In Memoriam: 2023

As compiled by Steven H Silver



Author Suzy McKee Charnas (b.1939) died on January 2. Charnas was the author of The Vampire Tapestry and The Holdfast Chronicles series. Charnas won the Nebula Award for “Unicorn Tapestry” and the Hugo for “Boobs.” She won the Tiptree Award three times.

Fan Melissa Clemmer (b.1945) died on January 2. Clemmer was a Chicago area SF and media fan who was active in the Dorsai Irregulars beginning in 1982.

Author Cai Emmons (b.1951) died on January 2. Emmons published the novels Weather Woman, Sinking Islands, and Unleashed.

Producer James D. Brubaker(b.1937) died on January 3. Brubaker produced The Right Stuff, Eddie Murphy’s Nutty Professor movies, Bruce Almighty, Dragonfly, and The Gifted One.

Astronaut Walt Cunningham (b.1932) died on January 3. Cunningham joined NASA as part of the third group of astronauts and flew on Apollo 7, the first crewed Apollo mission. He went on the head the Skylab branch of the Flight Crew Directorate.

Publisher Roger Kean died on January 3. Kean co-founded Newsfield Publishing with Oliver Frey. The published the magazine Fear, Crash, and Zzap!64, among other magazines.

Publisher David Gold (b.1936) died on January 4. Gold headed Compact Books, which published New Worlds and Science Fantasy/Impulse.

Author Fay Weldon (b.1931) died on January 4. Weldon’s genre novels included The Cloning of Joanna May, Calchot Crescent, Death of a She-Devil, and Puffball.

Actor Earl Boen (b.1941) died on January 5. Boen appeared in The Terminator series, as well as episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Wonder Woman. He also had a long career in cartoon voicework.

Fan Anna Płócienniczak-Babilon (b.1983?) died on January 6. Płócienniczak-Babilon, who also went by the name Wiewióra, She was active in fundraising among Polish fans to help pay for medical treatments, and activity which earned her a Śląkfa Award.

Cinematographer Owen Roizman (b.1936) died on January 6. Roizman worked on the 1991 The Addams Family film, The Exorcist, and The Stepford Wives. A five time Oscar nominee, he received an honorary Oscar in 2018.

Actor Adam Rich (b.1968) died on January 7. Best known for his role on Eight is Enough, Rich provided voicework for the animated Dungeons and Dragons and appeared in The Devil and Max Devlin and episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man and Small Wonder.

Actor Annette McCarthy (b.1958) died on January 8. McCarthy played Evelyn Marsh on Twin Peaks and appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. She was in the film Creature.

Author Aleksey Slapovsky (b.1957) died on January 8. Slapovsky wrote a couple of children’s fantasies and often incorporated fantastic elements into his other novels.

Fan Svetlana Tulina (b.1968) died on January 8. Tulina edited anthologies of Russian speculative fiction and published The Tale of Wrong Assumptions, The Tale of the Golden Bird, and The Tale of the Black Demon of Red Sands, among other stories.

Actor Melinda Dillon (1939) died on January 9. Dillon appeared in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Harry and the Hendersons, and the 1990 Captain America. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Fan Pam Gower (b.1930) died on January 9. Gower gained attention in the 1990s during a masquerade when she appeared as Terry Pratchett’s character Granny Weatherwax and merely pointed a finger at Pratchett. She later became the official model for Granny’s appearance in Paul Kidby’s illustrations.

Actor Charles Kimbrough (b.1936) died on January 11 . Best known for his role on Murphy Brown, Kimbrough voiced the gargoyle Victor in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and also did voicework for Dinosaurs, Batman Beyond, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.

Director Piers Haggard (b.1939) died on January 11. Haggard directed Quatermass and The Quatermass Conclusion. He also directed several episodes of Space Precinct and the TV movie The Lifeforce Experiment.

Critic Elka Konstantinova (b.1932) died on January 12. Konstantinova served as Bulgaria’s Minister of Culture from 1991 through 1992 and wrote the critical books Fiction and Fiction and Observations on Literary Development.

Stuntman Robbie Knievel (b.1962) died on January 13 from pancreatic cancer. Knievel worked with his father, Evel Knievel, and emulated many of his most famous stunts. He also performed stunts in Ninja III: The Domination and The Last of the Gladiators.

Lee Emmett (b.1942) died on January 13. Emmett was the wife of science fiction author John Varley, Emmett served as the first reader and editor of Varley’s works.

Director Sulambek Mamilov (b.1938) died on January 13. Mamilov directed the film Day of Wrath.

Playwright Ted Whitehead (b.1933) died on January 13. Whitehead wrote the screenplay for The Cloning of Joanna May and The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, both based on the works of Fay Weldon. He also wrote episodes of First Born.

