Elizabeth Anne Hull has announced that a memorial service for Frederik Pohl will be held at Harper Rainey College on August 2, 2014. Frederik Pohl, who worked as an author, agent, and editor in his long career, died on September 2, 2013. In addition to publishing the award winning novels Gateway and Man Plus, Pohl edited the magazines If and Galaxy and the anthology series Star Science Fiction.
Editor Diana Gill will be moving to Penguin Books to serve as Executive Editor of the Ace, Roc, and Berkley lines following Ginjer Buchanan’s retirement. Gill has served as the head of HarperVoyager US and has been with Harper for close to sixteen years. She left Harper on March 21 and will begin working at Ace/Roc on April 1. She joined Morrow/Avon in 1998.
British comics writer Steve Moore (b.1949) died on March 16. Moore helped mentor Alan Moore, who was not a relation, and taught him to write scripts, with the two often collaborating using pseudonyms, Steve Moore wrote as “Pedro Henry.” Moore worked on The Fortean Times, Doctor Who, Hulk, and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and 2000 AD.
Fan Stuart Andrews died on March 20 following a short illness. Andrews was a costumer and was widely known as “Viking Stu” for his Viking costumes and paraphernalia.
Massachusetts fan Mary Robison (b.Mary Trompke, 1957) died on March 24. Robison was one of the founders of the Arisia Science Fiction convention in Massachusetts and an active costumer. She built specialty electronics for rock bands and appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire?.
Artist Dave Trampier (b.1954) died on March 24. Trampier came to prominence working for TSR Games in the 1980s, illustrating the original Dungeon Master Screen, working on Star Frontiers and Gamma World, and drawing the “Wormy” comic that appeared in Dragon magazine. He frequently signed his artwork with his initials, DAT. After leaving TSR in the late 1980s, Trampier turned his back on the gaming world, although he was recently in talks about the possibility of publishing a collection of “Wormy” comics.
Loncon 3, this year’s Worldcon, has announced that a stage adaptation of Tim Powers’s novel The Anubis Gates will be performed at Loncon 3. The play is being produced by Current Theatrics, founded in 2010 by Ruth Pe Palileo and Thomas Costello and will star Erik Amblad, JJ Gatesman, Brandon Oliver Jones, Johnny Miles, Ariana Helaine, and Geo Nikols.
Baen Books has announced that beginning on March 24, its e-0books will be available on the Kobo platform for download. Baen has been a leader in DRM free e-books for fifteen years.
Japanese actor Ken Utsui (b.1931) died on March 14. Utsui is best known for portraying Starman in a series of films in the 1960s, beginning with Invaders from Space. Prior to that he played the title character in six films in the Super Giant series beginning with Sûpâ jaiantsu.