Author Jerry Pournelle has suffered a minor stroke according to his son. Pournelle’s wife saw the indications early. At the time of Philip Pournelle’s report, his father was speaking reasonably clearly in the background while he was walking to his mother on the phone.
New Zealand author Rocky Wood (b.1959) died on December 1. Wood was one of the world’s foremost experts on the writings of Stephen King, publishing at least five volumes on King’s works and collecting. Wood worked as a researcher for King on King’s novel Doctor Sleep. Wood was currently serving as the President of the Horror Writers Association and had been diagnosed with ALS in 2010.
Film historian Walt Lee (b.1931) died on November 23, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Lee published the three volume Reference Guide to Fantastic Films between 1972 and 1975, for which he was award a Worldcon Special Convention Award at Aussiecon.
Siobhan Duffey won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Under the Hill.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Duffey 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 Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.
Author J. F. Gonzalez (b1964) died on November 10. Gonzalez published fifteen novels, beginning with Clickers, published in 1999 and co-written with Mark Williams, a series he would return to twice more with Brian Keene, with whom he wrote several works. In the 1990s, he edited issues of Phantasm and Iniguities and he edited the anthology Tooth and Claw in 2002. His stories have been collected in four collections and various chapbooks.
Ramez Naam and Ken Scholes tied for this year’s Endeavour Award for Naam’s novel Nexus and Scholes’s novel Requiem. The winners were 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 2014 Award were Catherine Asaro, Scott Edelman, and Matthew Johnson.
Author Alan Lickiss died on November 10. Lickiss began publishing science fiction in 1996 when his story “Martian Invaders Meet Mom,” co-written with his wife Rebecca, appeared in The Leading Edge. He followed it up with several more stories, often in anthologies, as well as in Analog. Five of his stories were collected in the collection High Heeled Distraction.
George Slusser (b.1939) died on November 4. Slusser was a co-founder and Curator Emeritus of The J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature. His own writing included Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in His Own Land, The Farthest Shores of Ursula K. Le Guin, and Nursery Realms: Children in the Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror among others. In 1986, he was the recipient of the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association.
George R. R. Martin and Tom Doherty received the first Harris Collection Literary Awards on October 23 at Brown University in Providence, RI. The award was inspired by the love of the arts demonstrated by Caleb Fiske Harris, who graduated from Brown in 1838, and celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture.