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.
Scottish author Donald Malcolm (b.1930) died in the first half of November of 2013. Malcolm began publishing fiction in New Worlds in 1957 with “Defence Mechanism.” In 1976, he published two novels, The Iron Rain and The Unknown Shore. He mostly stopped publishing science fiction after 1976 with the exception of the story “For Some Dark Purpose,” turning his attention instead to writing non-fiction, some of which appeared under than name Roy Malcolm.
Author and playwright Stewart H. Benedict (b.1924) died on March 19. Benedict edited the anthology Tales of Terror and Suspense. Benedict was a journalist who also wrote dozens of plays and several books.
Editor Vic Ghidalia (b.1926) died on May 28, 2013. Ghidalia worked for ABC TV in New York for 35 years and edited several anthologies, often in collaboration with Roger Elwood. Their first project was The Little Monsters in 1969 ad Ghidalia’s last anthology was Feast of Fear, published in 1977. In 1974, Ghidalia worked with Lorimar Productions to produce a television film based on Richard Matheson’s “Mother By Protest,” which starred Barbara Eden.
Actress Patrice Wymore (b.1926) died on March 22. Wymore’s only genre credit was the horror film Chamber of Horrors, but she got her start in Vaudeville and made several films. In 1950, she married Errol Flynn, becoming his third, and final wife.