Fan Susan Kahn (b.1960) died on June 9. Kahn ran many registration desks for Lunacon and was also a pediatrician. Kahn has been battling pancreatic cancer.
Bay area fan Mike Farren(b.1949) died on May 22. In the 1980s, Farren served as Chair for The Elves’, Gnomes’ and Little Men’s Science Fiction, Chowder, and Marching Society. Farren also ran a FidoNet computer Bulletin Board System called Sci-Fido that focused on science fiction and fannish interests.
LASFS Fan David Wayne Keller (b.1961) died on May 7. Keller joined LASFS in 1987 and was also active in Doctor Who fandom, belonging to the Time Meddlers of Los Angeles, where he went by the name “The Brigadier.”
New York fan Don O’Shea died on May 3. O’Shea was active in New York fandom, helping to run the dealer’s room at Icon for several years.
The FAAN Awards were presented at Corflu 31 in Richmond, VA on May 4. Tynecon 3: The Corflu, is scheduled to take place in Newcastle, UK the weekend of March 27-29, 2015.
- Best Genzine: Banana Wings, edited by Mark Plummer & Claire Brialey
- Best Personal Fanzine:Flag, edited by Andy Hooper
- Best Single Issue: Trap Door #30, edited by Robert Lichtman
- Best Website: efanzines.com
- Best Fanzine Cover: Inca 9 cover by Harry Bell
Best Fan Artist or Cartoonist: Steve Stiles
- Best Fan Writer: Andy Hooper
- Harry Warner Jr. Memorial Award for Best Letterhack: Robert Lichtman
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Ray Nelson
- Corflu 31 GoH: Gregg Trend
- Past President of fwa: John Nielsen-Hall (Unc. Johnny)
Juanita Coulson won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) over Aurora Celeste. Wright received 42 votes to Celeste’s 24. Wright will travel to Australia for Continuum X, the 53rd Australia national convention, to be held on June 6-9. Coulson previously planned to run for DUFF in 2012, but that year, voters elected to Hold Over Funds.
Swedish SF fan Andrea Andersdotter, who was elected to represent Sweden in the EU Parliament for the Pirate Party in 2009, was nominated by her party for the EU Presidency. Andersdotter has been informed that she will not be able to participate in the EU Presidential debates. The EU explanation appears to be that Andersdotter missed the initial filing deadline and that the Party Group the Pirate party belongs to is already sending a candidate to the debate.
Author George C. Willick (b. circa 1939) died on April 26. Willick published four short stories in 1969 and 1970, appearing in Galaxy and Worlds of If. In the 1990s, he published the Spacelight website, which included obituaries of several science fiction authors. Willick took the website, along with two other research websites, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Minnesota fan MyrnaSue Parmentier died on April 26. Parmentier, who also used the nom de fan The Dragon Lady, was a guest of honor at many cons in the upper Midwest, including Contraception, ConQuest, Demicon, Icon, and Malestrom.