The Jews Are In Space

The Center for Jewish History in New York is holding an exhibit called “Jews In Space,” opening on February 26. Although the focus of the exhibit is on Jewish astronauts and astronomy, it will also include science fiction magazines and works in Yiddish, Polish, Russian, and English. Events during its run will include family programming and a chance to meet astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman, who brought a dreidel, Torah, and tallis with him on his shuttle missions.
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Mexicanx Initiative Update

John Picacio has announced several recipients of Worldcon 76 Memberships of his Mexicanx Initiative, sponsored by numerous science fiction artists, authors, and fans. So far, memberships have been provided to Mario Acevedo, Marcela Davison Avilés, David Bowles, Libia Brenda Castro, J.C. Cervantes, Sara Felix, Bernardo “Bef” Fernández, Héctor Gonzalez, F.G. Haghenbeck, Angela Lujan, Gabriela Damian Miravete, Gerardo Horacio Porcayo, Smok, Tanya Leal Soto, Robbie Trevino, Gary Villarreal, and Gabriela Frias Villegas. Picacio has said that additional recipients will be announced next week.
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Obituary: Marty Allen

Comedian Marty Allen (b.Morton David Alpern, 1922) died on February 12. Best known as a nightclub comedian, he teamed up with Steve Rossi to form the act Allen & Rossi, which appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show the night the Beatles debuted. He made several films and television appearances, including in an episode of Night Gallery.

Obituary: Jóhann Jóhannsson

Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (b.1969) died on February 9. Jóhannsson composed the music for the films Arrival and The Theory of Everything, being nominated for an Oscar for the latter film, as well as Sicario. Other science fiction films with his music included By day and by Night and the shorts Junk Love and The Sea of Perdition.

Obituary: John Gavin

Actor John Gavin (b.Juan Vincent Apablasa, 1931) died on February 9. Gavin appeared in the films Psycho, Pedro Páramo, and an episode of The Wide World of Mystery. He left acting in 1981 to serve as the Ambassador to Mexico during the Reagan administration.

Obituary: Reg E. Cathey

Actor Reg E. Cathey (b.1958) died on February 9. Cathey played Dr. Franklin Storm in Fantastic 4 and appeared in Tank Girl and The Mask. He played Baron Samedi in Grimm and played Morag in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Obituary: Mickey Jones

Actor Mickey Jones (b.1941) died on February 7. Jones may be best known for his roles on Home Improvement and Justified, but he also appeared in the film Starman, the original Total Recall, and the television shows V, Battlestar Galactica, and Alf.

Obituary: Dave Palter

Dave Palter (b.1952) died on February 6. Palter edited the fanzine Apple of Discord and was active in the Toronto fannish scene, attending First Thursday before he left fandom. In the 1970s, he was active in Scientology, but left the movement and became a critic of it in the early 1980s.

Obituary: Hugh Hancock

Hugh Hancock died on February 5. Hancock created Strange Company to make movies, shorts, and machinima and developed the VR RPG Left-Hand Path. Among his earlier work was the mechanima film Bloodspell.

Obituary: John Mahoney

Actor John Mahoney (b.1940) died on February 4. Best known for his role on Frasier and his long affiliation with Chicago’s Steppanwolf Theatre, his genre credits include the film The Iron Giant, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Third Rock from the Sun.