Author Richard Kearns (b.1951) died on January 12, 2012. Kearns was a member of the Clarion class of 1978 and published a handful of stories, beginning in 1980 with “From Bach to Broccoli” in 1980 through “Raven, Jade and Light” in 1994. His best known story may have been “The Power of the Press.” He was briefly the editor of the SFWA Bulletin in the 1970s. Kearns was diagnosed HIV positive in 1987, the same year his story “Grave Angels” was nominated for the Sturgeon Award.
Author and screenwriter Philip Nutman (b.1963) died on October 7. Nutman’s only novel, the zombie novel Wet Work, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel. His short fiction appeared in numerous anthologies and he wrote the screenplay to the film The Girl Next Door, which he also produced. Nutman appeared as an actor in several low budget films, including Death Collector. Nutman also worked on numerous comics during his career.
Lois McMaster Bujold received the Forry Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Science Fiction from the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society. The award has been presented by LASFS each year at LosCon since 1966. The winners are selected by a vote of the LASFS membership.
After Eugie Foster’s announcement that she hadn’t received royalties for her book with Norilana in three years, Norilana publisher Vera Nazarian announced the reversion of all print rights to all of her authors, noting that if an author wanted to remain with Norilana, she would retain non-exclusive rights for those projects. Nazarian also stated that e-book rights remain with the individual authors and she reiterated her intention to eventually pay all of her authors their full royalties.
Author Tom Clancy (b.1947) died on October 1. Clancy began publishing with The Hunt for Red October and wrote numerous thrillers, many of which focused on his character Jack Ryan. Although Clancy helped to create the techno-thriller genre, some of his novels had a distinct science fictional element. He also created several series with Steve Pieczenik which were written by other authors. Several of his Jack Ryan novels were made into films with the title character played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine.
Author Gary Brandner (b.1933) died on September 23 of esophogeal cancer. Brandford is best known for his horror novel The Howling, which was adapted to film in 1981. his novel Walkers was adapted for television as From The Dead Of Night. Other novels included Mind Grabber and Doomstalker.
Author John Boyd (b.1919) died on June 8. Boyd, whose real name was Boyd Upchurch, began publishing science fiction in 1968 with the novel The Last Starship from Earth. he published several more science fiction novels over the next decade, including Barnard’s Planet and The Doomsday Gene. Upchurch published at least two historical novels using his real name as well as Behind Every Bush: Treason or Patriotism?, a look at the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Spider Robinson has announced that he suffered an heart attack on August 31, calling the paramedics just in time for them to save him. He had heart surgery and was sent home on September 7. Robinson has also announced that his daughter, Terri’s, Stage IV breast cancer appears to have vanished.
Science fiction author Orson Scott Card has been appointed to serve a two-year term as a trustee for UNC-TV public broadcasting network by the North Carolina state legislature. The 22-member Board of Trustees, which meets quarterly, serves as an advisory council to the Board of Governors, which holds UNC-TV’s broadcast licenses and is responsible for the organization. UNC-TV produces many hours of original broadcasting each year.