Barry Hughart (1934-2019)

Writer Barry Hughart, 85, died August 1, 2019. Hughart was best known for his Master Li series, set in a mythical version of China, beginning with World Fantasy and Mythopoeic Award winner Bridge of Birds (1984) and continuing with The Story of the Stone (1988) and Eight Skilled Gentlemen (1991), all later collected as The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (1998).

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Robert N. Stephenson (1961-2019)

Editor and author Robert N. Stephenson, 57, died August 15, 2019. Stephenson wrote SF and mystery, edited magazine Altair, and was publisher of Altair Publishing/Altair Australia Books.

Stephenson was born September 17, 1961 in Adelaide, South Australia. His first book, poetry collection Garments of Rainbow, appeared in 1992, and his first story, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, in 1998. He went on to publish around 50 stories, notably Aurora Award ...Read More

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J. Neil Schulman (1953-2019)

Author J. Neil Schulman, 66, died August 11, 2019 in Colorado Springs CO. He suffered a pulmonary embolism three days earlier and never regained consciousness. Schulman’s work was particularly influential in the field of Libertarian SF. His first novel Alongside Night (1979) was a finalist for the Libertarian Futurist Society’s Prometheus Award, and in 1989 it won their Hall of Fame Award. The Rainbow Cadenza: A Novel in Logosata Form ...Read More

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Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, 88, died August 5, 2019 in the Bronx, of complications from pneumonia. Morrison was celebrated for her complex and emotionally rich novels about womanhood and the black experience in America. She often used supernatural and magical realist elements in her work, notably in National Book Critics Circle Award winner Song of Solomon (1976), Pulitzer Prize winner Beloved (1987; adapted as a feature film in 1998), and ...Read More

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Yoshio Kobayashi (1951-2019)

Translator, editor, and fan Yoshio Kobayashi, 67, died June 13, 2019 of an ischemic heart attack. Under his pen name Takashi Ogawa he was one of the leading SF translators in Japan, tirelessly promoting SF and bringing works by Greg Bear, Bruce Sterling, Lucius Shepherd, Lewis Shiner, Michael Swanwick, and other major writers to the Japanese audience. He translated for Japanese publishers including Shueisha and Hayakawa, and for magazine Hayakawa ...Read More

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Dennis Etchison (1943-2019)

Dennis Etchison, 76, died May 29, 2019. Etchison was a major writer and editor of horror fiction, especially in the ’80s and ’90s, and received a Bram Stoker Award for lifetime achievement in 2017.

He began publishing short fiction in the 1960s, and notable stories include British Fantasy Award winners “The Olympic Runner” (1986) and “The Dog Park” (1993), and BFA and World Fantasy Award winner “The Dark Country” (1981). ...Read More

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Gene Wolfe (1931-2019)

Grand Master Gene Wolfe, 87, died April 14, 2019 after a long struggle with heart disease. Wolfe was famed for his ambitious, challenging, and enthralling novels and stories, most famously the Book of the New Sun series.

Gene Rodman Wolfe was born May 7, 1931 in Brooklyn NY and grew up in Texas, where he attended Texas A&M and the University of Houston, graduating from the latter in 1956 with ...Read More

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Vonda N. McIntyre (1948-2019)

Author Vonda N. McIntyre, 70, died April 1, 2019 of cancer. She is best known for her groundbreaking feminist SF.

McIntyre began publishing SF with “Breaking Point” in 1970, the same year she attended the Clarion Workshop. Her novelette “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand” (1973) won a Nebula Award, and formed part of her classic novel Dreamsnake (1978), winner of Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Awards. Other notable stories include ...Read More

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W.H. Pugmire (1951-2019)

Writer W.H. Pugmire, 67, died March 26, 2019 in Seattle WA. Pugmire was best known for his Lovecraftian fiction, and was a beloved figure in horror fandom.

Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire was born Wiliam Harry Pugmire on May 3, 1951, and grew up in Seattle, where he became locally famous for his vampire character “Count Pugsly” while employed at the Jones Fantastic Museum. Pugmire was raised Mormon and did his mission ...Read More

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Janet Asimov (1926-2019)

Author Janet Asimov, 92, died February 25, 2019.

