by Steven H Silver
Science fiction fans have always had a respect and understanding for the history of the genre. Unfortunately, science fiction has achieved such an age that each year sees our ranks diminished. The science-fictional year 2014 could have been much worse for the science fiction community in terms of sheer numbers. This year there were a few tragic surprises and the mortality rate for 2014 continues to increase aa time passes.
[Editor's Note: Here you will find the other In Memoriam columns.]
Actor Billy McColl (b.1951) died on January 1. McColl's only role of genre interest was portraying Humker in the 1986 Doctor Who serial "The Trial of a Time Lord."
Actress Juanita Moore (b.1922) died on January 1. Moore appeared in The Kid, Cabin in the Sky, and the horror film Abby, but was best known for her non-genre role in Imitation of Life, for which she received an Academy Award nomination, only the fifth African American to be nominated for the award.
Producer Bernard Glasser (b.1925) died on January 2. Glasser was best known as a producer of The Day of the Triffids and also produced Return of the Fly and Space Master X-7, the last of which also featured him in a minor role.
Producer Saul Zaentz (b.1921) died on January 3. Zaentz produced the 1978 Ralph Bakshi animated Lord of the Rings. He also produced three Academy Award Best Picture winners: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, and The English Patient.
Frank Slaten (b.1952) died on January 4. Slaten worked as a production assistant for the television shows 666 Park Avenue, Jericho, and Heroes and the films Men in Black II and Spider-Man 3.
Actor Tom Quinn (b.1934) died on January 5. Quinn appeared in Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Monkey Shines, and Super 8.
Actress Carmen Zapata (b.1927) died on January 5. Zapata appeared in episodes of Wonder Woman and provided voice work for Batman: The Animated Series.
Actor Larry Mann (b.1922) died on January 6. Mann provided the voice for the character Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. He also did voicework for The New Adventures of Ichabod Crane and Sabrina, Super Witch. He had live performances on Rod Serling's Night Gallery, The Green Hornet, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and My Favorite Martian.
Producer Run Run Shaw (b. as Ren-leng Shao, 1907) died on January 7. Shaw produced numerous martial arts films, but was also a co-producer of Blade Runner, Meteor, and Horror Planet.
Canadian YA author Leslie Carmichael (b.1960) died on January 9 following a battle with cancer. Carmichael wrote the novel The Amulet of Amon-Ra and the short story "Something Plucked This Way Comes."
Author Michael Hemmingson (b.1966) died on January 9. Hemimingson's debut novel was the science fiction novel Minstrels and he also published the fantasy novel The Rose of Heaven. He also wrote the monograph Star Trek: A Post-Structural Critique of the Original Series.
Actor Eric Lawson (b.1941) died on January 10. Lawson appeared in the pilot for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and the films Skeeter, King Cobra, Rumpelstiltskin, and When Time Expires. He may have been best known for being the Marlboro Man in print advertising from 1978-1981, later going on to become a non-smoking advocate.
Stuntman Jophery C. Brown (b.1945) died on January 11. Brown performed stunts in Spider-Man, Oblivio, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters II, The Relic, The Sword and the Sorcerer, and numerous other films. Brown got his start acting in 1964 and first appeared as a stuntman in 1965. In 1968, he served as a relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in his own Major League baseball appearance. He coordinated the stunts for the Negro-League Baseball film Bingo Long's Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings.
Minneapolis fan Erica Johnson died on January 11.
Actor Jerome Willis (b.1928) died on January 11. Willis portrayed Captain Rexton Podly in Space Precinct and Stevens in the Doctor Who serial "The Green Death." He also had roles in the films Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Lifeforce.
Author Neal Barrett, Jr. (b.1929) died on January 12. Barrett began publishing science fiction in 1960 with "To Tell the Truth" in Galaxy. He continued to publish short fiction throughout his career, but most of his work was at the novel length, with early works such as Kelwin or The Leaves of Time giving way to more complexly created worlds and narratives in the late 70s with his Aldair sequence and Through Darkest America. In addition to his science fiction, Barrett published a lot of work for hire, including volumes in the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift series, often under pseudonyms and house names. Barrett was name Author Emeritus by SFWA in 2009.
Actress Alexandra Bastedo (b.1946) died on January 12. She appeared in The Champions, The Starlost and Batman Begins as well as the 1967 version of Casino Royale.
Author Janrae Frank (b.1954) died on January 12. Frank's first published story was "Wolves of Nakesht," which appeared in the 1980 anthology Amazons!. She published several additional stories as well as co-edited the anthology New Eves with Jean Marie Stine and Forrest J. Ackerman. In 2004, her short fiction was collected in In the Darkness, Hunting.
Actor John Horsley (b.1920) died on January 12. Horsley appeared in episodes of Out of This World, Out of the Unknown, Doomwatch, and Robin Hood.
Actor Frank Marth (b.1922) died on January 12. Marth portrayed Douglas McArthur in an episode of Voyagers! and also appeared in episodes of The Incredible Hulk, Battlestar Galactica, Wonder Woman, and The Bionic Woman. He was in the television film Captain America and Marooned.
Norwegian author Jon Bing (b.1944) died on January 14. Bing has published numerous stories, plays, and novels co-written with Tor Åge Bringsværd as well as solo fiction. His works span the range from adult novels to children's books and a few of them have been translated into English, including "A Whiter Shade of Pale," "A Meeting in Georgestown," and "The Owl of Bear Island."
Danish artist Erik Blegvad (b.1923) died on January 14. Blegvad may be best known for providing the original illustrations for Mary Norton's novel Bedknob and Broomstick. He also illustrated the works of Hans Christian Andersen.
Actor Joseph Greig (b.1922) died on January 14. Greig was the first actor to play a monster in Doctor Who who delivered his own lines, rather than having another actor overdub them. This took place in the first season serial "The Sensorites." Other genre work includes episodes of Doomwatch and The Avengers, and the films Five Million Years to Earth and Loch Ness.
Canadian actor Tom Harvey (b.1915) died on January 14. Harvey appeared in episodes of the Ray Bradbury Theatre. In the 1960s, he voiced several characters on the animated Spider-Man and The Marvel Super Heroes.
Author Alexander Malec (b.1929) died on January 14. Malec began publishing with "Project Inhumane" in 1964, wihch appeared in Colorado Quarterly and was picked up by Judith Merril for The 11th Annual of the Year's Best S-F. He published twelve additional stories over the next couple of years, many of which appeared for the first time in his collection Extrapolasis. After collecting his stories, Malec ceased to publish science fiction.
Actor Roger Lloyd-Pack (b.1944) died on January 15. Lloyd-Pack portrayed Barty Crouch, Sr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and appeared as John Lumic in two episodes of Doctor Who. He appeared in the 1984 version of 1984 and Interview with the Vampire. Lloyd-Pack was probably best known to British audiences for his role on The Vicar of Dibley and as Trigger on Only Fools and Horses.
Film editor Stanford Tischler (b.1921) died on January 15. Tischler is best known for his work as a film editor on the television series M*A*S*H (as well as spin-offs AfterM*A*S*H and W*A*L*T*E*R), but also worked on an episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery and Men Into Space. His work on M*A*S*H earned him ten Emmy nominations, including one win.
Comic store owner Gary Arlington (b.1938) died on January 16 of heart failure. Arlington opened the San Francisco Comic Book Company in 1968 and it quickly became a focal point for up-and-coming underground comic book authors and artists, including R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and Ron Turner. Arlington's store may have been the first store dedicated to selling only comics.
Actress Ruth Duccini (b.Ruth Robinson, 1918) died on January 16. Duccini was the last surviving female Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz, leaving only one Munchkin left alive.
Actor Russell Johnson (b.1924) died on January 16. Johnson was best known for playing Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island, but early in his career appeared in several science fiction films, including This Island Earth and It Came from Outer Space. He also appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone. Johnson served in World War II and flew 44 combat missions before being shot down over the Philippines.
Animator Hal Sutherland (b.1929) died on January 16. Sutherland got his start working on Disney's Sleeping Beauty before he co-founded Filmation in the early 1960s and worked as the new company's Director of Animation. His animation at Filmation included work on Star Trek: The Animated Series, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, and several DC titles.
Actress Sarah Marshall (b.1933) died on January 18. Marshall appeared on numerous television shows, including guest roles on Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, Get Smart, and My Favorite Martian.
Animator Michael Sporn (b.1946) died on January 19. Sporn worked on the film Making Mr. Right as well as animation for Courage the Cowardly Dog.
Screenwriter Ben Starr (b.1921) died on January 19. Starr wrote episodes of My Favorite Martian, Mork and Mindy, and Small Wonder, as well as the film Our Man Flint. He may have been best known as the co-creator of Silver Spoons and The Facts of Life. He also wrote the comedy Western Texas Across the River.
Actor Victor Izay (b.1923) died on January 20. Izay appeared in The Astro-Zombies, Night Slaves, Blood Song, and The Last Child. He helped establish the New Vic Players n Albuquerque, NM and acted with Victor French and Vic Tayback as "The Three Vics."
Actor Luis Avalos (b.1946) died on January 22. Avalos appeared in the films The Butcher's Wife, Wishcraft, and Ghost Fever, as well as an episode of The Incredible Hulk. Avalos was best known for his long-running stint on the kid's show The Electric Company from 1972-1977. Avalos also appeared on both the comedy E/R and the later drama ER.
Actress Lisa Daniely (b.1930) died on January 24. Daniely appeared in the television series H.G. Wells' Invisible Man. She appeared in an episode of Out of the Unknown and the Doctor Who serial "The Space Pirates," opposite Patrick Troughton.
Stuntman Fred Brookfield (b.1941) died on January 25. Brookfield did stunts in The Omega Man, They Live, and The Sword and the Sorcerer.
Actress Margery Mason (b.1913) died on January 25. Mason portrayed the old lady who booed Buttercup in The Princess Bride and also appeared in Quatermass and the Pit and a bit role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Other appearances included Pink Floyd's The Wall and the live action version of 101 Dalmatians.
Actress Ann Carter (b.1936) died on January 27. Carter appeared in The Curse of the Cat People, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, I Married a Witch.
Author Stepan Chapman (b.1951) died on January 27. Chapman began publishing short fiction in 1969 when his story "Testing…One, Two, Three, Four" appeared in Analog. He continued to publish short fiction and an occasional poem throughout his career, collected in Danger Music and Dossier. Chapman published his only novel, the Philip K. Dick Award winning The Troika, in 1997.
Actor Jimmy Hayes (b.1928) died on January 27. Hayes appeared in episodes of The Incredible Hulk, Shazam!, and The Invaders.
Japanese voice actor Ichirō Nagai (b.1931) died on January 27. Nagai provided voices for numerous television shows, video games, and films, including Kinnikuman: Showdown! The 7 Justice Supermen vs. The Space Samurais, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Space Battleship Yamato, and Kingdom Hearts.
Composer John Cacavas (b.1930) died on January 28. Cacavas's music appeared on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Bionic Woman, and Hanger 18. His musical composition earned him two Emmy nominations.
