John Jakes (1932-2023)

Writer John Jakes, 90, died March 11, 2023. While famed for his bestselling historical novels, Jakes was a prolific SF and fantasy author early in his career. He published over 60 books in a variety of genres, but became famous with two historical epics: the eight-volume Kent Family Chronicles histories in the 1970s, and the North and South trilogy in the 1980s, which collectively sold tens of millions of copies. ...Read More

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Christopher Fowler (1953-2023)

Writer Christopher Fowler, 69, died March 3, 2023 in London. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2020. Fowler was the author of over 50 books in a variety of genres.

Christopher Robert Fowler was born March 26, 1953 in Greenwich, London, and split his time between London and Barcelona until his cancer diagnosis. In addition to his fiction career, he was a marketing writer, and founded film marketing company The ...Read More

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John Teehan (1967-2023)

Publisher, writer, and editor John Teehan, 56, died February 23, 2023 at Rhode Island Hospital after suffering a stroke. He was an editor and the longtime production manager for the SFWA Bulletin, and in 2010 founded The Merry Blacksmith Press, publishing fiction and non-fiction by Tobias S. Buckell, Ron Collins, Tim Pratt, Bud Webster, and others. Teehan was also an author of occasional short fiction, essays, and poetry in the ...Read More

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Ray Nelson (1931-2022)

SF writer and illustrator Ray Nelson, 91, died November 30, 2022 in El Cerrito CA. He was a prolific author of SF and mystery fiction and longtime member of fandom.

Radell Faraday Nelson was born October 31, 1931 in Schenectady, New York. He became involved in fandom as a teenager in Cadillac MI. He claimed to have invented the propellor beanie in 1947, and popularized the headgear as a symbol ...Read More

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Paul La Farge (1970-2023)

Author Paul La Farge, 52, died of cancer on January 18, 2023. His novel The Night Ocean (2017) was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist.

Paul Bayard La Farge was born November 17, 1970 in New York City, and was a graduate of Yale University. He taught writing at Bard College, Wesleyan, and the University of Leipzig, and from July 2020 was a member of the faculty at Bennington College. Debut ...Read More

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Richard Bober (1943-2022)

Artist Richard Bober, 79, died December 10, 2022.

Bober was born August 18, 1943 in Elizabeth NJ. By his teens he was fortunate to have the well-known artist Lee E. Gaskins as one of his teachers in public school (1957-1958). Bober won a scholarship to the Pratt Institute in 1961, where (as he put it) he “caused general havoc and aggravation to many professors.” By his own reckoning, he was ...Read More

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Suzy McKee Charnas (1939-2023)

SF writer Suzy McKee Charnas, 83, died January 2, 2023. She was best known for her ambitious works that explored gender, sexuality, and feminist issues.

Suzy McKee was born October 22, 1939 in New York City. She attended Barnard College, where she studied economic history, and then served in the Peace Corps for two years in West Africa before getting a masters degree in teaching at NYU and working as ...Read More

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Henry Morrison (1936-2022)

Literary agent Henry Morrison, 86, died November 2, 2022. Morrison’s past clients included Samuel R. Delany, Dean Koontz, Robert Ludlum, Eric van Lustbader, David Morrell, and Roger Zelazny.

Morrison was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. He got his start at the Scott Meredith Literary Agency before leaving to launch his own agency in his late 20s. He was active in the business for more than ...Read More

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Jill Pinkwater (1941-2022)

Writer and artist JILL PINKWATER, 81, died October 4, 2022 in Rhinebeck NY. She was best known for the illustrations she contributed to her husband Daniel Pinkwater’s books for children. Jill Miriam Schutz was born May 29, 1941 in the Bronx NY, and worked asan artist and teacher. She met Daniel Pinkwater in 1969, and they were married that same year; they subsequently collaborated on more than 50 books, including ...Read More

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Anne Harris (1964-2022)

Author Anne Harris, 58, who also wrote SF as Pearl North, died November 17, 2022 in Ferndale MI after suffering a stroke.

Born May 2, 1964 in Detroit MI, Harris graduated from Oakland University with a computer science degree. They published over a dozen novels and numerous stories, and taught at Seton Hill University.