Author Hitoshi Yoshioka (b.1960) died on January 13. His novels included Shin Shōwa Yūgekitai, Kasei no Hijikata Toshizō, and Nangun Kihei Taii John Carter. Many of his works were adapted for anime and he also worked in the anime field.

Actor Julian Sands (b.1958) died in mid-January after becoming lost while hiking near Mount Baldy. Sands appeared on Stargate SG-1, Smallville, Gotham, Ghost Whisperer, and the films Gothic and Warlock.

Actor Wally Campo (b.1923) died on January 14. Campo was the narrator of the original movie The Little Shop of Horrors. He also appeared in The Strangler, Beast from Haunted Cave, Tales of Terror, and Master of the World.

Actor Inna Churikova (b.1943) died on January 14. Churikova appeared in the Russian films The Land of Oz, The Very Same Munchhausen, and Frosty.

Comic book artist Lee Moder (b.1969) died on January 15. Moder co-created the Courtenay Whitmore version of Stargirl and also worked on Legion of Super-Heroes, JSA Presents: Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., and Secret Origins Featuring the JLA.

Actor Gina Lollobrigida (b.1927) died on January 16. Lollobrigida appeared in the films The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Beauties of the Night and episodes of Le avventure di Pinocchio.

Author Stepan Kaymanov (b.1979) died on January 17. His novels include Darkness and Fire and Practical Anti-magic, among others.

Producer Edward R. Pressman (b.1943) died on January 17. Pressman produced Masters of the Universe, Judge Dredd, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Conan the Barbarian, and Martians Go Home. He also produced various films in The Crow series. In 1996, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Musician David Crosby (b.1941) died on January 18. Crosby played with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young). He occasionally acted, including in the film Hook.

Author Paul LaFarge (b.1970) died on January 18 from cancer. His genre novels including The Artists of the Missing, Haussmann, or the Distinction, and The Night Ocean.

Actor Maya Menglet (b.1935) died on January 19. Menglet appeared in the films Wake and Burial of the Rats.

Artist David Sutherland (b.1933) died on January 19. Sutherland was known for the comics The Bash Kids, Biffo the Bear, and Dennis the Menace. Three weeks before he died, his named appeared on the New Years Honours list as an OBE.

Actor Tim Barlow (b.1936) died on January 20. Barlow appeared in 10,000 BC, Mary Reilly, Gormenghast, and the Doctor Who serial “Destiny of the Daleks.”

Author Ted Bell (b.1946) died on January 20. Best known for writing thrillers, Bell wrote the Nick of Time and The Time Pirate YA novels featuring Nick McIver.

Filker Daphne Eftychia Arthur died the weekend of January 21. Arthur played with the Homespun Ceilidh Band and organized Circle of Confusion for the Time Travelers Social.

Fan Sal Piro (b.1950) died on January 22. Piro was the founder and president of The Rocky Horror Picture Show fan club. He was among those who created the audience participation aspect of the film and appeared in its pseudo-sequel, Shock Treatment and a television remake of the film. He published Creatures of the Night and a sequel book about the fandom.

Director Agustí Villaronga (b.1953) died on January 22. Villaronga directed the films The Uninvited Guest, In a Glass Cage, Moon Child and the shorts Anta mujer and Gracia exquisite.

Actor Lance Kerwin (b.1960) died on January 24. Best known for playing the title character in James at 16, he made genre appearances on the shows Wonder Woman, Shazam!, The Bionic Woman, Salem’s Lot, and in the film Enemy Mine.

Actor Cindy Williams (b.1947) died on January 25. Best known for her title role on Laverne and Shirley, she appeared in an episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and the films UFOria, Beware! The Blob, The Creature Wasn’t Nice, and Earth Angel.

Fan Peter Ryan died in late January. Ryan served as the members secretary for the Melbourne SF Club and is also a past editor of the club’s zine, Ethel the Aardvark.

Film editor and cinematographer Robert Dalva (b.1942) died on January 27. Halva worked as a cameraman on Star Wars, as an editor on Jumanji, October Sky, Jurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Actor Sylvia Syms (b.1934) died on January 27. Syms appeared in the Doctor Who serial “Ghostlight,” the short Small Talk, and an episode of Mulberry.

Actor Lisa Loring (b.Lisa Ann DeCinces, 1958) died on January 28 following a stroke. Loring is best known for portraying Wednesday Addams in the original The Addams Family.

Actor Kevin O’Neal (b.1945) died on January 28.O’Neal appeared in the film Village of the Giants and episodes of The Time Tunnel and The Twilight Zone. He may be best known for his appearance in No Time for Sergeants.

Actor George R. Robertson (b.1933) died on January 29. Robertson appeared in episodes of Haven, The Twilight Zone, War of the Worlds, and PSI Factor.

