Obituary: Roy Scarfo

Artist Roy Scarfo (b.1926) died on December 8 from pancreatic cancer. Scarfo worked as the creative art director for GE’s Space Technology Center and also was a space art consultant for NASA, Sun, the Department of Defense, and other organizations. His own art focused on interplanetary travel and space colonization. In 1978, 35 of his paintings were exhibited at the International Space Hall of Fame as “Beyond Tomorrow.”

Obituary: David Ryall

Actor David Ryall (b.1935) died on December 25. Ryall appeared as Elphias Doge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and the Chief Builder in City of Ember. Ryall also appeared in Fatherland, Blake’s 7, and The Borrowers. His final film was Autómata.

Obituary: Booth Coleman

Actor Booth Coleman (b.1923) died on December 15. Coleman appeared in episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Outer Limits, and Planet of the Apes, in which he played Zaius. He also appeared in the film Them!.

Obituary: Billie Whitelaw

Actress Billie Whitelaw (b.1932) died on December 21. Whitelaw began acting in 1952 in a BBC television adaptation of The Secret Garden and went on to appear in the miniseries Merlin and the films The Flesh and the Fiends and The Omen. She also provided voicework for The Dark Crystal. On stage, she created many roles in Samuel Beckett’s plays, and Beckett considered her a muse.

World Fantasy Judges

The judges for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2014, have been announced. Works should be sent to them prior to June 1, the earlier the better. The judges are Gemma Files, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman. Copies should also be sent to Administrator Peter Dennis Pautz. The awards will be presented at this year’s World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY the weekend of November 5-8.

Hugo Base Design Contest

Sasquan is holding a contest for the design of the base for the 2015 Hugo Awards. Design should reflect Spokane or the Northwest in general. Design proposals will be accepted until Sunday, February 1, 2015, with the winner selected by Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Not only will the winner’s design be used for the Hugo, but the winner will receive a full attending membership for the convention and will be invited to take part in the public unveiling of the design.

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Obituary: Hidetoshi Nakamura

Actor Hidetoshi Nakamura (b.1954) died on December 24. Nakamura did voice work for several anime, including Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, and Naruto Shippuden: the Movie as well as for video games. He also dubbed American films into Japanese, including The Muppets, Source Code, Bolt, and The Batman.

Ace Roc Star Program

Ace/Roc Books is looking for readers to help promote their books. Applicants selected to be Ace Roc Stars will receive packages of books (and occasionally swag) over the course of six months in return for promoting the books they like on social media. Applicants for the first group of readers runs until January 4.

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SAG Nominations

The Nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below. The winners will be announced on January 25.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • Boardwalk Emprie
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Modern Family
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire
  • Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones
  • Woody Harrelson in True Detective
  • Matthew McConaughey in True Detective
  • Kevin Spacey in House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell in Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. in Louie
  • William H. Macy in Shameless
  • Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory
  • Eric Stonestreet in Modern Family

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Fury
  • Get On Up
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Unbroken
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

  • 24: Live Another Day
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • The Walking Dead

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Obituary: Donald Moffitt

Author Donald Moffitt (b.1931) died on December 10. Moffitt began publishing science fiction in 1960 with the publication of his story “The Devil’s Due.” His first SF novel, The Jupiter Theft, was published in 1977 and was followed in 1986 with Genesis Quest and Second Genesis. In addition to writing science fiction, Moffitt published thrillers under the pseudonym Paul Kenyon.