In Memoriam Those We Have Lost in 2022



Astronomer Eric W. Elst (b.1936) died on January 2. Elst’s research focused on asteroids and 3936 Elst is named for him. He wrote the essay “Science and Science Fiction.”

Editor Mirosław Kowalski (b.1954) died on January 2. Kowalski was a journalist and who served as head of Poland’s Supernova sf/fantasy publishing imprint.

Academic Elizabeth Miller (b.1939) died on January 2. Miller focused on the works of Bram Stoker, publishing studies including Reflections on Dracula, A Dracula Handbook, and The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dracula Society and two Lord Ruthvan Awards.

Fan Keith Arseneau (b.1959) died on January 3. Arseneau entered fandom in the late 1980s and in recent years volunteered as a DJ at Toronto Trek, Ad Astra, and Anime North.

New Zealand fan Frank Dodd (b.1935) died on January 3. Dodd co-founded the Auckland Science Fiction Club in 1952 with Mike Hinge.

Producer Jay S. Wolpert (b.1942) died on January 3. Wolpert is best known as a game show producer and the winner of the 1969 Jeopardy Tournament of Champions, but he also wrote the screen story that was adapted into The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Author and television personality Igor Bogdanoff (b.1949) died of COVID on January 3, six days after his twin brother, Grichka died of the same disease. The brothers wrote Clefs pour la science-fiction and later hosted the SF series Temps X.

Actor Joan Copeland (b.1922) died on January 4. Copeland provided voicework for the film Brother Bear and appeared in The Laser Man.

Fan Frank Denton (b.1930) died on January 5. Denton was a member of several APAzines, including Minneapa, The Cult, Slanapa, and APANAGE. He also published the fanzine Ash-Wing. He was a Guest of Honor at MileHiCon 6, Westercon 30, Moscon II, and Rustcon 7.

Author Chris A. Masters (b.Chris Anagnostopoulos, 1961) died on January 5. Masters wrote the novel Take Two and several short stories. He also served as the editor for the magazines Shoggoth, Bloodsongs, and EOD.

Author John Jos. Miller (b.1954) died on January 5. Miller published works in the Wild Card series, three novels with Stephen Leigh in the Ray Bradbury presents series, and some media tie-in novels.

Actor George Rossi (b.1961) died on January 5. Rossi appeared in the tv movie Max Headroom and episodes of the shows Bugs and Sinbad.

NASFIC Chair and Worldcon GoH Willie Siros (b.1952) died on January 5. Siros co-chaired LoneStarCon I and was a GoH at LoneStarCon 3, as well as chairing many other Texas conventions. He ran the bookstore Adventures in Crime and Space.

Director Peter Bogdanovich (b.1939) died on January 6. A film historian as well as writer and actor, Bogdanovich earned two Oscar nominations for The Last Picture Show. He directed the film Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women and appeared in Nightwalkers and Don’t Let Me Go.

Actor Ray Boyle (b.1923) died on January 6. Boyle appeared on the show Captain Video and His Video Rangers and in the film Zombies of the Stratosphere and went on to work as a production designer on The Brotherhood of Satan and A Boy and His Dog.

Actor Sidney Poitier (b.1927) died on January 6. Poitier won an Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field. His genre credits included the film Brother John and directing Ghost Dad. He also wrote the fantasy novel Monaro Caine.

Artist Anthony Tallarico (b.1933) died on January 6. Tallarico began working for Charlton Comics. He went on to draw Lobo for Dell Comics. In 2006, he received the Pioneer Award. He also illustrated many novels and stories written by D.J. Arneson.

Actor Dee Booher (b.1948) died on January 7. Booher appeared in the film Deathstalker II and The Nutt House. She played the bearded lady in Spaceballs and was in the film Theodore Rex.

Actor Mark Forest (b.Lorenzo Luis Degni, 1933) died on January 7. Forest was a body builder who appeared in several sword and sandal films, including Hercules Against the Mongols, Hercules Against the Barbarians, and Kindar the Invulnerable.

Fan Jane Hawkins (b.1951) died on January 7. Hawkins wrote the novel Quantum Gate and hosted the monthly meetings for Vanguard. She was a founder of Norwescon and chaired three Potlatches. She worked on Corflus, Wiscon, and Noreascon 3.

Fan Bill Mills (b.1952) died on January 9. Mills displayed his collection of SF film props at conventions throughout the 70s and early 80s and was an active costumer and masquerade MC. He was a filker and involved in running Corflu 25.

Actor Bob Saget (b.1956) died on January 9. Saget made appearances on episodes of Quantum Leap, The Greatest American Hero, and Robot Chicken. He also appeared in the film Full Moon High. Saget was best known for his role on Full House and as a stand up comedian.

Fan Terry Whittier died on January 11. Whittier published the fanzines Alpha and Altair and was a collector of fan art. He eventually moved into furry fandom.

Actor Nicholas Donnelly (b.1938) died on January 10. Donnelly appeared in the films Lifeforce, Don’t Open Till Christmas, and the 1981 horror film Venom.

Author Rick Cook (b.1944) died on January 13. Cook began publishing in 1987 in Analog, and wrote several stories that mixed technology with fantasy. His novels included Limbo System, Mall Purchase Night, and the Wiz Zumwalt series. He was also active in the SCA as Sir Richard Ironsteed.

Fan John E. Ferraro (b.1952) died on January 13. John was an active convention attendee and helped run conventions in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

Film distributor Melvin Maron (b.1931) died on January 13. Maron worked as a Road Show Manager at MGM, overseeing the rerelease of 2001: a space odyssey. He later opened Cinema Shares and began distributing kaiju films, like Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla’s Revenge, and Monster Zero.

Actor Donald Gee (b.1937) died on January 14. Gee appeared in the Doctor Who serials “The Space Pirates” and “The Monster of Peladon.” He also appeared on the shows Play for Tomorrow, 1990, and Journey to the Unknown.

Author Ron Goulart (b.1933) died on January 14. Goulart began publishing in F&SF in 1952 and over the years published numerous science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and pulp novels. He was a book reviewer for Venture and wrote for Marvel comics. In addition to writing fiction, Goulart published several non-fiction books on comics and detective fiction.

Actor Carol Speed (b.1945) died on January 14. Speed appeared in the horror films Bummer and Abby.

Author Dave Wolverton (b.John David Wolverton, 1957) died on January 14. Wolverton, who also wrote using the name Dave Farland, won the PKD prize for his novel On My Way to Paradise. His other works include The Runelords series, the Ravenspell series, the Serpent Catch series and books in the Star Wars universe. Wolverton also taught workshops and supported the Writers of the Future, of which he was an early winner.

Fan Dennis Palmer (b.1952) died on January 16. Palmer and his wife, Sharon, were Listener Guests of Honor at the cancelled OVFF 36 and the following year at OVFF 37. Palmer attended the first OVFF and became involved in the con com. He also volunteered for Marcon.

Fan Bill Wright (b.1937) died on January 16. Wright was a founding member of ANZAPA and the Nova Mob. He served as Secretary of Aussiecon and later was the awards administrator for the Australian Science Fiction Foundation. He was the DUFF delegate in 2013 and received the Chandler Award in 2017.

Author Ann Arensberg (b.1937) died on January 17 from COVID-19. Arensberg wrote the novels Sister Wolf and Incubus. She won the American Book Award for Sister Wolf. Most of her publications are non-genre.

Author J. Brian Clarke (b.1928) died on January 17. Clarke’s two novels, Expediter and Alphanauts were both fix-ups based on his short fiction that appeared in Analog. He began publishing in 1969 and his early work appeared as by J.B. Clarke.

Actress Yvette Mimieux (b.1942) died on January 18. Mimieux played Weena in the 1960 version of The Time Machine and also appeared in The Black Hole, Bell, Book and Candle, and The Neptune Factor.

Actor Peter Robbins (b.1956) committed suicide on January 18. Robbins is best known for providing the voice for Charlie Brown from 1965 through 1969. He also appeared in episodes of The Munsters and Get Smart. He retired from acting in 1972.

Actor Gaspard Ulliel (b.1984) died on January 19 in a skiing accident. Ulliel appeared as Vincent Dauda in the series Twice Upon a Time and had finished filming Moon Knight, in which he played Anton Mogart/Midnight Man.

Singer Meat Loaf (b.Marvin Lee Aday, 1947) died on January 20. Meat Loaf’s albums included cover art by Richard Corben and Michael Whelan. He appeared in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Ghost Wars and an episode of The Outer Limits.

Author Donald Thomas (b.1934) died on January 20. Although Thomas mostly was a crime writer, he also wrote the alternate history Prince Charlie’s Bluff and a critical study of Lewis Carroll.

Producer Mace Neufeld (b.1928) died on January 21. Neufeld produced the films The Omen, Damien: Omen II, Lost in Space and Transylvania 6-5000. He also worked on the television series Quark.

Poet Robert Phillips (b.1938) died on January 21. Best known as a poet, Phillips wrote a handful of genre stories

Costumer Pam Osborne (b.1957) died on January 22. Osborne was active in the International Costumers’ Guild and Costume-Con. She competed at several cons, including Worldcons, and often won in competition.

Actor Barbara Krafftówna (b.1928) died on January 23. Krafftówna appeared in the TV movies Przekladaniec and Skutki noszenia kapelusza w maju and the film The Saragossa Manuscript.

Actor Vachik Mangassarian (b.1948) died on January 23 from COVID-19. Mangassarian appeared in episodes of SeaQuest 2032, Beauty and the Beast, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Comic artist Jean-Claude Mézières (b.1938) died on January 23. Mézières co-created the comic Valérian and Laureline, which was influential on many artists and filmmakers and was adapted for the film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. He also provided design work for The Fifth Element.

Actor Moses J. Moseley (b.1990) died on January 23. Moseley appeared in episodes of The Walking Dead and an episode of Watchman. He was an extra in the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Fan Roger Sims (b.1930) died on January 23. Sims was co-chair of Detention, the 1959 Worldcon and served as Conchair Emeritus for DetCon 1. He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Nolacon II and was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 2020. In addition to con-running Sims was involved in fanzines. He also rented the infamous Room 770 at the first Nolacon.

Russian author Vladimir Gubarev (b.1938) died on January 25. Gubarev was part of a Russian authors collective that published fiction under the name Pavel Bagryak. Works included the novel Blue People and the collection Five Presidents. 

Author Rónaszegi Miklós (b.1930) died on January 27. Rónaszegi’s science fiction includes Rebellion of the Insects and Devlish Liquor as well as short stories.

Author Holger M. Pohl (b.1959) died on January 27. Pohl wrote the fantasy series Arkland and wrote the space opera Fünf für die Freiheit. In addition to writing, he was and editor and columnist for the fanzine Fantasyguide.

Fan Doug Wilkin (b.1962) died on January 28 from COVID. Wilkin held a Ph.D. in physics and was active in GT-PFRC.

Actor Leonard Fenton (b.Leonard Feinstein, 1926) died on January 29. Fenton appeared in the Doctor Who animated series “Death Comes to Time” and the films Zombie Diaries and Morons from Outer Space.

Actor Howard Hesseman (b.1940) died on January 29. Hesseman may be best known as Dr. Johnny Fever from WKRP in Cincinnati. His genre credits include Episodes of The Outer Limits, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, and The Pretender and the films Amazon Women on the Moon and Flight of the Navigator.

Actor Jo Kendall (b.1938) died on January 29. Kendall played Lady Cynthia Fitzmelton in the first fit of the radio series The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and appeared in television adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and James and the Giant Peach. She was a regular on BBC’s I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again with John Cleese and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

Atuhor Kathryn Lance (b.1943) died on January 29. As Lynn Beach, she wrote the Phantom Valley and the Wizards, Warriors and You series. Her adult fiction includes Pandora’s Genes and Pandora’s Children.

Actor Pete Smith (b.1959) died on January 29. Smith appeared in The Quiet Earth and Pandemonium. He had a bit part playing an orc in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Historian Geoffrey Ashe (b.1923) died on January 30. Known for his work on the Arthurian mythos, he also wrote the fantasy novel The Finger and the Moon. His nonfiction includes King Arthur’s Avalon: The Story of Glastonbury, The Discovery of Arthur, and Merlin: The Prophet and His History.

Animator Mayya Buzinova (b.1929) died on January 30. Buzinova worked on animation for The Smallest Gnome, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, A Dragon, and Hochu Iunu.

Geologist Leon “Lee” Silver (b.1925) died on January 31. Silver worked with NASA to train Apollo astronauts to find geological samples on the moon.

Bookseller Mary Alice Wilson died on January 31 from cancer. Wilson opened Dark Star Books and Comics in Ohio in 1982 and could be found in the dealers’ room at many conventions.


Comics editor Brian Augustyn (b.1954) died on February 1 following a stroke. Augustyn Started working tor Tru Studios before joining DC in 1988. He worked on Action Comics, The Flash, and Justice League and wrote Batman: Gotham by Gaslight.

Filipino actor Rustica Carpio (b.1930) died on February 1. Carpio appeared in the series Wako Wako and Wansapanataym and the films Momay, Vesuvius, and Ang panday 2.

Author Richard L. Tierney (b.1936) died on February 1. Tierney published several short stories about Simon of Gitta and his stories and poems were collected in four collections. In collaboration with David C. Smith, he published six novels about Red Sonja.

Visual effects artist Robert Blalack (b.1948) died on February 2. Blalack worked on Star Wars and the television series Cosmos. Other films included Altered States, Wolfen, Robocop, and Freejack. He eventually went into animation, working on Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo & Stitch.

Italian actor Monica Vitti (b.1931) died on February 2. Vitti appeared in the film The Flying Saucer and the title role in Modesty Blaise.

Author Lani Forbes (b.1987) died on February 3. Forbes wrote the Age of the Seventh Sun trilogy, which began with The Seventh Sun, published in 2020 and ended with The Obsidian Butterfly, published a week after her death.

Author Ashley Bryan (b.1923) died on February 4. Bryan was a children’ author and illustrator whose works won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Newbery Honor. He did the artwork for Susan Cooper’s Jethroe and the Jumbie.

Fan Randy Hebb (b.1981) died on February 4. Hebb was a Star Wars and gaming fan who used the named Testefy-HD for his on-line interactions and appearances. He frequently spoke about Star Wars properties on podcasts. 

 Author Richard Dean Starr (b.1968) died on February 4. Most of Starr’s work focused on licensed characters, including Zorro, Hellboy, and the Green Hornet. He edited the anthology Tales of Zorro.

 Author Angélica Gorodischer (b.1928) died on February 5. Gorodischer’s Kalpa Imperial was translated into English. Other works included Opus dos, Trafalgar, and Fábula de la virgin y el bombero. In 2011, Gorodischer received a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Artist Ian Kennedy (b.1932) died on February 5. Kennedy began working in the 1940s on Commando and went on to work on the comics Dan Dare, Starlord, Blake’s 7, and Judge Dredd.

Composer George Crumb (b.1929) died on February 6. Crumb wrote the soundtrack for The Exorcist and wrote music for the fantasy films For the End of Time and Bellies.

Editor and author Tom Dupree (b.1949) died on February 7. DePree co-edited the anthology Full Spectrum 5. He published about a dozen short stories between 1995 and 2006, including one under the name Randall G. Thomas.

Special effects artist Douglas Trumbull (b.1942) died on February 7. Trumbull created visual effects for 2001: a space odyssey, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner. He also directed Silent Running and Brainstorm. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010.

Screenwriter Anne D. Bernstein (b.1961) died on February 8. Bernstein wrote for the animated shows Liquid Television and Super Wings. Her films include Monster High: New Ghoul at School, Little Bird’s Big Adventure, and The Dragon Spell.