Actor Annie Wersching (b.1977) died on January 29 from cancer. Wersching appeared in Runaways, Timeless, Star Trek: Picard, The Vampire Diaries, No Ordinary Family, and Star Trek: Enterprise.

Screenwriter and producer Jeff Vlaming (b.1959) died on January 30. Vlaming produced The 100 and Fringe. He also wrote episodes of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files, and Weird Science.


Author Anna Jane (b.Anna Kapranova, 1988) died on February 1. Jane co-wrote the YA novel Net, detka, eto fantastika with Yekaterina Vasina. Jane also wrote the Music Lovelace series and the Heavenly Music series.

Actor Leonard Pietraszak (b.1936) died on February 1.Pietraszak appeared in King Size.

Stuntman George Wilbur (b.1941) died on February 1. Wilbur portrayed Michael Myers in the Halloween films twice. He also performed stunts in Spider-Man, Ghostbusters, Total Recall, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and several Planet of the Apes films.

Costumer designer Paco Rabanne (b.1934) died on February 3. Rabanne designed the costumers for the film Barbarella as well as other films.

Fan Annabel Bugg (b.1977) died in early February. Bugg was active in running MileHiCon, where she served as head of volunteers and was a Guest of Honor in 1999.

Set designer Eugene Lee (b.1939) died on February 6. Lee was a producer for Schmiggadoon! and was the production designer for the 1982 television version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Lee won six Emmys for his work on Saturday Night Live. He won a Tony Award for his work on Wicked.

Actor Cody Anthony (b.1988) died on February 8. Longo appeared in an episode of Medium and the films Death House and Piranha 3D. He was often credited as Cody Longo.

Composer Burt Bacharach (b.1928) died on February 8. While many of Bacharach’s songs were subsequently used in film, he wrote “Beware of the Blob” for the film The Blob. He also composed music for Lost Horizon and appeared in the film Austin Power: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Author Richard J. Anobile (b.1947) died on February 10. Anobile compiled photobooks for old films, including dialogue in the years before videotapes to allow people to experience the films. He continued the practice with books based on the Star Trek films, Alien and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Director Hugh Hudson (b.1936) died on February 10. Hudson wrote The Journey Home and produced Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. He provided voicework for The Darkness Keeper. Hudson won an Oscar for directing Chariots of Fire.

Dave Hollis (b.1975) died on February 11. As an executive as Disney Studios, Hollis was responsible for all films distributed under the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and LucasFilm banners.

Hugh Harris (b.1932) died in mid-February. Harris served as the Director of Public Affairs for the Kennedy Space Center and was often called “The Voice of NASA.”

Actor Warren Hammack (b.1934) died on February 13. Hammack appeared in Attack of the Eye Creatures, Zontar: The Thing from Venus, and Mars Needs Women.

Author Andrey Lyovkin (b.1954) died on February 13. In addition to his own works, Lyovkin translated Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, and Clifford D. Simak into Russian.

Anime creator Leiji Matsumoto (b.1938) died on February 13. He created Space Battleship Yamato and Danguard Ace. He also worked on Space Pirate Captain Harlock and several other series.

Author Evgeny Shchepetnov (b.1961) died on February 14. His novels included military science fiction, space opera, time travel books, and urban fantasy.

Actor Raquel Welch (b,1940) died on February 15. Welch appeared in Fantastic Voyage, The Sorcerers, The Three Musketeers, One Million Years B.C., and the original Bedazzled as well as episodes of several genre television shows.

Author Karl Fulves (b.1938) died on February 16. Fulves wrote the novel Aftermath, but was better known as a magician and he wrote numerous books and articles on magic.

Game designer Paul D. Fish (b. 1948) died in mid-February. Fish was one of the designers of A Spoiled Victory: Dunkirk 1940 and also worked on Black Eagles Over Belgium.

Game designer Thomas Cook died on February 17. Cook worked for Mayfair Games, working on DC Heroes and supplements for City State of the Invincible Overlord. Cook also worked as a cinematographer, movie critic, and film professor.

Composer Gerald Fried (b.1928) died on February 17. Fried composed the music for Star Trek, Lost in Space, Soylent Green, Transformers: Dark of the Moon¸ and It’s About Time.

Actor Stella Stevens (b.1938) died on February 17. Stevens appeared in episodes of Wonder Woman, Highlander, and Viper. She was in the films Frankenpimp’s Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre, The Nutty Professor and Monster in the Closet.

Actor Barbara Bosson (b.1939) died on February 18. Boson played Jane Rogan in The Last Starfighter and Alva Leacock in Capricorn One. She also appeared in episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Comic artist Aleksandr Remizov (b,1968) died on February 18. Remizov worked on the magazine Mir fantastiki. Remizov also created artwork for the game Supervillain: This Galaxy Is Mine!

