Matheson Skips WFC

Richard Matheson has announced that he will regretfully have to miss World Fantasy Convention
2013 because of ongoing health concerns. Matheson was named Honourary Guest of Honour for this year’s convention, which is scheduled to be held in Brighton, UK over the weekend of October 31-November 3. Matheson will remain a Honorary Guest of Honour at this year’s convention, and there will still be programming to celebrate his work.

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Matt Smith Regenerates

The BBC has announced that Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who during this year’s Christmas Special, shortly after appearing in the 50th anniversary episode in November. Rumors over a possible Smith departure have been rife for some time. Smith took over the role from David Tenant in 2010 and has appeared alongside companions played by Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Alex Kingston (River Song), James Corden (Craig), and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswin Oswald). Smith’s replacement has not yet been announced.

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Obituary: Jean Stapleton

Actress Jean Stapleton (b.1923) died on May 31. Best known for her portrayal of Edith Bunker on All in the Family, Stapleton had previously appeared in the original stage production and subsequent film of the musical Damn Yankees!. Other works of genre interest she appeared in include Michael, an episode of Ray Bradbury Theatre, Ghost Mom, and was executive producer of the SF film Seed.