Actor Russell Starke (b.1939) died on February 8. Starke served as the host for the Australian series Friday Suspense Theatre and Friday Night Thriller in addition to a successful stage career. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2006.

Composer Joseph Horovitz (b.1926) died on February 9. Horovitz wrote music for The Dybbuk, Twelfth Night, the television film The Little Mermaid, and Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo.

Author Harold R. Johnson (b.1954) died on February 9. Johnson genre works included Corvus and The Björkan Sagas. Johnson was also the author of several non-fiction books books focusing on the struggles of the First People.

Polish game designer Michał Furiath Markowski (b.1978) died on February 9. He is the designer of the game Klanarchia and has served as the editor and writer the fannish website Polter.

Fan Barry McGhan (b.1939) died on February 9. McGhan published the reference work Science fiction Pseudonyms in 1971 with periodic updates through the 70s. He also published Teaching Tomorrow: A Handbook of Scence Fiction for Teachers.

Eduardo Goligorsky (b.1931) died on February 10. Goligorsky began publishing science fiction in 1966 with “Cuando los pájaros mueran” and other stories over the next year. He also edited two anthologies with Alberto Vanasco: Memorias del futuro and Adiós al mañana.

Artist Mel Keefer (b.1926) died on February 11. Keefer worked for Filmation on Spider-Woman, The Batman/Superman Hour, and Jonny Quest. Other work included the TV series Journey to the Center of the Earth, Groovie Goolies, Blackstar, and Jetsons: The Movie. Keefer was also a newspaper comic strip artist.

Producer and director Ivan Reitman (b.1946) died on February 12. Reitman directored Ghostbusters and its sequel, Evolution, and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. He also produced Space Jam, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, and Mummies Alive!

Author Don Tumasonis (b.1945) died on February 12. Tumasonis began publishing in 2000 with the short story “The Graveyard” and published thirteen additional stories over the years. He won the IHG Short Form Award in 2002 and 2003 for his stories “The Prospect Cards” and “A Pace of Change.”

Producer Beryl Vertue (b.1931) died on February 12. Vertue produced the series Jekyll, Supernova, and Sherlock. He also served as a producer on the Who’s rock opera Tommy.

Academic Steven Earl Forry (b.1952) died on February 13. Forry wrote the dissertation Hideous Progenies: Dramatizations of Frankenstein from Mary Shelley to the Present.

Production designer Alfred Sole (b.1943) died on February 14. Sole worked as a writer on Friday the 13th: The Series and as a production designer on Natural Selection, S. Darko, Moonlight, and the Halloweentown movies.

Author Melissa Mead (b.1967) died on February 15. Mead began publishing in 1999. Her short fiction has appeared in Aoife’s Kiss, Daily Science Fiction, and Sword and Sorceress among other places. In 2005, she published her only novel, Between Worlds.

Author Faren Miller (b.1950) died on February 15. Miller joined Locus in 1981 as their first full-time employee and remained on staff until 2000, continuing as a reviewer until 2018. In 1991, she published the novel The Illusionists.

Artist Michel Henricot (b.1936) died on February 16. Henricot’s science fictional work appeared in Omni in the late 70s and early 80s. In addition to being a painter, he was also a sculptor and was often seen as a  part of the fantastic realist school.

Film editor David Brenner (b.1962) died on February 17. Brenner worked on The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, 2012, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and several DC Universe films. He won an Oscar for his work on Born on the Fourth of July.

Translator Kira Soshinskaya (b.1933) died in February. Soshinskaya translated works by John Christopher, Garth Nix, and Christopher Stasheff into Russian. In addition, she illustrated numerous books. She was married to SF author Kir Bulychov.

Actor Brad Johnson (b.1959) died on February 18. Johnson appeared in an episode of The Outer Limits and the television adaptation of Riverworld. His films included Always, Supergator, Copperhead, and Alien Siege. He was a former Marlboro Man.

Comic book writer Tom Veitch (b.1941) died on February 18. Veitch was part of the underground comix movement in the 70s and went on to work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse, working on Elseworlds, Tales of the Jedi, and Animal Man.

Illustrator Jan Pieńkowski (b.1936) died on February 19. Pieńkowski illustrated many children’s books for Joan Aiken, including Past Eight O’Clock and created the pop-up book Haunted House, which won the Kate Greenway Medal.

Actor Stewart Bevan (b.1948) died on February 20. Bevan appeared in the Doctor Who serial “The Green Death” as Clifford Jones. He also appeared in an episode of Blake’s 7. He was married to Doctor Who actress Katy Manning.

Fan Maureen Whitelaw (b.1941) died on February 20. A member of the Montreal Science Fiction/Fantasy Association, Whitelaw appeared in many of MSFFA’s film projects and was a fan of Disney animated films and Star Trek.

Director Yuen Chor (b.1934) died on February 21. Yuen directed the films The Web of Death, Full Moon Scimitar, and The Enchantress.

Publisher Jon M. Harvey died on February 22. He edited the magazines Bathlus and Fantasy Media and edited several Cthulhu anthologies in the 1970s. In 1980, he won a British Fantasy Award n the Best Small Press category.

Actor Anna Karen (b.Ann McCall, 1936) died on February 22. Karen appeared in episodes of Soliders of Love and a Super Gran and the film Stainless Steel and Star Spies.

Actor Sally Kellerman (b.1937) died on February 24. Best known for created the role of Margaret Houlihan in the film MASH, Kellerman appeared in episodes of Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, and The Outer Limits.

Screenwriter and actor Henry Lincoln (b.1930) died on February 24. Lincoln wrote the Doctor Who serial “The Abominable Snowmen,” “The Web of Fear,” and “The Dominators.” He also wrote “Enemy of the Bane” for The Sarah Jane Adventures. As an actor, he appeared in an episode of The Avengers.

Fan Rick Albertson died on February 25. Albertson worked several Worldcons in the tech department and may have led the first stand-alone tech division at a Worldcon. Rick eventually left fandom for political activism.

Actor Farrah Forke (b.1968) died on February 25. Forke appeared on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman for one season and voiced Big Barda in various DC animated projects. She also appeared in the TV movies Journey to the Center of the Earth and Bionic Ever After.

Fan Frank Olynyk (b.1942) died on February 24. Olynyk was a regular attendee of Worldcon and could frequently be found volunteering at the autographing tables. He spent two years collecting signatures of the 31 women Robert A. Heinlein dedicated Friday to and presented the signed copy to Heinlein.

Illustrator Shirley Hughes (b.1927) died on February 25. Hughes was the Kate Greenaway Medal winning illustrator of numerous children’s books including Angels on the Roof, The Witche’s Daughter, and The Phandom Roundabout and Other Ghostley Tales.

Actor Ralph Ahn (b.1926) died on February 26. Ahn appeared in the films Younger and Younger, Let There Be Light, and Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace.

Actor Tony Devon (b.1951) died on Feburary 26. Devon appeared on the television shows Dead Zone, Monsters, Viper, New Amsterdam, Now and Again, and The Middleman.

Author Andy Remic (b.1971) died on February 26 from cancer. Remic was the author of Spiral, The Blood Dragon Empire series, and Serial Killers Incorporated, among many others. He taught at Manchester University and directed the film Impurity in 2015.

Actor Veronica Carlson (b.1944) died on February 27. Her films included The Horror of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Stellar Quasar and the Scrolls of Dadelia, and Dracula Has Risen from the Grave. She is a recipient of a Rondo Hatton Hall of Fame Award.

Actor Ned Eisenberg (b.1957) died on February 27. Eisenberg appeared on Limitless, New Amsterdam, Person of Interest, and Time Trax.

Actor Kirk Baily (b.1963) died on February 28. Baily provided voicework for numerous films, including Source Code, Rise of the Planet of the Apes¸ Bumblebee, Big Hero 6, and Deadpool 2.

Artist Peter Caras (b.1941) died on February 28. Caras’ work appeared on book covers beginning in 1967. Most of the covers he did were horror novels, including Dark Angel, The Spirit Wood, and Dark Father. He also did covers for Avengers  and Spider pulp novels.

Fan Ruth Odren (b.1932) died on February 28. Odern joined Minn-Stf by the early 1970s and published in Stipple-Apa for more than 40 years.

Fan Jeff Smith died on February 28. Smith chaired many StellarCons and MACE gaming conventions. He received the Cornerstone Award in 2011 and in 2019, he was the co-recipient of the Rebel Award with Ron McClung,

Priscilla Tolkien (b.1929) died on February 28. Tolkien was the youngest and last surviving child of J.R.R. Tolkien and has served as the honorary Vice President of the Tolkien Society. She served as a trustee for the Tolkien Trust.


Actor Conrad Janis (b.1928) died on March 1 Janis appeared as Mindy’s father on Mork and Mindy and as Palindrome on Quark. He also appeared on episodes on V and My Favorite Martian.

Actor Johnny Brown (b.1937) died on March 2. Brown appeared in the short The Old Negro Space Program, epsiodes of The Lost Saucer, Night Gallery, The Ghost Busters, and provided voicework for Rickety Rocket.

Producer Alan Ladd, Jr. (b.1937) died on March 2. Ladd was the son of actor Alan Ladd. As President of Twentieth Century Fox, he greenlit Star Wars and oversaw work on Young Frankenstein and Alien.

Author Myron Matzkin (b.1924) died on March 2. Under the name M. Matzkin, he published his only genre work, the space opera The Outer Fleet in 1978.

Actor John Stahl (b.1953) died on March 2. Stahl appeared on Games of Thrones as Rickard Karstark. He also appeared in the 2011 Frankenstein, Loch Ness, and episodes of Being Human.

Author Frédérick Tristan (b.1931) died on March 2. A professor of Renaissance iconography, he published the genre story “Le mystère du blanchisseur chinois.”

Costume designer Tony Walton (b.1934) died on March 2. Walton worked on Fahrenheit 451, The Wiz, Mary Poppins, and Mary Poppins Returns. He was nominated for Oscars for Mary Poppins and The Wiz, and won an Oscar for All That Jazz.

Actor Tim Considine (b.1940) died on March 3. Best known for appearing on My Three Sons, Considine appeared in the films Frankenfish and Monster Makers and an episode of Legend. He was also the soldier slapped by George C. Scott in Patton.

Actor Mitchell Ryan (b.1934) died on March 4. Ryan provided the voice of Highfather on Justice League and appeared on Dark Shadows, Dark Skies, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He was in the films Judge Dredd and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.

Actor Lynda Baron (b.1939) died on March 5. Baron Appeared in the 1983 Doctor Who serial “Enlightenment” and the 2011 episode “Closing Time.” Previously, her voice was heard in the 1966 serial “The Gunfighters.”

Actor Elguja Burduli (b.1941) died on March 5. Burduli appeared in Sea of Desires, The Fogotten King, and Hard to Be a God.

Fan Les Jenkins (b.1967) died on March 6 from pancreatic cancer. Jenkins ran Les’s Place BBS in the 80s and the Stupid Evil Bastard blog in the 2000s. He was fan of Doctor Who and an active gamer who often played Paranoia.

Actor Pavlo Li (b.1998) was killed by Russian shelling on March 6. He provided voicework on Ukrainian dubs for The Lion King and The Hobbit. He appeared in the Ukrainian fantasy film Unforgotten Shadows and the horror film The Pit.

Fan Paul Burns (b.1959) died on March 7. Burns helped run the first Star Trek convention in Kansas City and went on to a career acting and produving local theatre, often with a science fictional element. He published some fanzines.

Actor Jeremy Child (b.1944) died on March 7. Child appeared in Doomwatch, Quest for Love, and Play for Tomorrow as well as episodes of Sapphire & Steel.

Fan David Cummer (b.1956) died on March 8. Cummer’s interest in science fiction extended to an interest in space science and exploration. He was active in Minneapolis fandom, particularly the North Country Gaylaxians.

Artist Joe Krush (b.1918) died on March 8. Krush collaborated with his wife, Beth, on the cover art for the Borrowers novels as well as editions of Huon of the Horn and Magic Elizabeth.

Actor Ron Pember (b.1934) died on March 8. Pember starred in the 1984 miniseries The Invisible Man and appeared in episodes of Red Dwarf, Covington Cross, UFO, and Q.E.D.

Fan Leonid Kourits died in March. Kourits was a Ukrainian who attended Eurocons, Eastercons, Dragoncons, and Worldcons. In 1988, he chaired the first international sf convention in the USSR in Koblevo.

Director John Korty (b.1936) died on March 9. Korty directed Twice Upon a Time, Ms. Scrooge, The Ewok Adventure, and The People.  In 1978, Korty won an Oscar for the non-genre documentary Who Are the DeBolts? and Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?

Actor James Lydon (b.1923) died on March 9. Lydon appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Greatest American Hero, and Rocky Jones, Space Ranger.

Actor Sorapong Chatree (b.1950) died on March 10. Chatree starred in Mun ma gub kwam mud, the first Thai science fiction film.  He also appeared in Kraithong and Kraithong 2, as well as The Tsunami Warrior.

Author Steve Redwood (b.1943) died on March 10. Redwood began publishing in 1999 with the short story “A Parasec Too Far.” His first novel, Fisher of Devils appeared in 2003 and Who Needs Cleopatra? in 2005. He published two collections of his short fiction.

Chicago fan Helene Marlow Bellin (b.1973) died on March 11. Marlowe was a performer at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and was active in the Klingon Armada International. She was a frequent attendee at Chicago conventions.

Fan David Kummerow died on March 11. Known as “Slayer,” Kummerow was involved in running Chicago conventions and was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Author Sally Watson (b.1924) died on March 11. Primarily the author of historical fiction, Watson also wrote the fantasy novel Magic at Wychwood.

Screenwriter Biagio Proietti (b.1940) died on March 12. An Italian screenwriter and documentarian, Proietti wrote the novel Come pesci rossi.

Actor William Hurt (b.1950) died on March 13. Hurt appeared in the films Altered States, The Big Chill, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. His genre roles included Thunderbolt Ross in The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers films. He played Hrothgar in Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands and Peter Cromwell on Mythic Quest. His most recent genre release was in The King’s Daughter.

Actor Akira Takarada (b.1934) died on March 14. Takarada appeared in numerous kaiju films, including Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Ebirah: Horror of the Deep, and Invasion of Astro-Monster.

Actor Anneli Sauli (b.1932) died on March 15. Sauli starred in Moonwolf, The Terror of Doctor Mabuse, and Dead Eyes of London, and appeared in two episodes of Oresteia.

Actor Tuti Yusupova (b.1936) died on March 15. Yusopova starred in the comedy Abdulladzhan, ili posvyashchaetsya Stivanu Spilbergu.

Actor Kunt Tulgar (b.1948) died on March 16. Tulgar appeared in The Deathless Devil. He directed and produced The Return of Superman and Tarzan the Mighty and worked as a swound editor on The Man Who Saved the World and Holy Sword.

Actor Peter Bowles (b.1936) died on March 17. Bowles starred in the series To the Manor Born and made appearances on Space: 1999, The Prisoner, The Avengers, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Out of the Unknown, and several other genre shows.

Author Bill Johnson (b.1956) died on March 17. Johnson began publishing science fiction in 1977 with the story “Stormfall,” which appeared in Kate Wilhelm’s anthology Clarion SF. His 1997 story “We Will Drink a Fish Together” earned Johnson the Hugo Award for Best Novelette. More recently, he has written the stories in the “Martin & Artie” series and co-wrote the story “Three Can Keep a Secret” with Gregory Frost.

