Actor Charles Durning (b.1923) died on December 24. Durning appeared in the films The Sting, O, Brother, Where Art Thou, and Tootsie, and received Oscar nominations for his roles in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and To Be or Not to Be. His genre work included the television series Amazing Stories and Now and Again, as well as the films The Final Countdown, The Fury, and Solar Babies.
Actor Jack Klugman (b.1922) died on December 24. Best known for his roles as Oscar Madison in the television series The Odd Couple and the title character on Quincy, M.E., he also appeared in the film 12 Angry Men as Juror #5. His genre work included four episodes of The Twilight Zone, and episode of The Outer Limits, and a role in a television miniseries of Around the World in Eight Days.
Composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (b.1936) died on December 24. Bennett composed music for numerous television shows and films, including the early Doctor Who serial “The Aztecs,” the BBC production of Gormenghast, and the film The Man Who Could Cheat Death. Bennett was nominated for the Oscar three times and won the ASCAP Award for his compositions for Four Weddings and a Funeral.
I-CON, scheduled to take place in Hempstead, NY the weekend of March 21-23 has been delayed indefinitely. According to the I-CON website, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, financial difficulties, and challenges in moving a convention their size have caused them to make the decision. Refunds will be issued for memberships and dealers’ tables unless a person wishes to opt out. No new date has been established.
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary at the Baltimore SFS building (3310 E. Baltimore St) on January 12, 2013 at 8:00pm. Founded on January 5, 1963 on a bus ride back to Baltimore from a WSFA meeting, BSFS founded Balticon in 1967. The original BSFS lapsed after 1968, but was reorganized in 1974.
LoneStarCon 3 has announced the membership of the Hugo Subcommittee, Todd Dashoff, Vince Docherty, Saul Jaffe, Steven Staton, and Ben Yalow. Dashoff is also serving as the Hugo Award administrator. None of the members of the Hugo Subcommittee are eligible to be nominated for any category of the Hugo Award.
The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York is hosting an exhibit from December 15-March 3, 2013 entitled Spacewar! The exhibit examines the first 50 years of video games, beginning with the release of the first video game, Spacewar! in 1962. The exhibit is interactive and each visitor will receive four arcade tokens. Additional tokens may be purchased in the gallery. The games range from Sapcewar! to Child of Eden, including Galaga, Missile Command, and Vertical Force and are on a range of platforms.
Thirty years after beginning his Riftwar Saga with the publication of Magician, Raymond E. Feist has announced that the saga will be coming to a close with its thirtieth volume, Magician’s End, scheduled for a March 2013 publication. According to Feist, he had only planned to write a trilogy, but the story kept growing. In addition to the various volumes, published in ten sub-series, including books co-written with Janny Wurts, Joel Rosenberg, William Forstchen, and S.M. Stirling, the series also spawned video games and comics.
Sean Wallace has announced that Prime will launch a digitial imprint, Masque Books, in July 2013. The imprint will publish six e-books a month, with the possibility that some times may see an eventually print edition as well. Wallace will serve as publisher while Paula Guran will serve as senior editor and Natalie Luhrs will take on the role as acquisitions editor.
Editor and publisher Steve Davidson has announced that Amazing Stories, the world’s first science fiction magazine, will be debuting a beta version of its social magazine platform on January 2. The magazine will include more than fifty bloggers from different realms of science fiction, including authors, fans, reviewers, and more covering all aspects of science fiction. Some of the bloggers who will be featured on the website include Mike Brotherton, Michael A. Burstein, Paul Cook, Jane Frank, Jim Freund, Barry Malzberg, Steve Miller, Cynthia Ward, and more.