Author George Clayton Johnson (b.1927) died on December 25. Clayton is best known as a the co-author of Logan’s Run and he was also active in Hollywood, writing episodes of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents as well as the first episode of Star Trek to air. In 1999, his short fiction was collected in All of Us Are Dying and Other Stories.
British author Peter Dickinson (b.1927) died on December 16. Dickinson published numerous young adult novels, including the Kin series, the Changes series, and the standalone Eva. In 2002, his novel The Ropemaker won the Mythopoeic Award for Children’s Literature and he was twice nominated for the World Fantasy Award. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009. Dickinson was married to author Robin McKinley.
Australian author Tom Arden (b.1961) died on December 15. Arden was the pen name for David Rain. His first novel, The Harlequin’s Dance began his five book Orokon series. In addition, he wrote two stand alone novels and three pieces of short fiction, including a Doctor Who novella, “Nightdreamers.” Arden also published reviews in Interzone in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Romanian author Florin Manolescu (b.1943) died on December 13. Manolescu’s doctoral thesis, published as Literatura S.F., was the first dissertation on science fiction in Romania. From 1968-92, he taught at the University of Bucharest and then moved to Ruhr University until 2010, when he returned to Bucharest as a visiting professor. In addition to his scholarly works, Manolescu wrote numerous short stories which were collected in Misterul camerei închise, Mentaliștii, and Il Gatto e l’astronomo.
Nnedi Okorafor has been named the African Literary Person of the Year for the many ways Africa inspires her innovative story telling. The African Literary Person of Year Award celebrates the writer who has taken the lead in challenging and, in the process, expanding our assumptions about what it means to be an African writer and what it means to speak of a story as African.
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Editor and author Perry Chapdelaine (b.1925) died on November 24. Chapdelaine is best known for editing two collections of the letters of John W. Campbell, Jr. He also published his own fiction in the 1960s and 70s, including The Laughing Terran, Spork of the Ayor, and Swampworld West, until he began suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Chapdelaine wrote for the Arthritis Foundation of America using the pseudonym Anthony di Fabio.
Two Tiptree Fellowships have been announced. The Fellowships, established earlier this year, are to recognize writers, artists, scholars, media makers, remix artists, performers, musicians, or something else entirely. They are given for work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative. The first two Fellows are Walidah Imarisha and Elizabeth LaPensée. Imarisha is an educator, editor, writer, organizer and spoken word artist. LaPensée expresses herself through writing, design, and art in games, comics, and animation. The jury included Tiptree Motherboard members Alexis Lothian and Debbie Notkin, Tiptree Award winner Nisi Shawl, and inaugural Tiptree Fellow micha cárdenas.
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Jay Lake won this year’s Endeavour Award for his posthumous collection Last Plane to Heaven. The winner was announced at Orycon and the award comes with a $1,000 prize and an engraved glass plaque. The Endeavour Award was established to recognize works of SF by authors working and living in the Pacific Northwest. The judges for the 2015 Award were Russell Davis, Esther Friesner, and Fran Wilde
M. Aruguete won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Catamount.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Aruguete won a membership at Windycon, room nights, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Richard Chwedyk, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.
Swedish SF author Johan Frick (b.1966) died on November 14. Frick founded the Gothenburg outlet of the Science Fiction bookstore, published several short stories, and translated the works of Patricia McKillip into Swedish.