Obituary: Kate O’Mara

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.

Obituary: Derek Martinus

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.

Obituary: Lorenzo Semple, Jr.

Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (b.1923 died on March 28, one day after his 91st birthday. Semple wrote screenplays for Papillon, Never Say Never Again, the 1976 King Kong and the 1980 Flash Gordon among other projects. He may have been best known for his role in creating and writing for the 1960s television show Batman. Semple wrote the first four episodes and the series’ Bible, acted as a consultant for the rest of the series, and came up with the idea of the graphics indicating fights, named everything Bat-whatever, and came up with Robin’s Holy ___ catch phrase.

Pohl Memorial

Elizabeth Anne Hull has announced that a memorial service for Frederik Pohl will be held at Harper Rainey College on August 2, 2014. Frederik Pohl, who worked as an author, agent, and editor in his long career, died on September 2, 2013. In addition to publishing the award winning novels Gateway and Man Plus, Pohl edited the magazines If and Galaxy and the anthology series Star Science Fiction.

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Gill Moves to Ace/Roc

Editor Diana Gill will be moving to Penguin Books to serve as Executive Editor of the Ace, Roc, and Berkley lines following Ginjer Buchanan’s retirement. Gill has served as the head of HarperVoyager US and has been with Harper for close to sixteen years. She left Harper on March 21 and will begin working at Ace/Roc on April 1. She joined Morrow/Avon in 1998.

Obituary: Steve Moore

British comics writer Steve Moore (b.1949) died on March 16. Moore helped mentor Alan Moore, who was not a relation, and taught him to write scripts, with the two often collaborating using pseudonyms, Steve Moore wrote as “Pedro Henry.” Moore worked on The Fortean Times, Doctor Who, Hulk, and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and 2000 AD.

Obituary: Stuart Andrews

Fan Stuart Andrews died on March 20 following a short illness. Andrews was a costumer and was widely known as “Viking Stu” for his Viking costumes and paraphernalia.

Obituary: Mary Robison

Massachusetts fan Mary Robison (b.Mary Trompke, 1957) died on March 24. Robison was one of the founders of the Arisia Science Fiction convention in Massachusetts and an active costumer. She built specialty electronics for rock bands and appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire?.

Obituary: Dave Trampier

Artist Dave Trampier (b.1954) died on March 24. Trampier came to prominence working for TSR Games in the 1980s, illustrating the original Dungeon Master Screen, working on Star Frontiers and Gamma World, and drawing the “Wormy” comic that appeared in Dragon magazine. He frequently signed his artwork with his initials, DAT. After leaving TSR in the late 1980s, Trampier turned his back on the gaming world, although he was recently in talks about the possibility of publishing a collection of “Wormy” comics.

Hans Christian Andersen Prize

The Hans Christian Andersen Prize was presented ti Japanese author Nahoko Uehashi, whose work is based on ancient Japanese mythology and science-fiction fantasy. The award for illustrator was presented to Brazilian artist Roger Mello

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