Obituary: Kendall Carly Browne

Actress Kendall Carly Browne (b.1918) died on January 26. Browne appeared in the horror films Alligator and Dreamscape as well as in an episode of Freddy’s Nightmares. Her sons were director of Charles Braverman and actor Bart Braverman, who appeared in various science fiction films. Browne got her start working as a receptionist for the Zeppo Marx Talent Agency.

Obituary: William O’Connor

Artist William O’Connor (b.1951) died on February 2. Connor worked on interior illustrations for TSR in the 1990s and produced artwork for other game publishers as well. He wrote instructional art books including Dracopedia and was nominated for a Chesley Award in 2002.

Amazing to Hold Kickstarter

Steve Davidson has announced that Amazing Stories will launch a Kickstarter on March 1 to raise funds to relaunch Amazing as a print fiction magazine with the first issue to be released at Worldcon 76 in San Jose.
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Thomas Named to Endowed Professorship

Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas will be named Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book & Manuscript Professor on April 6 at the University of Illinois. Thomas helped build up the science fiction collection at Northern Illinois University until 2017, when she took over as curator of University of Illinois. Thomas is also one of the co-editors and publishers of Uncanny.
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Strandberg Suffers Stroke

Swedish fan Lars-Olov Strandberg, guest of honor at Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon, has suffered a stroke, according to his niece. Strandberg is paralyzed in half his body and incommunicable. Doctor are still hoping a partial recovery is possible.

Tevis in KY Writers Hall of Fame

Walter Tevis, who wrote the SF novels The Man Who Fell to Earth, Mockingbird, and The Steps of the Sun as well as several short stories, was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame on January 31. In addition to his SF, Tevis also wrote the novel The Hustler, which became the basis for the Paul Newman film of the same name.
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El-Mohtar Named NYTBR Reviewer

Amal El-Mohtar has been named the reviewer for the New York Times Book Review Otherworldy column, which looks at science fiction and fantasy. El-Mohtar replaces N.K. Jemisin, who started the column in 2016. El-Mohtar won the Nebula, Locus, and Hugo Award last year. Her columns will begin to appear in late February.
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Sawyer Named to Order of Ontario

Canadian SF author Robert Sawyer will be one of 23 appointments into the Order of Ontario, the Canadian province’s highest honour. Sawyer, who is already a member of the Order of Canada, is the first person in the science fiction field to attain this honour. The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. Investiture will take place on February 27.
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Obituary: Rob Ihinger

Minneapolis fan Rob Ihinger (b.1955) died on January 26. Ihinger was active in MinnSTF and worked in various departments for Minicon over the years, including work as a hotel liaison and operations. He was married to author Peg Kerr.

Obituary: Robert Dowdell

Actor Robert Dowdell (b.1932) died on January 23. Dowdell played Lt. Commander Chip Morton on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and appeared in episodes of V, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Land of the Giants, and Max Headroom.