Fan and editor Leland Sapiro (b.1924) died on October 8. Sapiro, along with Jon White and Ron Smith, revived the fanzine Inside Science Fiction as Inside in 1962. Eventually, Sapiro was left in editorial control of the magazine and it became the Riverside Quarterly, with a more scholarly feel to it. Although there was a lengthy lapse in publishing during the seventies, Sapiro published the final issue of Riverside Quarterly in the early 1990s.
Fan Larry Tucker (b.1948) died on October 8. Tucker was was active in the Stilyagi Air Corps, the Science Fiction Oral History Association, and the Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association. As far back as the 1970s, we was taking video and making recordings of conventions. Tucker was also the driving force behind the film FAANS. Tucker chaired or co-chaired three ConFusions from ’78-’80, he continued to attend the convention even after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2011.
R. Graeme Cameron has announced the winners of the third annual Faned Awards, which, for the first time, were selected by popular vote. Cameron invented the Faneds to recognize work being done by Canadians in fanzines.
- Hall of Fame: Leslie A. Croutch (for 1940s/50s fanac, & zine Light)
- Best Fan Artist: Taral Wayne
- Best Letter of Comment Writer: Lloyd Penney
- Best Fan Writer: R. Graeme Cameron
- Best Fanzine: Space Cadet, by R. Graeme Cameron
Fan Elliot K. Shorter (b.1939) died from complications from cancer on October 1. In 1970, Shorter represented North America on a TAFF trip and also was the Fan Guest of Honor at that year’s Worldcon, Heicon. He helped run Suncon, as he was part of the 7 in ’77 Worldcon bid, which initially found a site in Orlando, but had to move to Miami when their original hotel went bankrupt and also participated in multiple hoax bids. He opened Merlin’s Closet, a used and rare sf bookstore, in Providence in 1979. Shorter tended to stand out in fannish circles as a 6’4″ tall ex-MP
marine and African-American.
Fan Elliott Shorter entered the hospital with a series of issues that indicated a general decline in his overall health. He has been diagnosed with cancer which has spread further than he can cope with. Letters or photos, but no gifts, can be sent to him c/o Harris Health Center, 833 Broadway, East Providence RI 02914. In 1970, Shorter represented North America on a TAFF trip and also was the Fan Guest of Honor at that year’s Worldcon, Heicon. He opened Merlin’s Closet, a used and rare sf bookstore, in Providence in 1979.
Fan artist delphyne woods (a.k.a Joan Hanke-Woods, b.1945) died in early September. Woods won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 1986 and was a Guest of Honor at Windycon in 1984. Her artwork not only graced fanzines and appeared in convention art shows, but also appeared in Galaxy, Fantastic Films, and The Comics Journal. In recent years, she had become more active in creating art for fanzines again and was slowly scanning some of her older art into electronic formats.
New Zealand fan Dan McCarthy (b.1934) died on August 7. McCarthy was a member of the APA Aotearapa for 25 years, serving as official editor from 1986-1987 and 2001-2003. His contribution, Panopticon, contained his pai9ntings and color illustrations. He won the Best Fan Artist category of the New Zealand Science Fiction Fan Awards in 1989 and 1991. In 1997, he was the Fan Guest of Honour at Conspiracy in Wellington.
Seattle fan Bobbie Dufault (b.1958) died in her sleep on September 14. Dufault was preparing to co-chair Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon. Previously, she had chaired the 2005 NASFIC, CascadiaCon, and the 2012 Westercon, Conclusion. In 2012, she served as Programming Head for Chicon 7, the Worldcon. She was active in many aspects of Pacific Northwest fandom and worked on many bids to bring cons to the area. Dufault was married to fan Jerry Gieseke.
Comic fan Jeffrey Babbit (b.1951) died on September 9, one day after being assaulted in Union Square in New York. Babbit was a frequent customer at the nearby Forbidden Planet and had attended every NY Comic Con. A retired train conductor, he was the sole caretaker for his 94 year old mother. According to police reports, he was attacked by 31 year old Lashawn Marten, who had announced he was going to punch the next white person he saw in the face. After being hit, Babbit fell to the ground and died the next day at Bellevue Hospital. Marten, who also hit two men who came to Babbit’s rescue, is being held on assault charges which will likely be upgraded.
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.”