Cosmonaut Valeri Kubasov (b.1935) died on February 19. Kubasov joined the Soviet space program in 1966 and was scheduled to fly on Soyuz 2, whcih was changed to an unmanned mission after the discovery of a faulty parachute. He was also supposed to fly on Soyuz 11, but was grounded for medical reasons. The Soyuz 11 capsule decompressed, killing its crew. Kubusov did fly on Soyuz 6 and 19 and served as the commander for Soyuz 36. The Soyuz 19 mission linked up with a US Apollo space capsule as part of the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project.
Kansas City fan William Tienken (b. 1960) died on February 17. For ten years beginning in 1987, he published the fanzine Pulsar, which included more than 2500 book reviews over the course of its run. In 1997, he moved his reviewing on-line to Bookview, where he continued publishing reviews of non-fiction books. Tienken was also active in the Kansas City convention scene and was a con photographer.
Minneapolis fan Blue Petal (b.Louis Fallert 1950) died on February 16. Blue Petal suffered a stroke in December, following which he was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma. He began publishing Lou’s Apa in 1968, changing the name to Blue’s Apa when he took his nom de fan. In the 1970s, he joined Minneapa. He chaired Minicon 5 and co-chaired Minicon 7. He wa also an avid gamer, creating a gaming system called Castle Keep in the 70s.
Director Jimmy T. Murakami (b.Teruaki Murakami 1933) died on February 16. Murakami directed Battle Beyond the Stars and When the Wind Blows. He worked as an animator on several projects, including the 1980s television series The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and as a producer on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm (b.1946) died on February 15. Malcolm’s first screen role was a bit role in the 1968 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He went on to play Rogue 2 in The Empire Strikes Back, had appearances in Superman III and Labyrinth and played Kirk Matunas in Highlander. Malcolm also portrayed Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.
Publisher Martin Greenberg (b.1918) died October 20, 2013. Greenberg founded Gnome Press in 1948 with Dave Kyle and edited several anthologies for the press. Among the works that he published while with Gnome were Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, which earned him much negative publicity when Asimov eventually published his autobiography, although other authors had good things to say about Greenberg. Greenberg eventually left the science fiction field to become an editor for Abelard–Schuman. He was not related to the anthologist Martin H. Greenberg.
Actor Ralph Waite (b.1928) died on February 13. Best known for portraying John Walton on The Waltons, he also appeared in the television series Carnivàle and episodes of The Outer Limits and Time Trax. His film work included the alternate history film Timequest, Crash and Burn, and Spirit.
Camera operator Suzy Zeffren-Rauch (b.Suzy Zeffren, 1970) died on February 12. Zeffren-Rauch began working for Disney Studios as a camera department coordinator on Beauty and the Beast in 1991 and went on to work on animated films including Lilo & Stitch and Treasure Planet. Following her work on Chicken Little, she moved to the film & digital services department.
Comedian Sid Caesar (b.1922) died on February 12. Caesar was best known for his work on Your Show of Shows. While he was primarily a comedian, appearing in films like It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Caesar did have some genre credits, including The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, based on the Ray Bradbury story, Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part I and an appearance in an episode of Brooks’ Robin Hood series When Times Were Rotten, as well as Amazing Stories and The Munsters’ Revenge.
Director Christopher Barry (b.1925) died on February 7. Barry directed more than 40 episodes of Doctor Who, beginning with the first two episodes that introduced the Daleks in the first season through the 1979 serial “The Creature from the Pit.” Other genre work included The Tripods, The Man in the White Suit, Moonbase 3, and Out of the Unknown.