Author Colin Wilson (b.1931) died on December 5. In addition to numerous non-fiction works, Wilson wrote short stories set in the Cthulhu Mythos, the novel The Space Vampires, which was filmed as Lifeforce, and the Spider-World series. After his description of Lovecraft as a bad writer caused August Derleth to challenge him, Wilson wrote the novel The Mind Parasites. Following a stroke in 2012, Wilson lost his ability to speak.
Author and historian T. R. Fehrenbach (b.1925) died on December 1. Following his service in the Korean War, Fehrenbach turned to writing science fiction, although his best known works were historical. He published “Remember the Alamo!” in Analog in 1961 and “From the Tower of Eridu” in Lone Star Universe. Fehrenbach, who also wrote about the history of Texas, tended to use the initials “R. R.” for his science fiction.
SFWA has announced that Samuel R. Delany will be named the Damon Knight Grandmaster, with his induction occurring at the Nebula Award Weekend in San Jose, California the weekend of May 15-18, 2014. Delany is the author of Dhalgren, Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, and numerous other novels and short stories.
Ed Kramer pleaded guilty to three of the six counts in the original indictment filed against him and has received a 20 year sentence of four five year terms to run concurrently with credit for time already served. Kramer will serve the remaining 36 months of his sentence under house arrest, has been ordered to pay $100,000 to each of his victims by July 2014, and is prohibited from interacting with anyone under the age of 16. Kramer was originally arrested in August 2000 on charges of child molestation.
Author Joel Lane (b.1963) died on November 25. Lane began publishing in 1986 with the short story “The Foggy, Foggy Dew.” He went on to publish several other stories as well as two novels. Lane won the British Fantasy Award for his collection The Earth Wire and Other Stories and for his short story “My Stone Desire.” His novella The Witnesses are Gone was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist.
Author and publisher Michael Burgess (b.1948), who used the professional name Robert Reginald died on November 20. Burgess began attending science fiction conventions in 1968 and in 1975, he used the royalties from his first reference work to start The Borgo Press, which published reference works for several years. Reginald also published numerous bibliographies over the years as well as some of his own original fiction. Some of his works include Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature 1975-1991: A Bibliography of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Fiction Books and Nonfiction Monographs, and the Codex Derynianus.
Australian fan Graham Stone (b.1926) died on November 16. Stone won an A. Bertram Chandler Award in 1999 for Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction. In the 1960ws, Stone published Australian Science Fiction Index: 1939-1962 and Australian Science Fiction Index: 1925-1967. His fanzine, Notes on Australian Science Fiction served as the basis for a book of the same title, and he published other fanzines and bibliographies as well. Several of his works, such as A History of Australian Science Fiction Fandom, 1935-1963, were published pseudonymously.
Author Joseph J. Lazzaro (b.1957) died on November 18. Lazzaro is best known for his non-fiction, including the books Adaptive Technologies for Learning & Work Environments and Adapting PCs for Disabilities. He also worked for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. In 1995, he published his first short story, “Ben Franklin’s Spaceship,” written with Peter L. Manly. His only other published fiction was “The Turing Testers,” written with Michael A. Burstein, although he had several non-fiction articles published in Analog as well.
Author Doris Lessing (b. Doris Tayler in 1919) died on November 17. Lessing, who received a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007, was a Guest of Honor at Conspiracy ’87, the 1987 Worldcon in Brighton, UK. Her best known works include The Golden Notebook, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Summer Before the Dark. Lessing also wrote the five volume science fiction series Canopus in Argos. When reviewers took her to task for writing science fiction, Lessing replied, “What they didn’t realise was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time. I also admire the classic sort of science fiction, like Blood Music, by Greg Bear. He’s a great writer.”