Actor Pepper Martin (b.1936) died on March 18. Martin appeared in Superman II, Evil Altar, and episodes of They Came from Outer Space and the Incredible Hulk.

Actor and screenwriter Alan Hopgood (b.1934) died on March 19. Hopgood appeared in The Astronauts, Knowing, Magic, and Road Games. He wrote The Man Who Saw Tomorrow about Nostradamus.

 Fan Richard Labonté (b.1949) died on March 20. Labonté founded A Carleton University Speculative Fiction Organization, Of Sorts and served as the round robin head of the N3F. He won three Lambda Awards and founded the bookstore A Different Light.

Actor Ralph Riach (b.1936) died on March 20. Riach appeared in Cloud Atlas, Time Teens: The Beginning, and an episode of Randall 7 Hopkirk (Deceased). He also had small roles in Braveheart and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.

Actor Lawrence Dane (b.1937) died on March 21. Dane appeared in Scanners, Millennium, Bride of Chucky, and episodes of The Outer Limits, The Invaders, and Stargate SG-1.

Author Ted Mooney (b.1951) died on March 22. Mooney debuted with the novel Easy Travel to Other Planets in 1981 and later published Traffic and Laughter.

Author Joël Houssin (b.1953) died on March 23. Houssin’s novels Les Vautours and Le Temps du twist both won the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire and he won the Prix Apollo for Argentine.

Fan David Lussier (b.1959) died on March 23. Originally attending cons in Boston, he moved to Orlando and became active in OASIS and often ran the Orlando SF Society’s Used Book Dealers’ Room table.

Actor Denise Coffey (b.1936) died on March 24. Perhaps best known for her work on Do Not Adjust Your Set, Coffey also appeared on The Tomorrow People, The Adventure Game, T.Bag and the Sunstones of Montezuma, and Dark Towers.

Author Rafael Llopis (b.1933) died on March 24.  In addition to his own writing, Llopis translated many English works into Spanish, including the first translations of Arthur Machen and H.P. Lovecraft. He also edited the anthology Cuentos de terror.

Actress Kathryn Hays (b.Kay Piper, 1933) died on March 25. Hays appeared in episodes of Star Trek, Circle of Fear, and Night Gallery.

Actor Gianna Cavina (b.1940) died on March 26. Cavina appeared in The House with Laughing Windows, Thomas and the Bewitched, Il signor Diavolo, and Balsamus l’uomo di Satana.

Animator Violetta Kolesnikova (b.1938) died on March 26. Kolesnikova worked on animation for The Mystery of the Third Planet, Murzilka on the Satellite, Opasnaja planeta¸ The Bremen Town Musicians, and many more.

Artist Garry Leach (b.1954) died on March 26. Leave inked Dan Dare and co-created Marvelman with Alan Moore. He went on to ink 2000 A.D., The Twelve, and Judge Dredd.

Actor Lars Bloch (b.1938) died on March 27. He appeared in The Flying Saucer, Atlas Against the Cyclope, Colossus and the Amazon Queen, and produced Ecce Homo.

Director Marvin J. Chomsky (b.1929) died on March 28. He directed Doctor Franken and three episodes of Star Trek, including “All Our Yesterdays” and “And the Children Shall Lead.” In 1966, he produced The Bubble, billed as being shot in “Space Vision.”

Actor Barrie Youngfellow (b.1946) died on March 28.  Youngfellow appeared in the ABC Weekend Special “The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf” and the horror films Vampire and Nightmare in Blood.

Fan Christine Ashby (b.Christine McGowan, c.1951) died on March 29. She became active in fandom in 1969 and won DUFF in 1976. In 1983, with husband Derrick Ashby, she organized Smoffcon 1. She published the zines Cor Serpentis, The Hag and the Hungry Goblin, and The Flight of the Kangaroo.

Actor Paul Herman (b.1946) died on March 29, his birthday. He appeared in the films The Purple Rose of Cairo, Mighty Aphrodite, Big, and Terrified.

Author Alan J. Hruska (b.1933) died on March 29.  Hruska wrote the novel Borrowed Time. He also wrote and director four non-genre films.

Fan Harri Miekka died around March 29. Miekka worked on Turconen, Finncon, Archipelacon, and served on the Dealers Room Staff for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. He was often responsible for sales and sponsorships.

Fan Edwin A. Scribner (b.1943) died on March 30. An Australian fan, Ted edited the second version of the Australian SF Bullsheet, for which he, along with co-editor Edwina Harvey, won three Ditmar Awards. He was active in the Sydney Futurians and was a fan of Larry Niven’s work.

Author Patricia MacLachlan (b.1938) died on March 31. A Newbery recipient, her genre works including Waiting for the Magic, Tomorrow’s Wizard, Wondrous Rex, “All the Names of Baby Hag,” and “Dragon’s Coo.”

Actor Tullio Moneta (b.1937) died on March 31. Moneta appeared in the science fiction film Steel Dawn, Howling IV: The Original Nightmare, and the adaptation of John Norman’s Outlaw of Gor.

Turkish artist Celâl Kandemiroglu (b.1953) died in March. Kandemiroglu created covers for novels beginning in 1978 with Lockruf der Dämonen and continued through the end of the century. During that time, he also provided in game graphics for several video games


Author Robert C. Cornett (b.1952) died on April 1. Cornett co-wrote the Seeds of War and the Time Mercenaries trilogies with Kevin Randle. His only solo credit was the story “A Truly Mechanical Man”

Artist Christopher Finch (b.1939) died on April 1. The author of The Art of Walt Disney and Of Muppets and Men, Finch served as the art editor for New Worlds from 1967 to 1968 and published the short story “A Landscape of Shallows” in the magazine.

Actor Estelle Harris (b.1928) died on April 2. Harris played Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies and also did voice work for Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Kim Possible, Dave the Barbarian, and appeared in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

Author Carlos Emílio Corrêa Lima (b.1956) died on April 2. Lima’s work tended toward magic realism with a science fictional influence.

Actor June Brown (b.1927) died on April 3. Brown appeared in the Doctor Who serial “The Time Warrior” and also appeared in Z Cars. She portrayed Nanny Slagg in the BBC mini series Gormenghast.

Author Lygia Fagundes Telles (b.1923) died on April 3. While most of her work is not genre, Telles has written numerous short stories that are of genre interest, many of which have been translated into English and German. In 1985, she was honored as a commander of the Order of Rio Branco.

Jerry Uelsmann (b.1934) died on April 4. Uelsmann is a photographer whose work was used for a 2005 illustrated edition of Stephen King’s ’Salem’s Lot.

Actor Nehemiah Persoff (b.) died on April 5. Persoff appeared in episodes of Logan’s Run, The Time Tunnel, Battlestar Galactica, Wonder Woman, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The Twilight Zone. He may be best known for his appearance in the non-genre film Some Like It Hot as Little Bonaparte.

Actor Jimmy Wang Yu (b.1943) died on April 5. A martial artist, he appeared in Master of the Fling Guillotine and produced The Tantana.

Artist Ralf Fichtner(b.1952) died on April 6. Fichtner was a cartoonist and caricaturist whose provided artwork for many books and comics. He provided cover and interior artwork for  Der Planet der weißen Nächte and Vorstoß nach Andromeda.

Script editor Renée Glynne (b.1926) died on April 6. Glynne worked on Yellow Submarine, The Earth Dies Screaming, Curse of the Fly, The Quatermass Experiment¸Spaceways, and several episodes of The Avengers and Catweazle.

Author David McKee (b.1935) died on April 6.  Mckee was the author of The Life Inside My Mind and the Melric the Magician series of stories. He began publishing genre fiction in 1980 with the story “Not Now, Bernard.”

Egyptian author Majid Tubya (b.1938) died on April 7.  Tubya’s stories “Five Unread Papers” and “The Jester’s Departure” were translated into English.

Special effects artist David Jones (b.c.1948) died on April 8.  Jones got his start as a model builder for Star Wars and went on to work on Close Encounters of the Third King, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Tales from the Crypt, and Starship Troopers. He earned an Emmy nomination for his work on Space: Above and Beyond.

Author Harry Patterson (b.1929) died on April 9. Patterson wrote under the name Jack Higgins and was best known as the author of thrillers, but he did occasionally write fantasy and horror, such as the short story “The Morgan Score.”

Actor Sonny Caldinez (b.1932) died on April 12.  Caldinez appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Nevewhere, The Fifth Element, and five different Doctor Who serials between 1967 and 1974, including both “The Curse of Peladon” and “The Monster of Peladon.”

Actor Gilbert Gottfried (b.1955) died on April 12. Gottfried voiced Iago in Disney’s Aladdin and also provide voicework on Cyberchase¸ Superman: The Animated Series, Teen Titans Go!, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Actor Rio Hackford (b.1970) died on April 14.  Hackford played Grayden Nash in Jonah Hex and was the IG-11 performance artist for The Mandalorian. He also appeared in Strage Days, Stay Alive, and Déjà vu.

Actor Liz Sheridan (b.1929) died on April 15. Best known for playing Jerry’s mother on Seinfeld, she had a recurring role on ALF and also appeared in episodes of Sliders and the films Wishman and Jekyll and Hyde…Together Again.

Actor James Olson (b.1930) died on April 17. Olson appeared in The Andromeda Strain, Commando, and Amityville II: The Possession. His television roles included appearances on The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, Battlestar Galacice, and Project U.F.O.

Actor Catherine Spaak (b.1945) died on April 17.  Most of Spaak’s work was for the Italian cinema and included the science fiction film Io e Caterina and the horror film The Cat o’ Nine Tails.

Author Valerio Evangelisti (b.1952) died on April 18. Evangelisti is the author of the Eymerich series as well as the novels Black Flag and Antracite. He won two Imaginaire awards as well as the Urania Award.

Composer Andrzej Korzynski (b.1940) died on April 18. Korzynski composed the music for the films Cosmos, Mr. Blob in the Universe, On the Silver Globe, and Tryumf pana Kleksa.

Director Gavin Millar (b.1938) died on April 20. Millar directed the films Dreamchild, My Friend Walter, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. He also directed the miniseries The Crow Road and the film Complicity, both based on Iain Banks’ novels.

Actor Robert Morse (b.1931) died on April 20. Perhaps best known for his starring role in the Broadway show How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, his genre roles included Grandpa Munster in Here Come the Munsters. He has done voicework for numerous animated shows and appeared on Night Gallery and The Twilight Zone.

Artist Marshall Arisman (b.1938) died on April 22. Arisman’s work appeared in Omni and on the covers of the Whispers anthology series. Arisman was the first American artist to display his work in mainland China.

Artist Justin Green (b.1945) died on April 23. Green’s work appeared in Arcade and Pulse.  His Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary helped inspire Art Speigelman to write Maus.

Artist James Bama (b.1926) died on April 24.  Bama did numerous covers, notably of Doc Savage, and produced the original artwork for Star Trek. His work was used on the cover of Aurora models Universal monster line.

Author Wolfgang Hädecke (b.1929) died on April 24. Hädecke was the author of Die Leute von Gomorrha.

Actor Ann Davies (b.1934) died on April 26. Davies appeared in the Doctor Who serial “The Dalek Invastion of Earth.”

Composer and musician Klaus Schulze (b.1947) died on April 26. Schulze wrote the song “Herbert” for the Dune soundtrack and performed with the space rock bands Ash Ra Tempel and The Cosmic Jokers.

Game seller Jerry Corrick (b.1951) died on April 27.  Corrick was a founder of Trident, Inc, which was formed to help publish On the Edge with Atlas Games, for which he later served as CFO. He also ran The Source Comics & Games with Bob Brynildson.

Actor Bob Elkins (b.1932) died on April 27. Eklins appeared in Zombie Cult Massacre and played the elder Hunferth in Beowulf: Prince of the Geats.

Actor Jossara Jinaro (b.1973) died on April 27.  Jinaro appeared as Sara Cranthir in the Doctor Who fan film Alternate Empire. She also appeared in GB: 2525 and episodes of Runaways. She provided voicework for Coco and Puss in Boots.

Comic artist Neal Adams (b.1941) died on April 28. Adams worked on numerous titles for DC and Marvel, perhaps most notable Green Lantern/Green Arrow. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame, the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, and the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame. In addition to his creative work. Adams worked to secure a pension and recognition for Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Screenwriter Harold Livingston (b.1924) died on April 28. Livingston wrote the screenplay for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and episodes of Future Cop and Fantasy Island. Livingston also helped establish the Israeli Air Force.

Actor Joanna Barnes (b.1934) died on April 29.  Barnes appeared in episodes of Planet of the Apes, The Name of the Game, and Fantasy Island, as well as the film Goodbye, Charlie. She may be best known for playing Hayley Mills’ potential stepmother in The Parent Trap.

Actor David Birney (b.1939) died on April 29. Best known for his role in Bridget Loves Bernie, he appeared in episodes of Sliders, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Poltergeist: The Legacy. He portrayed Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Radio Series.

Chicago fan John Nikitow (b.1956) died on April 29. Nikitow was an active participant in many Windycons, Capricons, and Chicons. In 2003, his short story “Trueworth” was the winner of the ISFIC Writers Contest.

Fan Dawn Wood died on April 30 from COVID.  Wood has worked as a Pax East enforcer since 2014 and contracted the disease at the convention.


Author Jim Murphy (b.1947) died on May 1. Murphy worked for Seabury Press before becoming an author. Although his YA books were mostly non-fiction, he did write Night Terrors and several genre short stories.

Actor Charles Siebert (b.1938) died on May 1. Siebert provided the voice of Poseidon on Xena: Warrior Princess and also portrayed Sisyphus. He did voicework on The Legend of Prince Valiant and appeared in an episode of The Incredible Hulk.

Author Pam Chillemi-Yeager (b.1955) died on May 2. Chillemi-Yeager began publishing in 1989 with the short story “Blue Star Fantasy: A New Age Love Story” and published several short stories and the Twisted Plan series. From 1989 to 2004, she co-edited the magazine Fantasque.

Actor Kailia Posey (b.2006) died on May 3. Posey appeared in the horror film Eli.

Fan Don Chappell (b.1927) died on May 5. Chappel was active in the 1950s and served as president of the Oklahoma Science Fiction Confederation.  He pubbed the fanzine Nite Cry as the clubzine for the OSFC.

Ukrainian author and screenwriter Serhiy Dyachenko (b.1945) died on May 5 in California. With his wife, Maryna, Dyachenko wrote numerous novels, including The Scar, which was published in the US in 2012. They were named the Best Writers in Europe at the 2005 Eurocon and won the Aelita Prize.

Actor Mike Hagerty (b.1954) died on May 5. Haggerty appeared in multiple episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also appeared in an episode of Hard Time on Planet Earth and the film Inspector Gadget.

Author Alexander Rybalka (b.1966) died on May 5. While most of Rybalka’s work is in the mystery field, he has written fantasy novels and co-wrote A Millennium on Loan with Daniel Kluger.

Actor Kenneth Walsh (b.1942) died on May 5. Walsh played Admiral Senna Tal on Star Trek: Discovery. He also appeared in The Fog, The Day After Tomorrow, Twin Peaks, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Author Patricia A. McKillip (b.1948) died on May 6. McKillip was the author of the Riddle Master of Hed trilogy and won the World Fantasy Award for her novels The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Ombria in Shadow. In 2008, she received a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Artist George Perez (b.1954) died on May 6.  Perez began working on The Avengers in the 1970s and later penciled The New Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths. In addition to his work for DC and Marvel, he worked for Image and Boom! Perez was a guest of honor at NorthAmeriCon ’17, the 2017 NASFIC in San Juan.

