Actress Maxine Stuart (b. Maxine Shlivek 1918) died on June 6. Stuart may have been best known for her role of General Hospital, but she also appeared on Peyton Place, The Rousters, and Chicago Hope. She appeared in the “Eye of the Beholder” episode of The Twilight Zone and “The Man Who Was Never Born” episode of The Outer Limits. In the 1960s, she was friends with Helene Hanff, author of 84 Charring Cross Road and was portrayed in the film version by Jean De Baer.
The Lambda Award winners of LGBTQ fiction, were announced in New York on June 3. The following three categories had winners of genre interest.
- LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: Green Thumb, by Tom Cardamone
- LGBT Anthology: No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Edited by Justin Hall
- LGBT Children’s/Young Adult: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Actor Peter Mayhew, who is best known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, was recently stopped at a TSA inspection site at Denver and had his cane, designed to look like a light saber, examined by TSA Agents. According to the TSA, the cane deserved special attention because it was heavier than a standard cane. The cane was released back to Mayhew within five minutes, according to a TSA spokesperson.
New Zealand Fan and bibliographer Thomas George Cockcroft (b.1926) died on April 12. Cockcroft published an index to the Weird Fiction Magazines in 1962 under the name T. G. L. Cockcroft. Cockcroft also wrote for fanzines and other magazines and corresponded with fans of weird fiction from around the world.
Fan Eileen Tuuri (b.1959) died on April 30. Tuuri was active in Arizona and Canadian fandom and a frequent attendee at Westercon. She had a love of Star Wars, which drew her to fandom, and costuming. She also used her creative streak to knit and make dollhouse furniture.
Author Iain M. Banks (b.1954) died on June 9. Banks was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of April. Banks began publishing in 1984 with the novel The Wasp Factory and over several years published the Culture novels. His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. Banks won ther British Science Fiction Award for his novels Feersum Endjinn and Excession. He was announced as the Guest of Honor for Loncon 3. His final novel, The Quarry, will be published later this month.
Actress Shannon Richardson, who also goes by the name Shannon Guess, has been charged in mailing ricin to President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, and a gun-control group Bloomberg is involved with. Richardson originally called the FBI to inform that that her estranged husband had sent the ricin, but she was taken into custody recently and has apparently admitted to sending it herself. Richardson has appeared in episodes of The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead.
Jean Rabe has resigned as the editor of SFWA Bulletin. Rabe joined the Bulletin as its business manager during Russell Davis’s tenure and was promoted to editor after John Scalzi was elected president. Her resignation comes on the heels of a series of controversies concerning content of four consecutive issues. Even before Rabe resigned, Scalzi announced the formation of a task force to look at the Bulletin‘s content and purpose.
Agent John A. Ware (b. c.1942) died on April 27. He began his career as an editor at Doubleday for eight years before joining Curtis Brown as an agent. He left Curtis Brown in 1978 and formed his own agency, The John A. Ware Agency, which represented Tony Daniel and Jack Womack. Some of his non-fiction authors include Jon Krakauer and Jennifer Niven. While at Doubleday, Ware taught an industry-wide editorial workshop at NYU for seven years.
Fan Hugh Daniel died on June 3 of an apparent heart attack. Daniel had a strong interest in spaceflight and working in computers, trying to bring the future closer to the present. He worked on Project Xanadu, the first hypertext and helped set up the WELL. His interest in spaceflight led him to briefly work for Starstruck, which built three rockets and successfully launched one suborbitally. He was the fan guest of honor at Windycon 38 in 2011.