Actor Jimmy Karath (b.1942) died on January 30. Karath's career only lasted from 1951 until 1957 with one genre appearance in 1956 when he appeared as Tom Blake on Captain Midnight.
Producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. (b.1924) died on January 30. Rankin partnered with Jules Bass to form Rankin/Bass, an animation company known for their Christmas specials, including Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. Some of their more standard SF/F fare included adaptations of The Last Unicorn, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. He also produced Thundercats.
Actor and dancer Bruce Hoy (b.1932) died on January 31. Hoy appeared on Sid and Marty Kroft's Signmund and the Sea Serpent as well as Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and Finian's Rainbow. He was married to actress Larri Thomas, who died last year.
Author Bill Baker died in early February. Baker published several books on graphic novels in the Bill Baker Presents series and the Talking with Graphic Novelists series. He was also the author of Icons: The DC Comics and WildStorm Art of Jim Lee.
Oscar winning actor Maximilian Schell (b.1930) died on February 1. Schell won the Oscar for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg, but appeared in several genre films, including The Black Hole, Vampires, Phantom of the Opera, and Deep Impact. Schell's first Hollywood role occurred by accident, when the producers of The Young Lions reached out to his sister, Maria, and connected with him by mistake.
Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (b.1967) was found dead in his New York apartment on February 2. Hoffman, who won an Academy Award for Capote, appeared in Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games series, portrayed a character based on L. Ron Hubbard in The Master, and appeared in The Invention of Lying.
Author and illustrator Mark E. Rogers (b.1952) died on February 2 while hiking. Rogers was best known for the Samurai Cat books, which began with The Adventures of Samurai Cat. Other novels included The Dead, Zorachus, and the Zancharthus trilogy. His novella "The Runestone" was adapted into a film of the same title starring Peter Riegert and Samurai Cat was made into the video game The Bridge of Catzad-Dum. Rogers appeared on trading card 31 issued by the Chicago in 2000 Worldcon bid.
Actor Richard Bull (b.1924) died on February 3. Bull got his start appeared in Medic in 1956 and went on to roles in Tales of Frankenstein, Men Into Space, In Like Flint, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Often cast as a doctor, he was perhaps best known for his role as Nels Oleson on Little House on the Prairie.
Actress Louan Gideon (b.1955) died on February 3. Gideon appeared on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Joan of Arcadia, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Eerie, Indiana, and They Came from Outer Space.
Chinese actor Ma Wu (b.Hung-Yuan Feng, 1942) died on February 4. Ma appeared in A Chinese Ghost Story, Mr. Vampire, Swordsman III: The East is Red, and more than 250 other films. In addition to acting, Ma was also a director.
Director Christopher Barry (b.1925) died on February 7. Barry directed more than 40 episodes of Doctor Who, beginning with the first two episodes that introduced the Daleks in the first season through the 1979 serial "The Creature from the Pit." Other genre work included The Tripods, The Man in the White Suit, Moonbase 3, and Out of the Unknown.
Richard Battin (b.1925) died on February 8. Battin led the design team responsible for the guidance, navigation, and control systems used by the Apollo space missions. Prior to working for NASA, he taught at MIT, where he had three future astronauts among his graduate students.
Philadelphia fan Gary Dockter (b.1963) died on February 8. Dockter collected comic books. Dockter was also a fan of steampunk.
Actress Shirley Temple Black (b. Shirley Temple, 1928) died on February 10. A prodigious child star, Temple Black produced and starred in a Shirley Temple's Storybook, which recreated classic fairy tales, as well as the 1937 musical Ali Baba Goes to Town and The Blue Bird. Some of her most famous work includes Heidi, The Little Princess, and Curly Top. She won a special Academy Award in 1935 and was appointed Ambassador to the UN, Ghana, and Czechoslovakia.
Actor Peter Haworth (b.1927) died on February 10. Haworth appeared in the TV film Nick Fury: Agent of Shield and the series Poltergeist: The Legacy. He also appeared in the film Stay Tuned and The Wishing Tree.
Actor Artro Morris (b.Timothy Artro-Morris 1926) died on February 11. Morris appeared in Tales of the Unexpected, Dracula A.D. 1972, The Godsend, The Witches, and Dead of Night. He also appeared in two episodes of The Avengers.
Comedian Sid Caesar (b.1922) died on February 12. Caesar was best known for his work on Your Show of Shows. While he was primarily a comedian, appearing in films like It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Caesar did have some genre credits, including The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, based on the Ray Bradbury story, Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I and an appearance in an episode of Brooks' Robin Hood series When Times Were Rotten, as well as Amazing Stories and The Munsters' Revenge.
Actress Aileen Lewis (b.1914) died on February 12. Lewis appeared in only a handful of films, including The Dirty Dozen and From Russia with Love. She also appeared in the final episode of the serial "Doctor Who and the Silurians" in 1970, shortly before she retired from acting.
Camera operator Suzy Zeffren-Rauch (b.Suzy Zeffren, 1970) died on February 12. Zeffren-Rauch began working for Disney Studios as a camera department coordinator on Beauty and the Beast in 1991 and went on to work on animated films including Lilo & Stitch and Treasure Planet. Following her work on Chicken Little, she moved to the film & digital services department.
British actor Ken Jones (b.1930) died on February 13. Jones appeared in Stanley's Dragon, Goodnight Sweethear, The Guardians, and The 4400.
Screenwriter Robert M. Fresco (b.1930) died on February 14. Fresco wrote three episodes of Science Fiction Theatre and wrote the films The Monolith Monsters, The Alligator People, and Tarantula.
Puppeteer John Henson (b.1965) died on February 15. Henson, the son of Muppet creator Jim Henson, frequently filled the role of Sweetums, beginning in 1991 with Muppet*Vision 3-D.
Director Cliff Bole (b.1937) died on February 15. Bole directed episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager as well as the X-Files, Supernatural, M.A.N.T.I.S., and the original V.
Actress Mary Grace Canfield (b.1924) died on February 15. Canfield is best known for her roles as Ralph Monroe on Green Acres and Lucille Weeks on General Hospital, but she also played Mrs. Kravitz on Bewitched and had an appearance on the spin-off series Tabitha. In 1983, she appeared in Something Wicked This Way Comes, based on the Ray Bradbury novel.
Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm (b.1946) died on February 15. Malcolm's first screen role was a bit role in the 1968 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. He went on to play Rogue 2 in The Empire Strikes Back, had appearances in Superman III and Labyrinth and played Kirk Matunas in Highlander. Malcolm also portrayed Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.
Minneapolis fan Blue Petal (b.Louis Fallert 19350) died on February 16. Blue Petal suffered a stroke in December, following which he was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma. He began publishing Lou's Apa in 1968, changing the name to Blue's Apa when he took his nom de fan. In the 1970s, he joined Minneapa. He chaired Minicon 5 and co-chaired Minicon 7. He wa also an avid gamer, creating a gaming system called Castle Keep in the 70s.
Director Jimmy T. Murakami (b.Teruaki Murakami 1933) died on February 16. Murakami directed Battle Beyond the Stars and When the Wind Blows. He worked as an animator on several projects, including the 1980s television series The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and as a producer on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Author Michael Shea (b.1946) died on February 16. Shea's novel Nifft the Lean won the World Fantasy Award in 1983 and his story "The Growlimb" won in 2004. He began publishing with the novel A Quest for Simbilis in 1974, which was an authorized sequel to Jack Vance's The Dying Earth series and was short-listed for the British Fantasy Award. Shea wrote many other stories and novels, including the Nebula and Hugo nominated "The Autopsy."
Actress Loni Nest (b.1915) died on February 17. Nest appeared in a handful of German silent films from the age of three until she was 18, including Der Golem, Schloß Vogeloed, and Nosferatu.
Kansas City fan William Tienken (b. 1960) died on February 17. For ten years beginning in 1987, he published the fanzine Pulsar, which included more than 2500 book reviews over the course of its run. In 1997, he moved his reviewing on-line to Bookview, where he continued publishing reviews of non-fiction books. Tienken was also active in the Kansas City convention scene and was a con photographer.
Actor Malcolm Tierney (b.1938) died on February 18. Tierney portrayed Doland in four episodes of the Doctor Who serial "The Trial of a Time Lord" and had an uncredited role in Star Wars as a guard on the Detention block who was shot by Luke Skywalker. He also appeared in an episode of Out of the Unknown and the films Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and The Medusa Touch.
Cosmonaut Valeri Kubasov (b.1935) died on February 19. Kubasov joined the Soviet space program in 1966 and was scheduled to fly on Soyuz 2, whcih was changed to an unmanned mission after the discovery of a faulty parachute. He was also supposed to fly on Soyuz 11, but was grounded for medical reasons. The Soyuz 11 capsule decompressed, killing its crew. Kubusov did fly on Soyuz 6 and 19 and served as the commander for Soyuz 36. The Soyuz 19 mission linked up with a US Apollo space capsule as part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.
Actor Roger Milner (b.1925) died on February 22. Milner appeared in Tales of the Unexpected, Dark Season, Hammer House of Mystery, and the Doctor Who serial "Kinda."
Spanish author Juan José Plans Martinez (b.1943) died on February 24. His works include Crónicas fantásticas and La literatura de ciencia-ficción. In addition, he adapted many genre classics for radio presentations.
Actor and director Harold Ramis (b.1944) died on February 24. Ramis appeared opposite Bill Murray in Stripesand Ghostbusters and directed Murray in the film Groundhog Day, for which he was nominated for two Saturn Awards as writer and director. Ramis was also nominated for the Hugo Award twice, for Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.
Bhob Stewart (b.1937) died on February 24. Stewart published one of the earliest comic fanzines and in 1969 curated the first exhibition of comic book art at a major museum, the Corcoran in Washington, D.C. Corcoran also wrote comics for several different publishers, developed the Wacky Pack line of trading cards, and co-authored Scream Queens.
Producer Juanita Bartlett (b.1927) died on February 25. Bartleet worked as a producer on The Greatest American Hero, Planet Earth, and Midnight Offerings, in addition to non-genre shows such as The Rockford Files.
Actor Ed Vassallo (b.1972) died on February 25 after a battle with leukemia. Vassallo appeared in the 2005 remake of War of the Worlds and an episode of Fringe. He also had roles in the 2000 comedy Astronomy of Errors and the 2012 Bradbury winning Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Producer Frank Avianca (b.Frank Sardo, 1936) died on February 26. Avianca was born in Italy and had a career singing rock n role, opening for Buddy Holly, Ritcheie Valens, and the Big Bopper the night before their plane crash. He went on to work as a film producer and actor, including producing the horror films The Undertaker and Blood Song.
Author Aaron Allston (b.1960) died on February 27. Allston collapsed earlier in the day while attending VisionCon. Allston began his career at Space Gamer magazine and served as editor before becoming a freelance game designer in 1983. He went on to write the Dungeons and Dragons Rules Cyclopedia and published his first novel, Web of Danger in 1988. Writing several more original novels, some in collaboration with Holly Lisle, Allston eventually turned to writing Star Wars tie-in novels, beginning with X-Wing: Wraith Squadron.
