Karin Tidbeck’s collection Jagannath: Stories has been announced as the winner of the William L. Crawford Award. The Crawford Award is presented annually for a new fantasy author whose first book appeared during the previous year. It is presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which will be held this year from March 21-25 in Orlando, Florida.
Italian SF critic Antonio Caronia (b.1944) died on January 30. Caronia joined the Ambiguous Utopia, a Milanese science fiction group, in 1978. Caronia went on to publish several studies of science fiction, most notably Il Cyborg, and a biogrpahy of Philip K. Dick. He was responsible for translating several anglophonic authors into Italian, including the works of J. G. Ballard.
Make-up artist Stuart Freeborn (b.1914) died on February 6. Freeborn provided the make-up for Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, as well as creating the ape make-up used for the opening sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the 1970s and 80s, he helped create the look for Chewbacca, Yoda, and Jabba the Hutt in the Star Wars films.
Musician Paul Tanner (b.1917) died on February 5. Tanner was a trombone player who was hired to play with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and was the last surviving member of that band. After Miller’s death, he helped develop the electro-theremin, which was used in several films and television shows, including My Favorite Martian.