J.F. Gonzalez (1964-2014)

Author J.F. Gonzalez, 50, died November 10, 2014 of complications from cancer.

Gonzalez wrote or co-wrote over 15 novels, most supernatural horror, beginning with Clickers (1999, with Mark Williams). He frequently collaborated with other horror authors, notably Brian Keene. He published nearly 100 short stories, gathered in several collections, published numerous chapbooks, and edited anthology Tooth and Claw (2002). Gonzalez’s final project was novel Libra Nigrum Scientia Secreta (2014), written ...Read More

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George Slusser (1939-2014)

Critic and scholar George Slusser, 75, died November 4, 2014. He was professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside, and curator emeritus of the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection, as well as director of the Eaton Program for Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies.

George Edgar  Slusser was born July 14, 1939 in San Francisco CA. He earned his PhD in comparative literature at Harvard, and was co-founder ...Read More

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Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1927-2014)

Children’s writer Zilpha Keatley Snyder, 87, died October 8, 2014 of complications from a stroke in San Francisco. Snyder wrote over 40 books, including many middle-grade novels with fantasy elements. She is best known for Newbery Honor book The Egypt Game (1967), and wrote two other Newbery Honor titles, The Headless Cupid (1971) and The Witches of Worm (1971).

Zilpha Keatley was born May 11, 1927 in Lemoore CA. She ...Read More

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Eugie Foster (1971-2014)

Writer Eugie Foster, 42, died September 27, 2014 of respiratory failure, a complication of her cancer, in Atlanta GA.

Foster was best known for her short fiction, including novelette “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” (2009), winner of a Nebula Award and finalist for Hugo and British SF Association awards. She began publishing fiction with “Second Daughter” in Leading Edge (2002), and went on to publish ...Read More

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Graham Joyce (1954-2014)

Author Graham Joyce, 59, died September 9, 2014. He was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma in 2013 and had been undergoing treatment. Joyce is best known for his acclaimed award-winning novels, which cross the borderlines of fantasy, horror, dark fantasy, and the paranormal.

Graham William Joyce was born October 22, 1954 in Keresley, England, a mining village near Coventry, and grew up there. He received a BEd from Bishop Lonsdale College ...Read More

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Kirby McCauley (1941-2014)

Agent and editor Kirby McCauley, 72, died August 30, 2014 of renal failure.

McAuley was September 11, 1941 in Minnesota, and attended the University of Minnesota. He became a literary agent in the 1970s, and soon built one of the most successful agencies in the business, representing authors including Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, and Roger Zelazny. His sister Kay McCauley later joined his Pimlico Agency, which still represents many ...Read More

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Lawrence Santoro (1942-2014)

Writer Lawrence Santoro, 71, died July 25, 2014 of cancer.

Santoro’s story “God Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate Him” (2000) was a Stoker Award nominee, as was his audio drama adaptation of Gene Wolfe’s “The Tree Is My Hat” (2002). Some of his short work is collected in Drink for the Thirst to Come (2011), and other books include novel Just North of Nowhere (2007) and short novel Lord ...Read More

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Thomas Berger (1924-2014)

Writer Thomas Berger, 89, died July 13, 2014 at a hospital in Nyack NY.

Berger’s first work of genre interest is “Professor Hyde” (1961), and he is best known for his satirical comic novels, particularly Western Little Big Man (1964; adapted for film 1970) and sequel The Return of Little Big Man (1999). Many of his books play with the tropes of SF/F, including Vital Parts (1970), Regiment of Women ...Read More

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C.J. Henderson (1951-2014)

Author C.J. Henderson, 62, died July 4, 2014 after a struggle with cancer.

Henderson wrote fantasy and crime novels and comics, and was best known for his Teddy London supernatural crime series. He also wrote the Inspector Legrasse series, the Piers Knight series, standalone novels, several short fiction collections, media tie-ins, and non-fiction.

Christopher John Henderson was born December 26, 1951 and grew up in Western Bridgeville PA. Henderson lived ...Read More

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Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

YA and children’s author Walter Dean Myers, 76, died July 1, 2014. Myers wrote mostly mainstream YA, but he wrote some work of genre interest, including ghost story “Things That Go Gleep in the Night” (1993) and YA fantasies Shadow of the Red Moon (1995, illustrated by his son Christopher Meyers) and Dope Sick (2009).

Myers is perhaps best known for Fallen Angels (1988), a YA controversial for its depiction ...Read More

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Matthew Richell (1973-2014)

Hachette Australia CEO and Hachette New Zealand chairman Matthew Richell, 41, died July 2, 2014 in a surfing accident off the coast of Tamarama in New South Wales, Australia. He was swept onto rocks, received a head injury, and could not be revived.