Bulgarian author Atanas P. Slavov (b.1947) died on May 6. In 1968, Slavov founded Terra Fantasia, the first SF club in Bulgaria and has served as the chairman since 2009. His work has easrned him three Eurocon Awards and has been translated into English, Russian, and German. He wrote the novel Psychoprogrammed [Man].

Actor Jack Kehler (b.1946) died on May 7. Kehler appeared as Jaheel in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as episodes of Tales from the Crypt, Babylon 5, Sliders, and the films Dudley Do-Right and Men in Black II.

Actor Robin Parkinson (b.1929) died on May 7.  Best known for his work on ‘Allo ‘Allo, his genre work included The Tomorrow People, They Came from Beyond Space, Out of the Unknown, Q.E.D., and Tales of Mystery.

Actor Bruce MacVittie (b.1956) died on May 7. MacVittie appeared in episodes of Tales from the Darkside, Manifest, the miniseries The Stand, and the film Killer Among Us.

Director John R. Cherry III (b.1948) died on May 8.  Cherry created the character Ernest P. Worrell, played by Jim Varney. His genre credits include Ernest Scared Stupid, Strangest Stories, Pirates of the Plain, and Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam.

Fan Dan Deckert (b.1952) died on May 8. Deckert was active in LASFS and served as a director for SCIFI. He chaired Loscon in 1982 and was declared a Patron Saint of LASFS. He published the ‘zine Entropy in L-APA.

Actor Fred Ward (b.1942) died on May 8. Ward appeared in the films Tremors II: Aftershocks, The Right Stuff, Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, and UFOria. He was also in episodes of Invasion Earth and The Incredible Hulk.

Dennis Waterman (b.1948) died on May 8.  Waterman appeared in episodes of Journey to the Unknown and Thriller. His films included Scars of Dracula and Fright.

Fan Anna Lynn Harris (b.1951) died on May 10.  Harris served for many years on the RiverCon concom and managed the convention’s art show. She was a member of The Cincinnati Fantasy Group and active in art shows throughout the Midwest and South. In 2000, she received the Rebel Award.

Actor June Preston (b.1928) died on May 11.  Preston appeared in the films Heaven Can Wait, All That Money Can By, and Shrimps for a Day. She retired from acting when she was 16.

Fan Karl Lembke (b.1960) died on May 15. Lembke served as Chairman of LASFS and chaired Loscon 32.  In 2010, he was award the Evans-Freehafer Trophy for his service to LASFS.

Actor Maggie Mancuso (b.Maggie Peterson, 1941) died on May 15. Best known under her maiden name for playing Charlene Darling on The Andy Griffith Show, she worked behind the scenes as a location manager on Mars Attacks! And Perdita Durango.

Actor John Aylward (b.1946) died on May 17.  Aylward’s films included Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Creature, Armageddon, . He appeared in the television series Fringe, American Horror Stories, Alias, and Stargate SG-1.

Actor Marnie Schulenberg (b.1984) died on May 17 from cancer. Schulenberg is best known for appearing on soap operas, but she also appeared in an episode of the television series Fringe.

Composer Vangelis (b.1943) died on May 17. Vangelis wrote the score for Blade Runner, The Third Law,Black Milk, and Stranger than Fiction. He won an Oscar for the score to Chariots of Fire.

Actor Linda Lawson (b.1936) died on May 18. Lawson appeared in the episode “Moment of Hate” in the television series One Step Beyond. She also was one of the bus passengers on The Beatles The Magical Mystery Tour and appeared in the film Night Tide.

Artist Henry Mavrodin (b.1937) died on May 18. Movrodin’s work appeared on the cover of numerous books in his native Romania, including translations of Asimov’s I, Robot and Verne’s The Castle of the Carpathians.

Author Roger Angell (b.1920) died on May 20. Best known as a baseball writer, his stories “Just a Matter of Time” and “In an Early Winter” are of genre interest.

Academic Mirosław Gołuński (b.1973) died on May 20. Gołuński’s work focused on myths, historical novels, and fantasy works and he was a frequent panelist at Polish science fiction conventions. His dissertation was on myths in the work of Teodor Parnacki.

Artist Colin Cantwell (b.1932) died on May 21.  Cantwell earned the first animation degree from UCLA and worked for JPL in the 1960s, feeding information to Walter Cronkite during the Apollo 11 landing. He went on to work on 2001: a Space odyssey, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, War Games, and designed prototypes for X-Wings, Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, the Death Star, and other ships for Star Wars.

Fan Linda Kent (b.1941) died on May 21. Active in the 1960s and 70s, she worked on Noreascon 1 as well as many of the early Boskones. She was a member of NESFA as well as a Founding Fellow of NESFA.

Fan Greg Jein (b.1945) died on May 22. Jein edited the fanzine The Film Clipper and had one of the largest private collections of original Star Trek props. He found his way into model making with the film Flesh Gordon and was nominated for an Oscar for Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Author Peter Lamborn Wilson (b.1945) died on May 22.  Wilson, who also published under the name Hakim Bey, published the novels Crowstone and False Documents as well as several short stories. He co-edited an issue of Semiotext[e] SF with Rudy Rucker and Robert Anton Wilson.

Author Maja Kossakowska (b.1972) died on May 23. Kossakowska began publishing in 1997 with the story “Mucha,” She published four novels, beginning with Siewca Wiatru and received the Janusz A. Zajdel Award for the short story “Smok tańczy dla Chung Fonga.”

Make up artist Maurizio Silvi (b.1949) died on May 24. Silvi worked on the films Stigma, Delirium, and Dragonheart and the television series The Seventh Scroll.

Director Gary Nelson (b.1934) died on May 25.  Nelson directed directed Freaky Friday, The Black Hole, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, and episodes of It’s About Time, Get Smart, and Early Edition.

Actor Ray Liotta (b.1954) died on May 26. Liotta portrayed Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams and also appeared in Muppets from Space, No Escape, Mob of the Dead, and Unforgettable.

Special effects artist Isidoro Raponi (b.1945) died on May 27. He worked as a prop master on The Hunt for Red October and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and as a mechanical effects creator for The Running Man, King Kong, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Actor Bo Hopkins (b.1942) died on May 28. Hopkins appeared in Tentacles, Mutant, Phantoms, Sweet Sixteen, and the television series The Hitchhiker.

Fan Roger Tener (b.1953) died on May 28.  Tener, who went by the nickname Pinky, founded the Dawn Patrol and published its daily newsletter. He helped plan the Tucker Tribute and was a GoH at Archon 16, SoonerCon 13, and DemiCon 20.

Actor Mike Haggerty (b.1954) died on May 29. Haggerty appeared in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as a video game.  Other genre roles included the films Space Truckers, Hard Time on Planet Earth, and Inspector Gadget.

Actor Ronnie Hawkins (b.1935) died on May 29. Hawkins appeared in the TV movie Back to the Beanstalk and an episode of Seeing Things. He was also in the horror film Prom Night II.

Actor and director Milton Gonçalves (b.1933) died on May 30. Gonçalves directed numerous episodes of O Bem-Amado and appeared in Acquaria, Macunaima, and Xuxinha and Guto Against the Space Monsters.

Cartoonist R.C. Harvey (b.1937) died on May 31. Harvey published columns in The Comics Journal beginning in 1976. He wrote Cartoons of the Roaring Twenties and other books as well as serving as curator for various comcis based museum exhibits.


Costume designer May Routh (b.1934) died on June 1. She created costumes for The Man Who Fell to Earth, Morons from Outer Space, Roswell, Splash, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

 Author Barbara Paul (b.1931) died in early June. Paul began publishing short fiction in 1972 and her first novel, An Exercise for Madmen, appeared in 1978.  She published four more novels over the next two years and later published the Star Trek novel The Three-Minute Universe.

Artist Ken Kelly (b.1946) died on June 3. Kelly began working in the fantasy field in 1971 and did covers for numerous books published by DAW Books and other publishers.  His work was collected in The Art of Ken Kelly and Escapes. In addition to his fantasy work, he also created album covers for KISS.

Author George Lamming (b.1927) died on June 4. A poet and author, Lamming’s final novel, Natives of My Person had fantastic elements. Following its publication he turned to focusing on non-fiction.

Fashion designer John Bates (b.1935) died on June 5. Bates was hired to create costumes for Diana Rigg on The Avengers and for Jenny Runacre for The Final Programme.

Animator Olga Orlova (b.1932) died on June 5. Orlova worked on The Mystery of the Third Planet, Prometheus, The Flying Ship, Vovka in a Far Far Away Kingdom, and episodes of Stories from My Childhood.

Mike Pruette (b.1971) died on June 6. Pruette ran Celtic Leatherworks and often exhibited and sold at Celtic festivals and Ren Faires. He also was the cover artist for Faith Hunter and C.E. Murphy’s Easy Pickings: A Jane Yellowrock/Walker Papers Crossover.

Author Serge Minskevich (b.Siarhey Mytsko, 1969) died on June 8.  A Belarus author of “quasifantasy” and space fantasy, he published numerous short stories and two novels.

Artist Paula Rego (b.1935) died on June 8. Rego’s works appeared on the covers of the anthology Wonder Tales and an edition of Pinocchio. Most of her non-genre art focsed on women’s rights

Fan Pat Silver (b.Pat Brown) died on June 8.  Silver joined fandom in the early 1980s and worked tech at several Eastercons and Novacons, writing up best practices for the zine Conrunner. She was a filker and in 1991 earned the Doc Weir Award.

Actor Julee Cruise (b.1956) died on June 9. Cruise is a singer whose work appeared in Scream and who performed as a roadhouse singer in Twin Peaks.

Actor Billy Kametz (b.1987) died on June 9.

Kametz was a voice actor for video games and television series, working on Resident Evil, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Final Fantasy, Marvel Avengers Academy, and numerous other works.

Actor Matt Zimmerman (b.1934) died on June 9. Zimmerman provided the voice for Alan Tracy on Thunderbirds. He appeared as Shooty in the television series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He also appeared in an episode of UFO.

Actor Philip Baker Hall (b.1931) died on June 12. Hall has appeared in films including Ghostbusters II, Terror Out of the Sky, Tempting Fate, and television series including M.A.N.T.I.S., Man from Atlantis, and Third Rock from the Sun.

Ki Longfellow (b.1944) died on June 12. Longfellow was a novelist and playwright whose novel Houdini Heart was of genre interest. She also wrote historical novels and mysteries.

Fan Marc Durocher (b.c.1949) died on June 13. Durocher was a member of the Montreal Science Fiction/Fantasy Association. In addition to being an advisor to the organization, Durocher wrote reviews for its newsletter, presented at meetings, and was involved in running local conventions.

Game designer Maureen Hiron (b.1942) died on June 13. Hiron developed the game Continuo, Quizwrangle, and Cavandish and more than 60 other board, card, dice, and other games.

Game designer Paul Lidberg (b.1966) died on June 13.  Lidberg worked as a buer for Wargames West and as an assistante games editor for TSR. With Douglas Niles he designed A Line in the Sand and later designed The SuperFogeys and Zombie Stomp: The Game.

Fan Sasa Neuman (b.1952) died on June 13. Neuman was a member of LASFS. Neuman attended various conventions and other gatherings of fans in LA, including LASFS meetings.

Fan Wayne McCalla (b.1968) died on June 14. A longtime convention attendee, McCalla was a fan of both science fiction and fantasy and was known to drive across multiple states to attend author readings.

Animator Everett Peck (b.1950) died on June 14.  Peck created the character Duckman for Dark Horse Comics. He went on to work on animation for Squirrel Boy, Rugrats, The Critic, and other animated series.

 Poet Simon Perchik (b.1923) died on June 14. Many of Perchik’s poems had fantastic elements in them and originally appeared in genre magazines.

 Actor Maureen Arthur (b.1934) died on June 15. Arthur made appearances on television series Mork and Mindy, Night Gallery, Get Smart, and The Flying Nun.

Actor Tommy Dysart (b.1935) died on June 15. Dysart appeared in Body Melt, What the Moon Saw, Sky Pirates, and Phoenix Five. He provided voicework for The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello.

Author Geoffrey H. Goodwin (b.1971) died on June 15. Goodwin began publishing fiction in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet in 2002 with “Stoddy Awchaw.” He published six more stories over the next nine years, as well as essay and interviews.

Fan Shamus Young (b.1971) died on June 15.  Young wrote the Twenty Sided blog since 2005 and later DM of the Rings. He was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Fan Writer in 2016.

Actor Raymundo Garduño died on June 16.  Garduño was killed in a road accident while filming The Chosen One. He had previously appeared in Here Comes the Devil.

Computer programmer Kenneth Knowlton (b.1931) died on June 16. Knowlton was a pioneer of using computers to create artwork using symbols and later developed software for creating photomosaics.

Actor Paco Mufote died on June 16.  Mufote was killed in a road accident while filming The Chosen One. He had previously appeared in People from Another Planet and Sanguijuelas.

Comic artist Tim Sale (b.1956) died on June 16.  Sale worked on the comic versions of Robert Lynn Asprin’s MythAdventures and Thieves’ World. He went on to work on several Batman titles and also worked for Marvel, often in collaboration with Jeff Loeb. He won the Eisner in 1999 for Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team.

Actor Tyler Sanders (b.2004) died on June 16. Sanders appeared in the series Just Add Magic and Fear the Walking Dead and the films Milk Teeth and A Shot in the Dark.

Assistant director Glen Trotiner (b.1956) died on June 16. Trotiner worked as an AD on Gotham, Morbius, Captain America: The First Avenger, Halloween II, Independence Day, and Deep Impact.

Artist Marlenka Stupica (b.1927) died on June 17. Stupica was known for her children’s book illustrations, many of which retold fairy tales, including works by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. She was a multiple Levstik Award winner and also won the Preseren Award.

Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant (b.1930) died on June 17. Trintignant appeared in The City of Lost Children, Barbarella, Immoral, Tykho Moon, Journey Beneath the Desert, and Stranger Than Fiction.

Fan Bryan Barrett (b.1957) died on June 20.  Barrett was a bookseller and was involved in con-running. In 1987, he served as an agent for the Britain in 1987 Worldcon bid and he co-chaired the 1998 World Fantasy Con in Monterey. He co-edited the fanzine Abattoir/Cartouche.

Actor Regimantas Adomaitis (b.1937) died on June 20. Adomaitis appeared in Es ist nicht leicht, ein Gott zu sein, based on the works of Boris and Arkady Strugatsky.

Artist and animator Simon Deitch (b.1947) died on June 21. Deitch’s work was part of the underground commix movement and he created Deitch’s Pictorama with his brothers, Kim and Seth.He also did animation for The Head and Igor and the Lunatics.

Actor Leon Lissek (b.1939) died on June 21. Lissek appeared in Time Bandits, The Dybbuk, Countess Dracula, The Discovery of Heaven, Journey to the Unknwon, and Bloodmoon.

Producer Robert Katz (b.1943) died on June 22. Katz produced the films Sea of Dreams and It’s Alive. He served as an assistant production coordinator on the film Teen Witch.

Actor Ernst Jacobi (b.1933) died on June 23. Jacobi appeared in the film Die letzten Tage von Gomorrha.

Musician Massimo Morante (b.1952) died on June 23. Monrante played with the prog rock band Goblin and his music appeared in Dawn of the Dead, Patrick, Shaun of the Dead, Suspira, and Tenebrae.

Actor Bobbie Faye Ferguson (b.1943) died on June 26.  Ferguson appeared in an episode of Freddy’s Nightmares and the film The Bermuda Triangle. She worked as a consultant for the film Space Cowboys.

