Tolkien Receives Bodley Medal

Christopher Tolkien, the son of J.R.R. Tolkien, has received the Bodley Medal in recognition of his contribution to the world of literature for editing and publishing the previously unpublished works of his father. Tolkien’s papers have been housed at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford since the authors death in 1973.

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Obituary: John Glenn

Astronaut John Glenn (b.1921) died on December 8. Glenn was the last surviving member of the Mercury 7 astronauts and the first American to orbit the Earth, flying on the third Mercury mission on February 20, 1962 aboard Friendship 7. Following his flight and status as a national hero, Glenn was grounded by President Kennedy and eventually became a Senator from Ohio and ran unsuccessfully for President. The oldest of the Mercury astronauts, he flew a second time in 1998 about the space shuttle Discovery, becoming the oldest man to fly in space.

Obituary: Bill Dunbar

Chicago area fan Bill Dunbar died on December 4. Dunbar was an active cosplayer and Batman fan. He attended many Chicago area conventions and also performed on audiobooks.

Obituary: Peter Vaughan

Actor Peter Vaughan (b.1926) died on December 6. Vaughan may be best known to genre audiences for his role as Maester Aemon on Game of Thrones, but he also appeared in Brazil, Time Bandits, Village of the Damned, and Fatherland.

Ditmar Wins Rotsler

Martin James Ditmar (“Dick”) Jenssen has been named the winner of the 2016 Rotsler Award for best fan artist. The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests. Established in 1998, the award carries an honorarium of US$300. Sue Mason, Mike Glyer, and John Hertz served as this year’s judges.

Obituary Paul A. Carter

Author Paul A. Carter (b.1926) died on November 28. Carter wrote eleven short stories, including two with Gregory Benford, as well as a monograph on the first fifty years of science fiction magazines.

Obituary: Van Williams

Actor Van Williams (b.1934) died on November 28. Williams portrayed the Green Hornet on the 1966 television series, as well as in three cross-over appearances on Batman. He also starred in Surfside 6.

SMOFCon 35 in Boston

SMOFCon 35 will be held in Boston, MA the weekend of December 1-3, 2017 and sponsored by MCFI. Laurie Mann will chair the event. SMOFCon 35 will take place at the Back Bay Hilton. Currently memberships are $50.

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Hoyt Hospitalized

Author Sarah A. Hoyt was reportedly rushed to the ER on December 2 with a possible heart attack and is being kept in the hospital overnight for observation. Hoyt is the author of the Darkship series.

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