Obituary: Tyrus Wong

Animator Tyrus Wong (b.1910) died on December 30. Wong immigrated to the US when he was 9 and eventually got a job with Disney, where his artwork inspired the film Bambi and he served as Bambi’s principal animator. He was fired from Disney after the Animator’s Strike and worked on backgrounds for Warner Brothers and eventually served as Assistant Art Director for the 1956 film Around the World in Eighty Days. In 2001, he was named a Disney Legend.

Obituary: Nila Thompson

Fan Nila Thompson (b.1954) died on December 10. Thompson was active St Louis fandom, coming in through Star Trek. She was married to David K. M. Klaus.

Flint Cancer Diagnosis

Eric Flint has written that he was diagnosed with cancer, although after the removal of his spleen and a biopsy on his lymph nodes, no malignancies have been found. He is cautiously optimistic about his status, but notes that his sister died of cancer and he and his doctors will continue to monitor his status.

Obituary: Rochelle Uhlenkott

Author Rochelle Uhlenkott (b.1960) died in mid-December. Uhlenkott wrote “The Gift,” which appeared under the name “Rochelle Marie” in Swords and Sorceress XI. She was also developing a shared-world anthology series, “Clothesline World” with Vera Nazarian. Outside science fiction, Uhlenkott worked in the aerospace industry and taught Optics at the University of California, Irvine Extension.

Obituary: Debbie Reynolds

Actress Debbie Reynolds (b.1932) died on December 28, the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher died. Best known for her role in the musical Singin’ in the Rain, Reynolds also portrayed Nana Possible in several episodes of Kim Possible and also did voice work for Kiki’s Delivery Service and The 7D. She appeared in several Halloweentown movies. This year, she was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy.

Obituary: Richard Adams

Writer Richard Adams (b.1956) died on December 24. Adams is perhaps best known for his novel Watership Down, but also wrote Shardik and The Plague Dogs. He was active in animal protection, traveling to the Antarctic to view animals there in the natural habitat and serving a year as President of the RSPCA.

Obituary: Carrie Fisher

Actress and writer Carrie Fisher (b.1956) died on December 27. Fisher came to prominence in 1977 portraying Princess Leia in Star Wars, continuing to play the role through the original trilogy, The Force Awakens, and other projects, as well as the forthcoming Episode 8. She appeared in other films, including some of genre interest, wrote multiple books, both fiction and non-fiction, and was considered one of Hollywood’s best script doctors. Her parents were actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

Fisher Suffers Heart Attack

Actress Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens, suffered an heart attack on December 23 while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. The LAFD was contacted shortly before the plane landed and took Fisher to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where she is in critical condition. Fisher had just completed filming Star Wars: Episode VIII.
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Stygian Press to Release Call of Cthulhu Books

Stephanie McAlea of Stygian Books has announced plans to update and publish four books by Tom Lynch which were previously published by Miskatonic River Press. The books, New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, More Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, Our Ladies of Sorrow, and Tales of the Sleepless City will be updated for seventh edition Call of Cthulhu and printed in pdf, softcover, and hardcover beginning in 2017.
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Wu Announced Congressional Run

Brianna Wu has announced her plans to challenge incumbent Representative Stephen Lynch (MA-8) in the Democratic primary for the US House of Representatives in 2018. Wu currently runs a software development company and for the past several years she has been a target of GamerGaters. Wu is a long-time fan artist and her work has appeared in fanzines and art shows.
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