Fan and Wiccan priestess Judy Harrow (b.1945) died on March 20. Harrow began studying Wicca in 1976 and was ordained in 1977. Harrow attended many East coast conventions in the 1970s and hosted open pagan circles in programming at a few of them. In 1985, she became the first Wiccan to be legally registered as clergy in New York City. She published three books on Wicca.
Louisville fan Michael Sinclair (b.1938) died on March 14. He began attending conventions with Rivercon in 1975. He later became involved in throwing bid parties for the New Orleans Worldcon bid. After New Orleans won, Sinclair and his wife continued to throw parties for a hoax Moscow bid until 1990.
Ursula K. Le Guin has won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction from Literary Arts, an organization that honors Oregonian authors. Le Guin received the award for her two volume collection The Unreal and The Real. Upon receiving the award, Le Guin noted that she presented the first fiction award for the Oregon Book Award in 1987.
Author Lucius Shepard (b.1947) died on March 18. Shepard began publishing in 1983 and his first novel, Green Eyes, appeared the following year. He won the Campbell Award for new author in 1985, a Nebula Award for his story “R&R,” a Hugo for “Barnacle Bill the Spacer,” and the World Fantasy Award twice, both times for collections.
Hugo Award winning fan writer and fanzine editor Mike Glyer checked into the hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath and was found to have blood clots in the lungs. Glyer was released the evening on March 18 and put on medication which should help avoid future clotting. Glyer decided to share the news saying, “I hate it when fans I’ve known well are taken and because nothing was said about earlier problems I never had a chance to say anything or get used to the idea.”
Jean Rabe has announced a crowd-sourcing campeign to fund the publication of Dance Like a Monkey, and anthology to create a grant to help support author C.J. Henderson, who is battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. All of the authors, artists, publishers, graphic designers, and other professionals involved in this project have assigned what would have been their portions of this anthology to that grant. Participants include Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, Jack Dann, Joe Haldeman, Joe Haldeman, Gene Wolfe, and many more. Their indiegogo campaign runs through May 1 with the goal of raising $7,500.
SFWA has announced that John Klima, who has previously worked for Asimov’s, Analog, and Tor Books, has been named the new editor of the SFWA Bulletin. Klima has previously edited the Hugo Award winning fanzine Electric Velocipede, which ran from 2001 through 2013 and has also edited the anthologies Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories, Happily Ever After, and Mayhem and Glitter.
The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been released. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on May 1. This year’s prize is a commemorative book end and £2013. This year’s jury includes Sarah Brown, Lesley Hall, Georgie Knight, Duncan Lawie, Ian Whates, and Andrew M. Butler.
- The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest
- Ancillary Justice, by Anne Leckie
- The Disestablishment of Paradise , by Phillip Mann
- God’s War, by Kameron Hurley
- The Machine, by James Smythe
- Nexus, by Ramez Naam
NASA engineer Jack Kinzler (b.1920) died on March 4. Kinzler built the full sized models of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft used in preflight tests and created the flags and plaques left on the Moon by Apollo astronauts. When the Skylab heatshield failed, Kinzler created a fix using fishing poles that meant the astronauts would not have to do a spacewalk.
Vera Nazarian has announced a fundraiser to help her pay back royalties to authors who had books published with Norilana Press. When the economy crashed, issues arose the meant that she was unable to pay the royalties that were owed and she has since reverted all rights back to her authors, but is still trying to make good on paying them their back royalties. Nazarian has started an indiegogo campaign to try to raise the money necessary to pay the money due to her authors.