Fan Bob Booth (b.1957) died on September 6. Booth founded Necon and published The Big Book of Necon in 2009. In 1975, he was one of the founders of World Fantasy Con ans sat on the board of directors until 1990. Booth also published some short fiction, including the stories “Still Life,” “The Play’s the Thing,” and “Old Friends Never Die.”
Author A. C. Crispin (b.1950) died on September 6. Earlier this week, Crispin, who was suffering from cancer, announced that she was terminal. She was named a Grandmaster by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers earlier this year. her novels include tie-ins in numerous series, including Star Wars, Alien, Star Trek, V, and The Pirates of the Caribbean. In addition, Crispin co-wrote several novels in her original Starbridge series. In addition to her work as an author, Crispin co-founded and chaired Writer Beware, an organization to warn authors of scams. Crispin was married to SF author Michael Capobianco.
Author A.C. Crispin, whose work on Writers Beware has been a beacon for many new and established authors, and is the author of numerous novels, including tie in novels for Star Wars and Star Trek, and The Pirates of the Caribbean as well as collaborations on the seven Starbridge novels, has announced that the cancer she has been battling has entered a terminal stage. Crispin does not expect to live much longer. but notes that she is surrounded by family and friends and is receiving excellent care.
Author, editor, fan, and agent Frederik Pohl (b.1919) died on September 2. Pohl entered fandom in the 1930s, publishing his first poem in 1937. His career has spanned more than 75 years with numerous novels and short stories. In addition to being a prolific author, Pohl has worked as an editor, including the magazines If and Galaxy as well as several anthologies. He has represented many authors as an agent as well. Pohl has won every major award in the field, including the Hugo, Nebula, Grand Master, Hall of Fame, Sturgeon, Campbell, and more. His works include Gateway, Man Plus, and the autobiography The Way the Future Was. Pohl has recently been writing his memoirs on the blog The Way the Future Blogs and has continued to publish fiction.
Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney (b.1939) died on August 30. Heaney, who has been described as “the most important Irish poet since Yeats,” gained prominence with the publication of his debut collection, Death of a Naturalist in the 1960s. In addition to several volumes of his own poetry, Heaney translated Beowulf in 1999.
Lucius Shepard, author of Green Eyes, The Dragon Griaule, and many other short stories, was admitted to the hospital for a variety of health issues on August 5. A week later, while still in hospital, he suffered a stroke. Shepard is currently in rehab and is having difficulty speaking and reading.
Michael R. Jensen and David Powers King collaborated on the young adult fantasy novel Woven and managed to sell it to small press publisher Sweetwater Books, a division of Cedar Fort Publishing & Media. When the two men turned in their author biographies, the publisher cancelled the contract after seeing that Jensen referred to his “partner” and confirming that Jensen was gay.
McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., Canada will be hosting an academic conference entitled “Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre” from September 13-15 in honor of the donation of the Robert J. Sawyer archives to the school. In addition to Sawyer, the event will be attended by Julie E. Czerneda, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Robert Charles Wilson, John Robert Colombo, and David G. Hartwell. More than 30 papers will be presented on a variety of topics ranging from the hard sciences to philosophy to literature.
Tananarive Due will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in September. The award will be presented at the National Museum of Women in Arts on Sept. 18th. Antoine Fuqua and Carrie Mae Weems will be honored at the same time.
SFWA has announced the expulsion of a member, who has identified himself as Theodore Beale (a.k.a. Vox Day). Beale, who has been a member of SFWA for more than a decade and sat on Nebula juries, ran for SFWA this past year, losing the election to Steven Gould, the organization’s current president. After Beale used a promotional blog maintained by SFWA to link to an attack on another SFWA member, Amal El-Mohtar called for his expulsion under section 10 of SFWA’s constitution. The SFWA announcement did not indicate Beale by name or refer to his offenses, but Beale announced his expulsion and included the SFWA Board report and his response on his website.