Actress Diane Cilento (b.1933) died on October 6. Cilento, who was married to Sean Connery for 11 years, Cilento appeared in The Wicker Man, The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp, and several episodes of Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left.
Author Mitchell Gross, who publishes fantasy under the name Mitchell Graham, has been arrested for fraud. According to federal authorities, Gross bilked women he met on on-line dating sites out of millions of dollars. Under his Graham pseudonym, Gross published the novels The Fifth Ring, The Ancient Legacy, and The Emerald Cavern.
Fan Ella Mirkin (b.1949) died on September 14. Mirkin was an attendee at many Boston area conventions and served for many years on the concom for Readercon.
Actor Charles Napier (b.1936) died on October 5. Napier appeared in the Star Trek episode “The Way to Eden” as well as episodes of The Incredible Hulk, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Napier also did voice work for numerous animated television series as well as video games. Napier also appeared in Rambo: First Blood, Part II and as the leader of “The Good Ol’ Boys” in The Blues Brothers.
Computer entrepreneur Steve Jobs (b.1955) died on October 5 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Jobs was one of the founders and leading guides for Apple, Inc., having founded the company with Steve Wozniak and Mike Markkula. When Jobs left Apple in 1985, he founded NeXT, which was eventually bought by Apple and in 1986 he acquired Pixar Animation Studio from LucasFilm. Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple on August 24, 2011. He was first diagnosed with a form of pancreatic cancer in 2004.
The first Faned Awards, a Canadian award presented for fanzine activity, were presented on October 2 at VCON 36 in Vancouver, Canada by R. Graeme Cameron. Each winner will receive the Faned, a sculpture created by Lawrence Prime and a certificate designed by Taral Wayne. The first year’s awards were entirely selected by Cameron, who hopes to garner peer input in future years.
- Best Fan Artist: Taral Wayne
- Best Fan Writer: Garth Spencer
- Best LoC Hack: Lloyd Penney
- Best Fanzine: WARP, Cathy Palmer-Lister, Editor
- Life-Time Achievement: “The Unknown Faned” who published Canada’s first SF fanzine in early 1936 under the title The Canadian Science Fiction Fan.
The winners of the 2011 British Fantasy Awards, presented by the British Fantasy Society, were announced on October 2 at Fantasycon in Brighton.
- Best Novel (August Derleth Fantasy Award): Demon Dance, by Sam Stone
- Best Novella: “Humpty’s Bones,” by Simon Clark
- Best Short Story: “Fool’s Gold,” by Sam Stone
- Best Collection: Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King
- Best Anthology: Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories,, edited by Johnny Mains
- Best Non-Fiction: Altered Visions: The Art of Vincent Chong
- Best Artist: Vincent Chong
- Best Small Press: Telos Publishing
- Best Magazine/Periodical: Black Static, edited by Andy Cox
- Best comic/Graphic Novel: At the Mountains of Madness, by Ian Culbard
- Best Film: inception, directed by Christopher Nolan
- Best Television: Sherlock, Steven Moffat
- Karl Edward Wagner Special Award: Terry Pratchett
- Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer: Robert Jackson Bennett, for Mr. Shivers
Cheryl Morgan and Kevin Standlee have announced that they are looking for someone to take over Science Fiction Award Watch, which they founded in an attempt to maintain as complete as possible a listing of science fiction and fantasy award nominees and winners. They currently plan to keep the site up through the end of October and then take it down if new ownership hasn’t been found.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards are seeking recommendations for works which have had their first translation into English published in 2011. The awards are to be given out in both Long Form and Short Form. Recommendations and the rules may be found at the link below.