Only weeks after Realms of Fantasy announced it was ceasing publication, it has been revived by Kim Richards Gilchrist of Damnation Books. Damnation will publish the December issue as a print issue (previously it had been announced as available on-line only) and will begin publishing new material with the February issue, not missing any issues. Damnation has already announced that the April issue will be a dark fantasy issue to coincide with World Horror Con and the June issue will be a celebration of the magazine’s 100th issue. No staff has been announced yet.
Author Glenn Lewis Gillette (b.1946) died on November 1. Gillette died following a year long battle with cancer. Gillette’s first published story was “Monster in the Waterhole,” in the June 1972 issue of Analog. He was active in the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop and edited the SFWA newsletter for several years. In 2008, he coordinated the SFWA table in the dealers room at Denvention.
Producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki (b. Hirofumi Nishizaki, 1934) died on November 7 after falling overboard off the coast of Chichijima Island. Nishizaki wrote and produced the anime series Space Cruiser Yamato, Star Blazers, and Space Battleship Yamato among others. He was wearing a wetsuit and was believed to be planning on going for a swim at the time of his accident.
Robert Doyle has died. Doyle chaired the 1989 World Fantasy Con in Seattle, Washington. Doyle was active in West Coast fandom before slowly gafiating. He used to host an annual dinner for Seattle area fans. Doyle also collected original sf art.
Joseph G. Gavin, Jr. (b.1920) died on October 30. Gavin was the Director of the Lunar Module Program for Apollo at Grumman for ten years before becoming the company’s President in 1972. He was not only responsible for the Lunar Module’s design, but also headed the program when the Lunar Module was used as a lifeboat for the Apollo 13 mission. He received the NASA Distinguished Public Medal in 1971.
Geoffrey Crawley (b.1926) died on October 29. In 1982 and 1983, Crawley published a series of ten articles in British Journal of Photography exposing the Cottingley Fairy photographs as fakes. Crawley obtained the original cameras used in 1910 and determined that they were incapable of taking the pictures without using darkroom trickery to enhance and alter the images. After Crawley’s articles appeared, the cousins in the picture admitted the pictures were taken using cutouts on pins. The two girls died in 1986 and 1988.
Glen GoodKnight (b.1941) died on November 3. GoodKnight, born Glen Howard Goodknight III, founded the Mythopoeic Society in 1967 and later merged the Society with the Tolkien Society. Mythcon I in 1970 was an attempt to merge the personalities of the two groups. GoodKnight edited nearly 80 issues of the society’s newsletter.
Actress Michelle Nicastro (b.1960) died from cancer on November 5. Nicastro provided the voice for Princess Odette in the Swan Princess series of animated films and also was the singing voice for Callisto in Xena: Warrior Princess. Early in her career, she appeared in an episode of Knight Rider. She also appeared on Broadway in the musical Merlin in 1983.
Deep Impact passed within 700 km (435 miles) of Comet Hartley 2 on November 4, returning pictures of the comet’s head which show the object to be shaped like a bowling pin. Comet Hartley 2 is about 1.6 km (1 mile) long. Deep Impact took several thousand images during its fly-by. This is the second cometary fly-by for Deep Impact, which had a fly-by and dropped an impactor on Comet Tempel 1 in 2005.
Archaeologists have unearth a series of protective walls built around the Sphinx at Giza in Egypt. According to ancient texts, the walls were built to protected the sculpture from blowing sands after Pharoah Thutmose IV (1400-1390 BCE) had a dream in which the Sphinx complained blowing sand was choking it. The Sphinx is believed to have been built more than 1100 years earlier than the protective walls.