Author Colin Wilson (b.1931) died on December 5. In addition to numerous non-fiction works, Wilson wrote short stories set in the Cthulhu Mythos, the novel The Space Vampires, which was filmed as Lifeforce, and the Spider-World series. After his description of Lovecraft as a bad writer caused August Derleth to challenge him, Wilson wrote the novel The Mind Parasites. Following a stroke in 2012, Wilson lost his ability to speak.
Author and historian T. R. Fehrenbach (b.1925) died on December 1. Following his service in the Korean War, Fehrenbach turned to writing science fiction, although his best known works were historical. He published “Remember the Alamo!” in Analog in 1961 and “From the Tower of Eridu” in Lone Star Universe. Fehrenbach, who also wrote about the history of Texas, tended to use the initials “R. R.” for his science fiction.
Actor Barry Jackson (b.1946) died on December 5. Jackson appeared in three Doctor Who serials, including “The Romans” and “The Armageddon Factor.” he also appeared in “Mission to the Unknown,” the only serial that did not include the Doctor. Other genre roles included parts in A for Andromeda, Blakes 7, and Adam Adamant Lives.
Comics illustrator Al Plastino (b.1921) died on November 25. Plastino was one of the most prolific Superman artists of the 1950s and co-created Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes with Otto Binder. Plastino worked on the Superman story “Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy,” the publication of which was delayed due to Kennedy’s assassination and then only published at the request of Lyndon Johnson.
Actor Lewis Collins (b.1946) died on November 27. Collins appeared in the British television series Robin Hood and in the Mexican television series Tarzán.
Actor Dan Garrity (b.1953) died on November 20. Garrity appeared in the films The Spirit and Sublime. His television roles included an appearance in the pilot for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr and Freddy’s Nightmare.
Author Joel Lane (b.1963) died on November 25. Lane began publishing in 1986 with the short story “The Foggy, Foggy Dew.” He went on to publish several other stories as well as two novels. Lane won the British Fantasy Award for his collection The Earth Wire and Other Stories and for his short story “My Stone Desire.” His novella The Witnesses are Gone was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist.
Fan Mike Jelenski (b.1980) died on November 22. Jelenski was involved in running Capricon, in Chicago, where he has run the con suite and was currently working in the Events division. He also served as the #2 for Chicon 7′s Union Liaison.
Author and publisher Michael Burgess (b.1948), who used the professional name Robert Reginald died on November 20. Burgess began attending science fiction conventions in 1968 and in 1975, he used the royalties from his first reference work to start The Borgo Press, which published reference works for several years. Reginald also published numerous bibliographies over the years as well as some of his own original fiction. Some of his works include Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature 1975-1991: A Bibliography of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Fiction Books and Nonfiction Monographs, and the Codex Derynianus.
Australian fan Graham Stone (b.1926) died on November 16. Stone won an A. Bertram Chandler Award in 1999 for Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction. In the 1960ws, Stone published Australian Science Fiction Index: 1939-1962 and Australian Science Fiction Index: 1925-1967. His fanzine, Notes on Australian Science Fiction served as the basis for a book of the same title, and he published other fanzines and bibliographies as well. Several of his works, such as A History of Australian Science Fiction Fandom, 1935-1963, were published pseudonymously.