Actor Roy Cooper (b.1930) died on February 27. Cooper appeared in the 1973 version of The Exorcist as well as in the science fiction comedy Simon.
Editor Bill Adler (b.1929) died on February 28. Adler worked with numerous politicials and other celebrities and also wrote and compiled his own books. He created the mystery gimmick novel Who Killed the Robins Family? In 1983, which offered a $10,000 prize to whomever could figure out the solution to the murder. In the 1960s, he edited a collection of letters sent to Adam West, who was starring in Batman.
French and Belgian author Philippe Ebly (b.Jacques Gouzou, 1920) died on March 1. Ebly published novels in three series, Les Conquérants de l'Impossible, Les évadés du Temps, and Les Patrouilleurs de l'an 4003.
Fan Page E. Lewis (b.1955) died on March 1. Lewis was a Star Trek fan and a member of the USS Republic, attending fannish events in Atlanta, GA as her health would permit.
Author Patricia Nurse (b.Patricia Plant, 1935), whose sole short story, "One Rejection Too Many," was published in Asimov's in 1978, died on March 3.
Astronaut and author William Pogue (b.1930) died on March 4. Pogue joined NASA in 1966 and served on the support crews for three Apollo missions. He was scheduled to serve as Command Module Pilot for Apollo 19 before the mission was cancelled, instead serving as pilot for Skylab 4, the last Skylab mission. After he left the astronaut corps, Pogue wrote the book How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space? and co-authored the science fiction novel The Trikon Deception with Ben Bova.
Actress Frances Bennett (b.Felicité Jan Shirley Barrington, 1930) died on March 5. Bennett appeared in The Snake Woman, The Hand, and episodes of Out of the Unknown and My Partner the Ghost.
Publisher Peter Ruber (b.1940) died on March 6. Ruber founded Candlelight Press and published numerous books by August Derleth. In 1997, he became the editor of Arkham House until he suffered a stroke in 2004.
Actor Hal Douglas (b.1924) died on March 7. Douglas is best known for his voiceover work in movie trailers and also provided voiceover work as the narrator in the film Waterworld.
Screenwriter S. Lee Pogostin (b.1926) died on March 7. Pogostin wrote the film Nightmare Honeymoon and the made-for-tv movie The UGO Incident.
Actor James Ellis (b.1931) died on March 8. Ellis appeared in the British series Z Cars and in the film Re-Animator. He appeared in the Doctor Who serial "Battlefield" opposite Sylvestor McCoy and in the films Leapin's Leprechauns! and Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns.
Australian actress Wendy Hughes (b.1952) died on March 8. Hughes appeared as Lt. Commander Nella Daren on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in the mini-series Amerika. Other genre work included voice work for Blue Seed and Suikoden: Demon Century.
Author Alan Rodgers (b.1959) died on March 8. Rodgers began publishing with his story "The Boy who Came Back from the Dead." His first novel, Blood of the Children, appeared in 1989. Rodgers served as Associate Editor for Rod Serling's Twilight Zone magazine from 1984-1987 as well as editor of Night Cry from 1985-1987.
Producer and screenwriter Don Ingalls (b.1918) died on March 10. Ingalls produced and wrote episodes of Fantasy Island. He also wrote the story of the television film Captain America and The Initiation of Sarah.
Actor Richard Coogan (b.1914) died on March 12, less than a month before his 100th birthday. In 1949, Coogan was cast in the lead role for Captain Video and His Video Rangers, which shot live in New York while Coogan was appearing on Broadway in Diamond Lil during the evenings. Coogan left the show in 1950, citing low budgets and poor scripts, and was replaced by Al Hodge. Coogan also appeared on the Westerns The Californians and Laramie.
Actress Anne G. Sterling (b.1916) died on March 12. Sterling got her start performing in Yiddish films and theatre transitioning over to films with The Yiddish King Lear before being cast in films horror staples including The Wolf Man, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The House of Frankenstein, and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.
Writer Steve Moore (b.1949) died on March 14. Moore wrote comics for 2000 AD and Doctor Who Monthly, He wrote the novelization for V for Vendetta and served as editor of the Fortean Times and Fortean Studies. In 2011, he published a fantasy novel, Somnium.
Louisville fan Michael Sinclair 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.
Japanese actor Ken Utsui (b.1931) died on March 14. Utsui is best known for portraying Starman in a series of films in the 1960s, beginning with Invaders from Space. Prior to that he played the title character in six films in the Super Giant series, beginning with Sûpâ jaiantsu.
Actor Joe Alfasa (b.1914) died on March 15. Alfasa appeared in episodes of Bewitched and its spin-off Tabitha, as well as Fantasy Island.
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.
Cinematographer Oswald Morris (b.1915) died on March 17. Morris is best known for his work on Fiddler on the Roof, but also had several genre films to his credit, including The Wiz, The Dark Crystal, and Scrooge.
Actor Joe Lala (b.1947) died on March 18. Lala provided voicework on The Batman, Monsters, Inc., Batman Beyond, Superman, and other animated films and series. He also appeared in the pilot episode of Birds of Prey.
Actor Robert Porter (b.1940) died on March 18. Porter appeared in the original Wonder Woman television movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby, as well as the horror film Queen of Blood.
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.
Author 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?.
British author John Rowe Townsend (b.1922) died on March 24. Best known as a mystery writer, having won the Edgar Award for his novel The Intruder, he also published several fantasy works, including Noah's Castle, King Creature, Come, and The Fortunate Isles.
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.
Fan Robert M. Gerber (b.1962) died in March. Gerber was active in the SCA under the name Morgan Nightbear. Gerber worked on Millennium Philcon and was an attendee at meany East Coast cons, including Balticon, Lunacon, and Philcon. He was a photographer and exhibited his work in art shows.
Producer Harry H. Novak (b.1928) died on March 26. Novak began working for RKO Pictures when he was a teenager, distributing movie posters, and eventually worked his way up to production, making films like Slink, The Creeper, The Toy Box, Rattlers, and Wham! Bam! Thank You, Spaceman!
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.
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.
Fan Stanley C. Skirvin, (b. 1927) died on March 28. Skirvin became active in Cincinnati fandom shortly after his discharge from the Navy in World War II, helping to name the Cincinnati Fantasy Group and editing the program book for Cinvention and a Memory Book following the Worldcon.
Actor Dane Witherspoon (b.1957) died on March 29. Witherspoon was best known for his role on the soap opera Santa Barbara, but also appeared in the science fiction films Seedpeople and Asteroid. He was married to his first wife, Robin Wright, when she was filming The Princess Bride.
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.
Actor Stephen Wootton (b.1945) died on April 4. Wootton appeared in an episode of Adventures of Superman with George Reeves
Actor John Pinette (b.1964) died on April 5. Perhaps best known for his role as a carjacking victim in the final episode of Seinfeld, Pinette also appeared in the film The Punisher. Other genre credits include an appearance in the film Junior and an episode of Alf.
Actor Mickey Rooney (b.Ninian Joseph Yule Jr. 1920) died on April 6. Rooney began acting in 1926 and recently one of his lost early shorts, Mickey's Circus was recovered. He appeared in numerous films with Judy Garland and had an infamous appearance in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Some of his genre appearances included roles on The Twilight Zone and Rod Serling's Night Gallery, as well as the films Night in the Museum, Pete's Dragon, and Erik the Viking and voice work for many cartoons.
Film historian Phil Hardy (b. 1945) died on April 8. Hardy wrote numerous books exploring film and music, including The Encylopedia of Horror Movies.
Fan Jeff Canfield (b.1958) died on April 9. Canfield was active in con-running in the Northern California area, serving as a deputy vice chair of ConFrancisco and chairing the 1991 Westercon bid for Sacramento.
Actress Lori Janney (b.Lori Sheffey, 1969) died on April 10. Janney appeared in two low-budget horror films in 2009, The Shower Killer and Psychopath. Her only other schreen appearance was an uncredited role in Dirty Dancing.
Director Harold "Hal" Cooper (b.1923) died on April 11. Cooper directed the tv film The Astronauts and episodes of I Dream of Jeannie and The Flying Nun. His non-genre work included That Girl, The Brady Bunch, The Dick van Dyke Show, and The Odd Couple.
Actor Darrell Zwerling (b.1929) died on April 11. Zwerling may be best known for his portrayal of Faye Dunaway's husband in Chinatown, but he also appeared in Capricorn One, High Anxiety, an episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.
Actor Mickey Deems (b.1925) died on April 14. Deems appeared in an episode of Bewitched and the television film The Munsters' Revenge and the horrow film The Spirit Is Willing.
Actress Kirsten Bishop (b.Kirsten Bishopric, 1963) died on April 15. Bishop appeared in the films They Came from Within and Frequency and the television series Goosebumps and Warehouse 13, as well as providing voicework for Sailor Moon. Bishop's credits fluctuated between using the Bishop name and her birth name.
Actress April Olrich (b.1933) died on April 15. Olrich had a small role in Supergirl and also appeared in the television series She-Wolf of London, The Snow Queen, and Roberts Robots and the film The Door in the Wall.
Fan Cal Cotton (b.1948) died on April 17. Cotton was active in the SCA as "The Moor Tarik" The Black King in the SCA and at Ren Faires in California since 1968. In addition to Ren Faires, Cotton was also an active Civil War reenactor. Cotton was diagnosed with brain cancer in February.
Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez (b.1927) died on April 17. García Márquez helped popularize the magic realism school of literature with novels including One Hundred Years of Solitude. García Márquez, who started as a journalist, also wrote Love in the Time of Cholera, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and The General in His Labyrinth. In 1982, García Márquez received the Nobel Prize in Literature for "his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts."
British fan and editor Andy Robertson (b.1955) died on April 17. Robertson was involved with Interzone, serving as Assistant Editor, from an early stage and contributed reviews and interviews. Robertson also published a handful of stories and edited two anthologies based on the works of William Hope Hodgson.
Director Paul Wurtzel (b.1921) died on April 18. Wurtzel assistant directed several episodes of The Invaders and worked as a production manager on The Twilight Zone, Beyond Witch Mountain, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Prior to working in television, he worked on the films Pharoah's Curse and Voodoo Island.
NASA engineer John C. Houbolt (b.1919) died on April 20. Houbolt proposed the idea of a lunar orbit rendezvous to NASA rather than having a single rocket make the trip from Earth to the Moon, land on the Moon, and return. When Houbolt's ideas were dismissed by his supervisor, he sent a letter outlining them to an incoming administrator in 1961.
Author and Hugo nominee William H. Patterson, Jr. (b.1951) died on April 22. Patterson was nominated for the Hugo for his 2010 biography Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Vol. 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve. He had recently finished corrections on the second volume, Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Vol. 2: The Man Who Learned Better, which was published in June.
Actor Doug Hale (b.1940) died on April 25. Hale appeared in episodes of The Incredible Hulk, Babylon 5, Weird Science, and The Greatest Amiercan Hero.
