LA Fan Len Moffatt (b.1923) died on November 30. A member of First Fandom, Len and his wife, June, helped organize many of the early Bouchercons and in 1973 and in 1999 he and June received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, the couple were the Eastbound TAFF delegates. Moffatt was Fan GoH at Westercon XXV, Loscon 8, Bouchercon 16, and TraLaLa Con. He was one of the original members of CAPA in 1961. Moffatt had a couple of short fiction stories appear in the 1950s and also sold science fiction poetry.
Director Irvin Kershner (b.1923) died on November 29. Kershner’s strongest genre credits were directing The Empire Strikes Back (later, Star Wars; Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) and The Eyes of Laura Mars. He went on to direct Robocop 2 and episodes of Amazing Stories and SeaQuest DSV. Kershner won a Saturn Award for The Empire Strikes Back and in 2010 received a Lifetime Achievement Saturn Award.
Stu Shiffman has been named the winner of this year’s Rotsler Award. Established in 1998, the Rotsler, named for fan artist William Rotsler, includes an honorarium of $300 and is presented for long-time artistic achievement in amateur publications of the science fiction community. The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests.
Fan Asenath Hammond (b.1950) died on November 22. Hammond was active in NESFA, New York fandom, and LASFS. Hammond was married for a while to artist Rick Sternbach.
The Romanian Science Fiction & Fantasy Society announced the winners of their annual awards on November 19 at the Gaudeamus International Book Fair in Bucharest. The winners were selected by a jury comprised of Danut Ungureanu, Marian Truta, Feri Balin, Cristian Tamas, and Sorin Camner. The inaugural awards were presented in 2009.
- Best Author: Cristian Mihail Teodorescu
- Best Artist: Alex Popescu
- Best Translator: Mihai Dan Pavelescu
- Prize for Journalism: Stefan Ghidoveanu
- Best Publisher: Nemira Publishing Press
Actress Ingrid Pitt (b.1937) died on November 23. Pitt is best known for her work in Hammer horror films and, according to her daughter, would want to be remembered for her role as the title character in Countess Dracula. She also appeared in the original The Wicker Man, as well as Sound of Horror, Minotaur, and The House That Dripped Blood . Pitt also appeared in episodes of the Doctor Who serials “Warriors of the Deep” and “The Time Monster.”
Author John Steakley (b.1951) died on November 27. Steakley was a Texas fan and the author of the novels Armor and Vampire$, which was made into a film by John Carpenter. He published several short stories in Amazing.
Actor Leslie Nielsen (b.1926) died on November 28. Nielsen was originally cast in romantic leads, but after he was cast as a deadpan doctor in the film Airplane, his career took off as a comedic actor. Some of his genre roles included Commander J. J. Adams in Forbidden Planet, Superhero Movie, the title role in Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Scary Movie 3 & 4, 2001: A Space Travesty, and many more. Nielsen had checked into the hospital for a staph infection and developed pneumonia.
ChiZine Publications and Rue Morgue are presenting a screening of the horror film Pontypool on December 3 at the Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave in Toronto, Ontario. The film is based on the Bruce McDonald’s novel Pontypool Changes Everything, published by ECW and ChiZine. Following the film, there will be a question and answer session with screen writer Tony Burgess and actors Stephen McHattie and Lisa Houle.