Fan and editor Frank Dietz died in mid-October. Dietz was one of the founding members (and President) of the Lunarians in 1956. Over the years, he published the fanzines Luna, Luna Monthly, and Science, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. He published the daily newsletter for the Cinvention. He served on the concom for Lunacon from 1957 through 1971 and in 2007, he was the Fan Guest of Honor at Lunacon 50. Dietz was also an esteemed member of the Order of St. Fantony. In 1958, he and George Nims Raybin filed a lawsuit against Dave Kyle over funds from the 1956 NYCon.
Fan and editor Leland Sapiro (b.1924) died on October 8. Sapiro, along with Jon White and Ron Smith, revived the fanzine Inside Science Fiction as Inside in 1962. Eventually, Sapiro was left in editorial control of the magazine and it became the Riverside Quarterly, with a more scholarly feel to it. Although there was a lengthy lapse in publishing during the seventies, Sapiro published the final issue of Riverside Quarterly in the early 1990s.
The winner of this year’s WSFA Small Press Award, presented at Capclave to original short fiction published by a small press, is “Good Hunting,” by Ken Liu. The story was published in Strange Horizons and edited by Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, and Julia Rios.
Helsinki has announced that it will bid to host the Worldcon in 2017. Helsinki finished second in the voting for the 2015 Worldcon (losing to Spokane). Helsinki will once again be in a race with multiple other bids as Japan and Montreal have previously announced bids for 2017.
Author Richard Kearns (b.1951) died on January 12, 2012. Kearns was a member of the Clarion class of 1978 and published a handful of stories, beginning in 1980 with “From Bach to Broccoli” in 1980 through “Raven, Jade and Light” in 1994. His best known story may have been “The Power of the Press.” He was briefly the editor of the SFWA Bulletin in the 1970s. Kearns was diagnosed HIV positive in 1987, the same year his story “Grave Angels” was nominated for the Sturgeon Award.
Actor Jay Robinson (b.1930) died on September 27. Robinson got his first break appearing in The Robe as Caligula and reprised the role the following year in Demetrius and the Gladiators. His career was sidetracking the the late 50s when he was arrested for heroin possession and served time in prison, where he discovered religion. Robinson was able to restart his career, with appearances on Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, and Bewitched. he continued to work, mostly in television, from the seventies through the nineties, including making several shows with the Kroffts. He played King Charles in the film The Sword and the Sorcerer and had the title role in the television series Dr. Shrinker.
Author and screenwriter Philip Nutman (b.1963) died on October 7. Nutman’s only novel, the zombie novel Wet Work, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel. His short fiction appeared in numerous anthologies and he wrote the screenplay to the film The Girl Next Door, which he also produced. Nutman appeared as an actor in several low budget films, including Death Collector. Nutman also worked on numerous comics during his career.
Lois McMaster Bujold received the Forry Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Science Fiction from the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society. The award has been presented by LASFS each year at LosCon since 1966. The winners are selected by a vote of the LASFS membership.
After Eugie Foster’s announcement that she hadn’t received royalties for her book with Norilana in three years, Norilana publisher Vera Nazarian announced the reversion of all print rights to all of her authors, noting that if an author wanted to remain with Norilana, she would retain non-exclusive rights for those projects. Nazarian also stated that e-book rights remain with the individual authors and she reiterated her intention to eventually pay all of her authors their full royalties.
Following months of speculation, the BBC has announced the discovery of eleven episodes of Doctor Who in Nigeria dating to the Patrick Troughton years. Of the eleven episodes, 9 were previously believed lost, which brings the total number of lost episodes down to 97. Five episodes of “The Enemy of the World” were found, which, taken with the single episode already in the BBC’s possession, means the serial, in which the Doctor faces an assassination attempt because of his resemblance to a local dictator named Salamander, is now complete. The discovery of four episodes of “The Web of Fear” means that only a single episode of that serial, which involves the Yeti, is still missing. The BBC has made the episodes available for downloading from iTunes with animation filling the the missing episode.