Minnesota fan MyrnaSue Parmentier died on April 26. Parmentier, who also used the nom de fan The Dragon Lady, was a guest of honor at many cons in the upper Midwest, including Contraception, ConQuest, Demicon, Icon, and Malestrom.
Author George C. Willick (b.1937) died on April 26. Willick published four short stories in 1969 and 1970, appearing in Galaxy and Worlds of If. In the 1990s, he published the Spacelight website, which included obituaries of several science fiction authors. Willick took the website, along with two other research websites, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Editor Al Feldstein (b.1925) died on April 29. Feldstein is best known as the editor of MAD Magazine from 1956-1985. He got his start freelancing artwork for Fox Comics before being hired by EC Comics in 1948, where he began as an artist, started writing, and became and editor, publishing work by Otto Binder, Daniel Keyes, and Harlan Ellison. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003 and received a Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Actor Bob Hoskins (b.1942) died on April 29. Hoskins appeared in Brazil and became well-known following his role as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and went on to appear in numerous films, including Hook, Snow White and the Huntsman, Super Mario Bros. and many more. He announced his retirement from acting in 2012 after being diagnoses with Parkinson's disease.
Actress Judi Meredith (b.1936) died on April 30. Meredith appeared in Dark Intruder, Queen of Blood, and The Night Walker, but may be best known for her role as Princess Elaine in the film Jack the Giant Killer. She also appeared in an episode of Shirley's Temple's Storybook.
Actress Pauline Wagner (b.1910) died on May 2. In a ten year film career Wagner never received a screen credit. Her most viewed role was as Fay Wray's stunt double for the scenes set atop the Empire State Building in King Kong.
Actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (b.1918) died on May 2. Zimbalist was best known for appearing on 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I., but in later years, he provided the voice of Alfred Pennyworth on Batman: The Animated Series, of Doc Ock in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and Justin Hammer on Iron Man: The Animated Series.
Actor Leslie Carlson (b.1933) died on May 3. Carlson appeared in the remake of The Fly, The Neptune Factor, and episodes of The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, and Highlander. He was nominated for a genie award for his role in Videodrome.
New York fan Don O'Shea died on May 3. O'Shea was active in New York fandom, helping to run the dealer's room at Icon for several years.
Artist Dick Ayers (b.1924) died on May 4. Ayers started inking comics in the 1940s and in 1949 co-created Ghost Rider with Ray Krank. After the copyright expired, he re-created a less horror-inspired Ghost Rider for Marvel along side Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich. He went on to ink several covers for Marvel and won the Alley Award for Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandoes. Ayers was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2007.
Astronaut Bill Dana (b.1930) died on May 6. Dana served in the Air Force before joining NASA in 1958. From 1960 through 1962, he was a pilot astronaut in the U.S. Air Force X-20 Dyna-Soar program and eventually flew the X-15 into space in 1966 and 1968, although as a pilot he didn't receive astronaut wings. NASA eventually gave him his wings in 2005. He remained with NASA in various capacities for several years and is not the comedian of the same name who created astronaut character José Jimenez.
Artist Larry Ivie died on May 6. Ivie was an artist for Castle of Frankenstein and also published Monsters & Heroes. He drew for Marvel in the 60s and his work appeared in Creepy and Eerie. In the late 60s and 70s, he did illustrations for SF magazines.
Actor Tony Genaro (b.1942) died on May 7. Genaro had a few bit roles in the early 70s before beginning to appear in films regularly in the late 80s. He appeared in the films Tremors and Heart and Souls as well as The Mask of Zorro and Mighty Joe Young. He was nominated for a Bravo Award for his role in Phenomenon.
LASFS Fan David Wayne Keller (b.1961) died on May 7. Keller joined LASFS in 1987 and was also active in Doctor Who fandom, belonging to the Time Meddlers of Los Angeles, where he went by the name "The Brigadier."
British scientist Colin Pillinger (b.1943) died on May 7. Pillinger was the force behind the Beagle 2 space probe sent to Mars in 2003, although the probe burned up in the Martian atmosphere. Prior to that Pillinger had worked studying samples brought back by Apollo 11.
Actress Beverly Long (b.1933) died on May 8. Long appeared opposite James Dean in Rebel without a Cause and served as a casting director. Her last film, Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion, is of some genre interest.
Actress and director Nancy Malone (b.1935) died on May 8. Malone appeared in The Twilight Zone, Capricorn One, The Bionic Woman, and The Outer Limits. She later went on to direct episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. She was also the co-founder of organization Women in Film.
Screenwriter Stanford Whitmore (b.1925) died on May 8. Whitmore wrote the horror film The Dark and episodes of Night Gallery and supercarrier.
Author Mary Stewart (b.1916) died on May 9. Stewart was best known for her Arthurian fantasies, such as The Crystal Cave and The Last Enchantment, but also wrote many other novels, including children's books. Her novel The Moon-Spinners was made into a film by Disney.
UK fan Kim Knight (b.1956) died on May 11. Knight helped organize British Star Trek conventions in the 80s and 90s.
Actress Barbara Knudson (b.1927) died on May 11. Knudson appeared in an episode of the ghostly television series Topper and in the film Son of Ali Baba.
Swiss artist H. R. Giger (b.1940) died on May 12. Giger was a surrealist painter, sculptor, and set designer, perhaps best known for his design of the creature from Alien. Known for a dark, Gothic style, he published the books Necronomicon and Necronomicon II and had his work appear in Omni and many other places. He was hired by Alejandro Jodorowsky to help with the design of Jodorowsky's failed effort to bring Dune to the screen. There is a museum devoted to Giger's works in Gruyères and he was elected to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.
British artist Patrick Woodroffe (b.1940) died on May 12. Woodroffe painted nearly 100 covers for Corgi between 1973 and 1976. He collaborated with David Greenslade of The Pentateuch, a joint book and recording project which was displayed at the 1979 Worldcon in Brighton and went on to create numerous record covers.
Romanian author Mihail Gramescu (b.1951) died on May 13. Gramescu was part of Romania's New Age authors and in 1990 won a Encouragement Award from the Eurocon. His novels included Saritorii in gol and Phreeria: epopee exotic? .
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.
Astronomer Louis A. Frank died on May 16. Frank advanced the theory that comets made of ice and water were responsible for the creation of lakes, rivers, and oceans on Earth based on his analysis of data from the Dynamics Explorer I satellite in 1981. He also discovered the Theta Aurora.
Historian Radu Florescu (b.1925) died on May 18. Florescu popularized the notion that Bram Stoker based his nove Dracula on the fifteenth century Prince Vlad Tepes.
Astronaut Wubbo Ockels (b.1946) died on May 18. Ockels was the first Dutch astronaut, flying on STS-61-A in 1985, the last successful mission of the Challenger. He was seconded to NASA by the European Space Agency for the flight. Ockels served on the SpaceLab 1 crew and has an asteroid named in his honor.
Phyllis Patterson (b.Phyllis Stimbert 1932) died on May 18. Patterson and her husband, Ron, created the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Southern California in 1963, leading to the creation of similar fairs around the country. Patterson had been working as an history and English teacher and insisted all the actors learn about the period and not introduce any anachronisms to the fairs.
Fan Rick Brooks (b.1941) died on May 19. Brooks was active in fandom throughout his life and in the 1990s published several stories in fanzines such as Keen and Startling Science Stories.
Ken Brown (b.circa1957) died on May 19. Brown was a long-time reviewer for Interzone, beginning with issue 19 in 1987 and continuing through 1998. During that time, Brown also contributed non-fiction essays to the magazine and occasionally had review appear in Foundation.
Bay area fan Mike Farren (b.1949) died on May 22. In the 1980s, Farren served as Chair for The Elves', Gnomes' and Little Men's Science Fiction, Chowder, and Marching Society. Farren also ran a FidoNet computer Bulletin Board System called Sci-Fido that focused on science fiction and fannish interests.
Actress Lee Chamberlin (b.1938) died on May 25. Chamberlin appeared in a 1980 television adaptation of Brave New World. She also appeared in multiple episodes of Touched by an Angel and Viper.
Editor Oscar Dystal (b.1913) died on May 28. Dystal joined Bantam publishing in the 1950s and brought the company from the brink of bankruptcy to the largest paperback publishers by decreasing its print runs and inventory and promoting classic novels and books he felt would be widely popular. Dystal retired as the chairman of Bantam in 1980.
Actor Karlheinz Böhm (b.1928) died on May 29. Most of Böhm's work was in Germany, but he did appear in the films The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, Peeping Tom, and Mandragore.
Actress Martha Hyer (b.1924) died on May 31. Hyer is best known for her work in Sabrina and The Sons of Katie Elder, but also appeared in First Men in the Moon, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, and the horror film Picture Mommy Dead. She received an Oscar nomination for her role in Some Came Running.
Author Jay Lake (b.1964) died on June 1, five days shy of his 50th birthday. Lake began publishing in 2001 and won the John W. Campbell Award in 2004. He has published numerous collections of his stories, beginning with Greetings from Lake Wu, and has written novels in three different series as well as a couple of stand-alone novels. In recent years, Lake's fictional output has been less due to a very public battle with cancer, which he has often blogged about with openness and humor.
Actress Marjorie Stapp (b.1921) died on June 2. Stapp appeared in The Werewolf, The Indestructible Man, and The Monster That Challenged the World in the 1950s and also appeared in an episode of Quantum Leap.
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.
Fan Susan Kahn (b.1960) died on June 9. Kahn ran many registration desks for Lunacon and was also a pediatrician. Kahn has been battling pancreatic cancer.
Actress Veronica Lazar (b.1938) died on June 9. Lazar appeared in several horror films, including Inferno, The Beyond, and the Italian mini series 6 passi nel giallo. She also appeared in Last Tango in Paris.
Actor Rik Mayall (b.1958) died on June 9. Mayall appeared as Robin Hood in Black Adder Back and Forth. He also appeared in Shoebox Zoo and provided voice work for Watership Down. he may have been best known for his work on The Young Ones and The New Statesman. He was filmed as "Peeves the Poltergeist" for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but the role was ultimately cut from the film.
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.
Actor Ken Tyllssen (b.1939) died on June 11. Tyllssen appeared in numerous episodes of Doctor Who during the Hartnell and Troughton years, often playing Daleks, Sensorites, and Mechanoids.
South African author Dan Jacobson (b.1929) died on June 12. Jacobson was the author of the dystopian novel The Confessions of Joseph Baisz, the post apocalyptic Her Story, and the alternate history The God-Fearer.
Actress Carla Laemmle (b.Rebecca Isabelle Laemmle 1909) died on June 12. Laemmle began acting in silent films in 1925 in the Lon Chaney film The Phantom of the Opera . Six years later, she spoke the first line in the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula. She retired from mils in 1939, but began appearing in horror film cameos in 2001. She was part of the family that founded Universal Studios and the Laemmle theatre chains in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Publisher Herbert Yellin (b.1935) died on June 13. Yellin founded Lord John Press in 1978 and published signed, limited editions by Stephen King, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, and other authors, both within and outside the genre.