Her first book was SF novel The Second Experiment (1974, as by Janet Jeppson). Other works under the Jeppson name include The Last Immortal (1980) and collection The Mysterious Cure, and Other Stories of Pshrinks Anonymous (1985). SF novel Mind Transfer (1988) was bylined Janet Jeppson Asimov, and Murder at the Galactic Writers’ Society (1994), an installment of the Isaac’s Universe series, ...Read More

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Betty Ballantine (1919-2019)

 Legendary editor and publisher Betty Ballantine, 99, died February 12, 2019 at home in Bearsville NY. Her career in publishing began in the 1930s, and she was instrumental in the rise of mass-market paperbacks and helped found both Bantam Books and Ballantine Books.

Elizabeth Norah Jones was born September 25, 1919 in India to a colonial family. At 12 she moved with her family to Jersey in the Channel Islands, ...Read More

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Carrie Richerson (1952-2019)

Writer Carrie Richerson, 66, died February 2, 2019 in an Austin TX rehabilitation center following years of poor health. Richerson began publishing short fiction in the early ’90s, with work appearing in Amazing Stories, Asimov’s, F&SF, Pulphouse, Realms of Fantasy, and other magazines and anthologies. Some of her work was collected in Something Rich and Strange (2001). She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New ...Read More

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Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019)

Author Carol Emshwiller, 97, died February 2, 2019 in Durham NC, where she was living with her daughter.

She began her long career with “This Thing Called Love” in Future (1955), and was known for her experimental and feminist fiction. Many early stories appeared in F&SF and the Orbit anthologies, and some of her most striking early work is collected in Joy in Our Cause (1974). Other collections include Verging ...Read More

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Larry Eisenberg (1919-2018)

Larry Eisenberg, 99, died December 25, 2018 in a Lincoln MA hospice of complications from leukemia. Eisenberg published dozens of SF stories in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, beginning with “The Mynah Matter” (1962), and is best known for his sequence of humorous SF stories about Emmett Duckworth, many collected in The Best Laid Schemes (1971).  Story “What Happened to Auguste Claro?” appeared in Dangerous Visions (1967).

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Jane Langton (1922-2018)

Writer Jane Langton, 95, died December 22, 2018. Best known for her mystery novels for adults, her SF/F work includes the Grace Jones, Hall Family, and Homer Kelly series for young readers, and novel Paper Chains (1977). Langton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) in 2017. Her work was nominated for several Edgar awards and won a Nero Wolfe award in 1984. The Fledgling ...Read More

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William Goldman (1931-2018)

Novelist, playwright, and screenwriter William Goldman, 87, died November 16, 2018 of colon cancer in Manhattan. Goldman is best known in SF circles for his novel The Princess Bride (1973), and for writing the script for the classic 1979 film adaptation. Other novels of genre interest include Control (1982) and The Silent Gondoliers (1983). He is widely famous for his Academy Award-winning screenplays like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ...Read More

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Stan Lee (1922-2018)

Legendary comics writer and editor Stan Lee, 95, died November 12, 2018 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles CA.

During his long tenure at Marvel Comics, Lee helped create iconic characters like the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, and Spider-Man. His groundbreaking collaborations with artist Jack Kirby include the Avengers and Thor. Lee popularized the “Marvel Method” of comic writing, which emphasized close collaboration between writers and artists. Under ...Read More

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Dave Duncan (1933-2018)

Author Dave Duncan, 85, died October 29, 2018 from a brain hemorrhage caused by a fall the previous week. Duncan was a founder and honorary lifetime member of SF Canada (Canada’s National Association for Speculative Fiction Professionals). He won the Aurora Award in 1990 for West of January and in 2007 for Children of Chaos. He was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in ...Read More

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David J. Willoughby (1950-2018)

Fan and collector David J. Willoughby, 67, died October 5, 2018 of complications from pancreatic cancer at home in Tuscola IL. Willoughby was a regular and beloved presence at SF conventions for decades, known for his avid collecting and the vast library he assembled over his 50 years in fandom, and as a dedicated autograph-seeker.

Willoughby was born November 1, 1950 in Short Creek KY, moving to Illinois as a ...Read More

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Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

Award winning editor and author Harlan Ellison, 84, died in his sleep on June 28, 2018.

