Obituary: Abe Vigoda

Actor Abe Vigoda (b.1921) died on January 26. Vigoda was ancient looking when he made his film debut in The Godfather, which led to numerous claims that he had died, even working into an episode of Barney Miller, in which Vigoda played the character “Fish.” Best known for his roles in The Godfather, Barney Miller, and the spin-off Fish, Vigoda appeared in episodes of Dark Shadows, Superboy, The Bionic Woman, and Tales from the Darkside.

Obituary: Marvin Minsky

Marvin Minsky (b.1927) died on January 24. Minsky was integral to the field of artificial intelligence. He served as an advisor on the film 2001: a space odyssey and later collaborated with Harry Harrison on the novel The Turing Option.

Clarke Named Bulletin Editor

Cat Rambo has announced that Neil Clarke has been named editor of the SFWA Bulletin. Clarke is the Hugo and World Fantasy Award winning editor of Clarkesworld. Clarke has also been working as interim editor of the SFWA Bulletin since the departure of previous editor John Klima.

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Smith Receives Lifetime Libertarian Award

L. Neil Smith has been named the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award by the Libertarian Futurist Society, recognizing his contribution to Libertarian science fiction. Smith has previously received the Prometheus Award on four different occasions, including his first award for his novel The Probability Broach, which was the first award presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society, although the Prometheus Award was awarded previous to the Society’s founding. Smith created the Prometheus Award in 1979.

Obituary: Kathy Thornton

Texas fan Kathy Thornton (b.1957) died on January 16. Thornton was one of the founding members of Con-Troll in Houston and worked on Texas NASFiCs and Worldcons. She served on the Gallifreyan Consulate. In 2005, she was the fan Guest of Honor at Apollocon.

Obituary: Bill Baldwin

Author Merl “Bill” Baldwin, Jr. (b.1935) died on October 14. Baldwin wrote “The Helmsman” series, beginning in 1985 and continuing through eight books, ending with The Turning Tide in 2011. He also wrote the stand-alone novels Canby’s Legion and The Enigma Strategy.

Obituary: David G. Hartwell

Editor David G. Hartwell (b.1941) died on January 20 following a brain hemorrhage the day before. Hartwell served as an editor at Tor Books and at various times edited for several other publishers, including the creation of the Timescape line for Simon and Schuster. He was the publisher of The New York Review of Science Fiction and edited numerous anthologies, including Northern Stars, Northern Suns, Visions of Wonder, The Science Fiction Century, Ascent of Wonder, Space Opera Renaissance, and Ages of Wonder. His anthologies and the NYRSF often started industry-wide conversations. Hartwell was awarded three editing Hugos, two World Fantasy Awards, and was the Guest of Honor at the 2009 Worldcon, Anticipation. He was the founder and, for many years, the driving force behind the World Fantasy Con.

ApolloCon Cancelled

The Houston Science Fiction Association (HSFA) has announced that they will not be hosting ApolloCon this year. The website does not provide a reason for the cancellation or indicate if ApolloCon will be held in the future, although it does note that HSFA will continue to hold events for its members.
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Hartwell Suffers Stroke

Tor editor David G. Hartwell suffered a stroke on the afternoon of January 19. He is currently in the hospital in critical condition.

Libertarian SF Hall of Fame Nominees

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the short list for this year’s Hall of Fame nominees.

  • Manna, a novel by Lee Corey (1984)
  • Courtship Rite, a novel by Donald M. Kingsbury (1982)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.,” a short story by Rudyard Kipling (1912)
  • The Island Worlds, a novel by Eric Kotani and John Maddox Roberts (1987)
  • A Mirror for Observers, a novel by Edgar Pangborn (1954)

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