Actor Mary Mara (b.1960) died on June 26. Mara appeared in K-Pax, Love Potion No. 9, three episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, and episodes of Lost and Farscape.

Actor Frank Williams (b.1931) died on June 26.  Williams appeared in Jabberwocky, Oh Heavenly Dog, and episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Journey to the Unknown, and The Gnomes of Dulwich.

Author Billy Wolfenbarger (b.1943) died on June 26. Wolfenbarger began publishing science fiction poetry in 1965 with “Child of Wilderness” and “Thru Tulsa.” In 1972, his story “Smiling Sam” was published and he continued to publish short fiction for twenty years.

Comedian Nick Nemeroff (b.1989) died on June 27. Nemeroff played the voice of the robot in the short film System Error.

Actor Joe Turkel (b.1927) died on June 27. Turkel portrayed Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner and also appeared in The Shining, The Dark Side of the Moon, and Land of the Giants.

Actor Cüneyt Arkin (b.Fahrettin Cüreklibatir, 1937) died on June 28.  While most of his films were only released in Turkey some did get wider distribution. He appeared in The Man Who Saved the World, Turks in Space, Süpermenler, and Holy Sword.

Author Dorothy Heydt (b.1942) died on June 28.  Heydt edited the first Star Trek Concordance and created one of the first Vulcan languages.  She published the novels The Interior Life and A Point of Honor as well as numerous short stories.  As an early member of SCA, she helped create the oath of fealty. Active in the Usenet era, she originated the “Eight Deadly Words.”

Author Collin Piprell (b.1920) died on June 29. Piprell published MOM, the first book of his Magic Circles trilogy, in 2009 with the second volume, Genesis 2.0, published in 2017.

Zulfikar Ghose (b.1935) died on June 30. Ghose’s genre-related novels are Figures of Enchantment and Hulme’s Investigations into the Bogart Script.

Author Tom Chmielewski (b.1952) died in June. Chmielewski published the novel Lunar Dust, Martian Sands in 2014 and followed up with two additional novels in the trilogy as well as an audio drama prequel. He served as treasurer for the Clarion Foundation.

Poet Jean Kenward (b.1920) died in June. Kenward published several poems in the 1986 anthology Spaceways: An Anthology of Space Poems, edited by John Foster. She was also a prolific children’s author.


Comics editor Pat McCallum (b) died in early July. McCallum co-founded the magazine Wizard and went on to work as an editor for DC for nearly a decade.

Author Aleksandr Bachilo (b.1959) died on July 2. Bachilo wrote the stories “The Building Atop the Hill,” “The Chartreuse Sky,” and “This is Moscow, Old Man!” He directed the film Nochnoy bazar and wrote the film Our Masha and the Magic Nut.

Director Peter Brook (b.1925) died on July 2. Brook wrote and directed the 1963 film Lord of the Flies.

Dancer Bruno Falcon (b.1964) died on July 2. Falcon appeared in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and Captain EO. He choreographed the live action references for the animated film Thumbelina.

Actor Brian Jackson (b.1931) died on July 2. Jackson appeared in the film Gorgo and in episodes of The Avengers, Quatermas and the Pit, and The Tomorrow People.

Fan Samantha B Jeude (b.1952) died on July 3. Jeude found science fiction and fandom in college and went on to create Electrical Eggs, a disability advice organization. She was a GoH at Rivercon XIII, Chattacon XVII, and Balticon 31 and received the Rebel, Big Heart, and Hank Reinhardt Fan Awards.

Author Ni Kuang (b.1935) died on July 3. Ni wrote the screenplay for Fists of Fury and also wrote several wuxia novels, as well as the Dr. Yuen series and most of the Wisely series.

Actor Sergey Sosnovskiy (b.1955) died on July 3. Sosnovskiy appeared in the films Petropolis and The Blackout and episodes of Better than Us and Central Russia’s Vampires.

 Actor Mona Hammond (b.1931) died on July 4. Hammong appeared in the films 10,000 BC and the Doctor Who episode Rise of the Cybermen. She also appeared in episodes of Fairy Tales and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased).

Author Alan Kubatiyev (b.1952) died on July 4. Kubatiev translated the works of H.G. Wells, Michael Moorcock, and Ursula Le Guin into Russian and published his own works in Russian.

Author Betty Levin (b.1927) died on July 4. Levin was the author of several children’s novels, including the Claudia and Evan trilogy, A Binding Spell, and The Forbidden Land.

Physicist Russell Stannard (b.1931) died on July 4. In addition to his scientific work, Stannard published the Uncle Albert children’s trilogy as well as the novels Here I Am!, World of 1001 Mysteries, and Virtutopia.

Author Patrick Watson (b.1929) died on July 4. Watson worked as a broadcaster, radio interviewer, producer, and director. In 1978, he published the science fiction novel Alter Ego.

Actor Lenny Von Dohlen (b.1958) died on July 5. Dolan appeared in the television series Twin Peaks and episodes of The Orville, The Pretender, and the 1990 version of The Flash. He starred in the films Creator and Electric Dreams.

Author Binette Schroeder (b.1939) died on July 5. While most of Schoeder’s literary output was not of genre interest, she did publish the YA fantasy Der Zauberling, which was translated into English.

Author and editor Vincent Michael Simbulan died on July 5. In addition to publishing several short stories, Simbulan edited the anthologies A Time for Dragons and Philippine Speculative Fiction 5, the latter with Nikki Alfar.

Actor James Caan (b.1940) died on July 6. Caan appeared in The Godfather and numerous other mainstream films. His genre roles include Rollerball, Alien Nation, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Artist Frantisek Chochola (b.1943) died on July 6. Chochola created the cover art for the German translations of Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series.

Fan Robert Lichtman (b.1942) died on July 6. Lichtman was the editor of Trap Door and served as Secretary-Treasurer of FAPA from 1986 until his death. He served as the TAFF delegate in 1989. A multiple Harry Warner Memorial Award winner, he was twice nominated for the Hugo for best fanzine.

Artist Kazuki Takahashi (b.1961) died in early July.  Takahasi was known for his manga, including Tokio no Taka and Drump. In 1996, he created Yu-Gi-Oh!, which spawned an anime television series and trading card game.

Author Barbara Delaplace (b.1952) died on July 7. Delaplace began publishing in 1991 with the story “Legends Never Died” and she won a HOMer Award in 1992 for the story “Black Ice.” She was a Campbell nominee in both years of her eligibility. Delaplace was married to Jack C. Haldeman II.

Cartoonist Robert C. Harvey (b.1937) died on July 7 following a fall that resulted in broken ribs. In addition to his own cartoon work, Harvey wrote or edited more than a dozen books on comics and cartooning, including a biography of Milton Caniff.

Author Alexander Gritsenko (b.1980) died on July 8. Gritsanko was the co-author of the novel Mustankery under the name Nick Odintsov.

Actor Gregory Itzin (b.1948) died on July 8. Itzin has appeared in several Star Trek series, including Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise . He also played Magistrate Higgins in Firefly and was in episodes of Quantum Leap, Voyagers!, and Eerie, Indiana.

Fan Gordon Saunders (b.1955) died on July 8. Saunders was a longtime convention attendee, including Worldcons, and could frequently be found entering the masquerade and working on costumes.

Actor Tony Sirico (b.1942) died on July 8. Best known for playing Paulie “Walnuts” on The Sopranos, Sirico also appeared in Mighty Aphrodite, Hello Again, and episodes of Medium.

Actor Larry Storch (b.1923) died on July 8. Best known starring in F Troop, Storch also had a long career in voicework, providing voices for Journey Back to Oz, Groovie Goolies, The Flight of the Dragons, and The Batman/Superman Hour.

Actor and director L.Q. Jones (b.1927) died on July 9.  Jones appeared in episodes of My Favorite Martian, Voyagers!, and the film Timerider. Jones also directed an episode of The Incredible Hulk. He may be best known for directing and writing the film A Boy and His Dog, for which he won a Hugo.

Director Sophie Castille (b.1971) died on July 11.  Castille was the co-founder of Europe Comics, a consortium of 13 European comic publis0hers, and was a key figure in the growth of European graphic novels.

Composer Monty Norman (b.1928) died on July 11. Norman is best known for composing the James Bond theme.  He also composed music for The Day the Earth Caught Fire, The Return of Superman, and The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll.

Author Herbert W. Franke (b.1927) died on July 16.  A theoretical physicist, Franke began publishing science fiction in the 1950s and also began creating art using computers. Writing in German, several of his novels have been translated into other languages and in 1970 he was a Guest of Honor at Heicon, the Worldcon in Heidelberg, Germany.

Actor Mickey Rooney, Jr. (b.Joseph Yule III, 1945) died on July 16. The son of Mickey Rooney, he appeared in Beyond the Bermuda Triangle and was a Mousketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club.

Fan Harry Alm died on July 17. A founder of the Anne McCaffrey dan club Ista Weyr, Alm was also a filker. He was guest of honor at Coastcon XIV.

Auipthor, editor, and publisher Eric Flint (b.1947) died on July 17.  As an author, Flint’s most well-known work may have been his 1632 series, which he opened up to other authors and helped nurture many authors to their first professional sale. His editing of many classic sf authors renewed interested in their careers. He was an early proponent of non-DRM e-books. He eventually founded Ring of Fire Press to continue supporting new authors. Flint was the GoH at the 2010 NASFIC, ReConStruction.

Actor Rebecca Balding (b.1948) died on July 18.

Balding appeared in more than 20 episodes of Charmed as well as episodes of The Bionic Woman and Supetrain. She was in the film the Boogens.

Author and editor Valjeanne Jeffers died on July 18.  Jeffers was the author of the Immortal series, Mona Livelong, and several short stories. She was the editor of Genesis Science Fiction Magazine .She has published poetry under than name Valjeanne Jeffers-Thompson.

Programmer Al Evans (b.1946) died on July 19. Evans created the videogame Cap’n Magneto in the 1980s for the Apple III and Mac.

Fan Alun Tegei Hughes (b.1960) died on July 19. Hughes was active in the Cambridge University SF Society, serving as librarian and chair. He later was involved in editing the Vance Integral Edition, a 44 volume edition of the works of Jack Vance.

Editor Michael Ambrose (b.1956) died on July 20. Ambrose edited The Argonaut from 1977 through 1995. Prior to that, he edited Macabre in 1972 and 1976. The publisher of Argo Press, Ambrose also wrote short fiction and poetry, sometimes publishing under the names C.T. Thackeray, Reginald Brane, and Duncan Moss 

Comic author Alan Grant (b.1949) died on July 20. Grant worked on Judge Dredd for 2000 AD. He went on to work on Batman as well as a Batman/Judge Dredd crossover. Grant also worked on The Bogie Man, Doctor Who, Manix, and many other titles.

Actor Taurean Blacque (b.1940) died on July 21. Blaque appeared in Wonderbug, The Krofft Supershow, DeepStar Six, and Tara. He may be best known for his role as Neal Washington on Hill Street Blues.

Author Stuart Woods (b.1938) died on July 22. Best known as as the author of detective fiction and thrillers, he wrote the horror novel Under the Lake.

Actor Jered Barclay (b.1930) died on July 23. Barclay appeared in the film War of the Satellites and more recently had a career as a voice actor in Trollkins, The Transformers, and The Smurfs.

Animator Paul Coker (b.1929) died on July 23. Coker worked for MAD Magazine and served as a character designer for The Reluctant Dragon & Mr. Toad Show, The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye, and various Rankin/Bass holiday specials.

Editor Sidney Jacobson (b.1929) died on July 23. Jacobson served as the editor in chief t Harvey Comics, where he created the Hanna-Barbera line. He eventually moved on to Marvel, where he created Star Comics. He also adapted the 9/11 Commission Report into a graphic novel.

Director Bob Rafelson (b.1933) died on July 23. Rafelson co-created The Monkees and directed their film Head. He also directed several fantasy episodes of Play of the Week and the film Notre Dame de la Croisette.

Artist Jang-Sung Rak (b.1985) died on July 23 from a cerebral hemorrhage. Rak, who also worked under the name Dubu, was the artist for the web comic “Solo Leveling.”

Fan Page Appelbaum (b.1953) died on July 24. Appelbaum was active in Iowa and Minnesota fandom and participated in historical reenactments. She was a member of MnStf and worked on Minicons.

Actor David Warner (b.1941) died on July 24. Warner portrayed Jack the Ripper in Time After Time, Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Sark in Tron.  He also appeared in Doctor Who, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., and Babylon 5 as well as doing voicework in numerous animated sows and video games.

Photographer Irina Ionesco (b.1935) died on July 25. Ionesco’s work was featured on a series of books published by Fischer Taschenbuch for their series of reprints of the works of Franz Kafka.

Actor Yôko Shimada (b.1953) died on July 25. Shimada appeared in more than 20 episodes of Kamen Rider. While most of her career was in Japanese cinema, she also appeared in the TV mini-series Shogun.

Actor Paul Sorvino (b.1939) died on July 25.  Sorvino played Eddie Valentine in The Rocketeer, did voicework for Duckman, and played Dr Nikolai Rozhenko in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Author David Ireland (b.1927) died on July 26. Ireland was the author of The Flesheaters, A Woman of the Future, and City of Women. He was also an artist, creating the cover are for Underwood-Miller editions of Jack Vance’s works, among others.

Actor Akira Ishihama (b.1935) died on July 26. Ishihama appeared in Shin Kamen Rider, Supernova Flashman, Mobile Sheriff Jiban, and the film Day-Dream.

Scientist James Lovelock (b.1919) died on July 26, his 103rd birthday. Lovelock is best known for originating the Gaia hypothesis in the 1970s. He also co-write the science fiction novel The Greening of Mars with Michael Allaby.

Artist and author Jeanne Steig (b.1930) died on July 26. Many of Steig’s books were retellings of fairy tales and myths, often illustrated by her husband. In addition to her work as an author, Steig was also an accomplished sculptor and mixed-media artist.

Dutch author Felix Thijssen (b.1933) died on July 26. Thijssen wrote the Arne Nay Sterzon series and the Ruimteverkenner Mark Stevens series. He began publishing in 1975 with the title De mistral.

Actor Mary Alice (b.1941) died on July 27.  Alice appeared in The Wishing Tree, episodes of Touched by an Angel, and The Matrix Revolutions.

Actor and director Tony Dow (b.1945) died on July 27.  Dow is most famous for his role as Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, but he went on to direct several episodes of Babylon 5, Crusade, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also did visual effects of Doctor Who: The Movie.

Producer Burt Metcalfe (b.1935) died on July 27. Best known as the producer of M*A*S*H, he appeared in The Twilight Zone episode “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” as well as an episode of The Outer Limits.

Actor Bernard Cribbins (b.1928) died on July 28. Cribbins appeared in the 1966 Doctor Who film Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. and later portrayed companion Wilfred Mott on the revived television series. Other genre appearances include The Mouse on the Moon¸ Space: 1999, and Jackanory. He had alrady filmed scenes for the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Special.

Writer and producer Ron Zimmerman (b.1957) died on July 28. Zimmerman produced Friday the 13th and The One. He wrote for Justice League Unlimited and The Simpsons. He also wrote for Marvel Comics titles The Punisher and Spider-Man.

Fan James Stone Gasahl (b.1961) died on July 29. Gasahl was a Michigan fan who attended the occasional Worldcon. He served as the dealers’ room manager for Media West for five years.

Actor Pat Carroll (b.1927) died on July 30. Carroll provided the voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid. She also provided voicework for Superman, The Super 6, and My Neighbor Totoro. Her appearances included Good Heavens and Legends of the Superheroes.

