Author Frank M. Robinson (b.1926) died on June 30. Robinson wrote several novels with Tom Scortia, including The Glass Inferno, which was the basis for the film The Towering Inferno. They also wrote The Prometheus Crisis, The Nightmare Factor, and Blow-Out!. Robinson also wrote the solo novels The Dark Beyond the Stars, Waiting, and The Donor. In 1999, he published Science Fiction of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History and recently finished his autobiography. In addition to his genre work, Robinson was a speechwriter for San Francisco politician Harvey Milk in the 1970s and appeared in a cameo role in the film Milk.
Author and composer Mary Rodgers (b.1931) died on June 26. Rodgers was the daughter of composer Richard Rodgers and was also a composer in her own right, having written the music for the Broadway show Once Upon a Mattress. In addition to her work on and off Broadway, Rodgers also wrote children’s books, including the novel Freaky Friday.
Author Nancy Garden (b.1938) died on June 24. Garden received the 2003 Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime achievement and the Lambda Literary Award. Some of her novels from the early 1970s included Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches. She later wrote Prisoner of Vampires, My Brother, the Werewolf, and My Sister, the Vampire.
Australian author Pip Maddern (b.Philippa Maddern 1952) died on June 16. Maddern published thirteen short story between 1976 and 1995, beginning with “The Ins and Outs of the Hadhya City-State.” She mostly retired from writing science fiction for a career in academia in 1990, although her final short story, “Not with Love” appeared in 1995. All of her fiction was published in Australia. In addition, she had a Ph.D. in History and published Violence and Social Order: East Anglia 1422-1442.
Author Daniel Keyes (b.1927) died on June 15. Keyes was the author of the Hugo Award-winning short story “Flowers for Algernon,” which was expanded to the Nebula Award winning novel of the same title and made into the film Charly. In addition to his career as an author and teacher, Keyes served as editor of Marvel Science Fiction in 1951, just before he began selling his own stories. In 2000, the same year he published his memoir, Algernon, Charlie and I: A Writer’s Journey, he was named Author Emeritus by SFWA.
The winners of the Gemmell Awards were announced on June 13 at a ceremony at the Magic Circle in London.
2013 Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art: Jason Chan for the cover of Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
2014 Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut: Promise of Blood, by Brian McLellan
2014 Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel: Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards were announced on June 12 ahead of this weekend’s Campbell Conference in Lawrence Kansas. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story. The presentation will be held at Lawrence, Kansas.
- John W. Campbell Award: Strange Bodies, by Marcel Theroux
- Theodore Sturgeon Award: “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss,” by Sarah Pinsker
Author Jay Lake (b.1964) died on June 1, five days shy of his 50th birthday. Lake began publishing in 2001 and won the John W. Campbell Award in 2004. He has published numerous collections of his stories, beginning with Greetings from Lake Wu, and has written novels in three different series as well as a couple of stand-alone novels. In recent years, Lake’s fictional output has been less due to a very public battle with cancer, which he has often blogged about with openness and humor.
Ken Brown (b.circa 1957) died on May 19. Brown was a long-time reviewer for Interzone, beginning with issue 19 in 1987 and continuing through 1998. During that time, Brown also contributed non-fiction essays to the magazine and occasionally had review appear in Foundation.