Actress Sheila Allen (b. Sheila Mathews in 1929) died on November 15. Allen was married to producer Irwin Allen and appeared in many of his projects, including City Beneath the Sea, Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, and The Towering Inferno. She also served as a producer on the television film The Time Tunnel.
Actor Nigel Davenport (b. 1928) died on October 25. Davenport appeared in the films Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and television productions of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Davenport read the lines of the HAL 9000 during filming of 2001: a space odyssey, but was overdubbed by Douglas Rain for the final film. Davenport’s son is Jack Davenport, who portrayed Norrington in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Actor Al Ruscio (b. 1931) died on November 12. Ruscio may be most familiar to audiences as mob boss Leo Cuneo in The Godfather, Part III, but he also appeared in several genre television shows including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Six Million Dollar Man, Salvage 1, and The X-Files.
L. Frank Baum will be inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame on December 7, at Roosevelt University. Baum is part of the fourth induction class for the Hall of Fame, along with Leon Forrest, Edna Ferber, Ben Hecht, John H. Johnson, and Thornton Wilder. Baum will be represented by his great-grandson, Bob Baum. Wilder, whose The Skin of Their Teeth has some fantastic elements, will be represented by his nephew, Tappan Wilder.
Laurie Frankel won this year’s Endeavour Award for her novel Goodbye For Now. The winner was announced at Orycon and the award comes with a $1,000 prize and an engraved glass plaque. The Endeavour Award was established to recognize works of SF by authors working and living in the Pacific Northwest. The judges for the 2013 Award were Noreen Doyle, Susan Forest and John Scalzi.
The Nova Award winners were announced the weekend of November 10 at Novacon. The Nova Awards are presented to recognize excellence in British fanzine publishing and writing.
- Fanzine: Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
- Fanwriter: Mike Meara
- Fanartist: D West
Liz A. Vogel won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Windy van Hooten’s Was Never Like This.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Vogel won a membership at Windycon, room night, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Richard Chwedyk.
Actor Paul Mantee (b. 1931) died on November 7. Mantee was in the film Robinson Crusoe on Mars and appeared on episodes of Batman, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Six Million Dollar Man, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Logan’s Run. After retiring from acting, Mantee wrote two semi-autobiographical novels, Bruno of Hollywood and In Search of the Perfect Ravioli.
The winners of the Gemmell Awardswere presented at a ceremony held the Metropole Hotel in Brighton in conjunction with the World Fantasy Con on October 31.
2013 Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art: Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for the cover of Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
2013 Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut: Malice, by John Gwynne
2013 Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel: The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks
Comic artist Nick Cardy (b. 1920) died on November 3. Cardy was best known for working on Aquaman and Teen Titans for DC. He began working for Eisner and Iger in 1938, when he was 18 and, after serving in World War II, he joined DC in 1950. In the mid-1970s, Cardy left the comics field for commercial art and film posters. Cardy was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.