Obituary: Walt Lee

Film historian Walt Lee (b.1931) died on November 23, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Lee published the three volume Reference Guide to Fantastic Films between 1972 and 1975, for which he was award a Worldcon Special Convention Award at Aussiecon.

Obituary: Stu Shiffman

Fan artist Stu Shiffman (b.1954) died on November 26. Shiffman won a Best Fan Artist Hugo in 1990. From 1999 until 2014, he served as a judge for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History. Shiffman suffered a stroke two years ago and had been recovering before a fall earlier this year. Earlier this year, he married long-time companion Andi Schechter.

Nova Award Winners

The Nova Award winners were announced the weekend of November 14 at Novacon. The Nova Awards are presented to recognize excellence in British fanzine publishing and writing.

  • Fanzine: Vibrator, edited by Graham Charnock
  • Fanwriter: Christina Lake
  • Fanartist: D West

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ISFiC Writers Contest Winner

Siobhan Duffey won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Under the Hill.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Duffey won a membership at Windycon, room nights, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.

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Obituary: Glen A. Larson

Producer Glen A. Larson (b.1937) died on November 15. Larson created the original Battlestar Galactica, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Knight Rider. Some of his non-genre shows included Quincy, M.E. and Magnum, P.I..

Obituary: Michael Lennick

Special effects artist Michael Lennick (b.1952) died on November 7. Lennick worked on science fiction films including Harrison Bergeron, The War of the Worlds, The Fly, The Dead Zone, and many others. Lennick also made TV documentaries focusing on science and astronautics. Lennick described himself as a fan and reader of sf as well as a filmmaker.

Comet Touchdown

The Philae lander has touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, marking the first landing on a comet. The Philae was part of the Rosetta mission launched by the European Space Agency. Philae took about seven hours to cross from Rosetta to the comet before it touched down and launched harpoons into the comet’s head to anchor itself. Armed with ten instruments, Philae will help scientists learn more about comets.

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Obituary: Carol Ann Susi

Actress Carol Ann Susi (b.1952) died on November 11, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. She appeared in an episode of Journeyman and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, as well as the film Death Becomes Her, but she was probably best known as the voice of Debbie Wolowitz, Howard Wolowitz’s mother, on The Big Bang Theory.

Delany at CalArts

Samuel R. Delany will be speaking at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) on Saturday, November 15 at 3:00 in Los Angeles. Delany will be there as the Katie Jacobson Scholar in Residence, with ticket prices ranging from free to $10.

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Obituary: Karen Jones

Karen Jones died on November 8. Jones worked as a freelance User Interface Designer and also served as the Art Director for Lightspeed. She has also worked in photography, vector-based art, and character design for video games.