Actor Nichelle Nichols (b.1932) died on July 30.  Nichols portrayed Lt. Nyota Uhura on Star Trek and in several spinoff properties. She also did voicework for numerous animated shows, including Gargoyles, Batman: The Animated Series, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. Her role as Uhura has been cited by many as an inspiration.

Actor John Steiner (b.1941) died on July 31. Steiner appeared in the films Bedazzled, Yor: The Hunter from the Future, Sinbad of the Seven Seas, and Morel’s Invention.


Actor Rosa de Castilla (b.1932) died on August 1. De Castilla was primarily a singer, byt she appeared in numerous films, including as the female lead in The Hell of Frankenstein

Actor Cherie Gil (b.1963) died on August 5. Gill appeared in numerous films in her native Phillipines, including Mana, Marina, Magikland, Lastikman, and the television series Sirkus.

Actor Larry Rew (b.1947) died on August 5. Rew had a brief appearance in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings and larger roles in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Crucible of the Vampire. He also appeared in Avatar and Mis-Drop.

Actor Richard Roat (b.1933) died on August 5. Roat appeared in the films Westworld and Hearts and Soul. He made appearances on ALF, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Logan’s Run, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Actor Clu Gulager (b.William Martin Gulager, 1928) died on August 6. Gulager appeared in The Return of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, the Feast films, the miniseries Space, and Terror at London Bridge.

Actor Roger E. Mosley (b.1938) died on August 7 following a car accident. He appeared in episodes of the TV series Night Gallery, Robocop, and Good vs. Evil, as well as the films Heart Condition and Cruise into Terror.

Actor Olivia Newton-John (b.1948) died on August 8 after a multi-year battle with breast cancer. Best known for her appearance in Grease and the song “Let’s Get Physical,” she appeared in genre films Toomorrow, Xanadu, Two of a Kind, and Sharknado 5.

Fan Dave Tompkins (b.1951) died on August 8. Tompkins worked on the art show for many UK conventions, beginning with Season ’79, and stored the display panels between cons. In 2002, he was received the Doc Weir Award.

Academic Jenny Wolmark (b.1948) died on August 8.  She published the story Aliens and Others: Science Fiction, Feminism and Postmodernism and wrote numerous essays on science fiction and feminism.

Artist Raymond Briggs (b.1934) died on August 9. Best known as an illustrator and graphic novels, Briggs created The Snowman and the apocal. He was a multiple Kate Greenaway Medal recipient and was inducted into the British Comics Hall of Fame in 2012.

Artist Wade Furlong (b.1980) died on August 9 by suicide.  His art appeared in Spectrum 16 and preferred to work in pen and ink.

Wrestler Gene LeBell (b.1932) died on August 9. LeBell also did stunt work in television shows including Quantum Leap, The X-Files, and Batman, as well as in the films Robocop, Spider-Man 2, Batman & Robin, and Total Recall.

Author Cecile Pineda (b.1932) died on August 11. She founded the Theater of Man in 1969. She wrote the novels The Love Queen of the Amazon and Bardo99.

Artist Jean-Jaques Sempé (b.1932) died on August 11.  Sempé created the cartoon “Little Nicolas” with René Goscinny and the two also co-wrote the story “Old Spuds.” His work frequently appeared on the cover of The New Yorker.

Actor Anne Heche (b.1969) died on August 12, a week after she was involved in a fiery car accident. Heche did voicework for The Legend of Korra and Adventure Time. She appeared in an episode of Masters of Science Fiction and the films Volcano and Toxic Skies. She was nominated for Saturn Awards in 1999 and 2005.

Artist Sho Murase (b.1969) died on August 12 following a long battle with various health issues. Her first graphic novel, Sei, was published in 2003. Murase also did work for Disney and DC Comics. She served as the character designer for Guardians of Luna.

Director Wolfgang Peterson (b.1941) died on August 12. Peterson was nominated for directing Enemy Mine. He also directed Bicentennial Man and The NeverEnding Story. He had been attached to direct a film version of A Spell for Chameleon.

Fan Monica Boyd (b.1969) died on August 13. Boyd was a frequent attendee at Loscon and could often be found helping run parties in the evening.

Actor Denise Dowse (b.1958) died on August 13. Dowse appeared in Pleasantville, Starship Troopers, and Dr. Dolittle 2. She also had roles in the television series The X-Files, Mr. Mercedes, and Threshold.

Actor Robyn Griggs (b.1973) died on August 13. Griggs appeared in Alien Vengeance, The Absence of Light, Zombiegeddon, Dead Clowns, and several other horror films.

Fan Jack Calvert (b.1941) died on August 14. Calvert published the fanzine Exclam! in FAPA and was also active in LASFAPA. Calvert attended many Bay area conventions.

Actor Marshall Napier (b.1951) died on August 14. Napier appeared in episodes of The Los World, Farscape, Time Trax, and Mission: Impossible as well as the films The Beast, Little Monsters, and Meteorites!.

Academic Peter Davison (b.1926) died on August 16. Davison edited the complete works of George Orwell and published an Orwell biography.

Author Joseph Delaney (b.1945) died on August 16. Delaney was mostly known as a young adult author and wrote the Aberrations series, the Arena 13 series, and the Spook’s Universe series. His novel Mercer’s Whore was written under the pseudonym J.K. Haderack.

Actor Bruce Montague (b.1939) died on August 16. Montague appeared in episodes of Whoops Apocalypse, Undermind, and Dimensions of Fear. He was also in television movies of The Thief of Baghdad and A Conencticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

Artist Dennis Nolan (b.1945) died on August 16. Nolan’s work appeared on the covers of several of Orson Scott Card’s novels (sometimes under the name Jane Mitchell), as well as books by Jane Yolen, Susan Shwartz, and Andre Norton.

Director Sombat Metanee (b.1937) died on August 18. Among his more than 2,000 film appearance, Metanee appeared in the fantasy films Tah Tien, Khun Chang Khun Paen, Kraithong, and Kraithong 2.

Artist Tom Palmer (b.1941) died on August 18. Palmer worked for Marvel on Doctor Strange, Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, and X-Men. He won a Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award in 2014.

Actor Virginia Patton (b.1925) died on August 18. Patton appeared in the films The Horn Blows at Midnight and It’s a Wonderful Life before retiring from acting in the late 1940s.

Actor Josephine Tewson (b.1931) died on August 18. Tewson appeared inepisodes of Z Cars, the Champions, and Thriller. She also appeared in a version of The Hound of the Baskervilles and Gabrielle and the Doodleman.

Fan Robert W. Glaub (b.1954) died on August 20. Glaub was active on GEnie and SFF.Net. He was a frequent conventon attendee and worked in intelligence for the Air Force and NSA.

Actor Leon Vitali (b.1948) died on August 20. Vitali appeared in Terror of Frankenstein and Haunted, Horrifying Sounds from Beyond the Grave. He served as Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant on The Shining.

Author Albert E. Cowdrey (b.1933) died on August 21. Cowdrey published the novel Crux as well as numerous short stories, some of which were included in his collection Revelation and Other Tales of Fantascience. Cowdrey won a World Fantasy Award ofr his story “Queen for a Day.”

Artist Oliver Frey (b.1948) died on August 21. Frey worked on the comic strip The Trigan Empire and created the pre-title sequence for the film Superman. In the 1980s, he helped revive Eagle and Dan Dare. Under the pseudonym Zack, he played a major role in Britain’s erotic comic industry.

Actor Vincent Gil (b.1939) died on August 21. Gil appeared in the films Body Melt, Mad Max, and Encounter at Raven’s Gate.

Author Alexei Panshin (b.1940) died on August 21. Panshin won a Nebula for his novel Rite of Passage, a Hugo for Best Fan Writer, and a second Hugo for his non fiction book The World Beyond the Hill, co-written with his wife, Cory. He also published Heinlein in Dimension and SF in Dimension as well as other novels.

Academic Celia Correas de Zapata (b.1933) died on August 21. A leading scholar of Latin American women authors, she edited the anthology Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real.

Fan Bruce Evry (b.1948) died on August 24. A founder of the FanTrek Club in 1981, he hosted EveCon and CastleCon for more than 20 years. He was a guest of honora t Genericon III and Balticon 55.

Director and animator Gerald Potterton (b.1931) died on August 24.  Potterton directed the films Heavy Metal and Ghost Ship. He worked as an animator on Yellow Submarine, Animal Farm, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Artist Lily Renée (b.1921) died on August 24. During World War II, she began working for Fiction House and went on to illustrate The Werewolf Hunterand The Lost World, often under pseudonyms.

Actor William Reynolds (b.1931) died on August 24.  Reynolds appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone and Project U.F.O. as well as the film The Thing That Couldn’t Die, Son of Ali Baba, and The Land Unknown.

Actor Joe E. Tata (b.1936) died on August 24. Tata appeared in several episodes of Batman and The Time Tunnel, and Lost in Space, later making an appearance on Charmed.

Actor Graziella Galvanie (b.1931) died on August 25. Galvanie appeared in Fantasmi a Roma, Die Ringe des Saturn, La Notte di San Lorenzo, and episodes of Orfeo in Paradiso.

Fan James G. Huckenpöhler (b.1941) died on August 26. Huckenpöhler, who also used the nom de plume Professor Archimedes Q. Porter compiled a Barsoom glossary and frequently had articles appear in ERBzine.

Film critic Eric L. Hoffman (b.1944) died on August 27 from injuries in a fire.  Hoffman was a film historian and winner of the SDCC Inkpot Award. He was a longtime contributor to Famous Monsters of Filmland and Monsterland.

Casting director Amanda Mackay (b.1951) died on August 27.  Mackay worked on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek: Nemesis, as well as the films Species, Frequency, and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and the television series Sleepy Hollow.

Author Friedrich Tenkrat (b., 1939) died on August 27. Tenkrat published under several pseudonyms, including A.F. Morland, Brian Ford, Dean Morris, and more. Tenkrat pblished numerous books in a variety of seriesm including the Barry Belmondo books, Dave Donovan series, and Mark Baxter series.

Artist Ralph Eggleston (b.1965) died on August 28.  Eggleston worked for Pixar, where he served as productin designer on Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Inside Out, and Incredibles 2.

Actor Charlbi Dean (b.1990) died on August 29. Dean played Syonide on the show Black Lightning. She also appeared in Death Race: Inferno and Don’t Sleep.

Author Corrine De Winter died in late August. De Winter published several short stories and numerous poems. She received a Stoker Award in 2004 for her poetry collection The Women at the Funeral.

Author Bruce Taylor (b.1947) died on August 31. Taylor is the author of the novels Kafka’s Uncle, Edward: Dancing at the Edge of Infinity, and Metamorphosis Blues. His short fiction and poetry has been reprinted in several collections, including Mr. Magic Realism and The Rockin’ SkyHorse Blues.


Author Barbara Ehrenreich (b.1941) died on September 1. Best known as a journalist, Ehrenreich’s only work of fiction was the cyberpunk novel Kipper’s Game.

Author Philip Mann (b.1942) died on September 1. Mann published the :and Fit for Heroes and Gardener series. He began publishing with the novel The Eye of the Queen. In 2010, he won the Vogel Award for services to science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Astronomer Frank Drake (b.1930) died on September 2.  Drake is perhaps best known for the Drake Equation which is a thought experiment predicting the number of intelligent species in the galaxy, but he was instrumental in leading the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Fan Margaret A. Basta (b.1951) was found dead on September 4. A Detroit fan, Basta was co-founder, with her sister, of the Star Trek club S.T.A.R. and a member of the Wayne Third Foundation.

Actor Bo Brundin (b.1937) died on September 4. Bundin appeared in episodes of Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, The Greatest American Hero, Voyagers!, and Tales of the Gold Monkey. He also appeared in the film Meteor.

Author Peter Straub (b.1943) died on September 4.  His books included Mr. X, Koko, Floating Dragon, and many more, including collaborations with Stephen King. Straub was named a World Horror grandmaster, an IHG Living Legend, and received lifetime achievement awards from World Fantasy Con and Stoker.

Producer Dale McRaven (b.1939) died on September 5. McRaven created the television show Mork & Mindy. He produced that show,  Almost Heaven and Nearly Depated.

Fan Larry Montgomery (b.1945) died in early September. Montgomery entered fandom in the 60s and served as official editor of ALA-APA. He chaired DeepSouthCons 2 and 3. In 1985, he received the Rebel Award and was the GoH at DeepSouthCons 38 and 50.

Actor Marsha Hunt (b.1917) died on September 6. Hunt appeared in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generaiton, The Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits.

Comic historian Martin Barker (b.1946) died on September 8. Barker wrote the studies The Video Nasties and Comics: Ideology, Power and the Critics. He later focused on the audiences of the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Early in his career, he studied racism in children’s comics and coined the term “new racism” to describe the discussion of immigration during the Thatcher era.

Actor Gwyneth Powell (b.1946) died on September 8. Powell appeared in Back to the Secret Garden, played Gran on House of Anubis and Clare Weston on The Guardians.

Director Douglas McKeown (b.1947) died on September 9. McKeown wrote and directed The Deadly Spawn. McKeownalso had a lengthy career as a stage actor.

Actor Mark Miller (b.1924) died on September 9. Miller appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Invaders, and I Dream of Jeannie. He also wrote several episodes of The Munsters Today.

Animator Vladimir Vyshegorodtsev (b.1950) died on September 9. Vyshegorodtsev worked on Baba-Yaga Against, Ivan-tsarevich I Seryy Volk, Dunnon on the Moon, and Once Upon a Time.

Fan Nikos Theodorou (b.1956) died in early September. Theodorou served as the president of the Fantastic Club of Ioannina. Theodorou was also a fanzine editor and book collector.

Actor Jack Ging (b.1931) died on September 10. Ging appeared in Galactica 1980, Project U.F.O., The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, and The Greatest American Hero.

Game designer Kevin Barrett (b.1963) died in early September. He was the line developer for Silent Death at ICE and later worked at Bioware on Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Philosopher Javier Marías (b.1951) died on September 11.  Marías published three genre short stories. In 1997, he was named King of Redondo, a Carribean micronation founded by fantasy author M.P. Shiel, a title he held until his death.

Actor Harry Landis (b.1931) died on September 12.  Landis appeared in Quatermass II, Edge of Tomorrow, Johnny and the Dead, and episodes of Goodnight Sweetheart.

Jack Charles (b.1943) died on September 13. Charles appeared in the films Bedevil and Pan and several episodes of Cleverman, as well as the short films The Spirit and Three Poems.

Director Jean-Luc Godard (b.1930) died on September 13.  Although not primarily known as a genre filmmaker, Godard work included the scienc fiction film Alphaville.

Auhtor Matthew Mather (b.1969) died on September 13. Mather wrote the Atopia Chronicles, the CyberStorm series, and the Delta Devlin series.

Actor Irene Pappas (b.1926) died on September 14. Pappas appeared in two retellings of The Odyssey as well as the film, Ecce Homo, Don’t Torture a Duckling, and Ring of Darkness.

Actor Henry Silva (b.1928) died on September 14. Silva appeared in the film Amazon Women on the Moon and guested on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Outer Limits. He played the High Gorgon in Quark and Kane in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Film editor Dennis Virkler (b.1941) died on September 15. Virkler worked on Batman & Robin, The Chronicles of Riddick, Dead of Night, Xanadu, and The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. He was nominated for Oscars for The Fugitive and The Hunt for Red October.

Actor Robert Gentry (b.1940) died on September 17. Best known for roles on soap opeas, he appeared in an adaptation of Frankenstein on The Wide World of Mystery as well as an episode of Fantasy Island.