Actor Richard Belzer (b.1944) died on February 19. Belzer had a recurring role on the 1990s version of The Flash and appeared in the films The Puppet Masters, Species II, and The Invaders, as well as other bit roles on various genre television shows.

Actor Jansen Panettiere (b.1994) died on February 19. The brother of actor Hayden Panettiere, he worked in the sound department for the films The Amityville Horror and The Fog. He did voicework on the film Robots and the TV series The X’s.

Fan Stephen H. Walker (b.1958) died in mid-February. Walker, along with his wife, Kathe, founded the Colorado Starfest convention and ran it for 45 years before the last convention was held in 2022.

Author Igor Bereg (b.Igor Pidorenko, 1953) died on February 21. Bereg wrote using both his Pidorenko and Bereg bylines, including Vse veshchi mira Fantastika.

Editor and publisher John D. Teehan (b.1967) died on February 23. Teehan was the publisher of Merry Blacksmith Press and briefly served as the editor of the SFWA Bulletin. He published a handful of short stories and poems.

Academic Patricia Warrick (b.1925) died on February 23. Warrick edited two anthologies for the Science Fiction Research Association as well as other non-fiction anthologies and wrote Mind in Motion: The Fiction of Philip K. Dick and The Cybernetic Imagination in Science Fiction.

Actor Ed Fury (b.1928) died on February 24. Fury appeared in the films Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and Dinosaur Valley Girls. He also appeared in the Star Trek episode “The Omega Glory” and an episode of Shazam!.

Director Juraj Jakubisko (b.1938) died on February 24. Jakubisko directed Bathory: Countess of Blood, The Feather Fairy, and An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World.

Producers Walter Mirisch (b.1921) died on February 24. Mirisch produced Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Flight to Mars, The Maze, and World Without End, as well as many non-genre films. He won an Oscar for In the Heat of the Night.

Actor François Hadji-Lazaro (b.1956) died on February 25. Hadji-Lazaro appeared in Brotherhood of the Wolf, Dante 01, Cemetery Man, and The City of Lost Children.

Actor Gorden Pinsent (b.1930) died on February 25. Pinsent portrayed the main character’s father’s ghost on Due South. He also appeared on episodes of The Outer Limits, Relic Hunter, and The Listener. His films included Colossus: The Forbin Project and Blacula.

Actor Mitsuo Senda (b.1940) died on February 25. Senda provided voicework for Gatchaman, Magical Princess Minky Momo, and Golgo 13.

Actor Ricou Browning (b.1930) died on February 27. Browning severed as a diver, cinematographer, and stuntman, directing underwater scenes for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and portraying the titular Creature from the Black Lagoon. He also worked on Sea Hunt and other shows.

Animator Burny Mattinson (b.1935) died on February 27. Mattinson worked on The Great Mouse Detective, Big Hero 6, The Sword in the Stone, Mary Poppins, and Strange World. His first, uncredited work for Disney was on Casey Bats Again.

Fan Bo K. Eriksson (b.1954) died in February. Eriksson was active in Swedish sf fandom and Tolkien fandom beginning in the 1970s and worked for a genre bookstore.


Fan Tracey Claybon (b.1967) died on March 1. Claybon was active in the fanfiction community. In addition to being an SF fan, Claybon worked as a tech editor.

Cartoonist Wally Fawkes (b.1924) died on March 1. Fawkes drew under the name Trog and created the comic strip Flook, which ran from 1949 to 1984. He also drew cartoons for Punch.

Fan Valma Brown (b.1950) died on March 2. Brown was the editor of Giant Wombo (with husband Leigh Edmonds), Notional, and Valmapa. She was the GoH at SunCon in 1991 and served on the Perth in 94 Worldcon committee.

Author Christopher Fowler (b.1953) died on March 2. Fowler was the author of the BFA winning novel Full Dark House, the collection Old Devil Moon and the short stories “American Waitress” and “Wage Slaves.”

Agent Val Smith (b.1951) died on March 2. Smith represented Madeline Robins, Steven Brust, Jane Yolen, and Sherwood Smith.

Author Kenzaburo Oe (b.1935) died on March 3. Not primarily a genre author, Oe’s works often included fantasy themes and some of his work was overtly genre, such as “Aghwee the Sky Monster.” In 1994, Oe was award the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Actor Tom Sizemore (b.1961) died on March 3. Sizemore appeared in The Relic, Strange Days, Dreamcatcher, and Vampfather. He was nominated for a Saturn Award for Hearts and Soul.

Fan Steve Norris (b.1951) died on March 4. Norris served as chair for Archons 30-37. He also served on the board of directors for Archon’s parent organization and worked on the con for more than 40 years.