Harlan Jay Ellison was born May 27, 1934 in Cleveland OH. His first stories, “The Gloconda” and “The Sword of Parmagon”, appeared in 1949 in the Cleveland News. He attended Ohio State University from 1951-53 before being expelled and moved to New York City in 1955 where he lived in the same boarding house ...Read More

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Christopher Stasheff (1944-2018)

Writer Christopher Stasheff, 74, died June 10, 2018. Stasheff is best known for his long-running Warlock universe, blending SF and fantasy elements, launched with his debut The Warlock in Spite of Himself (1969) and continuing through several sub-series.

Christopher Boris Stasheff was born January 15, 1944 in Mount Vernon NY. He attended the University of Michigan, studying radio and television, and later worked as a production assistant and script supervisor. ...Read More

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Gardner Dozois (1947-2018)

Editor and author Gardner Dozois, 70, died May 27, 2018 at a Philadelphia PA hospital of a sudden overwhelming systemic infection. Dozois was involved in science fiction for over 50 years, and was easily one of the most influential editors in the modern era of the field.

Gardner Raymond Dozois was born July 23, 1947 in Salem MA. He published short fiction in the early ’60s, served as a military ...Read More

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Philip Roth (1933-2018)

American novelist PHILIP ROTH, 85, died of congestive heart failure on May 22, 2018 in a Manhattan hospital. Roth was the author of more than 30 books including Goodbye, Columbus (1959), Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), and his American trilogy: American Pastoral (1997), I Married a Communist (1998), and The Human Stain (2000). During his career he won two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, ...Read More

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Susan Ann Protter (1939-2018)

Literary agent Susan Ann Protter, 78, died April 26, 2018 after a serious illness. Protter was born October 16, 1939 in Manhattan, grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, and spent most of her years on the Upper West Side. She attended Syracuse University, where she earned a master’s degree in French, and traveled the world extensively. She taught French briefly, then began working for Harper & Row in the ...Read More

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David Bischoff (1951-2018)

Writer David Bischoff, 66, died March 19, 2018 in Eugene OR. He began publishing short fiction in March 1975 with “The Sky’s an Oyster, the Stars Are Pearls” for Perry Rhodan #66, followed by more than 60 stories, some of which were collected in Tripping the Dark Fantastic (2000). His first novel was The Seeker (1976), written with Christopher Lampton, and he wrote or co-wrote dozens of original novels under ...Read More

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Karen Anderson (1932-2018)

Writer Karen Anderson, 85, died March 18, 2018 in Los Angeles. Anderson began publishing work of SF interest with “The Innocent Arrival” in Galaxy (1958), and is best known for novels written in collaboration with her husband Poul Anderson. They co-wrote Roma Mater (1986), Gallicenae (1987), Dahut (1988), and The Dog and the Wolf (1988) in the King of Ys series, and The Golden Horn (1980), The Road of the ...Read More

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Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

Scientist and author Stephen Hawking, 76, died March 14, 2018 at home in Cambridge, England. Hawking was a brilliant physicist, whose many accomplishments include the discovery of “Hawking radiation,” the energy that emerges from black holes — a discovery that marked a turning point in modern physics. Hawking was also a popularizer of science, famous for bestselling non-fiction book A Brief History of Time (1988). He also co-wrote five middle-grade ...Read More

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Mary Rosenblum (1952-2018)

Writer Mary Rosenblum, 65, died March 11, 2018 when the small plane she was piloting crashed near La Center WA.

Mary Freeman was born June 27, 1952 in Levittown NY. She attended Reed College, graduating with a biology degree, and worked as a medical researcher. She began publishing SF with “For a Price” (1990), and notable stories include Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist “One Good Juror” (1997, with James Sarafin), ...Read More

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Kate Wilhelm (1928-2018)

Author Kate Wilhelm, 89, died March 8, 2018 in Eugene OR. Wilhelm was an influential SF writer and writing teacher with a career that spanned six decades. She wrote more than 40 books of SF and mystery, helped run the Milford Science Fiction Writers’ Conference, and was instrumental in the creation of the Clarion Workshop.

Her first genre story was “The Pint-Sized Genie” (1956). Over a dozen of her stories ...Read More

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Peter Nicholls (1939-2018)

Author, editor, critic, and historian Peter Nicholls, 78, died March 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. Nicholls created (and edited, as long as his health would allow) The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, arguably the single most essential reference work in the field of SF.

Nicholls began working on The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction in the mid-’70s. He was general editor of the first version, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: An ...Read More

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