Author Lawrence Santoro died on July 25 following a bout with cancer. Santoro was the producers of the podcast Tales to Terrify and the author of numerous short stories, many of which were collected into Drink for the Thirst to Come in 2011. Santoro was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award twice.
A memorial ceremony will be held in memory of Frank Robinson on August 8 at 7pm PT at the SF Women’s Building Auditorium, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco. Robinson, who died on June 30, was the author of numerous thrillers and science fiction novels, including The Glass Inferno, The Dark Beyond the Stars, and Science Fiction of the 20th Century. Robinson also spent three years writing the Playboy Advisor column and served as a speechwriter to Harvey Milk.
An author and an editor have been named as recipients of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. The Awards will be presented on November 9 in Washington, DC at the World Fantasy Con Banquet. The winners are Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Ellen Datlow.
The Speculative Literature Foundation has announces the application period for our Gulliver Travel Research Grant is open until September 30. The winner for the grant is expected to be announced by November 15, 2014. The Travel Grant is an award of $800 to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses incurred during research for a work of fiction.
Author C. J. Henderson (b.1951) died on July 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Henderson was the author of Brooklyn Knight and Central Park Knight as well as comics for Marvel, Eternity, Tekno Comix, and Valiant.
Fan and scientist Brother Guy Consolmagno has been award the 2014 Carl Sagan Medal. The Carl Sagan Medal is for presented for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public. Consolmagno, who has been a long-time con attendee, works as an astronomer for the Vatican and has written Brother Astronomer and Turn Left at Orion. The Sagan Medal is presented by the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences.
Terry Pratchett has cancelled his appearance at this summer’s International Discworld Convention in Manchester. Pratchett blames his cancellation on “the Embuggerance,” his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease. According to Pratchett, “this is the first time ever that I have been unable to attend a UK convention and I really am very sorry.” His business manager, Rob Wilkins, will be bringing Pratchett’s trademark black hat to represent him at the con.
Author Guy Gavriel Kay and astronaut Chris Hadfield are among those listed as recipients of the Order of Canada Honour. Kay is being named a Member of the Order of Canada and Hadfield is being named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Director David Cronenberg, already a member, has been named a Companion to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to celebrate the country’s 100th anniversary and is considered one of the country’s highest civilian honours.
Author Jory Sherman (b.1932) died on June 28. Although best known for writing Westerns, Sherman also wrote seven novels in the Chill series of horror novels, beginning in 1978 with Satan’s Seed and continuing through Shadows, published in 1980. During that time, he also published the horror novel The Reincarnation of Jenny James.