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.

Obituary: Kate Wilhelm

Author Kate Wilhelm (b.1928) died on March 8. Wilhelm began publishing in 1956 with the story “The Pint-Sized Genie” and her first sf novel, The Clone, written with Theodore L. Thomas, was nominated for the Nebula Award. She won the Hugo Award twice, including for her novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang and the Nebula three times. She helped establish the SFWA and Clarion Workshop and helped run the early Milford Writers Workshops. Along with husband Damon Knight, she was a Pro Guest of Honor at Noreascon Two and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2003. She received an inaugural Solstice Award in 2009 and in 2016, the awards was renamed the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award in her honor.

Obituary: Peter Nicholls

Editor and author Peter Nicholls (b.1939) died on March 6 from cancer. Nicholls is perhaps best known as the editor of The Science Fiction Encyclopedia, which won a Hugo Award in 1980 for its first edition. The second and third editions, under the title The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction also earned Nicholls a second and third Hugo Award when they were released. Nicholls also won the Pilgrim Award, Peter McNamara Award, and Eaton Award. From 1974-1978, he was the co-editor of Foundation.

Obituary: David Ogden Stiers

Actor David Ogden Stiers (b.1942) died on March 3. Best known for his portrayal of Charles Emerson Winchester III on MASH, he also voiced Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Harcourt in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Jumba Lilo & Stitch, Radcliffe & Wiggins in Pocahontas, and Solovar in Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. His on-screen SF appearances included appearances in the film THX 1138, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Outer Limits, and Stargate: Atlantis.

Obituary: Lars-Olov Strandberg

Swedish fan Lars-Olov Strandberg (b.1929) died on March 3. Strandberg began attending Swedish SF conventions in the 1950s and served as the treasurer for most of the cons from the 50s through the 2011 Eurocon. He was also a board member of the Swedish Science Fiction Association. Strandberg was instrumental in the creation of the Science Fiction Bookstore in Stockholm. In 2005, he was the Fan Guest of Honour at Interaction, the Worldcon in Glasgow.