Literary critic Harold Bloom, 89, died October 14, 2019 in a New Haven CT hospital. Bloom was one of the most famous and controversial critics in America, writing and editing bestselling, influential volumes like The Anxiety of Influence (1973), Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages (1994), and How to Read and Why (2000). In all he wrote more than ...Read MoreRead more
Author J.A. Pitts, 54, died October 3, 2019 in Bellevue WA. He is best known for the Sarah Beauhall urban fantasy series: Black Blade Blues (2010), Gaylactic Spectrum Award winner Honeyed Worlds (2011), Forged in Fire (2012), and Night Terrors (2016). He also published short fiction (including a collaboration with Ken Scholes), starting around 2006, sometimes as John A. Pitts. Some of his short work was collected in Bravado’s House ...Read MoreRead more
SF writer Katherine MacLean, 94, died September 1, 2019.
MacLean was best known for her short fiction, beginning with “Defense Mechanism” (1949), and published more than 40 stories, most in the ’50s, but continuing intermittently throughout her life. “Second Game” (1958, with Charles V. De Vet) was a Hugo Award finalist, while novella “The Missing Man” (1971) won a Nebula Award, and the novel expansion Missing Man (1975) was a ...Read MoreRead more
SF writer Terrance Dicks, 84, died August 29, 2019.
Dicks was a prolific and celebrated writer for the British TV program Doctor Who, serving as script editor from 1968-74 and writing various episodes. He also produced more than 50 tie-in novels and non-fiction books about the series, beginning with Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion (1974) and ending with Revenge of the Judoon (2008). His final story, “Save Yourself”, ...Read MoreRead more
SF writer Brad Linaweaver, 66, died August 29, 2019 of cancer at home in Apopka FL.
Bradford Swain Linaweaver was born September 1, 1952 in Washington NC. He attended Florida State University, and got his MFA at Rollins College. He began publishing SF with “The Competitor” (1980), and alternate history novella “Moon of Ice” (1982) was a Nebula Awards finalist. In all he published more than 50 stories, some of ...Read MoreRead more
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).
Hughart was born March 13, 1934 ...Read MoreRead more
Editor and author Robert N. Stephenson, 57, died August 14, 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 MoreRead more
Author J. Neil Schulman, 66, died August 10, 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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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).
Lawrence Eisenberg was ...Read MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
Editor and fan Pat Lupoff, 81, died October 18, 2018. She co-edited the influential fanzine Xero with husband Richard Lupoff and Bhob Stewart. Xero won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1963, making Pat Lupoff one of the first women to win a Hugo. She and her husband co-edited The Best of Xero, a finalist for the Best Related Book Hugo Award in 2005. She worked on various ...Read MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
Writer Michael Scott Rohan, 67, died August 12, 2018 in an Edinburgh, Scotland hospital.
His debut novel was Run to the Stars (1983), but he was best known for the Winter of the World fantasy series that began with The Anvil of Ice (1986) and continued with The Forge in the Forest (1987), The Hammer of the Sun (1988), The Castle of the Winds (1998), The Singer and the Sea ...Read MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more