David Bowie (1947-2016)

Pioneering musician David Bowie, 69, died January 10, 2016. For the previous 18 months he was being treated for cancer. Bowie was one of the most well-known and successful pop stars of the 1970s and beyond, and was both famously influenced by science fiction and an influence on SF writers himself.

Bowie was born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 in London. His earliest success was 1969 single “Space ...Read More

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A.R. Morlan (1958-2016)

Author A.R. Morlan, 58, was found dead at home in Ladysmith WI on January 6, 2016 in an apparent suicide.

Morlan began publishing with a quiz in Twilight Zone Magazine (1983). Her first story was “Four Days Before the Snow” (1985), beginning her Ewerton series of horror stories set in an imaginary small town in Wisconsin, which also includes novels The Amulet (1991) and Dark Journey (1991). Her short fiction ...Read More

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George Clayton Johnson (1929-2015)

Writer George Clayton Johnson, 86, died December 25, 2015. Johnson is best known in the genre for co-writing Logan’s Run (1967) with William F. Nolan, and for his work as a screenwriter. He wrote several episodes of The Twilight Zone as well as the debut episode of Star Trek, “The Man Trap” (1966).

Johnson was born July 10, 1929 in Cheyenne WY. He served the Army before enrolling at the ...Read More

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Peter Dickinson (1927-2015)

Author Peter Dickinson, 88, died December 16, 2015 in Winchester, Hampshire on his birthday.

Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson was born December 16, 1927 in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He is best known for his numerous works for children and young adults, and is one of only seven authors to win two Carnegie Medals (he was the first); no one has three. His debut YA The Weathermonger (1968) began ...Read More

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Tom Arden (1961-2015)

 

Author David Rain, 54, who wrote SF as Tom Arden, died December 15, 2015 of cancer.

Arden is best known for the five-book Orokon epic fantasy series, beginning with The Harlequin’s Dance (1997). He also wrote standalone novels Shadow Black (2002) and The Translation of Bastian Test (2005), as well as Doctor Who novella Nightdreamers (2002), and numerous stories, reviews, and critical articles. As David Rains he published The ...Read More

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T.M. Wright (1947-2015)

Author T.M. Wright, 68, died October 31, 2015 in Corning NY.

Terrance Michael Wright was born September 9, 1947 in Syracuse NY. His first book was non-fiction, The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Flying Saucers (1968). Debut novel Strange Seed (1978) was followed by sequels Nursery Tale (1982), The Children of the Island (1983), The People of the Dark (1985), and Erthmun (1995; as Laughing Man, 2003). A Manhattan Ghost Story ...Read More

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Wes Craven (1939-2015)

Director and writer WES CRAVEN, 76, died August 30, 2015 of brain cancer at home in Los Angeles.

Though best known for the horror films he wrote and directed, he published one novel, SF thriller Fountain Society (1999), about a scientist who has his brain transplanted into a cloned body. Craven’s directorial debut was The Last House on the Left (1972), and he wrote or directed other horror films including ...Read More

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Robert Conquest (1917-2015)

Author Robert Conquest, 98, died August 3, 2015 in Stanford CA of pneumonia. Though best known as a historian and one of the foremost experts on Russia and the Soviet Union, he was also a dedicated SF fan, writer, editor, critic, and poet. From 1961-66 he edited five volumes of the Spectrum anthology series with Kingsley Amis. He wrote memorable verse, including this famous couplet:

“SF’s no good,” they bellow ...Read More

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Adrienne Martine-Barnes (1942-2015)

Adrienne Martine-Barnes, 73, died July 20, 2015 in a Portland OR hospital.

Born January 19, 1942 in Los Angeles CA, Barnes began publishing with “Di Catenas” (1982) in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover anthology Swords of Chaos. Her debut novel The Dragon Rises appeared in 1983, and her series Chronique D’Avebury includes The Fire Sword (1984), The Crystal Sword (1988), The Rainbow Sword (1988), and The Sea Sword (1989). She collaborated ...Read More

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Tom Piccirilli (1965-2015)

Writer Tom Piccirilli, 50, died July 11, 2015.

Thomas Edward Piccirilli was born May 27, 1965. He published over a dozen ambitious and accomplished crime and horror novels, notably Stoker Award winner The Night Class (2003) and The Cold Spot (2008), a finalist for the Edgar Award for best paperback original mystery. He was an accomplished author of bleak and quirky short fiction as well, with many collections, including World ...Read More

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Wolfgang Jeschke (1936-2015)

Editor and author Wolfgang Jeschke, 78, died June 10, 2015 in Munich, Germany. Jeschke was an award-winning editor of SF novels and anthologies, as well as an author. He is credited with leading German SF publisher Heyne Verlag to great success beginning in the late ’70s.

Jeschke was born November 19, 1936 in Tetschen, Czechoslovakia (now Děčín, Czech Republic) and grew up in Asperg near Ludwigsburg, West Germany. He studied ...Read More

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Joël Champetier (1957-2015)

French-Canadian SF writer and editor Joël Champetier, 57, died May 30, 2015 after a long struggle with leukemia. Champetier was a renowned and award-winning SF author, and longtime editor of Solaris, one of the most prestigious French-language SF magazines in the world.

Champetier was born in 1957 in La Corne, Quebec. He worked in electrochemistry before becoming a full-time writer in 1981, and lived in Montréal, Ville-Marie, and Gallix before ...Read More

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Tanith Lee (1947-2015)

Author Tanith Lee, 67, died peacefully in her sleep May 24, 2015 after a long illness.

