Kansas City fan William Tienken (b. 1960) died on February 17. For ten years beginning in 1987, he published the fanzine Pulsar, which included more than 2500 book reviews over the course of its run. In 1997, he moved his reviewing on-line to Bookview, where he continued publishing reviews of non-fiction books. Tienken was also active in the Kansas City convention scene and was a con photographer.
The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has announced the winners of the 2013 Tiptree Award. The Award is presented for works of speculative fiction that address gender issues. The winners will be honored at Wiscon the weekend of May 23-26 and will receive $1,000, a piece of artwork, and chocolate. The judges for the 2013 were Ellen Klages, Christopher Barzak, Jayna Brown, Nene Ormes, and Gretchen Treu.
- Rupetta, by N. A. Sulway
Minneapolis fan Blue Petal (b.Louis Fallert 1950) died on February 16. Blue Petal suffered a stroke in December, following which he was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma. He began publishing Lou’s Apa in 1968, changing the name to Blue’s Apa when he took his nom de fan. In the 1970s, he joined Minneapa. He chaired Minicon 5 and co-chaired Minicon 7. He wa also an avid gamer, creating a gaming system called Castle Keep in the 70s.
Director Jimmy T. Murakami (b.Teruaki Murakami 1933) died on February 16. Murakami directed Battle Beyond the Stars and When the Wind Blows. He worked as an animator on several projects, including the 1980s television series The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and as a producer on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm (b.1946) died on February 15. Malcolm’s first screen role was a bit role in the 1968 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He went on to play Rogue 2 in The Empire Strikes Back, had appearances in Superman III and Labyrinth and played Kirk Matunas in Highlander. Malcolm also portrayed Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.
Kraken Rum has announced the winners of the 2013 Kitschies, presented for the most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre fiction. Winners will receive a cash prize, a trophy, and a bottle of Kraken Rum. The winners were announced on February 12 at the Seven Dials Club in London.
- Red Tentacle (Novel): A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
- Golden Tentacle (Debut): Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
- Inky Tentacle (Cover art): The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher; illustration by Will Staehle
- Black Tentacle (Discretionary): Malorie Blackman
At Boskone 51, the weekend of February 14-16, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. This year’s award was won by Robert J. Sawyer.
Publisher Martin Greenberg (b.1918) died October 20, 2013. Greenberg founded Gnome Press in 1948 with Dave Kyle and edited several anthologies for the press. Among the works that he published while with Gnome were Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, which earned him much negative publicity when Asimov eventually published his autobiography, although other authors had good things to say about Greenberg. Greenberg eventually left the science fiction field to become an editor for Abelard–Schuman. He was not related to the anthologist Martin H. Greenberg.
SFWA has announced that Frank Robinson will be a special guest at this year’s Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held from May 16-18 in San Jose. Robinson is the author of the novels The Glass Inferno and The Dark Between the Stars as well as the Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century: An Illustrated History.
Actor Ralph Waite (b.1928) died on February 13. Best known for portraying John Walton on The Waltons, he also appeared in the television series Carnivàle and episodes of The Outer Limits and Time Trax. His film work included the alternate history film Timequest, Crash and Burn, and Spirit.