Actor Neal Arden (b.Arthur Neal Alston 1909) died on June 4. Arden appeared in The Quatermass Experiment, Mystery and Imagination, The Giant Behemoth, and My Partner the Ghost.
Philadelphia fan Carol Kabakjian (b.1954) died on May 15 following a four-year battle with cancer. Kabakjian served as secretary and archivist for PSFS for several years and worked on Philcon. She was responsible for the Con suite at Millennium Philcon. She founded ConCerto and published the filking fanzine The Philly Philk Phlash.
Actress Patsy Byrne (b.1933) died on June 17. Byrne appeared in Black Adder as Nursie, and The Silver Chair as Giant Nanny. She also appeared in an episodes of the series Doomwatch and Maid Marian and Her Merry Men.
The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the nominees for the 2014 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding works of speculative fiction by North Carolina authors, is voted on by members of North Carolina SF cons. The winner will be announced at ConGregate on July 12, 2014 in Winston-Salem NC.
- The Heretic, by Tony Daniel & David Drake
- Vaporware, by Richard Dansky
- Monsters of the Earth, by David Drake
- Darwen Arkwright and the School of Shadows, by A.J. Hartley
- The Shambling Guide to New York City, by Mur Lafferty
- Ice Forged, by Gail Z. Martin
Angry Robot has announced that they are ceasing publication of their Strange Chemistry Books young adult line effective immediately. The imprint includes authors Gwenda Bond, Martha Wells, Sean Cummings, Cassandra Rose Clarke, and Kim Curran, among others. Angry Robot is also closing their Exhibit A line of mystery/crime books. According to Angry Robot, the imprints are being closed because they haven’t been able to carve out their own niche in a saturated market.
The winners of the Niels Klim Prize for Danish science fiction were announced on Sunday, June 15 at Fantasticon in Copenhagen.
- Collection: År 9 efter Loopet, by Peter Adolphsen (Year 9 After the Loop)
- Novella: “Farvel min astronaut,” by Jesper Goll (“Farewell, My Astronaut”)
- Short Story: “Mørkets hastighed,” by Majbrit Høyrup (“Darkness’ Speed”)
For more information… (In Danish)
Australian author Pip Maddern (b.Philippa Maddern 1952) died on June 16. Maddern published thirteen short story between 1976 and 1995, beginning with “The Ins and Outs of the Hadhya City-State.” She mostly retired from writing science fiction for a career in academia in 1990, although her final short story, “Not with Love” appeared in 1995. All of her fiction was published in Australia. In addition, she had a Ph.D. in History and published Violence and Social Order: East Anglia 1422-1442.
Author Daniel Keyes (b.1927) died on June 15. Keyes was the author of the Hugo Award-winning short story “Flowers for Algernon,” which was expanded to the Nebula Award winning novel of the same title and made into the film Charly. In addition to his career as an author and teacher, Keyes served as editor of Marvel Science Fiction in 1951, just before he began selling his own stories. In 2000, the same year he published his memoir, Algernon, Charlie and I: A Writer’s Journey, he was named Author Emeritus by SFWA.
Hadley Rille Publishers is holding a crowdsourcing event in order to gain the capital to expand its publishing program. Hadley Rille has been publishing science fiction novels and anthologies since 2005, when it was founded by Publisher Eric Reynolds. Reynolds has set a goal of raising $12,500 for use in a marketing campaign aimed at raising the awareness of Hadely Rille books and authors.
Scientist Frank Asaro (b.1927) died on June 10. Asaro discovered the iridium anomaly in the C-P boundary which led to the Asteroid-Impact Theory created by Asaro, Luis Alvarez, Walter Alvarez, and Helen Michel. Asaro’s research also led to important understandings of trade in ancient civilizations. Asaro’s daughter is SF author Catherine Asaro.