Obituary: Theodore Bikel

Actor Theodore Bikel (b.1924) died on July 20. Best known for creating the role of Captain von Trapp in the play The Sound of Music and performing in productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Bikel also had numerous genre roles, including Rabbi Koslov in an episode of Babylon 5, the voice of Aragorn in the Rankin-Bass Lord of the Rings, Sergey Rozhenko in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and more.

Curt Siodmak Award

The Curt Siodmak Award for science fiction films and television in German was presented on August 15.

  • Best Science Fiction Film: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Best Science Fiction Television: Doctor Who
  • Special Award: Der kleine Medicus: Bodynauten auf geheimer Mission

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Obituary: Omar Sharif

Actor Omar Sharif (b.1932) died on July 10. Best known for his role in Doctor Zhivago and his career as a bridge player (Sharif wrote several books and columns on bridge), Sharif also had genre credits to his name, including 10,000 BC, The Last Templar, and Oh Heavenly Dog.

Obituary: Roger Rees

Actor Roger Rees (b.1944) died on July 10. Rees had a recurring role on Warehouse 13 as the villain in the first season and also appeared as the Sheriff of Rottingham in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He also appeared in the television series M.A.N.T.I.S. and the film The Scorpion King. Outside the genre, he was best known for his portrayals of Robin Colcord on Cheers and Nicholas Nickleby.

Scribe Award Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers presented the winners of the 2015 Scribe Awards for the best in tie-in fiction from 2014. The winners were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

  • Novel Adapted: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by Alex Irvine
  • General Novel Original: Homeland: Saul’s Game, by Andrew Kaplan
  • Speculative Novel Original: (tie) Pathfinder: The Redemption Engine, by James Sutter; Fringe: Sins of the Father, by Christa Faust
  • Short Stories: “It’s in the Book,” by Max Collins and Mickey Spillane (Mike Hammer)
  • Young Adult: Battletech: The Nellus Academy Incident by Jennifer Brozak
  • Audio: Doctor Who: Iterations of I, by John Dorney
  • Grandmaster: Terrence Dicks

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Author on Jeopardy!

Science fiction author Alex Irvine appeared on Jeopardy! on July 1 and became a Jeopardy! champion, joining science fiction community members Brendan DuBois, Christina Valada, and Steven H Silver, in that club. Irvine will appear in his second game today.

Obituary: Patrick Macnee

Actor Patrick Macnee (b.1922) died on June 25. Macnee is best known for his portrayal of John Steed on The Avengers and The New Avengers. Macnee also appeared in episodes of Battelstar Galactica, Night Gallery, and The Twilight Zone.

Obituary: Dick van Patten

Actor Dick van Patten (b.1928) died on June 23. Perhaps best known as the patriarch on Eight is Enough, he also appeared in Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Spaceballs, When Things Were Rotten and the film Westworld.

Obituary: James Horner

Composer James Horner (b.1953) died in a small plane crash on June 22. Hornr composed and directed music for numerous science fiction and fantasy films, including The Rocketeer, Apollo 13, Blade Runner, Avatar, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Captain EO. He received his first of seven Oscar nominations of Aliens and eventually won an Oscar for Titanic.

Obituary: Phil Austin

Phil Austin (b.1941) died on June 18. Austin was the one constant member of The Firesign Theatre, founding the troupe with David Ossman, Peter Bergman, and Phil Proctor. Austin provided the voice for the character Nick Danger, one of the troupes most famous creations. He (and the rest of the group) were twice nominated for the Hugo Award for their comedy albums Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers (1970) and I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus (1971).