They began publishing genre work with “Change Is A Dog” (1991). Their books include debut The ...Read More

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Marcus Sedgwick (1968-2022)

Author and illustrator Marcus Sedgwick, 54, died unexpectedly in France on November 17, 2022. He wrote more than 40 books, most for children and teens, including many of genre interest.

Born April 8, 1968 in Preston, Kent, England, Sedgwick worked as a bookseller and for a small children’s publisher before becoming a full-time writer.

He wrote several series, including the Dead Days sequence, the Cudweed trilogy, the Raven Mysteries, and ...Read More

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Greg Bear (1951-2022)

SF writer Greg Bear, 71, died November 19, 2022, after complications from heart surgery. He suffered a number of strokes during the procedure, and after a week in which it became clear he would not recover, he was taken off life support in accordance with his advance directive. Bear was the celebrated author of over 50 novels and almost as many works of short fiction, and was a pillar in ...Read More

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Greg Bear (1951-2022)

Greg Bear died November 19, 2022, after complications from a heart surgery. Doctors discovered he had suffered a number of strokes during the procedure, and a week after the surgery, in accordance to his directive, he was taken off life support.

Bear was the author of over 50 novels and almost as many works of short fiction, for which he won two Hugo Awards and five Nebula Awards and many ...Read More

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Anne Fakhouri (1974-2022)

French SF writer and professor Anne Fakhouri, 48, died November 9, 2022 following a long illness.

Fakhouri was born March 3, 1974 in Paris. She earned her master’s at the Sorbonne, where she studied tales of King Arthur, and became a professor of literature, teaching in Paris and Rennes, where she lived in her final years.

Her debut YA novel, Le Clairvoyage, appeared in 2008 from L’Atalante, followed by ...Read More

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Sue Strong Hassler (1938-2022)

Sue Strong Hassler, 84, died November 9, 2022 of complications from back surgery and COVID. She spent her last days in a memory care unit in Hudson OH. She co-authored Arthur Machen & Montgomery Evans: Letters of a Literary Friendship, 1923-1947 (1994) with her husband, the editor and critic Donald M. Hassler.

Virginia Sue Strong was born July 16, 1938 in Hobard OK and attended West Texas A&M State University. ...Read More

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Martin Morse Wooster (1957-2022)

Fan and writer Martin Morse Wooster, 64, died November 12, 2022 in Williamsburg VA, the victim of a hit-and-run. He was attending an ale convention and was struck while walking back to his hotel from the event. He was a regular Locus correspondent, sending us news, letters, and corrections for decades, and will be greatly missed.

Wooster was a founding member of the Potomac River Science Fiction Society (PRSFS). He ...Read More

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Ned Dameron (1943-2022)

Artist Ned Dameron, 79, died October 20, 2022 of ALS. Dameron was best known for his book covers and interiors, and for roleplaying game artwork.

A native of Louisiana, born May 7, 1943, Edward Palfrey IV was always known personally as well as professionally as “Ned.” He was born in Rio and grew up in Hammond and Baton Rouge, and while still in high school he apprenticed as a draughtsman ...Read More

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J.G. “Huck” Huckenpöhler

Fan J.G. “HUCK” HUCKENPÖHLER, 81, died August 26, 2022 in Washington DC. Huck­enpöhler was active in fandom for more than 50 years, and was the recording secretary for the Burroughs Bibliophiles for over 30 years. He attended his first Worldcon in 1967, and often created the calligraphy certificates handed out at Worldcon Masquerades.

Huckenpöhler earned a PhD in history from George Washington University and was an expert in military ...Read More

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Tom Maddox (1945-2022)

SF writer Tom Maddox, 77, died of a stroke on October 18, 2022.

Daniel Thomas Maddox was born in October 1945 and attended the Evergreen State College, graduating in 1975. He earned his PhD at American University, and later taught literature at Evergreen.

He began publishing work of genre interest with “The Mind Like a Strange Balloon” (Omni 6/85) and produced several more stories in the ’80s and early ’90s. ...Read More

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Robert A. Madle (1920-2022)

Fan, collector, and bookseller Robert A. Madle, 102, died peacefully in his sleep on October 8, 2022. Madle was a founder and the first president of First Fandom (and the last survivor of the original membership), and was a warm and familiar presence in the field since the 1930s.

