Author John Boyd (b.1919) died on June 8. Boyd, whose real name was Boyd Upchurch, began publishing science fiction in 1968 with the novel The Last Starship from Earth. he published several more science fiction novels over the next decade, including Barnard’s Planet and The Doomsday Gene. Upchurch published at least two historical novels using his real name as well as Behind Every Bush: Treason or Patriotism?, a look at the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Spider Robinson has announced that he suffered an heart attack on August 31, calling the paramedics just in time for them to save him. He had heart surgery and was sent home on September 7. Robinson has also announced that his daughter, Terri’s, Stage IV breast cancer appears to have vanished.
Fan Elliott Shorter entered the hospital with a series of issues that indicated a general decline in his overall health. He has been diagnosed with cancer which has spread further than he can cope with. Letters or photos, but no gifts, can be sent to him c/o Harris Health Center, 833 Broadway, East Providence RI 02914. In 1970, Shorter represented North America on a TAFF trip and also was the Fan Guest of Honor at that year’s Worldcon, Heicon. He opened Merlin’s Closet, a used and rare sf bookstore, in Providence in 1979.
The 2013 Sunburst Award winners have been announced. The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award given to a Canadian writer for a book length work of SF. The prize comes with a hand-crafted medallion and Can$1,000.
- Sunburst Award: Maleficium, by Martine Desjardins, translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel
- Sunburst Young Adult Award: Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the Copper Cylinder Award, a popular vote award for the best Canadian fantastic literature. The award’s name comes from James de Mille’s “A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder,” widely considered to be the first work of Canadian science fiction. The award was first presented in 2012.
- Adult Award: The Chaos, by Nalo Hopkinson
- Young Adult Award: Starling, by Lesley Livingston.
Actor and writer Jerry G. Bishop (b. Jerry Ghan, 1936) died on September 15. Bishop started out in radio and in 1965 and 1966 traveled with the Beatles as they toured the US. In 1969, he became the voice of Screaming Yellow Theater on WFLD in Chicago, announcing horror films and later created the on-screen persona of Svengoolie, which he performed until he moved to California. The role was then carried on by Rich Koz, first as Son of Svengoolie, and later using the original name.
Fan artist delphyne woods (a.k.a Joan Hanke-Woods, b.1945) died in early September. Woods won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 1986 and was a Guest of Honor at Windycon in 1984. Her artwork not only graced fanzines and appeared in convention art shows, but also appeared in Galaxy, Fantastic Films, and The Comics Journal. In recent years, she had become more active in creating art for fanzines again and was slowly scanning some of her older art into electronic formats.
New Zealand fan Dan McCarthy (b.1934) died on August 7. McCarthy was a member of the APA Aotearapa for 25 years, serving as official editor from 1986-1987 and 2001-2003. His contribution, Panopticon, contained his pai9ntings and color illustrations. He won the Best Fan Artist category of the New Zealand Science Fiction Fan Awards in 1989 and 1991. In 1997, he was the Fan Guest of Honour at Conspiracy in Wellington.
Seattle fan Bobbie Dufault (b.1958) died in her sleep on September 14. Dufault was preparing to co-chair Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon. Previously, she had chaired the 2005 NASFIC, CascadiaCon, and the 2012 Westercon, Conclusion. In 2012, she served as Programming Head for Chicon 7, the Worldcon. She was active in many aspects of Pacific Northwest fandom and worked on many bids to bring cons to the area. Dufault was married to fan Jerry Gieseke.
Actress Louise Currie (b.1913) died on September 8. Currie made her debut in 1940 and went on to appear in The Green Hornet Strikes Again!, The Adventures of Captain Marvel, and Voodoo Man. She portrayed a reporter in Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane and was the last surviving actor from that film.