Actor Marva Hicks (b.1975) died on September 17.  Hicks portrayed T’Pel on Star Trek: Voyager and appeared in episodes of the TV series Daredevil and Babylon 5. She was in the films Virtuosity and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.

Director Igor Maslennikov (b.1931) died on September 17. Maslennikov directored Filipp Traum (based on Twain’s “The Mysterious Stranger”), Pikovaya dama, and Zhuravlinyye Perya. He also directed several television episodes based on Sherlock Holmes.

Actor Gabriella Licudi (b.1941) died on September 18. Licudi appeared in the films Unearthly Stranger and the original Casino Royale. She also appeared in the One Step Beyond episode “The Sorcerer.”

Fan Maureen K. Speller (b.1959) died on September 18. Speller was a book reviewer, editor, and librarian. She was involved in numerous APAs and her fanzines included Vector, Snufkin’s Bum, and Bumper Snuffkin. She was the 1998 TAFF delegate and won a Nova Award for Best Fan Writer.

Actor Jeff Weiss (b.1940) died on September 18. Weiss appeared in the films Vanilla Sky and Mr. Destiny.

Actor Robert Brown (b.1926) died on September 19. Brown appeared in the Star Trek episode “The Alternative Factor.” Other genre projects included The Flame Barrier, Bewitched, and Fantasy Island.

Publisher Charles Partington (b.1940) died on September 20. Partington serves as editor of Alien Worlds and Something Else. He published seeral issues of New Worlds and was the co-founder of Savoy Books. He has written several short stories and one young adult novel.

Author Chandler “Chan” Davis (b.1926) died on September 22. Davis was a member of the Stranger Club, which was the Fan GoH at the 1989 Worldcon. His short fiction was collected in It Walks in Beauty

Author Hilary Mantel (b.1952) died on September 22. Best known for the Book Award winning historical novel Wolf Hall, Mantel dove into fantasy with the novels Every Day Is Mother’s Day, Fludd, and Beyond Black.

Screenwriter Zack Estrin (b.1970) died on September 23. Estrin produced and wrote the television series No Ordinary Family, Charmed, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. and the remake series of Lost in Space.

Actor Louise Fletcher (b.1934) died on September 23. Most famous for portrayed Nurse Rached in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, her genre roles included Virtuosity, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Heroes, Invaders from Mars, and Brainstorm.

Story editor Hank Saroyan (b.1947) died on September 23. Saroyan worked as a story editor on Feivel’s Adventures in the West, Muppet Babies, and Trollkins. He served as voice director on Dungeons & Dragons.

Actor Rita Gardner (b.1934) died on September 25. She did voice work for the short An Evening with Oliver and appeared in two episodes of Falling Water.

Academic Brian Catling (b.1948) died on September 26 from small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. Catling published The Vorrh and its sequels as well as the novels Earwig and Hollow. He was also an artist with many exhibitions to his credit and was a professor of fine arts at Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.

Actress Venetia Stevenson (b.1938) died on September 26. Stevenson appeared in the films Servants of Twilight, The Cit of the Dead, Island of Lost Women, and an episode of Matinee Theatre.

Artist Vincent Deporter (b.1959) died on September 27. Deporter started by working as an assistant to Jean Graton. He went on to work for DC on comics developed from popular cartoons and inked Batman and Superman style guides.

Actress Joan Hotchkis (b.1927) died on September 27.  Hotchkis appeared in episodes of ‘Way Out, The Immortal, Bewitched, and Circle of Fear.

Fan Dorothy-Diane Wasteney (b.1948) died on September 27.  “Aunty Dotty” was a member of the USS Northern Lights Starfleet chapter and was a costumer in the SF Bay Area STEAM Federation. A fan of Star Wars and Star Trek, she was also interested in the paranormal.

Actor Coolio (b.1963) died on September 28. After making a name for himself in rap music, Coolio appeared in Daredevil, Batman & Robin, Space Jam, Space: Above and Beyond, and other genre shows.


Comic publisher Drew Ford (b.1973) died on October 2 of COVID. He created It’s Alive and worked as a special projects editor for Marvel as well as writing for DC and Dark Horse.

Cameraman Douglas Kirkland (b.1934) died on October 2. Kirkland worked on Willow, The Fantastic Four, Last Action Hero, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, and Starship Troopers.

Artist Kim Jung-gi (b.1975) died on October 3. Kim began publishing with Funny Funny. He published with Marvel, Spirdo Giannakis and Caurette, and Image Comics. His work has been collection in several sketch books.

Actor Günter Lamprecht (b.1930) died on October 4. Lamprecht appeared in Super, Möbius, Die letzte Kosmonaut, and two episodes of Welt am Draht.

Singer Loretta Lynn (b.1932) died on October 4. Lynn’s music was used in several films and she provided voicework for Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child and appeared in an episode of the original Fantasy Island.

Author and illustrator Jill Pinkwater (b.1941) died on October 4. Pinkwater co-wrote two stories in the Werewolf Club with her husband, Daniel Pinkwater. She also provided cover and interior art for many novels.

Author Peter Robinson (b.1950) died on October 4. Best known for his crime novels, he also wrote the fantasy novel Caedmon’s Song and some short fiction, also.

Director Wolfgang Kohlhaase (b.1931) died on October 5. Kohlhaase wrote the screenplay for First Spaceship on Venus, based on Stanislaw Lem’s novel Astronauci.

Comedian Judy Tenuta (b.1949) died on October 6. Tenuta had roles in several genre films and shows, including There’s No Such Thing as Vampires, Celluloid Soul, Monsters on Main Street, and Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

Actor Austin Stoker (b.1930) died on October 7. Stoker appeared in Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Gemini Man, and Time Walker. He also appeared on episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Airwolf.

Director Gabrielle Beaumont (b.1942) died on October 8. Beaumont directed the film Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “In Purgatory’s Shadow.” She also directed seven episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Fan Bob A. Madle (b.1920) died on October 8. Madle is believed to have been the last surviving member of the first Worldcon and the first US SF convention. He was the Fan GoH at Suncon, the 1977 Worldcon, the 1957 TAFF delegate, and was nominated for a Hugo in 1956. He co-founded PSFS, the Carolina SF Society, and First Fandom. He was awarded the Big Heart Award in 1974, was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 1990, and won the Sam Moskowitz Achive Award in 2002. For many years he ran a mail order book company.

Actress Eileen Ryan (b.1927) died on October 9. Her genre roles include the films Eight Legged Freaks and Feast as well as episodes of One Step Beyond and The Twilight Zone.

Actor Peter Siragusa (b.1955) died on October 11. Siragusa did voicework for Men in Black II, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and made an appearance on the television shows Weird Science and Charmed.

Actor Susan Tolsky (b.1943) died on October 14. Tolsy’s genre roles included The Devil and Max Devlin, Bewitched, and Charley and the Angel. She also provided voicework for Aladdin, Darkwing Duck, and Lloyd in Space.

Actor Michael Callan (b.1935) died on October 10. Callan created the role of Riff in West Side Story and appeared in genre films Leprechaun 3, Mysterious Island, and Double Exposure. He also appeared in episodes of Bionic Woman, Journey to the Unknown, Swamp Thing, Superboy, and Otherworld.

Publisher Donna Lucas (b.1956) died on October 10. Lucas co-published Video Watchdog  and served as the magazine’s art director. She was also a film critic.

Actress Angela Lansbury (b.1925) died on October 12. Known for many Broadway, television, and film roles, some of her genre projects included Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Beauty and the Beast, The Last Unicorn, Mary Poppins Returns, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, which earned her an Oscar nomination.

Director Jeff Barnaby (b.1976) died on October 13.  Barnaby directed the films Blood Quantum and Rhymes with Young Ghouls.

Author Feliks W. Kres (b.Witold Chmielecki, 1966) died on October 13. Kres’ work was all published in Polish, beginning with his debut story, “Król Gór” in 1991. He also wrote five novels and additional short stories. He edited multiple magazines aimed at young writers.

Astronaut James McDivitt (b.1929) died on October 13. McDivitt was in the second astronaut class and flew on Gemini 4 and Apollo 9, where he was the first person to transfer spacecraft in orbit and the first to fly the lunar module.

Stuntman Alex Bayouth (b.1926) died on October 14. Bayouth, who worked under the name Ted White, performed stunts in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, the 1976 King Kong, Soylent Green, Planet of the Apes, and Nightmare on Elm Street.

Actor Robbie Coltrane (b.1950) died on October 14. Best known in the genre for his role as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, Coltrane also appeared in Flash Gordon, Krull, Death Watch, Van Helsing, and did voicework for Brave.

Actor Jan Rabson (b.1954) died on October 14. Primarily a voice actor, Rabson has done work for the Toy Story films, Justice League, the Despicable Me franchise, Shrek, and many others. He also appeared in an episode of Babylon 5,

Author Delia Rossi (b.1980) died on October 14. Rossi was the author of several romantic fantasy novels.

Actor Ralf Wolter (b.1926) died on October 14. Wolter provided voicework for Asterix in America and appeared in Dracula Blows His Cool, Killer Condom, and Das Phantom des grossen Zeltes.

Author Jay Wilburn died in mid-October following a massive stroke. Wilburn was the co-author of Hollywood Hellmouth and The Enemy Held Near as well as the author of Chivalry Is Undead and June from Seattle to Philadelphia. Many of his works were written with Armand Rosamilia.

Producer Gene Levy (b.19??) died on October 15. Levy produced Waterworld, Hysterical, and Blood Voyage.

Author Simon Roy (b.1968) died on October 15. Roy wrote the memoir Ma vie Rouge Kubrick, in which he explored his connection to Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephne King’s The Shining.

Artist Jueri Arrak (b.1936) died on October 16. And Estonian artist who painted the cover for a reprint of  Gustav Meyrink’s The Green Face.

Actor Ian Whittaker (b.1928) died on October 16. Whittaker appeared in The Slasher, The Revenge of Frankenstein, and Frankenstein Unbound. He also worked as a set decorator on Alien, Dragonslayer, and From Time to Time.

Author Tom Maddox (b.1945) died on October 18. Maddox published several short stories and the novel Halo. He co-wrote two episodes of The X-Files with William Gibson.  Maddox taught at Evergreen State College.

Fan Jodie Lawhorne died on October 19. Lawhorne was slated to chair Arisia ’23 and served on Arisia’s Incident Review and Management committee.

Artist Ned Dameron (b.Edward Palfrey IV, 1943) died on October 20. Dameron worked for Donald M. Grant and Underwood-Miller in the 80s before focusing on TSR in the 1990s. He also provided pieces of art for the NolaCon II Souvenir Book.

Author Anton Donchev (b.1930) died on October 20. Donchev primarily wrote historical novels and screenplays. His foray into genre fiction was the shory story “The Return.”

Actor Ron Masak (b.1936) died on October 20. Masak has appeared in episodes of Wonder Woman, The Twilight Zone, Land of the Lost, Starman, and provided voicework for The Real Ghostbusters.

Author Justin E.A. Busch (b.1959) died on October 21. Both wrote the monograph The Utopian Vision of H.G. Wells as well as the short story “In the Sight of Eternity.”

Actor Susan Tolsky (b.1943) died on October 9. Best known for appearing in Here Comes the Brides, she also appeared in The Devil and Max Devlin, Love at First Bite, and episodes of Bewitched. She also had a career in voicework, providing voices for Darkwing Duck, Lloyd in Space, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures.

Actor Michael Kopsa (b.1956) died on October 23. Kopsa appeared in The Fantastic Four, Watchmen, Masters of Science Fiction, Flash Gordon: A Modern Space Opera, and did voice work for several English translations of anime films.

Actor Leslie Jordan (b.1955) died in a car accident on October 24. His genre appearances include American Horror Story, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Weird Sicence, and Supernatural. He most recently appeared on Call Me Kat.

Producer Jules Bass (b.1935) died on October 25. One half of the production team of Rankin-Bass, he produced and directed the animated The Hobbit and The Return of the King. He also worked on The Last Unicorn, Thundercats, and The Coneheads.

Author Mike Davis (b.1946) died on October 25. Davis wrot the children’s novels Land of the Lost Mammoths and Pirates, Bats, and Dragons. He also taught urban theory and published numerous nonfiction works.

Author Donald R. Marshall (b.1934) died on October 25. Marshall taught humanities at Brigham Young University and published the children’s novel Enchantress of Crumbledown.

Actor Kymberly Herrin (b.1957) died on October 28. Herrin appeared in Ghostbusters II and Romancing the Stone. She may be best reconized for her appearance in ZZ Top videos.

Author Andrey Marytanov (b.1973) died on October 30. Martyanov published numerous novels, including Conan pastiches, under the pseudonym Olaf Bjorn Loknit, although he initially claimed they were translations. He has also used the pseudonyms Utley Gunnarsson, Kirk Monroe, Gunther Reichert, as well as his own name.

Actor Andrew Duncan died on October 31. An original member of The Second City, he appeared in the horror spoof The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t.

Actor Andrew Prine (b.1936) died on October 31. Prine appeared in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as V, The Bionic Woman, and The Invaders.


Fan Stephen Smith (b) died on November 1. Smith had served as the president of the Melbourne (Australia) Science Fiction Club (MSFC). Smith was also a member of Austrek and published the zine The Zine.

Author Rico Gehrke (b.1966) died on November 2. Gehrke began publishing genre fiction in 2014 with “Testament einer Außerirdischen.” Over the next seven years, he published an additional 15 short stories, three of which were nominated for the Kurd Laßwitz Preis.

Actor Erica Hoy (b.1996) died on November 2 in a car accident. Hoy appeared in the horror film Ribspreader and the comedy The Reality of Humanity.

Agent Henry Morrison (b.) died on November 2. Morrison’s clients included Roger Zelazny, Samuel R. Delany, Patricia Keneally-Morrison, Dean Koontz, and Eric Van Lustbader. He started at the Scott Meredith Agency before branching out on his own.

Artist Danny Bulanadi (b.1946) died on November 3. Bulanadi has long runs on Fantastic Four and Captain America. Prior to working for Marvel, he worked for DC for several years. In the mid-90s, he inked the newspaper strip The Amazing Spider-Man.

Imagineer Alice Estes Davis (b.1929) died on November 3. Davis was hired by Disney to help create It’s a Small World for the New York World’s Fair and she designed and oversaw the creation of tmore than 150 costumes for th ride. She later worked on Pirates of the Caribbean.

Artist Kevin O’Neill (b.1953) died on November 3. O’Neill’s work appeared in 2000AD and he co-created Marshal Law with Pat Mills. He worked with Alan Moore on League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Producer David Davis (b.1936) died on November 4. In the 1960s, he was an associate producer on My Mother the Car and Get Smart. He made a mark in the 1970s as the creator of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, and Taxi.

Bookseller Michael Luckman died on November 4. In 1977, Luckman co-founded Forbidden Planet bookstore with Mike Lake and Nick Landau.

Actor Bill Treacher (b.1930) died on November 5. Treacher appeared in the television series The Tomorrow People and Out of the Unknown as well as the films Undermind, George and the Dragon, and Tale of the Mummy.

Author Michel Bühler (b.1945) died on November 7. Bühler wrote the novel Avril 1990. He published additional novels and was also a musician, releasing several albums.

Actor Leslie Phillips (b.1924) died on November 7. Phillips had a long career and his voice may be most recognizable as the Sorting Hat from the Harry Potter films. He appeared in a Doctor Who audio drama and an episode of the 1958 series The Invisible Man.

Artist Kevin O’Neill (b.1953) died on November 7. O’Neill illustrated The League of Extraordinary Gentleman as well as the co-creator of Nemesis the Warlock and Marshal Law. O’Neill also provided work for Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual and 2000AD.