Richell began his publishing career as the marketing manager for Bloomsbury UK from 1996-2001, and worked at Pan Macmillan UK and Hachette UK imprint John Murray before ...Read More

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Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014)

Author, editor, and pulp magazine scholar Frank M. Robinson, 87, died June 30, 2014. Robinson lived in San Francisco and had suffered from health problems in recent years.

Frank Malcolm Robinson was born August 9, 1926, in Chicago IL. After graduating from high school in 1943, he worked as a copy boy at the Chicago Herald-American, then as an office boy at Ziff-Davis and Amazing, until he was drafted into ...Read More

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Daniel Keyes (1927-2014)

Author Daniel Keyes, 86, died June 15, 2014.

Keyes is best known for his Hugo Award winning classic SF story “Flowers for Algernon” (F&SF, 1959), the Nebula Award winning and bestselling 1966 novel expansion, and the film version Charly (1968).

Keyes was born August 9, 1927 in New York. He worked variously as an editor, comics writer, fashion photographer, and teacher before joining the faculty of Ohio University in 1966, ...Read More

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Jay Lake (1964-2014)

Author Jay Lake, 49, died June 1, 2014 of cancer.

Lake began to write seriously in 2000, when he joined the Wordos writing group. First story “The Courtesy of Guests” appeared in September 2001, and he soon became one of the most prolific writers in the field, publishing over 300 stories in his too-short career. Notable stories include Hugo nominee “Into the Gardens of Sweet Night” (2003), Hugo and Nebula ...Read More

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Mary Stewart (1916-2014)

Author Mary Stewart, 97, died May 9, 2014 at home in Loch Awe Scotland.

Stewart is best known for her Merlin series of Arthurian fantasy novels: Mythopoeic Award winners The Crystal Cave (1970) and The Hollow Hills (1973), and The Last Enchantment (1979). Related Arthurian novels include The Wicked Day (1983) and The Prince and the Pilgrim (1995), and other novels with speculative elements include Touch Not the Cat (1976), ...Read More

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H.R. Giger (1940-2014)

Swiss artist H.R. Giger, 74, died May 12, 2014 in a Zurich hospital after being injured in a fall. Giger is best known for his work on the film Alien (1979), particularly his iconic, grotesque aliens; he was part of the team that won an Academy Award for best visual effects. Giger’s style had a huge influence on SF films in following decades. He published numerous art books and contributed ...Read More

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William H. Patterson Jr. (1951-2014)

Writer and critic William H. Patterson, Jr., 62, died April 22, 2014. Patterson was an expert on the works of Robert A. Heinlein, and was chosen by Heinlein’s widow Virginia Heinlein to write the authorized biography. Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Vol. 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve appeared in 2011, and was a Hugo Award finalist. Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Vol. 2: The ...Read More

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Andy Robertson (1955-2014)

British editor and author Andy Robertson, 58, died April 17, 2014, after suffering a heart attack and a stroke in the hospital.

Andy W. Robertson was born November 30, 1955. He was involved with the development of Interzone early on, serving as assistant editor and contributing numerous reviews and interviews. He was one of the leading experts on the works of William Hope Hodgson, and edited British Fantasy Award winner ...Read More

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Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, 87, died April 17, 2014 in Mexico City. He was hospitalized in early April for an infection and dehydration.

García Márquez was one of the best-known writers in the world and a leading figure in the field of magical realism. Works of particular genre interest include collections A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (1955), No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories (1968), ...Read More

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Lucius Shepard (1943-2014)

Writer Lucius Shepard died March 18, 2014 in Portland OR. Shepard had suffered health complications during the last year including a stroke and a spinal infection.

Lucius Taylor Shepard was born on August 21, 1943 in Lynchburg VA and grew up in Florida. He spent years in his teens and twenties traveling, and recounted stories of living and traveling in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, North Africa, and ...Read More

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Alan Rodgers (1959-2014)

Writer and editor Alan Rodgers, 54, died March 8, 2014 in Anaheim CA.

Alan Paul Rodgers was born August 11, 1959 in Montclair NJ. He began publishing fantasy with Stoker Award winner and World Fantasy Award nominee “The Boy who Came Back from the Dead” (1987). Debut horror novel Blood of the Children (1989) was a Stoker finalist. Other novels include Fire (1990), Night (1991), Pandora (1994), Stoker nominee Bone ...Read More

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Michael Shea (1946-2014)

Author Michael Shea, 67, died suddenly on February 16, 2014. Shea wrote fantasy, SF, and horror, and was known for his literary ambition and sophisticated prose. His novel Nifft the Lean (1983) won a World Fantasy Award, as did novella “The Growlimb” (2004).

