Actor Conrad Bain (b.1923) died on January 14. Bain was best known for his role as Mr. Drummond on the television sitcom Diff’rent Strokes and also appeared as Maude’s brother on the television show Maude. He appeared as Mr. Wells, the desk clerk at the Collinsport Inn in several episodes of Dark Shadows and also was in the film C.H.O.M.P.S.
Italian actress Mariangela Melato (b.1941) died on January 11. Melato appeared almost exclusively in Italian films, but did play the role of Kala in the 1980 film version of Flash Gordon.
Fan Michael W. Waite (b.1936) died on January 1. Waite was a member of FAPA and published Trial and Air. Waite’s letters of comment not only appeared in fanzines, but also in prozines.
British fan Roger Waddington (b.1946) died on July 23, 2012. Waddington had columns, book reviews, articles, and letters published in Matrix and Vector from the 1960s to the 90s.
Fan Michael Deckinger died on February 12, 2012. Deckinger found fandom in the 1950s and was a member of ESFA until he moved to California in 1971. He spent a term as director of ESFA, in charge of booking speakers. He was also active as a fan editor and his own writing has more recently appeared in Earl Kemp’s eI.
The nominees for the British Science Fiction Award have been announced. The winner will be announced at Eastercon in Brighton the weekend of March 29.
- Dark Eden, by Chris Beckett
- Empty Space: a Haunting, by M John Harrison
- Intrusion, by Ken MacLeod
- Jack Glass, by Adam Roberts
- 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson
Best Short Story
- “Immersion,” by Aliette de Bodard
- “The Flight of the Ravens,” by Chris Butler
- “Song of the Body Cartographer,” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
- “Limited Edition,” by Tim Maughan
- “Three Moments of an Explosion,” by China Miéville
- “Adrift on the Sea of Rains,” by Ian Sales
- Ben Baldwin for the cover of Dark Currents
- Blacksheep for the cover of Jack Glass
- Dominic Harman for the cover of Helix Wars
- Joey Hifi for the cover of Thy Kingdom Come
- cover artwork for Chris Beckett’s Dark Eden
- “The Complexity of the Humble Space Suit,” by Karen Burnham (Rocket Science, Mutation Press)
- “The Widening Gyre,” by Paul Kincaid (Los Angeles Review of Books)
- The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press)
- The Shortlist Project, by Maureen Kincaid Speller
- The World SF Blog, edited by Lavie Tidhar
Author Steven Utley (b.1948) died on January 12, hours after lapsing into a coma. Utley had been battling cancer. A member of the Turkey City writers group, Utley has published numerous short stories an poems, many of which have been collected in book form. He has frequently collaborated with other Turkey City writers, including Howard Waldrop, Joseph F. Pumilia, Lisa Tuttle, and Michael Bishop. Utley and Waldrop were nominated for a Nebula Award for their collaboration
“Custer’s Last Jump.”
Science fiction author Steven Utley has lapsed into a coma. Utley was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer and a lesion on his brain. Utley, whose short fiction has been collected in five volumes, is one of the original members of the Turkey City writing group.