Actor Sam Kelly (b.1943) died on June 14. Kelly appeared in the film Nanny McPhee Returns and in episodes of the series Rentaghost and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
Actor Steve London (b.1929) died on June 14. London only had one genre role, in I Married a Monster from Outer Space, but gets an honorable mention for having debuted in Zero Hour! the thriller that formed the basis for Airplane!
Actor Francis Matthews (b.1927) died on June 14. Matthew provided the voice of Captain Scarlet on Captain Scarlot and the Mysterons. He also appeared in Out of the Unknown, The Revenge of Frankenstein, Corridors of Blood, and Dracula: Prince of Darkness.
Stuntman Terry Richards (b.1932) died on June 14. Richards appeared in seven James Bond films opposite three James Bonds (Connery, Lazenby, and Brosnan), as well as The Empire Strikes Back, Flash Gordon, Superman II, Red Sonja, Brazil, and more. His most memorable role was in Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which he portrayed the swordsman who was shot by Indiana Jones.
Actor Casey Kasem (b.Kemal Amin Kasem 1932) died on June 15. Best known as the DJ who hosted American Top 40, he also provided the voice of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers on the various Scooby Doo television series. He has also done voicework for The Transformers, Homeboys in Outer Space, SuperFriends (where he voiced Robin), and Battle of the Planets.
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.
Film historian John Cocchi (b.1939) was found dead in the Ambrose Channel neary New Jersey on June 16. Cocchi had been missing since April 25. He was the author of a history of B movies that covered many horror films. His one film appearance was in Captain Celluloid vs. the Film Pirates.
Australian author Pip Maddern (b.Philippa Maddern 1952) died on 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 his fiction was published in Australia. In addition, she had a Ph.D. in History and published Violence and Social Order: East Anglia 1422-1442.
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.
Fan William C. Martin (b.1924) died on June 22. Martin was a member of First Fandom, joining fandom around 1934, and maintained a fantastic collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books and space toys. He was also a member of the Science Fiction Research Association.
Author Nancy Garden (b.1938) died on June 24. Garden received the 2003 Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime achievement and the Lambda Literary Award. Some of her novels from the early 1970s included Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches. She later wrote Prisoner of Vampires, My Brother, the Werewolf, and My Sister, the Vampire.
Sound editor Martin Varno (b.1936) died on June 24. Varno worked on the animated Dungeons & Dragons, Spider-Man and His Amazing Frends, and The Incredible Hulk. He also wrote the horror film Night of the Blood Beast and did makeup for Nightmare in Wax, where he was credited as Martin Varnaud.
Actor Eli Wallach (b.1915) died on June 24. Wallach had a long and storied career, portraying Calvera in The Magnificent Seven, Tuco in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Don Altobello in The Godfather, Part III. He only had a few roles of genre interest, perhaps most notably Mr. Freeze in the 1960s Batman television series (he replaced Otto Preminger).
Michigan fan Kathleen Conat (b.c.1950) died on June 25. Conat was active in Michigan fandom, as were her sons, and she wrote numerous reviews over the years.
Author and composer Mary Rodgers (b.1931) died on June 26. Rodgers was the daughter of composer Richard Rodgers and was also a composer in her own right, having written the music for the Broadway show Once Upon a Mattress. In addition to her work on and off Broadway, Rodgers also wrote children's books, including the novel Freaky Friday.
Designer Jan Shepeard (b.Janet E. Evenden, 1935) died on June 27. Shepheard designed the Judge Dredd logo for 2000 AD and also worked for Valiant and Starlord.
Actress Lois A. Geary (b.1929) died on June 28. Geary's first screen role was in Silverado and she went on to appear in The Astronaut Farmer and an episode of The Lost Room, both in 2006.
Author Jory Sherman (b.1932) died on June 28. Although best known for writing Westerns, Sherman also wrote seven novels in the Chill series of horror novels, beginning in 1978 with Satan's Seed and continuing through Shadows, published in 1980. During that time, he also published the horror novel The Reincarnation of Jenny James.
Actor Meshach Taylor (b.1947) died on June 28. Taylor was best known for his role on Designing Women, but also had several genre credits to his name, including appearances on ALF, The Incredible Hulk, the films Ultra Warrior, The Howling, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, Mannequin and its sequel.
Actor Gary Hollis (b.1940) died on June 29. Hollis appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone, Small Wonder, and Blue Thunder.
Actor Don Matheson (b.1929) died on June 29. Matheson appeared on multiple soap operas, but also starred as Mark Wilson on Land of the Giants. He also appeared in other Irwin Allen productions, including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Lost in Space. He also appeared in Dragonfight, Alice in Wonderland, and Younger and Younger.
British fan Richard Vine (b.1959) died on June 29. Vine worked on the first three Unicons as well as Conspiracy '87, the World Con. Vine lived in Sweden since the 1990s.
Actor Bob Hastings (b.1925) died on June 30. Hastings was best known for his role on McHale's Navy, but also had numerous genre roles, including voice work as Commissioner Gordon for several animated series and films based on Batman, and appearances on The Greatest American Hero, The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, The Amazing Spider-Man, and in an episode of the 1966 Batman television series.
Author Frank M. Robinson (b.1926) died on June 30. Robinson wrote several novels with Tom Scortia, including The Glass Inferno, which was the basis for the film The Towering Inferno. They also wrote The Prometheus Crisis, The Nightmare Factor, and Blow-Out!. Robinson also wrote the solo novels The Dark Beyond the Stars, Waiting, and The Donor. In 1999, he published Science Fiction of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History and recently finished his autobiography. In addition to his genre work, Robinson was a speechwriter for San Francisco politician Harvey Milk in the 1970s and appeared in a cameo role in the film Milk.
Author Walter Dean Myers (b.1937) died on July 1. Myers wrote numerous young adult novels, many of them dealing with the African-American experience, but his novel Brainstorm is science fiction.
NASA scientist Frederick I. Ordway III (b.1927) died on July 1. Ordward was a member of the American Rocket Society from 1939 until his death and wrote more than thirty books on rocketry. He worked as a scientific consultant on the film 2001: a space odyssey.
Author C. J. Henderson (b.1951) died on July 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Henderson was the author of Brooklyn Knight and Central Park Knight as well as comics for Marvel, Eternity, Tekno Comix, and Valiant.
Director Noel Black (b.1937) died on July 5. Black directed two episodes of the 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone and the films Mirrors and The World Beyond.
Actress Rosemary Murphy (b.1925) died on July 5. Murphy appeared on episodes of One Step Beyond, Way Out, Thriller, and The Visitor, as well as the films Mighty Aphrodite, After.Life, and Ben. She was best known for her appearance in To Kill a Mockingbird and the soap opera Another World.
Stuntman Dave Bickers (b.1938) died on July 6. Bickers did stunt work for the James Bond films Octopussy and The World Is Not Enough, as well as Space Riders and Urban Ghost Story. He also worked in the vehicle department on An American Werewolf in London and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Actor Dave Legeno (b.1963) was found dead in a remote part of Death Valley on July 6. Legeno is best known for his portrayal of Fenris Greyback in the Harry Potter films. He has also appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman, Batman Begins, Dead Cert and many other films. Officials blame his death on heat-related issues and note that there are no signs of foul play.
Actor Dickie Jones (b.1927) died on July 7. Jones mostly appeared in Westerns, but his most famous role was providing the voice for the title character in Pinocchio when he was 13. He began acting even before then, appearing in the science fiction film Life Returns when he was 8 and the serial Blake of Scotland Yard when he was 10. He also appeared in Babes in Toyland, Heaven Can Wait and On Borrowed Time.
Actress Vanna Bonta (b.1958) died on July 8. Bonta provided voicework for the films Beauty and the Beast, Gattaca, and S1mOne and the miniseries Children of Dune. She appeared in the films Beastmaster.
Author Curt Gentry (b.1931) died on July 10. Gentry wrote The Last Days of the Late, Great State of California, about a future in which California had sunk into the ocean. He also wrote the crime novel Helter Skelter about Charles Manson.
Christopher Mitchell (b.1951) died on July 10. Mitchell was an academic who specialized on C. S. Lewis and was the director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.
Actor Ray Lonnen (b.1940) died on July 11. Lonnen appeared in the Doctor Who serial "Frontier in Space" as well as episodes of Starhunter, Crime Traveller, and provided voice work for the English language version of the manga Wicked City.
Actor James Mathers (b.1936) died on July 11. Mathers appeared in SpaceDisco One, SeaQuest 2032, Doctor Jekyll's Dungeon of Death, and The Right Stuff.
Author Thomas Berger (b.1924) died on July 13. Berger is best known for the novel Little Big Man, but also wrote Adventures of the Artificial Woman about androids and Vital Parts about cryonics.
South African author Nadine Gordimer (b.1923) died on July 13. Gordimer was mostly known for her mainstream fiction, but wrote the science fiction novel July's People as well as a handful of genre short stories. She was award the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.
Screenwriter Jerry McNeely(b.1928) died on July 14. McNeely wrote an episode of the original The Twilight Zone as well as Tomorrow's Child.
British author J. T. Edson (b.1928) died on July 17. Edson mostly wrote American Westerns, but also wrote the tarzan-inspired Bunduki novels.
Actress Elaine Stritch (b.1925) died on July 17. Stritch appeared in films, television, and the stage. Her genre credits are limited to Cocoon: The Return, a couple of appearances on 3rd Rock from the Sun, and voice work for Paranorman.
Actor Ronnie Wilson (b.1930) died on July 17. He appeared in Out of This World, Enemy from Space, and The Avengers. Wilson also had numerous directing credits outside the genre.
Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak (b.1992) died on July 19. Bartusiak appeared in an episode of Lost and Touched by an Angel and the film Firestarter 2: Rekindled.
Actor James Garner (b.1928) died on July 19. Best known for his roles on Maverick, The Rockford Files, and his role in The Great Escape, Garner also provided voicework for Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Battle for Terra, and the voice of Shazam. His only onscreen genre appearance was in Fire in the Sky.
Spanish actor Álex Angulo (b.1953) died on July 20. Angulo mostly appeared in Spanish films, but did appear in Pan's Labyrinth as the Doctor. He also appeared in Universos, Tristan Boj's Hollow, and Acción mutante.
Actress Dora Bryan (b.1923) died on July 23. Bryan portrayed Aunt Nan in the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's MirrorMask. She also appeared in Screamtime, Vampire over London, Hands of the Ripper, and An Angel for May.
Fan Roger K. Clendening II (b.1970) died on July 23 following open heart surgery. Clendening was active in filk and wrote science fiction and poetry, self-publishing many of which works through his Triviot Press imprint.
Author Lawrence Santoro (b.1942) died on July 25 following a bout with cancer. Santoro was the producers of the podcast Tales to Terrify and the author of numerous short stories, many of which were collected into Drink for the Thirst to Come in 2011. Santoro was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award twice.
Actor Lew Brown (b.1925) died on July 27. Brown appeared in Project U.F.O., Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Shazam, and Colossus: The Forbin Project.
