Author Jeanne Robinson (b.1948) died on May 30. Last year, Robinson was diagnosed with a virulent form of biliary cancer which has not responded to treatment. Robinson, the wife of Spider Robinson, co-authored the Stardance novels and won the Nebula and Hugo Awards in 1978 for the original novella, “Stardance.” Robinson has also been a dancer and choreographer. At the time of her death, she was working with James Sposto and David Gerrold to bring Stardance to the screen.
A display of the models of Ray Harryhausen will be hosted through August 22 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, CA. The display has been mounted with the cooperation of Harryhausen and has resulted in a showing of models, storyboards, notes, drawings, and photographes. Admission is free to “The Fantastical Worlds of Ray Harryhausen.”
On May 25, the winners of the 2010 Audie Awards, presented for audio book narrators, were announced. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.
Narration by the Author or Authors: Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman
Science Fiction/Fantasy: Bellwether, by Connie Willis, read by Kate Reading
Subterranean Press, along with John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton, is holding a fan fiction writing contest to benefit the Lupus Alliance of America. Entrants should write a 400-2,000 word story describing a painting of Wil Wheaton on a flying cat unicorn and John Scalzi as an orc. The winner of the contest will be paid for their story (10 cents a word), win a prize pack of books from Subterranean Press, and will have their story published in a special electronic chapbook featuring stories about the painting, written by Scalzi, Wheaton, Catherynne Valente and Patrick Rothfuss, to be published later this year, with profits to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America. Entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm Eastern, June 30, 2010.
Actor Dennis Hopper (b.1936) died on May 29. Hopper is best known for his role in the film Easy Rider, but also appeared in numerous films of genre interest, including Land of the Dead, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Space Truckers, and Waterworld. His television work included an episode of The Twilight Zone.
A new webzine, Daily Science Fiction is scheduled to begin publication. Founded by Jonathan Laden and Michele Barasso, the site plans to e-mail a short story each day to its subscription list. Their current plan is for a free subscription list with stories ranging from 100 to 10,000 words. Laden attended Clarion and has published stories in Writers of the Future and Electric Velocipede.
Producer Peter Keefe (b.1953) died on May 27. Keefe was a producer and writer of Denver, the Last Dinosaur, Twinkle, the Dream Being, and Widget, the World Watcher. He also produced Voltron: Defender of the Universe and Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. In addition to writing for his own productions, Keefe wrote an episode of the series Tales from the Darkside.
Voice actress Pat Stevens died on May 26 following a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Steven voiced the role of Velma Dinkley on various incarnations of Scooby Doo from 1976-1979, during which time, she also appeared on M*A*S*H as Nurse Baker.
Actor Gary Coleman (b.1968) died of a cerebral hemorrhage following a fall on May 28. Coleman is best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the television series Diff’rent Strokes, but also appeared in a couple retellings of A Christmas Carol as well as an episode of Amazing Stories and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Coleman, known for his height, ran to replace Governor Gray Davis of California and came in eighth.
Thundercats writer Steve Perry (b.1954) who disappearance was reported earlier, has been declared a murder victim by the Zephyrhills police. Perry disappeared from his home around May 16 and shortly afterward, two of his roommates were arrested on unrelated charges. Police were not ready, at the time, to declare Perry a murder victim, despite finding a severed arm in his abandoned van and other body parts nearby. They have not indicated why they now consider him a murder victim. In addition to Thundercats, Perry also worked on the comic books Timespirits and Silverhawks.
Perry should not to be confused with others of the same name, including a science fiction author.