Shea’s first novel A Quest for Simbilis (1974) was a British Fantasy Award finalist and an authorized sequel to Jack Vance’s Dying Earth book The Eyes of ...Read More

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Aaron Allston (1960-2014)

Aaron Allston, 53, suffered an apparent heart attack and collapsed at VisionCon in Springfield MO on February 27, 2014, and died later that day.

Allston is best known for his extensive work in the Star Wars expanded universe, writing novels in the X-Wing, New Jedi Order, Legacy of the Force, and Fate of the Jedi series. His original works include debut Web of Danger (1988); Galatea in 2-D (1993); Doc ...Read More

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Mark E. Rogers (1952-2014)

Writer and artist Mark E. Rogers, 61, died February 2, 2014 of an apparent heart attack while hiking in Death Valley with his family.

Rogers’s novella “The Runestone” was adapted as a film of the same name in 1990. Debut fantasy novel Zorachus (1986) was followed by sequel The Nightmare of God (1988). He also wrote the Blood of the Lamb series, the Zancarthus series, and two standalone novels. He ...Read More

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Stepan Chapman (1951-2014)

Writer Stepan Chapman, 63, died January 27, 2014. Chapman is best known in the SF field for his Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel The Troika (1998), and was renowned for his challenging work, which embraced surrealism and absurdity.

Born in Chicago in 1951, Chapman attended the University of Michigan, where he studied theater. In addition to writing, he worked as an inserter at a newspaper and as a daycare provider. ...Read More

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Neal Barrett, Jr. (1929-2014)

Neal Barrett, Jr., 84, author of acclaimed fantasy The Hereafter Gang (1991) and a number of celebrated short stories, among other works, died January 12, 2014.

Barrett began publishing SF with “To Tell the Truth” in Galaxy (1960). His notable short fiction includes “Perpetuity Blues” (1987), Hugo and Nebula Award finalist “Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus” (1989), Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist “Stairs” (1989), “Cush” (1993), and “Radio Station St. Jack” ...Read More

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Colin Wilson (1931-2013)

Writer Colin Wilson, 82, died December 5, 2013.

Wilson wrote more than 150 books of fiction, criticism, philosophy, and assorted non-fiction during his career. His first core SF novel was The Mind Parasites (1967). Other novels of particular genre interest include The Glass Cage (1967); The Philosopher’s Stone (1969); The Space Vampires (1976; as Lifeforce, 1985), adapted for film as Lifeforce in 1985; The Personality Surgeon (1985); and the ...Read More

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Joel Lane (1963-2013)

Author and editor Joel Lane, 50, died suddenly November 25, 2013, reportedly in his sleep.

Born 1963 in Exeter, United Kingdom, Lane was best known for his dark short fiction, including  “My Stone Desire” (2007), winner of a British Fantasy Award. His collections were highly regarded: The Earth Wire & Other Stories (1994)  won a British Fantasy Award, The Lost District and Other Stories (2006) was a British Fantasy and ...Read More

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Michael Burgess, AKA Robert Reginald (1948-2013)

Author, editor, and publisher Michael Roy Burgess, AKA Robert Reginald, 65, died November 20, 2013 of heart failure.

Reginald is best known for his critical essays and bibliographical work in the science fiction field, but he was also the author of many novels and short stories, including his Phantom Detective, Nova Europa, and War of Two Worlds series. He founded both Unicorn & Son, Publishers, and shortly thereafter, the better-known ...Read More

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Doris Lessing (1919-2013)

Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing, 94, died November 17, 2013 in London.

Lessing is best known for her mainstream fiction, but she wrote many books of SF, most notably the Canopus in Argos: Archives sequence: Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta (1979), The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five (1980), The Sirian Experiments (1981), The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1982), and Documents Relating to the Sentimental Agents ...Read More

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Philip Nutman (1963-2013)

Horror author, screenplay and comics writer, journalist, and film reviewer Philip Nutman, 50, died on October 7, 2013 of acute organ failure in an Atlanta Hospital. Born on July 9, 1963 in the UK,  Nutman started writing as a movie reviewer at an early age,  moving on to being a feature journalist for numerous magazines internationally. He wrote one novel, Wet Work (Jove, 1993), nominated for the Bram Stoker Award ...Read More

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