Obituary: R. Lee Ermey

Actor R. Lee Ermey (b.1944) died on April 15. Best known for his role in the film Full Metal Jacket, Ermey provided the voice of Sarge in the Toy Story movies and provided voicework in various other animated shows and in the film Starship Troopers. He played Brisco County, Sr. in two episodes of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Obituary: Fred Crippen

Animator Fred Crippen (b.1928) died on March 22. Crippen formed Pantomime Studios in 1958 and went on to create the cartoon Roger Ramjet, which aired for 5 seasons. Crippen later worked on Men in Black: The Series, Yogi’s Space Race, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other cartoons. He also taught art at a variety of colleges in southern California.

Obituary: David Bischoff

Author David Bischoff (b.1951) died on March 19. Bischoff’s first novel, The Seeker, was published in 1976. His 1977 story, “Tin Woodman,” written with Dennis R. Bailey, was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Other novels included two books in the Bill, the Galactic Hero series, two Dr. Dimension books written with John DeChancie, and several film and television novelizations. He also wrote screenplays for the television series Dinosaucers, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Space Precinct.

Obituary: Philip Kerr

Scottish author Philip Kerr (b.1956) died on March 23. Writing as P.B. Kerr, he wrote the Children of the Lamp series as well as the novel One Small Step. Kerr also wrote under his own name and several books using the pseudonym Bernard Gunther.

Obituary: Rennie Levine

Filker Rennie Levine (b.1954) died on March 21. Levine was active in New York and East Coast filk circles and is known for songs like “FIAWOL (Filking Is A Way Of Life).” In 1998, her song “Ode to the Sci Fi Channel” won first place in the OVFF Songwriting Contest in the TV Theme Songs category.

Obituary: Earl Cooley III

Texas fan Earl Cooley III died on March 20. Cooley volunteered at Armadillocon, including maintaining the convention’s website. He was also the SysOp for the SMOF BBS in Austin.

Obituary: Karen Anderson

Writer Karen Anderson (b.1932) died on March 17. Anderson was married to Poul Anderson, with whom she often collaborated on works such as The King of Ys and The Last Viking, although she also wrote some solo stories. Anderson was active in costuming and is believed to have been the first person to use the term “filk music” in print. Anderson helped co-found the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Obituary: Stephen Hawking

Physicist Stephen Hawking (b.1942) died on March 14. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He published the popular book A Brief History of Time and has played himself in episodes of The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Hawking has suffered from ALS and was confined to a wheelchair, using a computer to communicate and speak.

Obituary: Steve Lopata

St. Louis fan Steve Lopata (b.1942) died on March 5. Lopata worked operations, security, and Medical Response teams at numerous Worldcons over the past 40 years. Lopata was a long-time attendee of Archon in Collinsville, IL and had published articles in Soldier of Fortune.

Obituary: Mary H. Rosenblum

Author Mary Rosenblum (b.1952) died on March 11 when the small plane she was flying crashed near Battle Ground, Washington. Rosenblum won the Compton Crook Award in 1994 for her debut novel, The Drylands and followed up with several other novels, writing mysteries as Mary Freeman, her maiden name. Her short story, “Sacrifice” won the 2009 Sidewise Award for Alternate History.