Author Jennifer Swift died on September 30. Swift attended Clarion in 1979 and several short stories between 1984 and 1999 in Asimov’s, Amazing, Interzone, F&SF, and others.
Cosmonaut Pavel Popovich (b.1930) died on September 30 following a stroke. Popovich flew aboard the Vostok 4 in 1962 and the Soyux 14 in 1974. Vostok 4 was part of the first dual space flight and Soyux 14 was the first successful mission to the Salyut 3 space station. Throughout the 1980s, he served as Deputy Chief of the Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center. He was an advocate into the study of UFOs and claimed to have seen one on a flight from the US to Russia. An asteroid and an Antarctic mountain range are named in his honor.
Emily Bethke (b.1981) died on September 25. Bethke was the daughter of SF author and poet Bruce Bethke and was active in Harry Potter fandom.
Author Mary Schaub (b.1943) died September 25. Schaub collaborated with Andre Norton on The Magestone and published many short stories, most of which were also set in Norton’s Witch World.
Fan Ben P. Indick (b.1923) died on September 28. Indick published the fanzine Ben’s Beat and the study George Alec Effinger: From Entropy to Budayeen as well as essays and articles in many fanzines and professional magazines, including Publisher’s Weekly and REHUPA. In 2009, he received the First Fandom Hall of Fame Award at Anticipation.
Fan John Davis died on September 23. Davis was active in FAPA, the Cult, and SAPS.
Fan Zanny Dillson (b.1953) died from leukemia on September 25. Dillson was an active costumer in both the fannish community and working in local community theatre. Dillson served on the board of directors for Chattacon for more than twenty years and served in many positions at the con.
The Sunburst Award Committee has announced the winners of the 2009 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. The award, named for a novel by the late Phyllis Gotlieb, is a juried award presented to a Canadian author for a novel or book-length collection. It includes a prize of $1,000 and a hand-crafted medallion designed by Marcel Gagné.
- Adult Fiction: The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson
- Young Adult Fiction: Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
Literary agent Barbara Bova died on September 23. Bova has been married to author Ben Bova since 1974. That same year, she founded the Barbara Bova Literary Agency.
Author Joe Haldeman was hospitalized in Cincinnati while attending Chilicon, an informal gathering. Haldeman was suffering from chest pains, but a CAT Scan revealed it was a intestinal problem. His situation was exacerbated by pancreatic problems. Haldeman has been placed in a drug-induced coma to improve his recovery.