Actor Leslie Carlson (b.1933) died on May 3. Carlson appeared in the remake of The Fly, The Neptune Factor, and episodes of The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, and Highlander. He was nominated for a genie award for his role in Videodrome.
Actress and director Nancy Malone (b.1935) died on May 8. Malone appeared in The Twilight Zone, Capricorn One, The Bionic Woman, and The Outer Limits. She later went on to direct episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. She was also the co-founder of organization Women in Film.
Author Tess Gerritsen, perhaps best known for her Rizzoli and Isles novels, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Alfonso Cuarón film Gravity was based on her novel of the same title. Gerritsen’s work was purchased by New Line in 1999, although work ceased on the project by 2002. New Line is currently owned by Warner Brothers, which produced the Cuarón film. Gerritsen is suing for $10 million.
Actor Bob Hoskins (b.1942) died on April 29. Hoskins appeared in Brazil and became well-known following his role as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and went on to appear in numerous films, including Hook, Snow White and the Huntsman, Super Mario Bros. and many more. He announced his retirement from acting in 2012 after being diagnoses with Parkinson’s Disease.
The film I Remember the Future, based on the Michael A. Burstein story of the same title, has won the Grand Remi Award in the Student Films category at the Worldfest-Houston film Festival. The film, about a dying writer coming to terms with the choices he had made in his life, was directed by Klayton Aaron Stainer of Swinburne University, in Prahan, Australia and written by Zane Piper, Stainer, and Burstein. Other winners of genre interest can be found at the Worldfest website.
Actor Mickey Rooney (b.Ninian Joseph Yule Jr. 1920) died on April 6. Rooney began acting in 1926 and recently one of his lost early shorts, Mickey’s Circus was recovered. He appeared in numerous films with Judy Garland and had an infamous appearance in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Some of his genre appearances included roles on The Twilight Zone and Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, as well as the films Night in the Museum, Pete’s Dragon, and Erik the Viking and voice work for many cartoons.
The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers has announced the nominees for the 2014 Scribe Awards, presented for the best in tie-in fiction from 2013. The winners will be announced in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
- Man of Steel, by Greg Cox
- Pacific Rim, by Alex Irvine
- 47 Ronin, by Joan D. Vinge
General Novel Original
- Murder She Wrote: Close-Up on Murder, by Donald Bain
- The Executioner: Sleeping Dragons, by Michael A. Black
- Mr. Monk Helps Himself, by Hy Conrad
- Leverage: The Bestseller Job, by Greg Cox
- Leverage: The Zoo Job, by Keith R. A. DeCandido
Speculative Novel Original
- Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox, by Christa Faust
- Supernatural: Fresh Meat, by Alice Henderson
- Star Wars: Kenobi, by John Jackson Miller
- Supernatural: The Roads Not Taken, by Tim Waggoner
- Star Trek: From History’s Shadow, by Dayton Ward
- “The Dark Hollows of Memory,” by David Annandale (Warhammer 40,000)
- “Locks and Keys,” by Jennifer Brozek (Shadowrun)
- “So Long, Chief,” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane (Mike Hammer)
- “Savior,” by Michael Jan Friedman (After Earth)
- “Redemption,” by Robert Greenberger (After Earth)
- “Mirror Image,” by Christine M. Thompson (Star Trek)
- Kevin, by Paul Kupperberg
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, by Stacia Deutsch
- The Croods, by Tracey West
- Dark Shadows: The Phantom Bride, by Mark Thomas Passmore
- Dark Shadows: The Flip Side, by Cody Quijano-Schell
- Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm, by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Actor Dane Witherspoon (b.1957) died on March 29. Witherspoon was best known for his role on the soap opera Santa Barbara, but also appeared in the science fiction films Seedpeople and Asteroid. He was married to his first wife, Robin Wright, when she was filming The Princess Bride.
Actress Kate O’Mara (b.1939) died on March 30. O’Mara is best known to science fiction fans for her portrayal of The Rani, a Time Lord, in two Doctor Who serials. Other genre roles included Adam Adamant Lives!, The Avengers, The Vampire Lovers, and The Horror of Frankenstein. O’Mara was best known outside the genre for her role on Dynasty.
Director Derek Martinus (b.1931) died on March 27. Martinus directed numerous episodes of Doctor Who, beginning with Galaxy 4, the first serial of the third season, and ending with Spearhead from Space, the first serial of the seventh season. He went on to direct episodes of Z Cars and Blake’s 7.