Scottish author Donald Malcolm (b.1930) died in the first half of November of 2013. Malcolm began publishing fiction in New Worlds in 1957 with “Defence Mechanism.” In 1976, he published two novels, The Iron Rain and The Unknown Shore. He mostly stopped publishing science fiction after 1976 with the exception of the story “For Some Dark Purpose,” turning his attention instead to writing non-fiction, some of which appeared under than name Roy Malcolm.
Author and playwright Stewart H. Benedict (b.1924) died on March 19. Benedict edited the anthology Tales of Terror and Suspense. Benedict was a journalist who also wrote dozens of plays and several books.
Editor Vic Ghidalia (b.1926) died on May 28, 2013. Ghidalia worked for ABC TV in New York for 35 years and edited several anthologies, often in collaboration with Roger Elwood. Their first project was The Little Monsters in 1969 ad Ghidalia’s last anthology was Feast of Fear, published in 1977. In 1974, Ghidalia worked with Lorimar Productions to produce a television film based on Richard Matheson’s “Mother By Protest,” which starred Barbara Eden.
Actress Patrice Wymore (b.1926) died on March 22. Wymore’s only genre credit was the horror film Chamber of Horrors, but she got her start in Vaudeville and made several films. In 1950, she married Errol Flynn, becoming his third, and final wife.
Actor James Rebhorn (b.1948) died on March 21. Rebhorn appeared in numerous films and television shows, including many of genre interested including Independence Day, Real Steel, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Over the course of a fifty year career, he also appeared as a regular on several television series.
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.”