Fan Eve Harvey (b.Eve Simmons, 1951) died on March 5, her 72nd birthday. Simmons was the GUFF delegate in 1985 and served as the secretary for Seacon ’79. She chaired the 1982 Eastercon and was elected past president of FWA in 2002. Harvey was a founding member of the Leeds University SF Society and published several different fanzine titles.

Fan Joe McNally died on March 5. McNally published the fanzine The Flaneur and was a member of APA-B.

Actor Gennediy Bogachyov (b.1945) died on March 6. Bogachyov appeared in three episodes of Master i Margarita and the animated short fairy tale Chudesnoe yabloko.

Fan Vanessa Crouther (b.1959) died on March 6. Crouther won the 1991 ISFiC Writers Contest with the story “Soul to Take,” which was later reprinted in the anthology Journeys to the Twilight Zone.

Fan Mike Blake died on March 7. Blake was a member of the Rhode Island Science Fiction Association and edited their clubzine. He was also a member of NESFA and contributor to APA-Q. His fanzines including Foudroyant and Proper Boskonian.

Actor Lisa Montell (b.1933) died on March 7. Montell appeared in the film World Without End and episodes of One Step Beyond and Matinee Theatre.

Fan Rob Gustaveson died in early March. Gustaveson was a member of LASFS and ran Graphic Illusion, through which he sold comics and books.

Fan Tom Eitelhuber (b.1981) died on March 8. Eitelhuber served as the co-chair of Swancon in 2013 and was the GoH at Wasteland II in 2008.

Director Bert I. Gordon (b.1922) died on March 8. Nicknamed “Mr. B.I.G.” by Forrest J Ackerman, he wrote and directed films including King Dinosaur, The Cyclops, The Magic Sword, and The Food of the Gods. Gordon received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Actor Chaim Topol (b.1935) died on March 8. Best known for his portrayal of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Topol, who was usually just credited by his last name, also appeared as Dr. Hans Zharkov in Flash Gordon and Colombo in For Your Eyes Only.

Artist Boris Zhutovsky (b.1932) died on March 8. An abstractionist who wasn’t allowed to exhibit in Russia after Khrushchev declared abstractionism to contradict Soviet principles. He created covers for works by Italo Calvino and Stanislaw Lem.

Actor Robert Blake (b.Mickey Gubitosi, 1933) died on March 9. Blake got his start in the Our Gang shorts and starred as the title character in Baretta. His genre roles included Robot Wrecks, The Horn Blows at Midnight, and an episode of One Step Beyond.

Actor Satish Chandra Kaushik (b.1956) died on March 9. Kaushik appeared in Aabra Ka Daabra, Mr. India, God Tussi Great Ho, and Chhota Chetan.

Author John Jakes (b.1932) died on March 11. Although Jakes became best known for his historical novels, he got his start writing fantasies, such as Brak the Barbarian and the Dark Gate series. Some of his fantasy was included in DAW Books The Best of John Jakes.

Cartoonist Bill Tidy (b.1933) died on March 11. Tidy was known for the strips The Fosdyke Saga and The Cloggies. He was a cartoonist for Punch and tried to buy the magazine when it ceased publication.

Fan Page Fuller died in mid-March. Fuller was a former committee member for the Endeavour Award and served as the President and Treasurer of Oregon Science Fiction, Inc. (OSFCI) and helped run Orycon.

Jean Acevedo (b.1968) died on March 12. Acevedo was the owner of Sigil Entertainment Group, which produced Superheroic Roleplaying for 5th Edition, Hereafter, and Accursed.

Animator Roland F. Crump (b.1930) died on March 12. Crump worked on animation for Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Sleeping Beauty before turning his attention to designing Disneyland attractions, including the Haunted Mansion, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and It’s a Small World.

Fan Sandy Levy (b.1950) died on March 13 from ALS. Levy was involved in running Windycon and Capricon in Chicago and also often volunteered at Worldcons, including the two most recent Chicons as well as Worldcons further afield.

Actor Sharon Acker (b.1935) died on March 16. Acker appeared in the Star Trek episode “The Mark of Gideon.” She also appeared in episodes of The Incredible Hulk, Get Smart, Knight Rider, and Galactica 1980.

Michael Sloan died on March 16. Known as the “Evil Emperor Emeritus,” Sloan worked for Games of Berkeley beginning in the 80s, eventually buying the store when its owners planned to close it.

Actor Lance Reddick (b.1962) died on March 17. Reddick appeared as Charon in the John Wick films and was also in Godzilla vs. Kong and Quantum Break. He did voicework for Beware the Batman, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and Tron: Uprising.

Author Dubravka Ugresic (b.1949) died on March 17. Ugresic is the author of “Baba Yaga Laid an Egg,” which won the 2010 Tiptree Award. Originally published in Croatian, many of Ugresic’s stories have been translated into English.