Robert Albert Madle was born June 2, 1920 in Philadelphia PA. He enlisted in the Army in July 1942, serving three-and-a-half ...Read More

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Hilary Mantel (1952-2022)

Author Hilary Mantel, 70, died September 22, 2022. She was best known for historical novels, including the celebrated Wolf Hall trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, but she also wrote a few works of genre interest, including debut novel Every Day Is Mother’s Day (1985), Fludd (1989), and Beyond Black (2005).

Mantel was born July 6, 1952 in Glossop, Derbyshire, England. She attended the London School of Economics and ...Read More

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Matthew Mather (1969-2022)

SF writer Matthew Mather, 52, died suddenly on September 13, 2022. He was best known for his technothrillers, including CyberStorm (2013).

Mather was born September 28, 1969 in Sheffield UK and raised in Montreal, Canada. As an adult, he split his time between Montreal and Charlotte NC. In addition to writing, he worked in cybersecurity and as a hardware and software developer and technology consultant.

His first novel was The ...Read More

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Maureen Kincaid Speller (1959-2022)

Editor and critic Maureen Kincaid Speller, 63, died September 18, 2022 in Folkestone, Kent, England. She had cancer.

Maureen Speller was born in Oxford on March 23, 1959. She was active in UK fandom from around 1980, and was the partner of writer Paul Kincaid since 1986; they were married in 1993, and he survives her.

She founded Acnestis, a UK amateur press association, in 1992, administrating it until its ...Read More

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Wayne McCalla (1968-2022)

Fan WAYNE McCALLA, 53, died June 14, 2022 in Evansville IN following a long illness. McCalla was a frequent convention attendee and collector, and a close friend of artists Donald Maitz & Janny Wurts. Wayne Leland McCalla, Jr. was born June 20, 1968, and is survived by two sisters, a brother, and nieces and nephews.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time ...Read More

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Bruce Taylor (1947-2022)

Writer Bruce Taylor, 75, died August 31, 2022 in Seattle WA after a brief hospital stay. He had a heart condition and was in poor health recently. Known as “Mr. Magic Realism,” Taylor was the author of hundreds of stories and two novels, and was a beloved figure in the Pacific Northwest fandom and writing communities.

Bruce Bradley Taylor was born May 28, 1947. He attended the University of Washington, ...Read More

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Peter Straub (1943-2022)


Author Peter Straub, 79, died September 4, 2022 after a long illness. Straub was a celebrated, influential, and bestselling author of literary horror, dark fantasy, and psychological thrillers.

Peter Francis Straub was born March 2, 1943 in Milwaukee WI. He earned a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1965, an MA from Columbia University in 1966, then returned to Wisconsin to teach English at his former ...Read More

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Eric Flint: The Sweetest Curmudgeon by Kevin J. Anderson

It was all an act, as any of Eric’s closest friends knew: his gruff demeanor, his curmudgeonly comments, but it was nothing more than a thin disguise for the engaged, caring, and mentoring personality that was Mr. Eric Flint. This guy knew what he was talking about.

When I met Eric for the first time (or so I thought), he was already a legend. I sought him out at a ...Read More

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Alexei Panshin (1940-2022)

SF writer and critic Alexei Panshin, 82, died August 21, 2022 in Pennsylvania.

Alexis Adams Panshin was born August 14, 1940 in Lansing MI. Panshin was active in fandom early in his career, and was nominated twice for the Best Fan Writer Hugo Award, winning in 1967. His first professional sale was non-genre story “A Piece of the Pie” (1960), and he began publishing stories of genre interest with “Down ...Read More

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Bob Self (1966-2022)

Publisher, entrepreneur, and showman Robert “Bob” Self, 55, died August 3, 2022, as the result of an accident at Mono Lake in California.

Born August 5, 1966, Bob had a background in the entertainment industry and worked behind-the-scenes with a number of magicians, comedians, and illusionists. In 2003 he and his wife Rani — a professional costume designer for various TV series including The Orville — formed Baby Tattoo, Inc., ...Read More

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Nichelle Nichols (1932-2022)

Actor and author Nichelle Nichols, 89, died July 30, 2022 in Silver City NM of heart failure. Nichols was best known for her portrayal of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in the original series of Star Trek (1966-69) and subsequent film projects. She was one of the first Black women to have a major role on a network television program, and had a profound influence on US culture. She was also ...Read More

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