Amazing Stories, the magazine that started science fiction in 1926, has been declared dead numerous times in its history, most recently in March of 2006. However, in September 2011, Steve Davidson purchased the rights to the name and is announcing that he will be launching the “Relaunch Prelaunch” with Volume 0, Issue 1 on July 1, 2012. his plan is to ramp up the magazine with fiction and non-fiction until it achieves the dimensions he hopes for it.
Director, producer, and screenwriter Nora Ephron (b.1940) died on June 26. Ephron is best known for her films When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail, but she also wrote, produced and directed the fantasy films Michael and Bewitched. She received three Oscar nominations for screenwriting.
Actor Dick Anthony Williams (b.1934) died on February 16. Williams appeared in episodes of The X-Files and The Man from Atlantis. His films included Edward Scissorhands and Omen III: The Final Conflict.
The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is presented for the best in Canadian fantastic literature. The awards will be presented in the fall of 2012 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include Douglas Barbour, Zsuzsi Gartner, Daniel Justice, Lorna Toolis, and Halli Villegas.
- Blackdog, by K. V. Johansen
- Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, by David Nickle
- Technicolor Ultra Mall, by Ryan Oakley
- Enter, Night, by Michael Rowe
- Paradise Tales, by Geoff Ryman
- The Pattern Scars, by Caitlin Sweet
- Ultraviolet, by R. J. Anderson
- All Good Children, by Catherine Austen
- The Summer of Permanent Wants, by Jamieson Findlay
- The Dead Kid Detective Agency, by Evan Munday
- Blood Red Road: Dustlands: 1, by Moira Young
Toronto fan David Ryan Bisci (b.1990) died on April 11. Bisci was involved in running SFContario and had a passion for Star Wars and Star Trek. He also participated in the annual Toronto Zombie Crawl. He had been attending George Brown College to study hospitality.
Author and fan Suzanne Allés Blom (b.1948) died on June 23 from complications of intestinal cancer. Blom wrote the 2001 alternate history novel Inca: The Scarlet Fringe, although sequels never materialized. Her first short story, “In Memory of Prince Edward,” appeared in the April 1993 issue of Tomorrow and she was one of the creators of the Verdant Lore Tarot. She was an active participant in Wiscon and Windycon, among other conventions.
The home that belonged to the late Rusty Hevelin has been burglarized. A friend who has been keeping an eye on the home for Hevelin’s son discovered that thieves had ransacked the house, leaving water to run and pool in the basement, and possibly making off with money, traveler’s checks, and Hevelin’s pulp collection, which may show up on the black market or at used book dealers.
Addition: According to File 770, the Hevelin collection had been sent to University of Iowa prior to the break-in.
Fan Ian Macauley (b.1935) died on June 3. Macauley was active in fandom in the early 1950s and published the fanzine Cosmag beginning in March of 1951, which became Asfo. He also belonged to “Fanvariety Enterprises.” Macauley went on to work for the New York Times for more than 30 years, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 1998, he edited the Arthur C. Clarke essay collection Greetings Carbon-Based Bipeds.
Actress Caroline John (b.1940) died on June 5. John portrayed Dr. Elizabeth Shaw in four series of Doctor Who opposite Jon Pertwee, as well as reprising the role in The Five Doctors and performed in numerous Doctor Who audio plays. She also appeared in the P.R.O.B.E. series. She was married to Geoffrey Beevers, who played The Master in one Doctor Who serial and also appears in the Doctor Who audio plays.
Actor Richard Lynch (b.1940) died on June 19. Not to be confused with the publisher of Mimosa, Lynch appeared in numerous science fiction films and television shows, including the original Battlestar Galactica and Galactica 1980, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Highlander, and The Sword and the Sorcerer, in which he played the villainous Cromwell.