Chicago author Mary Anne Mohanraj (Bodies in Motion) appeared as a contestant on the fourth installment of the game show Cash Cab Chicago on February 17.
Producer Perry Moore (b.1971) was found dead in his apartment on February 17. Moore served as Executive Producer on the first three The Chronicles of Narnia films, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In addition, in 2007, Moore published a young adult novel, Hero, about a teenage superhero struggling with his powers and sexual identity.
In support of Claude Lalumière’s forthcoming The Door to Lost Pages, ChiZine is running a contest to provide names of imaginary books. Two winners will be selected, one by voters, one by Lalumière. The two grand-prize winners each get a free, signed, limited-edition hardcover copy of The Door to Lost Pages, and ten postcards featuring their winning entry. The contest is open from February 17 through March 15.
Canadian science fiction author Peter Watts is healing after contracting necrotising fasciitis late last week. The disease, commonly known as the flesh-eating disease, has been treated and Watts is believed to be clear of the bacteria. He will remain in hospital for some time and will not have direct internet access during that time.
Actor Len Lesser (b.1922) died on February 16. Lesser appeared as a guest star in several science fiction and fantasy television shows, including My Favorite Martian, The Wild, Wild West, The Munsters, The Outer Limits, and Land of the Giants, but is probably best known for his non-genre role as “Uncle Leo” on Seinfeld.
The Stardust-NExT probe flew to within 112 miles of Comet Tempel I on February 14, taking a series of photos of the comet. Comet Tempel had previously been visited by a NASA spacecraft in 2005, when Deep Impact collided with the comet. This is the first time a comet has been revisited after a complete orbit. Photos have shown that erosion has changed the face of the comet, but the impact crater left by Deep Impact appears to have partially healed itself.
Author Pam “Pogo” Poggiani died in February from cardiac arrest. Poggiani was active on the Baen Bar boards and published the essay “A Looming Challenge” in Grantville Gazette IV. Poggiani was also active in the ReadAssist program to aid fans who have physical problems that make reading or communicating difficult. She was known as Lady Melusine Whitcroft the Petite in the Society for Creative Anachronism.