Director Phillip Marshak (b.1934) died on July 27. Marshak got his star directing Dracula Sucks and also directed Night Train to Terror and Cataclysm.
Screenwriter Wilton Schiller (b.1919) died on July 27. Schiller wrote episodes of the George Reeves Adventures of Superman and The Six Million Dollar Man. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1979 made-for-television film Captain America II: Death Too Soon.
Author Margot Adler (b.1946) died on July 28. Adler attended Clarion and wrote Vampires Are Us. She created the talk show Hour of the Wolf in 1972, which is still on the air and hosted by Jim Freund.
Actor James Shigeta (b.1929) died on July 28. Shigata provided the voice of General Li in Mulan and also did voice work for Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest. He had appeared in Space Marines, SeaQuest 2032, and Babylon 5.
Screenwriter Rick Mittleman (b.1930) died on July 30. Mittleman mostly worked on television comedy shows, but also wrote scripts for Bewitched, The Flintstones, Gemini Man, and Early Edition.
Make-up artist Dick Smith (b.1922) died on July 30. Smith got his start in 1941 and went on to do makeup for the first two Godfather films, Taxi Driver, and The Exorcist. Other genre films and television series he did make up for include Monsters, Death Becomes Her, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Starman, and Dark Shadows.
Author Dorothy Salisbury (b.1916) died on August 3. Salisbury was best known for her mysteries, but she dabbled in science fiction short stories, writing "A Matter of Public Notice" and "Emily's Time." Salisbury was one of the founders of Sisters in Crime and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers Association in 1995.
Actor Walter Massey (b.1928) died on August 4. Massey appeared in Tripping the Rift, an episode of The Twilight Zone, Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension, and other films and television shows.
Actress Marilyn Burns (b.1949) died on August 5. Burns appeared in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, and Texas Chainsaw 3D. She also appeared in Eaten Alive and Future-Kill.
Author Chapman Pincher (b.1914) died on August 5. Pincher was best known as a journalist, but he wrote the science fiction novel Not with a Bang. Many of his espionage novels have elements of science fiction in them.
Animator David Weidman (b.1921) died on August 6. Weidman worked on Crusader Rabbit, the first made-for-tv cartoon, as well as on Popeye the Sailot, Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol, and Wacky Races.
Israeli producer Menahem Golan (b.Menahem Globus, 1929) died on August 8. Golan produced Masters of the Universe, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Cyborg, the television film Captain America, and many other films, both within and outside the genre.
Actor J. J. Murphy (b.1928) died on August 8. Murphy had recently been cast to portray Ser Denys McAllister, the oldest member of the Night Watch in Game of Thrones, and collapsed of an heart attack four days into shooting. Murphy is best known for his appearance in the film Angela's Ashes and had a role in the forthcoming Dracula Untold.
British actor Charles Keating (b.1941) died on August 9. Best known for his work in soap operas, he portrayed Zeus on both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Actor Ed Nelson (b.1928) died on August 9. Nelson is best known for his role on Peyton Place, but also appeared in episodes of Salvage 1, Logan's Run, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and the films Attach of the crab Monsters and Night of the Blood Beast.
Actress Arlene Martel (b.1936) died on August 11. Martel appeared in the Star Trek episode "Amok Time" as well as episodes of Twilight Zone, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Outer Limits, and the original Battlestar Galactica.
Special effect artist Joe Viskocil died on August 11. Viskocil got his start on Flesh Gordon and went on to work on the first two Star Wars films as well as The Terminator, Batman Returns, Apollo 13, and Source Code. He won an Academy Award for his work on Independence Day.
Actor Robin Williams (b.1951) committed suicide on August 11. Williams got his first break playing the alien Mork on an episode of Happy Days, which was spun off to become Mork and Mindy. Over the years, Williams branched out from comedy to appear in several dramatic roles, including an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting and an Oscar nomination for his role in Terry Gilliam's Arthurian-based The Fisher King. Other genre roles include the genie in Disney's Aladdin, Jumanji, Theodore Roosevelt in The Night in the Museum franchise, and a robot in Bicentennial Man.
Actress Lauren Bacall (b.Betty Joan Perske, 1924) died on August 12. Bacall was best known for her dramatic roles and relationship with Humphrey Bogart, with whom she appeared in several films, but she also appeared in several genre films, lending her voice to the American version of Howl's Moving Castle, and appearing in Misery and a television adaptation of Blithe Spirit. One of her most famous non-genre roles was in The Big Sleep, written by genre author Leigh Brackett. In 2010, Bacall received an honorary Academy Award.
Mexican actress Columba Dominguez (b.1929) died on August 13. Dominguez appeared in El tejedor de Milagros, Las momias de Guanajuato, Adventure at the Center of the Earth and The Body Snatcher
Maltese actress Madeleine Collinson (b.1952) died on August 14. Collinson appeared in Twins of Evil with her twin sister, Mary, although their voices were dubbed by British actors.
Producer Alan Landsburg (b.193) died on August 14. Landsburg was the producer of Leonard Nimoy's long-running series In Search of… and the films Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall and Jaws 3-D.
Actor Stephen Lee (b.1955) died on August 14. Lee appeared in episodes of numerous television series, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Amazing Stories, Ghost Whisperer, and a three episode Quantum Leap. His genre film work included WarGames, RoboCop 2, and The Pit and the Pendulum.
Filker Bari Greenberg died on August 17. Greenberg was a St. Louis songwriter and a performer who reached out to many newcomers, introducing them to filk and mentoring younger filkers. He was active in the band The Unusual Suspects and served as co-chair for Archon's filk program. Greenberg was married to author and filker Cat Greenberg.
Producer Michael Hoey (b.1934) died on August 17. Hoey directed the film The Navy vs. the Night Monsters based on Murray Leinster's novel The Monster from Earth's End. He also worked as an editor on the film Asteroid.
Puppeteer John Blundell (b.1937) died on August 18. Blundell worked for Gerry Anderson, creating many characters for Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, Stingray, and Supercar. In 1968, Blundell founded the Cannon Hill Puppet Theatre.
Screenwriter Bill Stratton (b.1930) died on August 20. Best known for his work on detective shows, Stratton wrote a script for Kolchack: The Night Stalker called "The Vampire."
Costumer Preston Saul (b.1947) died on August 22 due to complications from diabetes. Saul was a regular attendee of Lunacon and Costume-Con.
Actor Richard Attenborough (b.1923) died on August 24. Attenborough is best known in science fiction circles for his portrayal of John Hammond in Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He also portrayed Kris Kringle in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street and Albert Blossom in the original Doctor Dolittle. Attenborough also played Bartlett in The Great Escape and directed the films Shadowlands about C. S. Lewis, Chaplin, and the Academy Award winning Gandhi.
Brazilian comic writer Deodato Borges (b.1934) died on August 25. Borges created the radio show The Adventures of Flame and oversaw the character's transition to comic books, which Borges wrote and drew. He also worked on 3000 Years Later. He often worked with his son, Mike Deodato. Borges has been scheduled to be a guest of honor at the Brazil Comic Con.
Musician Joe Bethancourt (b.1946) died on August 28. A professional musician, he worked as a session man in LA during the 1960s before moving to Arizona, where he had a lengthy career. He helped found the Arizona chapter of the SCA and performed under the name "Master Ioseph of Locksley." Bethancourt was a musical guest of honor at Fencon VIII and was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2013.
South African actor Bill Kerr (b.1922) died on August 29. Kerr appeared in the Troughton era Doctor Who serial "The Enemy of the World." Other genre appearances included a production of Peter Pan and an episode of Adam Adamant Lives!
Italian publisher Gianfranco Viviani (b.1937) died on August 29. In 1970, Viviani founded Editrice Nord, a publishing house which has published numerous American science fiction novels in translation as well as original Italian science fiction.
Agent Kirby McCauley (b.1948) died on August 30. McCauley represented George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Stephen King, and many other successful authors. In addition to working as an agent, he was an anthologist and won the World Fantasy Award for editing Dark Forces. In 1975, McCauley chaired the first World Fantasy Convention.
Actor Donatas Banionis (b.1924) died on September 4. Banionis starred in the 1972 film Solaris as well as The Red Tent, a Russian adaptation of The Little Prince, a Russian adaptation of The Martian Chronicles, and Begstvo mistera Mak-Kinli.
Actor Stefan Gierasch (b.1926) died on September 6. Gierasch appeared in the film Carrie, and episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Twilight Zone, The Greatest American Hero, and The Incredible Hulk.
Actor Don Keefer (b.1916) died on September 7. Keefer appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, the Incredible Hulk, and The Munsters.
Scriptwriter Jane Baker died on September 8. Baker wrote the Doctor Who serials "The Trial of a Time Lord," "Mark of the Rani," and "Time and the Rani." She also wrote for Z Cars, Space: 1999, Watt on Earth, and the film Captain Nemo and the Underwater City. Most of her scripts were written in conjunction with her husband, Pip Baker.
Author Graham Joyce (b.1954) died on September 9. Joyce won his first British Fantasy Award in 1993 for Dark Sister and went on to win several more, as well as World Fantasy Awards. His other works included The Facts of Life, The Limits of Enchantment, and The Year of the Ladybird. Joyce was diagnoses with lymphoma last year.
Actor Denny Miller (b.1934) died on September 9. Miller portrayed Tarzan in Tarzan, the Ape Man. H eplayed Little John in an episode of Voyagers! and also appeared on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, and Beyond Westworld.
Actor Richard Kiel (b.1939) died on September 10. Kiel is best known for his portrayal of the villainous Jaws in two James Bond films. He also was originally cast as The Incredible Hulk, but was replaced by Lou Ferigno before the show went to air, although at least one of his scenes remained in the pilot. He portrayed the Kanamit in the seminal The Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man," as well as appearing in other science fiction shows and films.
British poet John Moat (b.1936) died on September 11. Moat, along with John Fairfax, founded the Arvon Foundation, to help teach and inspire poets, dramatists, and other writers. In addition to poetry, Moat also wrote three novels. He contributed to Fairfax's Frontier of Going: An Anthology of Space Poetry.
Actor Donald Sinden (b.1923) died on September 11. Sinden appeared in a television version of Alice in Wonderland and two different adaptations of The Canterville Ghost. He also appeared in the 1974 film The Island at the Top of the World.
Director Theodore J. Flicker (b.1930) died on September 12. Flicker directed episodes of Night Gallery, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Twilight Zone.
Actor Angus Lennie (b.1930) died on September 14. Best known for his role as Ives in The Great Escape, Lennie also appeared in two Doctor Who serials: "The Ice Warriors," opposite Patrick Troughton's Doctor, and "Terror of the Zygons," opposite Tom Baker. He also appeared in an episode of Target Luna and portrayed Mr. Tumnus in three episodes of the 1967 television series The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Director Michael Hayes (b.1929) died on Stepmber 16. Hayes directed the Tom Baker era Doctor Who serials "The Androids of Tara," "The Armageddon Factor," and "City of Death." He also directed episodes of A for Andromeda.