Fan Jennifer Bulman (b.1951) died on March 19. Active in the SCA, as Enid Aurelia, Bulman was a founding member of the Skraeling Althing. Bulman also attended science fiction conventions.

Actor Paul Grant (b.1966) died on March 20. Grant appeared as an Ewok in Return of the Jedi and goblins in Labyrinth and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He also worked as a stunt double in Legend, Labyrinth, and Willow.

Author Michael Reaves (b.1950) died on March 20. Reaves wrote the novels Dragonworld, Hellstar, Street Magic, and several media tie-ins. He was also a screenwriter and wrote Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and episodes of several animated series.

Actor Alfredo Solares (b.1933) died on March 20. Solares appeared in Panic in the Forest, Mi fantasma y yo, Como diablo en el panteon, and El vampire enamorado.

Author Eric Brown (b.1960) died on March 21. Brown is a two time BSFA winner and the author of the Bengal Station series and the Helix series. He was a longtime SF reviewer for the Guardian.

Artist Joe Giella (b.1928) died on March 21. Giella worked at DC as an inker on Batman, Flash Gordon, Green Lantern, and The Phantom. He received the Inkpot Award, the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

Actor Terry Norris (b.1930) died on March 21. Norris appeared in Mortal Engines, The King’s Daughter, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He served as a member of the Australian Parliament for 7 years.

Director Peter Werner (b.1947) died on March 21.Werner directed No Ordinary Baby and later the unrelated No Ordinary Family, as well as The Lottery, Doorways, and Tempting Fate. Werner won an Oscar for the short In the Region of Ice.

Fan Bruce Coulson (b.1957) died on March 22. He was a member of ISFA and the editor of ISFAnews. He was the son of fans Buck and Juanita Coulson.

Publisher John Hale (b.1932) died in late March. Hale took over his father’s publishing house in 1956 and expanded its line to include genre fiction, including Robert Bloch.

Author Roger Taylor (b.1938) died on March 24. Taylor was the author of the Chronicles of Haklan series, which began in 1988, as well as several related works. He also wrote the novels The Keep and Travellers.

Actor Javier Chabelo López (b.1935) died on March 25. López appeared in La tumba Matías, Cuento de Navidad, Mi fantasma y yo, and Autopsia de un fantasma.

Animator Leo D. Sullivan (b.1940) died on March 25. Sullivan worked on Beanie and Cecil, Flash Gordon, and The Incredible Hulk. With Floyd Norman, he founded Vignette Films.

Fan Leslie Smith (b.1958) died on March 26. Smith was the co-chair of Ditto 7 with Ken Josenhans and she published the zine Duprass with Linda Bushyager.

Author D.M. Thomas (b.1935) died on March 26. Thomas wrote the novels The Flute Player, Birthstone, and The White Hotel, which was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. He also wrote the four book Russian Quartet.

Fan and bookseller Bo Erikkson (b.1953) died in February or March. Erikkson became active in Swedish fandom in the 1970s, focusing on science fiction and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (b.1952) died on March 28. His music appeared in the 1990 film The Handmaid’s Tale, Suspieia, Soulcalibur IV, and Black Mirror.

Fan Frank Dobson died on March 31. Dobson founded the first British comics adzine, Fantasy Advertiser in the mid-1960s. In 1975, he opened the story Weird Fantasy Bookshop in London.

Ukrainian philosopher Yevhen Hulevych was killed in Bakhmut sometime between December and March. The former director of the Center for Humanitarian studies at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, he translated Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. He had joined Ukraine’s forces in trying to repel Russian invaders.


Inker Mike Machlan died on April 1. Machlan worked on Infinity, Inc., Amazing Spider-Man, and Justice Society of America. He started out in fanzines with Jerry Ordway, a lifelong friend and frequent collaborator.

Screenwriter Duane Earl Poole (b.1948) died on April 1. Poole got his start working of Krofft Brothers shows, including Far Out Space Nuts, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, and Wonderbug. His later work included Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt and several Hallmark movies.

Game designer Klaus Teuber (b.1952) died on April 1. Teuber designed the game Settlers of Catan. Teuber also designed Barbarossa and Hoity Toity.

Actor Judy Farrell (b.1938) died on April 4. Farrell appeared on an episode of Get Smart and in the film The Andromeda Strain. She may be best recognizable for her recurring role as Nurse Able on M*A*S*H. She was also a screenwriter for the soap opera Port Charles.

Actor Andrés Garcia (b.1941) died on April 4. Garcia appeared in Bermude: La Fossa Maledetta, Mi fantasma y yo, Hermelinda linda, and Encuentro en el Abismo.