Author Anne Fakhouri (b.1974) died on November 9.  Fakhouri has also published under the names Elie Grimes and Hannah Bennett. Her novel Le clairvoyage won Le Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.

Editor Sue Strong Hassler (b.1938) died on November 9 from complications from back surgery and COVID. In collaboration with her husband, Donald, Hassler co-edited the correspondence between Arthur Machen and Montgomery Evans.

Artist Carlos Pacheco Perujo (b.1961) died on November 9 from ALS.  Perujo worked on Fantastic Four, X-Men, Avengers Forever, amd Green Lantern.

Actor Kevin Conroy (b.1955) died on November 10. Conroy is best known for providing the voice of Batman and Bruce Wayne in numerous animated projects beginning in 1992, although he also portrayed a live action Bruce Wayne on a cross-over episodes of Batwoman.

Musician Nik Turner (b.1940) died on November 10. Turner performed with Hawkwind from 1969 to 1976 and again from 1982-4.

Actor John Aniston  (b.1933) died on November 11. Best known for appearing on Days of Our Lives, he also appeared in two episodes of Star Trek: Voyager and the television show Journeyman.

Actor David English (b.1946) died on November 12. English appeared in an episode of Tales of the Unexpected and the film Lifeforce,

Director Kazuki Omori (b.1952) died on November 12. Omori directed the films Godzilla vs.Biollante and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. He also directed the animated The Boy Who Saw the Wind and several episodes of Gunboat.

Fan Martin Morse Wooster (b.1957) was killed in a hit-and-run on November 12. Wooster became active in fandom in the 1970s as a member of the Beloit Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. He reviewed SF for the Wall Street Journal and he was an active contributor to Ansible and File 770. He co-founded the Potomac River Science Fiction Society.

Fan Jack Plummer (b.1962) died in mid-November. Plummer was a San Diego fan who was active in Star Trek fandom and a frequent attendee of cons in the southern California region.

Actor Veronica Hurst (b.1931) died on November 15. Hurst appeared in the films Peeping Tom and The Maze and an episode of Turn Out the Lights.

Bookseller Erik Arthur died on November 16. Arthur bought out Dave Gibson to become the co-owner of London’s Fantasy Centre bookstore and managed the store with partner Ted Ball until it closed in 2009.

Actor Nicki Aycox (b.1975) died on November 16 from leukemia. She appeared in episodes of Third Rock from the Sun, Supernatural, The X-Files, Dark Angel, and Weird Science.

Author David Sherman (b.1958) died on November 16. Sherman co-wrote the Starfist series as well as other novels with Dan Cragg. He wrote the first two novels of the 18th Race series and Keith R.A. DeCandido finished the final novel in the series for him. His solo novels also includes the Demontech series and The Hand of Tyr.

Author Anne Harris (b.1964) died on November 17 following a massive stroke. Harris published the novels Accidental Creatures, which won the first Spectrum Award, Inventing Memory, and the Libyrinth series. Their short story “Still Life with Boobs” was nominated for the Nebula Award. They taught at Seton Hill University. Harris also published under the names Jessica Freely and Pearl North.

Author Marcus Sedgwick (b.1968) died on November 17. Sedgwick focused on the teen and children’s markets with his titles including Floodland, My Swordhand is Singing, The Monsters We Deserve, and Midwinterblood. He also worked as a bookseller and a publisher.

Author Greg Bear (b.195) died on November 19 following a massive stroke. Bear was the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Moving Mars and “Blood Music.” He served as President of SFWA from 1988-90 and was the Worldcon Guest of Honor in 2001. In the 1970s, he helped found what became the San Diego Comic-Con International.

Actor Jason David Frank (b.1973) died on November 19 by suicide.. Frank played the Green Power Ranger on Mighty Morphon’ Power Rangers and appeared in the first three theatrical films. He also held the Guinness record for most boards broken during freefall.

Stuntman James Winburn (b.1937) died on November 19. Winburn performed stunts in TRON, Escape from New York, Once Bitten, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Gray Frederickson (b.1937) died on November 20. Frederickson produced The Hunt, UHF, Ratpocalypse, and As the Village Sleeps. He won an academy award for producing The Godfather, Part

Actor Mickey Kuhn (b.1932) died on November 20. Kuhn appeared in the sf film S.O.S. Tidal Wave and three episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He may be best known as the last surviving male cast member of Gone with the Wind, in which he played Beau Wilkes.

M.E. Kerr (b.Marijane Meaker, 1927) died on November 21. Kerr’s genre works included Shoebag, The Shuteyes, and Little Little. She also published under the names Mary James and Vin Packer. Kerr was often credited for launching the lesbian pulp fiction genre.

Actor Kiyoyuki Yanada (b.1965) died on November 21. Yanada provoded voicework for several anime series, including Venus War, Ninpuu Sentai Hirricaneger, and Engine Sentai Go-onger.

Musician Wilko Johnson (b.John Andrew Wilkinson, 1947) died on November 21. Best known as a musician, Johnson appeared as Ser Ilyn Payne in the series Game of Thrones.

Artist Vic Carrabotta (b.1929) died on November 22. Carrabutta worked for Atlas Comics drawing horror comics. He continued to work for them once they became Marvel. He left the field in 1958 to work in advertising.

Author Hans Magnus Enzensberger (b.1929) died on November 24. In addition to working as a critic, Enzensberger published the novels Der Zahlenteufel and Wo warst du, Robert?, both of which were translated into English.

Director Albert Pyun (b.1953) died on November 26. Pyun debuted with the film The Sword and the Sorcerer and went on to direct Cyborg, Captain America, Aliens from L.A., and Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire.

Actor Cliff Emmich (b.1936) died on November 28. Emmich had roles in Halloween II and Inspector Gadget. He also made appearance on the television shows The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, Automan, and  Salvage 1. 

Actor Clarence Gilyard, Jr. (b.1955) died on November 28. Gilyard appeared in two Left Behind movies, The Great Los Angeles Earthquake, and From Above.

Producer Derek Granger (b.1921) died on November 29. Granger produced episodes of Turn out the Lights, Haunted: Poor Girl, and Haunted: The Ferryman  

Author Ray Nelson (b.Radell Faraday Nelson, 1931) died on November 30. Nelson began publishing science fiction in 1963 with “Turn Off the Sky.” His story “Eight O’Clock in the Morning” was adapted into the film They Live. His first novel, The Ganymede Takeover, was co-written with Philip K. Dick. When Nelson was a teenager, he introduced the propeller beanie to fandom. He is the recipient of a Rotsler Award and has been inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame.

Actor Tomifey Spivak (b.1947) died on November 30. Spivak appeared in The Star Inspector, Ocharovatelnye prisheltsy, the shorts Dafna and The Birth of Eros, and an episode of To the Lake.

Fan Hania Wojtowicz died on November 30. Wojtowicz was a frequent Worldcon attendee and often col dbe found at the CFG Suite despite not being from Cincinnati.

Fan Timothy Sherburn died in November. Sherburn was a frequent con-goer, attending numerous Worldcons.


Author Jay Faulkner committed suicide on December 1. Faulkner ran the small press Four Parts Press and was the author of several short stories since 2010.

Actor Gary Friedkin (b.1952) died on December 2 from Covid. Friedkin appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone and Perversions of Science. He also appeared in the films Snow White, Hard Rock Zombies, and Cool World.

Actor Al Strobel (b.1939) died on December 2. Strobel appeared in Twin Peaks and the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. He also had a role in Child of Darkness, Child of Light.

Karen Karwacki-Bethke (b.1955) died on December 3 following a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Kawacki-Bethke was married to author Bruce Bethke.

Actor June Blair (b.1933) died on December 4. Blair had a role in The Island of Lost Women

Dominique Lapierre (b.1931) died on December 4. Lapierre was primarily a journalist, but wrote several novels in conjunction with Larry Collins, including the thriller The Fifth Horseman.

Actress Kirstie Alley (b.1951) died on December 5 from colon cancer. Best known for her roles on Cheers and Veronica’s Closet, Alley created the role of Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Alley also starred in the Look Who’s Talking franchise. She appeared in episodes of The Hitchhiker and Quark.

Director Terrence O’Hara (b.1945) died on December 5. O’Hara directed episodes of Star Trek” Voyager, Smallville, The X-Files, and Heroes. O’Hara also appeared in episoes of The Greatest American Hero and Voyagers!

Art director Albert Brenner (b.1926) died on December 8. Brenner worked as production designer on Capricorn One, Hero at Large, The Monster Squad, and The Witches of Eastwick. He was a five time Oscar nominee, including for the film 2010: The Year We Make Contact.

Screenwriter Carl Kleinschmitt (b.1937) died on December 8. Kleinschmitt wrote the film Hi Honey—I’m Dead and also worked on the Dick van Dyke Show, where he wrote the episode “Uhny Uftz,” in which Robert Petrie thinks he sees a UFO.

Visual effects sculptor Richard Miller (b.1942) died on December 8. Miller has has made miniatures and models for Star Wars, Galaxy Quest, Pirates of the Caribbean, Deep Impact, Star Trek, and Back to the Future.

Artist Richard Bober (b.1943) died on December 10. Bober’s work appeared on the covers of numerous novels beginning in the 1970s, including cover art for several of Gene Wolfe’s novels, Kara Dalkey’s Blood of the Goddess series, and Susan Shwartz’s Shards of Empire.

Actor Robert Tayman (b.1942) died on December 10. Tayman appeared in the films House of Whipcard, Vampire Circus, and Moon Zero Two and the television shows Survivors and Arthur of the Britons.

Composer Angelo Badalamenti (b.1937) died on December 11. Badalamenti composed music for Twin Peaks, The City of Lost Children, Frankenstein, and Lathe of Heaven.

Screenwriter Chris Boucher (b.1943) died on December 11. Boucher wrote the Doctor Who serials “The Face of Evil,” “The Robots of Death,” and “Image of the Fendhal.” He also wrote for Blake’s 7 and Star Cops.

 Kim Mohan (b.1949) died on December 11. Mohan serves as editor for gaming magazines Ares and Dragon and later fiction magazine Amazing Stories. He edited two Amazing Stories anthologies and wrote the Cyborg Commando trilogy with Pamela O’Neill.

Sybil Gräfin Schönfeldt (b.1927) died on December 11. Schönfeldt wrote a biography of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

Actor Stuart Margolin (b.1940) died on December 12. Margolin has appeared in episodes of Wonder Woman, Quantum Leap, The X-Files, and The Ray Bradbury Theatre.

Actor Stephen Boss (b.1982) died on December 13. Known as tWitch, Boss was best known as a DJ on the talk show Ellen. He appeared in 2016 remake of Ghostbusters and the short film Catching Fireflies.

Director Bert Deling (b.1942) died on December 14. Deling wrote and directed the TV movie Keiron: The First Voyager and wrote three Choose Your Own Nightmare videogames.

Makup artist Christopher Tucker (b.1941) died on December 13. Tucker worked on the television series She-Wolf of London and the films Dune, Zardoz, and The Meaning of Life. He also helped work on the cantina scene from Star Wasrs.

Art director James Murakami (b.1931) died on December 15. Murakami worked on the original Battlestar Galactica, The Scorpion King, Charmed, The Postman, and Groundhog Day.

Cinematographer Michael Reed (b.1929) died on December 15. Reed served as director of photography for Prehistoric Women, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and The Gorgon. He worked as a cinematographer on the Richard Greene series The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Director Mike Hodges (b.1932) died on December 17. Hodges directed The Terminal Man, Flash Gordon, Morons from Outer Space, and Damian: Omen II.

Actor Maggie Thrett (b.1946) died on December 18.  Thrett portrayed Ruth on the Star Trek episode “Mudd’s Women.” She also appeared in the film Dimension 5 and an episode of I Dream of Jeannie.

Actor Sonya Eddy (b.1967) died on December 19. Eddy appeared in the films Blast from the Past, Inspector Gadget, and The Hive. She also appeared on several television shows, including Third Rock from the Sun, The Invisible Man, and Joan of Arcadia.

Artist Jason Pearson (b.1970) died on December 19. Pearson was one of the founding members of Gaijin Studios and wrote the series Body Bags. He also worked for DC and Marvel co-creating the character X-Cutioner.

Actor Quinn Redeker (b.1936) died on December 20. Redeker portrayed Vincent Price in Return to the Batcave and appeared in the film Supernatural. He played Jack Lousma in Houston, We’ve Got a Problem and also appeared in The Andromeda Strain, and episoeds of Gemini Man, and The Six Million Dollar Man.

Actress Diana McBain (b.1941) died on December 21. McBain appeared in episodes of Batman, Land of the Giants, and The Wide World of Mystery.

Fan Erica Van Dommemen Ginter (b.1956). Ginter was a former president of the Washington Science Fiction Association and served in other offices for that organization. She has also worked as a proofreader for Old Earth Books.

Fan Greg Bilan died in late December. Bilan was a patron saint of LASFS. He was awarded the Evans-Freehafer Trophy in 1999 and co-chaired Lost in La-La Space in 2004.

Actor Ronan Vibert (b.1964) died on December 22. Vibert appeared in episodes of Electric Dreams, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and The Sarah Jane Adventures. His films include The Last Seven, Dracula Untold, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

Actor Stephen Greif (b.1944) died on December 23. Greif appeared in Blake’s 7 and did significant voice acting for videogames, including Total War: Warhammer III, Shadows: Awakening, Puppeteer, and the Dragon Quest series.

Actor John Bird (b.1942) died on December 24. Bird appeared in episodes of Dramarama and Jackanory and the films Jabberwocky, and Alice in Wonderland. He is best known for his work in the political sketch group Bremner, Bird and Fortune.

Producer Yuji Nunokawa (b.1947) died on December 25. Nunokawa founded Studio Pierrot in 1979 produced the anime series Urusei yatsura, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Saber Rider and the Star Shieriffs, The Ultraman, and many others.

Actor Bob Penny (b.1935) died on December 25. Penny appeared in small roles in the films Skyhook, After, The Legend of Hallowdega, and The Legend of Bagger Vance after retiring from teaching as a college professor.

Actor Christian Roberts (b.1944) died on December 26. Best known for appearing in To Sir with Love, he also appeared in episodes of Blake’s 7, The Avengers, and UFO as well as the films The mind of Mr. Soames and A Caribbean Dream.

Fan Paula Helm Murray (b.1956) died on December 28. Murray was long active in Kansas City fandom and was a guest of honor at Archon 27, Conestoga 9, and SFContario 5. She also had stories published in Sword and Sorceress, Eldritch Tales, and MZB’s Fantasy.

Composer Eduard Artemyev (b.1937) died on December 29. Artemyev composed the music for the Tarkovsky film Solaris, Konets vechnosti (based on Asimov’s The End of Eternity), The Cosmonaut, and Return from Orbit.

Director Ruggero Deodato (b.1939) died on December 29. Deodato directed the controversial film Cannibal Holocaust as well as Hostel: Part II and a segment of the anthology film Deathcember.

Comic writer Lou Mougin (b.1954) died on December 31. Mougin was an historian of the Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age and involved with the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe. Mougin wrote comics for Marvel and other publishers.

Game designer Darren Watts (b.) died on December 31. Watts founded DOJ in 2001 to purchase the rights to Champions and helped revitalize Hero Games. He also wrote for Star Trek and Doctor Who RPGs. He also did work for Chaosium Games.

Author Frank Lauria (b.1935) died in December. Lauria was the author of the Dr. Owen Orient series as well as the novels End of Days, The Foundling, and Dark City. He wrote the novelization for Riddick: Pitch Black.

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