Obituary: Al Plastino

Comics illustrator Al Plastino (b.1921) died on November 25. Plastino was one of the most prolific Superman artists of the 1950s and co-created Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes with Otto Binder. Plastino worked on the Superman story “Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy,” the publication of which was delayed due to Kennedy’s assassination and then only published at the request of Lyndon Johnson.

Obituary: Lewis Collins

Actor Lewis Collins (b.1946) died on November 27. Collins appeared in the British television series Robin Hood and in the Mexican television series Tarzán.

Obituary: Dan Garrity

Actor Dan Garrity (b.1953) died on November 20. Garrity appeared in the films The Spirit and Sublime. His television roles included an appearance in the pilot for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr and Freddy’s Nightmare.

SF Novel Banned

The Saudi Arabian government has reportedly banned the science fiction novel H W J N, by Ibraheem Abbas and Yasser Bahjatt on the grounds that it is blasphemous. The novel, published in both Arabic and English, tells the story of a romance between a human and a jinn. Bahjatt attended LoneStarCon 3, this year’s Worldcon, where he sat on panels and promoted the novel.

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Dragoncon-Kramer Settle

Following the announcement that Dragoncon had reorganized and bought out Ed Kramer’s share, Kramer’s attorney threatened to sue Dragoncon, claiming that Kramer never agreed to the buyout. The Dragoncon board filed the first lawsuit and on November 25, Kramer settled for an undisclosed sum, although it is stated to be a small amount over what was offered in the summer. This settlement finally ends Kramer’s association with the convention he founded. Kramer is scheduled to go on trial for child molestation charges on December 2. He was arrested in 2000.

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SLF Gulliver Travel Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winner of the Gulliver Travel Grant. Daniel Jose Older has received the $800 grant to travel to Cuba to research prisons where Cuban political prisoners were held.

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GUFF Candidates Announced

Alison Barton, Samara Morgan, Gillian Polack, and Shay Telfer are this year’s candidates for GUFF, the Get-Up-and-Over Fan Fund. The winner of the race will travel from Autralasia to Europe for Loncon 3, next year’s Worldcon in London. GUFF is not limited by geography, so anyone may vote.

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Obituary: Joel Lane

Author Joel Lane (b.1963) died on November 25. Lane began publishing in 1986 with the short story “The Foggy, Foggy Dew.” He went on to publish several other stories as well as two novels. Lane won the British Fantasy Award for his collection The Earth Wire and Other Stories and for his short story “My Stone Desire.” His novella The Witnesses are Gone was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist.

Obituary: Mike Jelenski

Fan Mike Jelenski (b.1980) died on November 22. Jelenski was involved in running Capricon, in Chicago, where he has run the con suite and was currently working in the Events division. He also served as the #2 for Chicon 7’s Union Liaison.

Obituary: Michael Burgess/Robert Reginald

Author and publisher Michael Burgess (b.1948), who used the professional name Robert Reginald died on November 20. Burgess began attending science fiction conventions in 1968 and in 1975, he used the royalties from his first reference work to start The Borgo Press, which published reference works for several years. Reginald also published numerous bibliographies over the years as well as some of his own original fiction. Some of his works include Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature 1975-1991: A Bibliography of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Fiction Books and Nonfiction Monographs, and the Codex Derynianus.