Lee was born September 19, 1947 in London and studied at Prendergast Grammar School, Catford, London, and at an art college in the city. After working for a while as a library assistant in London, she became a freelance writer in 1975. Her first published books were children’s fantasies The Dragon Hoard (1971) and ...Read More

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Günter Grass (1927-2015)

Author Günter Grass, 87, died April 13, 2015 in a hospital in Lübeck, Germany, where he’d lived for many years. Grass was a Nobel Prize-winning author of novels and poetry who occasionally made use of the fantastic in his work, an approach he called “broadened reality.” Notable examples include The Tin Drum (1959) and The Rat (1986).

Günter Wilhelm Grass was born October 16, 1927 in Danzig (now Gdańsk, in ...Read More

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Peggy Rae Sapienza (1944-2015)

Fan and convention organizer Peggy Rae Sapienza, 70, died March 22, 2015, of complications from recent heart surgery.

Sapienza was an important figure in convention fandom. She chaired Bucconeer, the 1998 Baltimore Worldcon, and was the North American Agent for Nippon, the Japanese Worldcon in 2007. She also chaired the Nebula Awards Weekends in 2011 and 2012 and co-chaired the 2014 World Fantasy Convention. She was a vital committee member ...Read More

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Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)

Bestselling fantasy author Terry Pratchett, 66, died March 12, 2015 in his home. Pratchett is best known for his 40-volume Discworld series, which started with The Colour of Magic in 1983. He has sold over 85 million books in 37 languages. According to Larry Finlay, managing director at Transworld Publishers, “Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March ...Read More

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Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Actor, director, author, and photographer Leonard Nimoy, 83, died February 27, 2014 at home in Bel Air CA of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy is best known for playing the half-Vulcan science officer Spock in both the TV and film incarnations of Star Trek, beginning in 1966 and making a final appearance as the character in the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness. Nimoy wrote two autobiographies that ...Read More

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Melanie Tem (1949-2015)

Author Melanie Tem, 65, died February 9, 2015 of cancer.

Tem’s debut novel Prodigal (1991) was the winner of a Bram Stoker Award, and in 1992 she won the Icarus award for most promising newcomer, presented by the British Fantasy Society. Novella “The Man on the Ceiling” (2000), co-written with her husband Steve Rasnic Tem, won a World Fantasy Award, a Bram Stoker Award, and an International Horror Guild Award. ...Read More

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Suzette Haden Elgin (1936-2015)

SF writer and poet Suzette Haden Elgin, 78, died January 27, 2014.

She began publishing SF with “For the Sake of Grace” in F&SF (1969), part of her Coyote Jones series, which also includes novels The Communipaths (1970), Furthest (1971), At the Seventh Level (1972), Star-Anchored, Star-Angered (1979), and Yonder Comes the Other End of Time (1986). She also wrote the Planet Ozark series, including Twelve Fair Kingdoms (1981), The ...Read More

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Alice K. Turner (1939-2015)

Editor Alice K. Turner, 75, died January 16, 2014 of antibiotic-resistant pneumonia.

Born 1939, Turner was the legendary fiction editor at Playboy, one of the most prestigious and highest-paying markets for short fiction, from 1980-2000. During her tenure, Turner published work by Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, and Dan Simmons, among other notable SF writers. Turner also helped nurture new writers, teaching at both Clarion and Clarion ...Read More

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Robert Conroy (1938-2014)

Author Robert Conroy, 76, died December 30, 2014. He was recently diagnosed with cancer of the thymus.

Conroy specialized in alternate history novels, and won a Sidewise Award for 1942 (2009), set during a version of WWII where the Japanese were more successful in their assault on Pearl Harbor. His first novel was 1901 (1995), and other books include Sidewise Award finalists 1862 (2006), 1945 (2007), Red Inferno: 1945 (2010), ...Read More

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Donald Moffitt (1931-2014)

Author Donald Moffitt, 83, died December 10, 2014 in Monroe ME.

Moffitt was born July 20, 1931 in Boston. He began publishing SF with “The Devil’s Due” in Fantastic (1960). The Jupiter Theft (1977) was his first hard SF novel, and other SF works include the Genesis duology, with The Genesis Quest (1986) and Second Genesis (1986), and the Mechanical Sky series, with Crescent in the Sky (1989) and A ...Read More

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Rocky Wood (1959-2014)

Horror Writers Association president and Stephen King scholar Rocky Wood, 55, died December 1, 2014 in Melbourne Australia of complications from ALS.

Rocky Wood was born October 19, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. He was one of the foremost experts on Stephen King, writing many articles and books on the author, including The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King (2003), Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished (2006), The Stephen King ...Read More

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P.D. James (1920-2014)

Author P.D. James, 94, died November 27, 2014 at home in Oxford England. James was best known as a celebrated mystery writer, but she wrote one book of SF interest: dystopian The Children of Men (1992), set in a near future where humans have lost the ability to reproduce. It was adapted as film Children of Men in 2006. Her first novel was Cover Her Face (1966), beginning the Adam ...Read More

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Stu Shiffman (1954-2014)

Fan and artist Stu Shiffman, 60, died November 26, 2014. He suffered a fall in October 2014 that required surgery, and did not regain consciousness after the operation.

Shiffman was a Hugo Award nominee for Best Fan Artist 14 times, appearing on the ballot every year from 1979-86 and 1989-94, and winning the award in 1990. He was born February 12, 1954 in New York. He became active in fandom ...Read More

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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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