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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Actor Christopher Lee (b.1922) died on June 7. Lee portrayed numerous iconic genre roles beginning with Count Dracula, but also Saruman, Count Dooku, Flay, DEATH, Scaramanga, Rochefort, and many more. Lee won several Lifetime Achievement Awards including the Saturns, Empire, SFX, and Bram Stoker.
Actor Ron Moody (b.Ronald Moodnick, 1924) died on June 11. Perhaps best known for playing Fagin in Oliver! and Vorobyaninov in The Twelve Chairs, his genre films included The Mouse on the Moon, Into the Labyrinth, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, and Unidentified Flying Oddball. Moody has said his biggest regret was turning down an opportunity to become the third incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who.
Visual effects artist Kate Chappell (b.1985) was killed by a lion in South Africa on June 1. Chappell has worked on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Game of Thrones. At the time of the lion attack, she was taking pictures of lions to raise money for organizations that protect animals from poachers.