Actor Buster Jones (b.1943) died on August 16. Jones provided voicework for several animated series, including severeal Transformers projects, Super Friends, and as Winston Zeddemore in The Real Ghostbusters. He also appeared in an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man.
Actor and screenwriter Paul Savage (b.1925) died on September 17. Savage appeared in The Night the world Exploded and wrote episodes of Fantasy Island, Tales of the Gold Monkey, and Airwolf.
Cosmonaut Anatoly Berezovoy (b.1942) died on September 20. Berezovoy served as the first Commander of the Salyut 7, the Soviet Unions last space station, spending more than 200 days in space. He retired as a cosmonaust in 1992 after suffering injuries during an armed robbery, and served as a Deputy President of Russian Space Federation until 1999.
Fan Randy Brunk (b.1955) committed suicide on September 23. Brunk served as President of the University of Maryland Science Fiction Society in the late 1970s and later was a member of the Potomac River Science Fiction Society, although his fanac waxed and waned over the years. He was an avid Gene Wolfe fan.
Author Hugh C. Rae (b.1935) died on September 24. Rae was the author of Harkfast, The Traveling Soul, and The Haunting at Waverley Falls. Rae also wrote historical romances using the pseudonym Jessica Stirling.
Screenwriter Sam Hall (b.1921) died on September 26. Hall wrote the 1969 television horror film Dead of Night: A Darkness at Blaisedon. He is best known for his work on the supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows, writing more than 300 episodes as well as tangential projects.
Actor Michael McCarty (b,1946) died on September 26. McCarty appeared in Casper and episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun, Quantum Leap, and Wastwick.
Nebula Award winning author Eugie Foster (b.1971) died on September 27 following a battle with cancer. Foster's work was collected in Returning My Sister's Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice and she won the 2009 Nebula Award for "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast." She had served as managing editor for Tangent Online and The Fix, both short story review sites, as well as editor of The Daily Dragon, the Dragoncon online newsletter.
Actor Ralph Cosham (b.1936) died on September 30. Cosham had a bit role in the file Starman and provided voice work for the video games Pirates of the Caribbean and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Screenwriter Michael Goldberg (b.1959) died on October 2. Goldberg wrote an episode of Earth: Final Conflict. His non-genre credits include Cool Runnings and Little Giants.
Stuntman Carlos Lopez (b.1989) died on October 2. Lopez performed stunts in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, TMNT, and The Vampire Diaries. He fell to his death while attempting to parkour from his hotel room to a balcony across the street while on vacation in Portugal.
Actor Geoffrey Holder (b.1930) died on October 5. Holder narrated The Little Wizard: Guardian of the Magic Crystals, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and appeared as Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die. Other film appearances included Doctor Dolittle and Annie, in which he played Punjab.
Canadian fan Ann Methe died on October 5 following a battle with cancer. Methe was a Canadian con-runner who chaired Con*Cept Boreal in 1998 and won the Aurora Award for fannish achievement in 1999, as well as being nominated for the award in 1998 and 2000. She was married to artist Jean-Pierre Normand.
Actor David Watson (b.1940) died on October 5. Watson began acting in Shakespeare and eventually moved into television, appearing in episodes of The Time Tunnel, Project U.F.O., and The Bionic Woman. He also appeared in the film Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
Producer Stanley Chase (b.1927) died on October 7. Chase produced Colossus: The Forbin Project and Face of Darkness as well as the off-Broadway production of The Three-Penny Opera.
Author Zilpha Keatley Snyder (b.1927) died on October 7. Snyder won three Newbery Honor medals for her novels The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and the Witches of Worm.
Actress Jan Hooks (b.1957) died on October 9. Best known for her stint on Saturday Night Live, she appeared on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Futurama, and in the films The Coneheads and Batman Returns.
Stuntman Kim Koscki (b.1964) died in a motorcycle accident on October 9. Koscki appeared in The Lost Boys, Hook, Star Trek: First Contact, True Blood, and Apollo 13 and was filming Wizardream at the time of his death.
Actor Victor Winding (b.1929) died on October 9. Winding appearing in the Doctor Who serial "The Faceless Ones" with Patrick Troughton. He also appeared in the film The Medusa Touch.
Stuntman Gary McLarty (b.1940) died on October 11 in a traffic accident. McLarty served as a stunt coordinator for Twilight Zone: The Movie and was aboard the helicopter that crashed, killing Vic Morrow. McLarty also appeared in The Terminator, Jurassic Park, and Blade Runner. He doubled for Henry Winkler on Happy Days in motorcycle scenes and as D-Day in Animal House when riding a motorcycle up the stairs. According to his testimony, Robert Blake offered McLarty $10,000 to kill Blake's wife.
Stuntman Bob Orrison (b.1928) was killed in the same accident as Gary McLarty on October 11. Orrison was the primary stunt driver on The Dukes of Hazzard and appeared in Stargate, A Boy and His Dog, Universal Soldier, and Star Trek, among others.
Actress Elizabeth Peña (b.1959) died on October 14 of cirrhosis of the liver. Peña appeared in The Outer Limits, *batteries not included, The Invaders, and did voice work for the Incredibles, Justice League and other animated films and television shows.
Italian comic book artist Giorgio Rebuffi (b.1928) died on October 15. Rebuffi created the superhero Tiramolla and updated the characters Cucciolo and Beppe. In addition, he drew Disney cartoons for Mondadori.
Brazilian comic artist André Coelho (b.1979) died in mid-October. Coelho has done work for both DC and Marvel, drawing Suicide Squad, Secret Origins, and Flash for DC and X-Men and Ms Marvel for Marvel.
Fan Vijay deSelby-Bowen (b.Velma J. Bowen) died on October 18 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Vijay entered fandom in 1982 and was the 1999 TAFF delegate, following in the footsteps of her cousin, Elliott Shorter. She served as secretary of the Lunarians and helped run Lunacon. She eventually moved to Seattle with her long-time companion Soren "Scraps" deSelby.
Actress Lynda Bellingham (b.Meredith Lee Hughes, 1948) died on October 19. Bellingham is best known to genre audiences for her role as The Inquisitor in the season long Doctor Who serial "The Trial of a Time Lord" in 1986. She also appeared in episodes of Blakes 7 and Jackanory. She also appeared in two series of All Creatures Great and Small, opposite Peter Davison.
Stuntman Edward Donno (b.1935) died on October 19. Donno's stuntwork appeared in three Star Trek films as well as Enterprise. Other work was on Daredevil, Godzilla, and as John Belushi's stunt double for The Blues Brothers.
Actor Gerard Parkes (b.1924) died on October 19. Parkes was the only live-actor appearing on Fraggle Rock and also had appearances on The Twilight Zone, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, War of the Worlds, and the film Spasms.
Actor William Bonner died on October 23. Bonner appeared in Dracula vs. Frankenstein, The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, Bigfoot, The Mighty Gorga, and other B horror films.
Author John Hayden Howard (b.1925) died on October 23. Howard wrote science fiction under the name Hayden Howard, publishing the novel The Eskimo Invasion, which was nominated for the Nebula Award, as well as several short stories.
British fan Helen Eling (b.1937) died on October 26. Eling was active in the Birmingham SF Group and served on several Eastercon and Novacon committes.
Actress Marcia Strassman (b.1948) died on October 26 from breast cancer. Strassman was best known for her role as Julie Kotter on Welcome Back, Kotter, but also had numerous genre credits including the film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and sequels, and the television show Tremors. She also had appearances in episodes of Highlander, Time Express, and Amazing Stories.
Romanian editor Stefan Ghidoveanu (b.1955) died on October 27. In 1990, Ghidoveanu left his career as an economist and began translating science fiction and producing Romanian sf radio shows as Explorers of the World of Tomorrow. He also arranged for Romanian publication of authors including Ursula K. Le Guin, John Scalzi, Roger Zelazny, and Walter Jon Williams.
Actor Christopher Scoular (b.1945) died on October 29. Scoular appeared in episodes of The Uninvited and Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense, but may be best known for his role in An American Werewolf in London.
Actress Renée Asherson (b.1915) died on October 30. Asherson appeared in The Day the Earth Caught Fire, Theatre of Blood, and The Others.
British fan Ian Bambro died on November 1. Bambro published the fanzine Somewhere Before
Belgian author Michel Parry (b.1947) died on November 1. Parry wrote the novels Countess Dracula, Chariots of Fire, and Throne of Fire, the last two in collaboration with Garry Rusoff. He also edited several anthologies, including the From the Archives of Evil and Mayflower Books of Black Magic Stories series.
Animator Larry Latham (b.1953) died on November 2. Latham worked on Spider-Man, The Tick, DuckTales, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, Challenge of the Go-Bots, and the animated Godzilla.
Brazilian author André Carneiro (b.1922) died on November 4. Carneiro published the collection Diário da nave perdida in 1963. His novels included Amorquia and Piscina Livre. In 1967, he authored the non-fiction Introdução ao Estudo da "Science Fiction".
Screenwriter Leigh Chapman (b.1939) died on November 4. Chapman worked as a write on The Wild, Wild West and wrote an episode of My Favorite Martian. She also appeared in bit roles in several television series in the 1960s
George Slusser (b.1939) died on November 4. Slusser was a co-founder and Curator Emeritus of The J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature. His own writing included Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in His Own Land, The Farthest Shores of Ursula K. Le Guin, and Nursery Realms: Children in the Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror among others. In 1986, he was the recipient of the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association.
Special effects artist Michael Lennick (b.1952) died on November 7. Lennick worked on science fiction films including Harrison Bergeron, The War of the Worlds, The Fly, The Dead Zone, and many others. Lennick also made TV documentaries focusing on science and astronautics. Lennick described himself as a fan and reader of sf as well as a filmmaker.
Karen Jones died on November 8. Jones worked as a freelance User Interface Designer and also served as the Art Director for Lightspeed. She has also worked in photography, vector-based art, and character design for video games.
Author R. A. Montgomery (b.1936) died on November 9. Montgomery was instrumental in the Choose Your Own Adventure books that were popular in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Author J. F. Gonzalez (b1964) died on November 10. Gonzalez published fifteen novels, beginning with Clickers, published in 1999 and co-written with Mark Williams, a series he would return to twice more with Brian Keene, with whom he wrote several works. In the 1990s, he edited issues of Phantasm and Iniguities and he edited the anthology Tooth and Claw in 2002. His stories have been collected in four collections and various chapbooks.
Scriptwriter Ernest Kinoy (b.1925) died on November 10. Konoy wrote radio scripts for Dimension X and X Minus One. After turning to television, he wrote scripts for Lights Out, as well as The Henderson Monster and Crawlspace.
Author Alan Lickiss died on November 10. Lickiss began publishing science fiction in 1996 when his story "Martian Invaders Meet Mom," co-written with his wife Rebecca, appeared in The Leading Edge. He followed it up with several more stories, often in anthologies, as well as in Analog. Five of his stories were collected in the collection High Heeled Distraction.
