Las Vegas fan Harrison Simon (b.1975) committed suicide on December 26. Simon was involved in Las Vegas Wrestling and Comic Book fandoms and was also active in Vegrants. he was a charter member of the Trufannish Electronic Press Exchange
Author George Clayton Johnson (b.1927) died on December 25. Clayton is best known as a the co-author of Logan’s Run and he was also active in Hollywood, writing episodes of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents as well as the first episode of Star Trek to air. In 1999, his short fiction was collected in All of Us Are Dying and Other Stories.
Kathleen A. Bellamy (b.1957) died on December 19. Bellamy served as the Managing Editor for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Bellamy was also involved in the magazine’s slush reading process.
Artist Carson van Osten (b.1945) died on December 22. Van Osten began drawing for Disney in 1970 and over the years worked on comic books and animation for Disney and other studios. He created the Disney Comic Strip Artist’s Kit, a primer on perspective. In 1980, he moved into management at Disney and was named a Disney Legend earlier this year.
Actor Brooke McCarter (b.1963) died on December 22. McCarter appeared in a 1987 episode of The Twilight Zone and portrayed Paul in The Lost Boys the same year. McCarter has appeared in a handful of films since and has also worked as a director, producer, and screenwriter.
British artist Gerard Quinn (b.1927) died on November 30. Quinn’s work began appearing in New Worlds in 1951 and he became quite prolific over the next decade, contributing covers to magazines and books.
British author Peter Dickinson (b.1927) died on December 16. Dickinson published numerous young adult novels, including the Kin series, the Changes series, and the standalone Eva. In 2002, his novel The Ropemaker won the Mythopoeic Award for Children’s Literature and he was twice nominated for the World Fantasy Award. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009. Dickinson was married to author Robin McKinley.
Australian author Tom Arden (b.1961) died on December 15. Arden was the pen name for David Rain. His first novel, The Harlequin’s Dance began his five book Orokon series. In addition, he wrote two stand alone novels and three pieces of short fiction, including a Doctor Who novella, “Nightdreamers.” Arden also published reviews in Interzone in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Romanian author Florin Manolescu (b.1943) died on December 13. Manolescu’s doctoral thesis, published as Literatura S.F., was the first dissertation on science fiction in Romania. From 1968-92, he taught at the University of Bucharest and then moved to Ruhr University until 2010, when he returned to Bucharest as a visiting professor. In addition to his scholarly works, Manolescu wrote numerous short stories which were collected in Misterul camerei închise, Mentaliștii, and Il Gatto e l’astronomo.
Bay area fan Felice Maxam (b.1934) died on December 1. Maxam, then Felice Rolfe, was a member of the Peninsula SF Association in the 1960s. She co-edited Niekas with Ed Meskys, being nominated for two Hugo Awards and winning the Hugo for best fanzine in 1967.