. It will be sponsored by ALAMO. LoneStarCon 3 was elected with 694 votes out of 760 votes. Guests of Honor will be Ellen Datlow, James Gunn, Norman Spinrad, Darrel K. Sweet, and Willie Siros. Paul Cornell will serve as toastmaster.

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