Agent Ralph Vicinanza (b.1950) died of a brain aneurysm on September 26. Vicinanza represented Stephen King, Connie Willis, Robert J. Sawyer, Stephen Baxter, and many other major science fiction and fantasy authors. Vicinanza also had a producer credit on some films and television shows made based on his clients work, including FlashForward, Jumper, and the forthcoming The Forever War. A memorial service is being planned for October 1.
Elaine Koster (b. 1940) died on August 10. Koster was president and publisher of Dutton/NAL before she founded her own literary agency in 1998. Koster published Stephen King’s “Richard Bachmann” novels, as well as Greg Iles and Peter Straub.