Cinematographer Bill Butler (b.1921) died on April 5. Butler worked as an assistant camera operator on Star Trek and as a director of photography on Deathmaster, Jaws, Demon Seed, and Capricorn One.

Author LJ Hachmeister (b.1980) died on April 5 following surgery. Hachmeister was the author of the Triotion Universe novels and edited the anthologies Parallel Worlds: The Heroes Within and Instinct.

Art director Norman Reynolds (b.1934) died on April 6. Reynolds helped create the look of Star Wars, working on Dagobah, the carbonite freezing chamber, and the emperor’s throne room. He also worked on Indiana Jones, for which he bought a trinket in a Mexican airport that became the idol in the first scene. He won Oscars for Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Author Rachel Pollack (b.1945) died on April 7. Pollack was the author of Unquenchable Fire, which won a Clarke Award, and its sequel Temporary Agency. Her novel Godmother Night won the World Fantasy Award. Pollack also wrote for comics and numerous non-fiction books, including works on Tarot, including creation of her own deck.

Editor Joseph Wrzos (b.1929) died on April 7. Wrzos served as managing editor of Amazing Stories from 1965-1967, using the professional name Joseph Ross. He also edited books on Hannes Bok and August Derleth and worked with Sam Moskowitz on Into the Sun and Other Stories.

Actor Michael Lerner (b.1941) died on April 8. Lerner appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the 1988 Godzilla, and Mirror Mirror. He was also in episodes of Wonder Woman, Amazing Stories, and Night Gallery.

Actor Richard Ng (b.1939) died on April 9. Ng appeared in Future Cops, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider—The Cradle of Life, Mr. Zombie, and an episode of Red Dwarf.

Cartoonist Al Jaffee (b.1921) died on April 10. Jaffee spent 65 years contributing to Mad and created the Mad fold-in feature, although he got his start at Timely and Atlas Comics.

Author Anne Perry (b.Juliet Hulme, 1938) died on April 10. Best known for mystery novels, Perry wrote Tathea and Come Armageddon as well as some genre short fiction. As a teenager, Hulme helped murder her best friend’s mother and served five years in prison.

Fan Jack Heazlitt died on April 11. Heazlitt was on the concom for Rivercon and ran programming for several years. He also co-chaired DeepSouthCon 31. In 2004, he published the poem “Death of the Magus” in Strange Horizons.

Actor Carol Locatell (b.1940) died on April 11. Locatell appeared in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, The Bad Seed, and episodes of The Pretender.

Scholar Mike Foster (b.1947) died on April 12. Foster was a pioneer of teaching Tolkien at the university level when he taught fantasy at Illinois Central College in 1974 and four years later introduced a course focusing on Tolkien.

Actor Garn Stephens (b.1936) died in mid-April. Stephens appeared in Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Wide World of Mystery, and an episode of Quantum Leap.

Author Viktor Tochinov (b.1966) died on April 13. Tochinov was the editor of Edge of Madness and Beyond the Edge of Madness as well as writing several non-genre novels.

Actor Murray Melvin (b.1932) died on April 14. Melvin appeared in television versions of Alice in Wonderland and Gulliver’s Travels, as well as the film Gawain and the Green Knight.

Fan Larry Card (b.1940) died on April 15. Card was a member of First Fandom and attended numerous conventions.

Fan Denny Lien (b.1945) died on April 15. Lien was active in Minn-Stf for more than twenty years, editing the clubzine Einblatt. He was a member of Minneapa and Stipple-APA and was guest of honor at Minicon 21. He was one of the co-authors of the parody Midwest Side Story.

Editor Michael Denneny (b.1943) died between April 12 and 15. Denneny was one of the first openly gay editors at a major publishing house. He founded the literary magazine Christopher Street and edited two collections by Joanna Russ as well as the novel Battlefield Earth.

Playwright Evan Jones (b.1927) died on April 18.3 Jones wrote the screenplay for the film The Damned.

Author Angus McAllister (b.1943 died on April 18. McAllister wrote The Krugg Syndrome, The Canongate Strangler, and The Cyber Puppets. He also edited Mind Boggling Science Fiction.

Author Lee Harding (b.1937) died on April 19. Harding was the author of The Weeping Sky, Waiting for the End of the World, and Return to Tomorrow. He edited the anthologies Beyond Tomorrow, The Altered, and Rooms of Paradise. Harding won Ditmars for the stories “Dancing Gerontius” and “Fallen Spaceman.”

Fan Jerry Lapidus died on April 19. Lapidus was a founder of the Syracuse University Science Fiction Society and later served as an officer of the University of Chicago Science Fiction Society. He published several fanzines and apazines, including Tomorrow And…, The Legal Rules, and 2001 Light Years from Home

Fan John Mansfield died on April 19. Mansfield was the chair of ConAdian, the 1994 worldcon in Winnipeg and was the fan guest of honor for the 2023 NASFIC, Pemmi-Con. He invented the Aurora Award pin and received two Aurora Awards. An early member of the Ottawa SF Society, he was also a member of the Alberta Science Fiction Society.