Actress Carol Ann Susi (b.1952) died on November 11, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. She appeared in an episode of Journeyman and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, as well as the film Death Becomes Her, but she was probably best known as the voice of Debbie Wolowitz, Howard Wolowitz's mother, on The Big Bang Theory.
Actor Warren Clarke (b.1947) died on November 12. Clarke appeared in A Clockwork Orange as Dim, one of Alex's Droogs. He also appered in episodes of Tales of the Unexpected, Hammer House of Horror, and Worlds Beyond, and the film Hawk the Slayer.
Actor Richard Pasco (b.1926) died on November 12. Pasco appeared in The Gorgon and The Watcherin the Woods, as well as Out of This World.
Edward Summer (b.1946) died on November 13. Summer collected many of Carl Barks's Uncle Scrooge stories, served as an associate producer and writer on the film Conan the Barbarian, worked with George Lucas as a marketing consultant on Star Wars. He wrote several comics for DC and Marvel and began the restitution process for Shuster and Siegel.
Producer Glen A. Larson (b.1937) died on November 15. Larson created the original Battlestar Galactica, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Knight Rider. Some of his non-genre shows included Quincy, M.E. and Magnum, P.I..
Actor Garland Thompson (b.1938) died on November 18. Thompson appeared in the Star Trek episodes "The Enemy Within" and "Charlie X," as well as an episode in Bewitched, after which he pursued a stage career. He returned to Hollywood in the later 80s, working behind the scenes on Martians, Go Home, and the television seris Monsters.
Director Mike Nichols (b.1931) died on November 19. Starting as a comedy team with Elaine May, Nichols is best known for his comedies Catch-22 and The Graduate, but also worked in various roles on Angels in America, The Magic School Bus, What Planet Are You From?, The Day of the Dolphin, and Solaris. During his career, Nichols was one of only twelve people to have won an Emmy (4), Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (9). In 2005 he won a Tony as the producer of Spamalot.
Scottish bookseller Russell Aitkin died on November 21. Aitkin opened Obelisk books in Glasgow in the 1980s and specialized in selling used science fiction and mysteries.
Author Kris Jensen (b.1953) died on November 21. Jensen published the Ardel trilogy in the 1990s, including FreeMaster, Mentor, and Healer.
Film historian Walt Lee (b.1931) died on November 23, after a battle with Alzheimer's. Lee published the three volume Reference Guide to Fantastic Films between 1972 and 1975, for which he was award a Worldcon Special Convention Award at Aussiecon.
Author and screenwriter John Tomerlin (b.1930) died on November 25. Tomerlin wrote several episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "Number 12 Looks Like You," as well as the novel The High Tower. He co-wrote the novel Run from the Hunter with Charles Beaumont.
Fan artist Stu Shiffman (b.1954) died on November 26. Shiffman won a Best Fan Artist Hugo in 1990. From 1999 until 2014, he served as a judge for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History. Shiffman suffered a stroke two years ago and had been recovering before a fall earlier this year. Earlier this year, he married long-time companion Andi Shechter.
Author P. D. James (b.1920) died on November 27. Best known as a detective novelist, in 1992, James published the apocalyptic novel Children of Men, which was turned into a film.
Special Effects artist Danny Lee (b.1919) died on November 28. Lee worked on The Black Hole, Pete's Dragon, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and multiple Witch Mountain films. His firse film was Around the World in 80 Days and his last was Dragonslayer.
New Zealand author Rocky Wood (b.1959) died on December 1. Wood was one of the world's foremost experts on the writings of Stephen King, publishing at least five volumes on King's works and collecting. Wood worked as a researcher for King on King's novel Doctor Sleep. Wood was currently serving as the President of the Horror Writers Association and had been diagnosed with ALS in 2010.
Actor Loren Ewing (b.1937) died on December 2. Ewing appeared in Devil in the Flesh and Terror! Il castello delle donne maledette. Among his first roles was an appearance in a two-part Batman episode in 1966.
Actor James Becker (b.1966) died on December 5. Becker worked as a stand-in on Star Trek: The Next Generation and occasionally appeared as Ensign Youngblood.
Ralph H. Baer (b.1922) died on December 6. Baer is best known for creating the Magnavox Odyssey, widely regarded as the first home video game console, in the 1960s. The unit went on sale in 1972. He also created the first light gun, which was the first peripheral for a home video game. In late late 70s, he helped develop the game Simon. Baer was born in German and was expelled from school at 11 due to his Jewish ancestry. His family fled Germany in 1938.
British fan Lesley Hatch (b.1954) died on December 6. Hatch belonged to the Prophecy APA from its first issue and wrote for the SCIS fanzine Inception. From 1998 to 2005, Hatch reviewed books for Vector.
Actor Ken Weatherwax (b.1955) died on December 7 from an heart attack. Weatherwax is best known for portraying Pugsley Addams on The Addams Family and in subsequent television films based on the property. After working on the show, he began to work behind the scenes in Hollywood.
Artist Roy Scarfo (b.1926) died on December 8 from pancreatic cancer. Scarfo worked as the creative art director for GE's Space Technology Center and also was a space art consultant for NASA, Sun, the Department of Defense, and other organizations. His own art focused on interplanetary travel and space colonization. In 1978, 35 of his paintings were exhibited at the International Space Hall of Fame as "Beyond Tomorrow."
Designer Robert Kinoshita (b.1914) died on December 9. Kinoshita began working in Hollywood in 1937, but his family was put into Japanese internment camps during World War II. In 1956, he returned to Hollywood when he was hired to design and build Robby the Robot for the film Forbidden Planet. He went on to design the robot used in the television series Lost in Space. Kinoshita has been inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame.
Publisher Sidney Kramer (b.1915) died on December 10. Kramer was the owner of The Remarkable Bookshop in Westport, CT. Kramer was better known as a part owner of Penguin Books and the founder of Bantam. He served as President of New American Library in in 1961 he founded Mews Books, Ltd., a literary agency.
Author Donald Moffitt (b.1931) died on December 10. Moffitt began publishing science fiction in 1960 with the publication of his story "The Devil's Due." His first SF novel, The Jupiter Theft, was published in 1977 and was followed in 1986 with Genesis Quest and Second Genesis. In addition to writing science fiction, Moffitt published thrillers under the pseudonym Paul Kenyon.
Animator Robert Taylor (b.1944) died on December 11. Taylor worked in the animation department on TaleSpin, for which he won an Emmy, as well as The World's Greatest SuperFriends, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, Wizards, Spider-Man, and numerous other television shows and films.
Artist Martha Sigall (b.1917) died on December 13. Sigall worked as an inker and painter at Warner Brothers for more than fifty years, working on Looney Tunes and Merrie Melody films. Sigall was the recipient of the June Foray Award for lifetime achievement in animation.
Actor Booth Coleman (b.1923) died on December 15. Coleman appeared in episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Outer Limits, and Planet of the Apes, in which he played Zaius. He also appeared in the film Them!.
Spanish editor Francisco Porrúa (b.1922) died on December 18. Porrúa founded the Minotauro science fiction press and published Spanish translations of The Lord of the Rings, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Martian Chronicles. Porrúa was also instrumental in getting Gabriel García Márquez's novel Cien años de soledad published and recognized.
Author Roberta Leigh (b.Rita Shulman, 1926) died on December 19. She wrote romance novels and children's novels, eventually writing and creating puppet tv shows in Britain, including Space Patrol and the less successful Paul Starr and The Solarnauts.
Author Robert San Souci (b,1946) died on December 19. San Souci collected many folk tales from around the world and published them in editions aimed at children. He was hired by Disney to serve as a consultant for the film Mulan.
Ohio fan Nick Winks (b.1949) died on December 20. Winks was an active convention runner, running children's programming for various Marcons, Windycons, and Chicon 2000 and also working on Context. Winks held the rank of Admiral in Barfleet. He leaves behind his wife, fan Linda Winks.
Actress Billie Whitelaw (b.1932) died on December 21. Whitelaw began acting in 1952 in a BBC television adaptation of The Secret Garden and went on to appear in the miniseries Merlin and the films The Flesh and the Fiends and The Omen. She also provided voicework for The Dark Crystal. On stage, she created many roles in Samuel Beckett's plays, and Beckett considered her a muse.
Actress Christine Cavanaugh (b.1963) died on December 22. Best known as a voice actress, she voiced characters on Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Hercules. She appeared on screen in an episode of The X-Files.
Director Joseph Sargent (b.1925) died on December 22. Sargent directed Colossus: The Forbin Project, Jaws: The Revenge, and the television miniseries Space, as well as the Star Trek episode "The Corbomite Maneuver."
Actor Hidetoshi Nakamura (b.1954) died on December 24. Nakamura did voice work for several anime, including Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, and Naruto Shippuden: the Movie as well as for video games. He also dubbed American films into Japanese, including The Muppets, Source Code, Bolt, and The Batman.
Actor David Ryall (b.1935) died on December 25. Ryall appeared as Elphias Doge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and the Chief Builder in City of Ember. Ryall also appeared in Fatherland, Blake's 7, and The Borrowers. His final film was Autómata.
Actor Rhodes Reason (b.1930) died on December 26. Reason portrayed Flavius in the Star Trek episode "Bread and Circuses" and appeared in multiple episodes of The Time Tunnel. In King Kong Escapes, he played Commander Carl Nelson.
Actor Bernard Kay (b.1928) died on December 29. Kay appeared in the second Doctor Who serial, "The Daleks" opposite William Hartnell, as well as "The Crusades." He played opposite Patrick Troughton's Doctor in "The Faceless Ones" and Jon Pertwee in "Colony in Space." Other roles included appearances on Space: 1999, They Came from Beyond Space, and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.
Director Terry Becker (b.1921) died on December 30. Becker was also an actor, appearing as Francis Sharkey on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as well as two episodes of Sea Hunt and one of The Twilight Zone. In 1974, he directed the horror film The Thirsty Dead.
Author Robert Conroy (b.1938) died on December 30, succumbing to thymus cancer. Conroy began publishing with the novel 1901 in 1995, and returned to publishing in 2006 with several alternate histories, including 1862, 1945, and 1920: America's Greatest War, among others. His works were frequently nominated for the Sidewise Award, and Conroy won the award for his 2009 novel, 1942.
Actress Yolande Donlan (b.1920) died on December 30. Donlan appeared in The Devil Bat, Tarzan and the Lost Safari and Mr Drake's Duck. She was married to director Val Guest (The Quatermass Experiment) and appeared in several of his films. She may have been the last surviving actress to have appeared on screen with Bela Lugosi. She was also credited as Yolande Mallott, Yolanda Mollot, and Billie Dawn.
Actor Edward Hermann (b.1943) died on December 31. He appeared in The Lost Boys, Here Come the Munsters, and The Purple Rose of Cairo. He was cast in th eaborted 2011 Wonder Woman pilot.
Steven H Silver is a seven-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings. He is the publisher of ISFiC Press. In addition to maintaining several bibliographies and the Harry Turtledove website, Steven is heavily involved in convention running and publishes the fanzine Argentus.
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