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.
Fan and Wiccan priestess Judy Harrow (b.1945) died on March 20. Harrow began studying Wicca in 1976 and was ordained in 1977. Harrow attended many East coast conventions in the 1970s and hosted open pagan circles in programming at a few of them. In 1985, she became the first Wiccan to be legally registered as clergy in New York City. She published three books on Wicca.
Ursula K. Le Guin has won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction from Literary Arts, an organization that honors Oregonian authors. Le Guin received the award for her two volume collection The Unreal and The Real. Upon receiving the award, Le Guin noted that she presented the first fiction award for the Oregon Book Award in 1987.
Author Lucius Shepard (b.1947) died on March 18. Shepard began publishing in 1983 and his first novel, Green Eyes, appeared the following year. He won the Campbell Award for new author in 1985, a Nebula Award for his story “R&R,” a Hugo for “Barnacle Bill the Spacer,” and the World Fantasy Award twice, both times for collections.
Jean Rabe has announced a crowd-sourcing campeign to fund the publication of Dance Like a Monkey, and anthology to create a grant to help support author C.J. Henderson, who is battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. All of the authors, artists, publishers, graphic designers, and other professionals involved in this project have assigned what would have been their portions of this anthology to that grant. Participants include Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, Jack Dann, Joe Haldeman, Joe Haldeman, Gene Wolfe, and many more. Their indiegogo campaign runs through May 1 with the goal of raising $7,500.
Author Alan Rodgers (b.1959) died on March 8. Rodgers began publishing with his story “The Boy who Came Back from the Dead.” His first novel, Blood of the Children, appeared in 1989. Rodgers served as Associate Editor for Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone magazine from 1984-1987 as well as editor of Night Cry from 1985-1987.
Astronaut and author William Pogue (b.1930) died on March 4. Pogue joined NASA in 1966 and served on the support crews for three Apollo missions. He was scheduled to serve as Command Module Pilot for Apollo 19 before the mission was cancelled, instead serving as pilot for Skylab 4, the last Skylab mission. After he left the astronaut corps, Pogue wrote the book How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space? and co-authored the science fiction novel The Trikon Deception with Ben Bova.
Author Michael Shea (b.1946) died on February 16. Shea’s novel Nifft the Lean won the World Fantasy Award in 1983 and his story “The Growlimb” won in 2004. He began publishing with the novel A Quest for Simbilis in 1974, which was an authorized sequel to Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth series and was short-listed for the British Fantasy Award. Shea wrote many other stories and novels, including the Nebula and Hugo nominated “The Autopsy.”
Alpha, a Pittburgh-based writing workshop for young writers has received a $10,000 grant from Heinz Endowments. Alpha will recieve the money in installments over the next three years for use in funding scholarships for students for whom workshop tuition presents a financial hardship. This year, Alpha will be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus from July 25 – August 3.