Obituary: Michael O’Hare

Actor Michael O’Hare (b.1952) died on September 28 after suffering an heart attack on September 23. O’Hare may be best known for his role as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair on Babylon 5. Other genre roles include The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, C.H.U.D., and an episode of Tales from the Darkside.

Fountains of Mars

NASA has announced that Curiosity has found signs that water once flowed freely on the red planet. The evidence shows that Curiosity landed near an area that once held rapidly flowing water as evidenced by water-eroded gravel.

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Obituary: Wendy Weil

Agent Wendy Weil (b.1940) died on September 27 while reading manuscripts. Weil, who headed her own agency since 1987, represented genre authors Karen Joy Fowler, Molly Gloss, Carol Emshwiller, James Morrow, and astronaut Scott Carpenter. Weil won the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, Inc. and served as Literary Vice President of the Association of Authors’ Representatives.

Detroit Announced NASFiC Bid

Tammy Coxen has announced a bid to host the 2014 NASFiC in Detroit, Michigan from July 17-20. The bid opposes the previously announced bid to host a NASFiC in Phoenix, Arizona from July 31-August 3. The Detroit NASFiC would take place at the Detroit Renaissance Center Marriott, which has 1,200 rooms and 100,000 sq. ft. of function space. When the Worldcon is held outside North America, as will happen with Loncon 3 in 2014, a North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) is held in North America. The site will be selected by voters at the 2013 Worldcon, LoneStarCon 3.

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Black Gate Goes Electronic

John O’Neill, the long-time editor of Black Gate magazine, has announced plans to begin publishing short fiction on the magazine’s website on September 30. Authors whose work will help launch the new publishing plan include Jason Thummel, Sean McLachlan, Donald S. Crankshaw, and C.S.E. Cooney. In addition, there will be novel excerpts from Dave Gross, Mike Allen, and Howard Andrew Jones.

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Obituary: Johnny Lewis

Actor Johnny Lewis (b.1983) died on September 26 after jumping from of a window. Lewis was appearing on the television show Sons of Anarchy and had previously appeared in genre works included Smallville, AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem, One Missed Call, and Lovely Molly. Lewis was on probation and had a history of trouble with the law. Immediately before he leapt from the window, he is believed to have killed his landlady and fought with other tenants of the building.

Obituary: Jane Gunn

Jane Gunn (b.1925) died on September 27. Gunn, born Jane Anderson was the wife of author and academic James Gunn. She worked for the Kansas University News Bureau, as a secretary to the head librarian at Northwestern University, as a reporter for the Kansas City Kansan, as the librarian for the KU School of Journalism, and as the co-owner and later sole owner of the Emporium, a Lawrence art consignment gallery.

Obituary: Herbert Lom

Actor Herbert Lom (b.1917) died on September 27. Lom is best known for the role of Inspector Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther movies, but also appeared in some genre films, including Mysterious Island, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, and The Dead Zone. He also portrayed the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and Van Helsing in Count Dracula.

Obituary: Leonard Pung

Leonard Pung (b.1961) died on September 3 from complications with leukemia. Pung attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 2009. He had taught middle school English and was trying to start a freelance writing career. Clarion has established a scholarship fund in his name.

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Obituary: Waldo Boyd

Author Waldo T. Boyd (b.1918) died on September 15. Boyd, who also published under the name Karl Andressen, wrote essays and books about various aspects of technology and science, particularly rocketry. He published the short story “The Salesman” in If in 1953.