Fan Bill Ryan died on April 21. Ryan served as head of operations for Albacon.

Author Kate Saunders (b.1960) died on April 21. Saunders published the Belfry Witches series, the Oz and Luly series, and several additional young adult novels. Her Five Children on the Western Front was nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2016.

Actor Barry Humphries (b.1934) died on April 22. Perhaps best known for portraying Dame Edna, he voiced the shark Bruce in Finding Nemo and played the Great Goblin in The Hobbit. He was also in the original version of Bedazzled

Fan Aleksandra Wierzchowska (b.1990) died on April 23. Wierzchowska used the fannish name Jade Ellene and was editor of the Polish website Polter. In addition to being an con attendee, she wrote about topics related to fannish history.

Actor and singer Harry Belafonte (b.1927) died on April 25. Best known for his work as a singer and for his human rights work, Belafonte appeared in The World, the Flesh and the Devil and Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!. Belafonte has won an Emmy, Grammy, and Tony and has been awarded an honorary Oscar for his humanitarian efforts.

Actor Giovanni Lombardo Radice (b.1954) died on April 27. Radice appeared in The Omen, Cannibals in the Streets, Il cuore e le spade, and City of the Living Dead. He has also appeared under the name John Morghen.

Mayor and talk show host Jerry Springer (b.1944) died on April 27. A former mayor of Cincinnati, Springer found fame hosting a talk show. He appeared in bit roles in several films and tv shows, including Sharknardo 3: Oh Hell No! and episodes of Early Edition, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and The X-Files.

Fan Rickey Sheppard (b.1953) died on April 28. Sheppard chaired the Wigwam Village in ’86 DeepSouthCon bid and worked on ConFederation. He was a member of the Western Kentucky University Speculative Fiction Society and the Southern Fancom Confederation. Sheppard was a Guest of Honor at MidSouthCon 6 and ConTact 5.

Cinematographer Ken Westbury (b.1927) died on April 28. Westbury worked on Doctor Who, The Man in the White Suit, Adam Adamant Lives!, and The Andromeda Breakthrough.

Game designer Bard Bloom (b.1963) died on April 29. Bloom created the World Tree RPG with their wife, Vicki, and published the novel A Marriage of Insects and the short story “In the Restaurant of Doom.”

Fan Marty Cantor (b.1935) died on April 29. Cantor was a longtime member of LASFS and edited the clubzine De Profundis as well as No Award, and Holier Than Thou, for which he and Robbie Cantor were nominated for 3 Hugo Awards. In 1985, along with Robbie, he was a DUFF delegate. In 2016, he received the Evans-Freehafer Award.

Actor Sergey Kolesnikov (b.1955) died on April 29. Kolesnikov appeared in Cold Souls, Crazy Alien, Land of Legends, and the video game Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul.

Fan Ric Bergman (b.1949) died in April. He was a member of the Cincinnati Fantasy Group since 1974. He attended Rivercon and played D&D. He co-edited the fanzines Laughing Osiris and Quantum.

Author Lev Askerov (b.1940-2023) died on April 30. Askerov was the author of Chelovek’s Togo Sveta and three other science fiction novel, as well as several non-genre books..


Actor Eileen Saki (b.194) died on May 1. Saki is best known for portraying Rosie on the tv series M*A*S*H. Her genre roles include The Greatest American Hero, Meteor, and Splash.

Actress Barbara Bryne (b.1929) died on May 2. Byrne voiced Urgl in the 1995 series based on The Neverending Story and appeared in Two Evil Eyes.

Actor Gerald Castillo (b.1932) died on May 4. Castillo appeared in Something Is Out There, 2084, and an episode of Beauty and the Beast.

Documentarian Iain Johnstone (b.1943) died on May 4. Johnstone directed The Making of Superman: The Movie, The Making of Superman II, The Making of Superman III, and Washing the War of the Worlds: From H.G. Wells to Steven Spielberg. He also worked with the Pythons on multiple occasions.

Ed Zdrojewski (b.1954) died on May 4. Zdrojewski, who went by Ed Zed, was active in Michigan fandom in the 70s and 80s and edited Benton Harbor Rat-Weasel and Intergalactic Animal Husbandry. He was part of the APA MiSHAP.

Director screenwriter Mikhail Khleborodov (b.1967) died on May 5. Khleborodov directed and wrote the films Paragraph 78 and its sequel Paragraf 78—Film Vtoroy.

Illustrator Gerald Rose (b.1935) died on May 5. Rose illustrated many children’s books, including Ted Hughes’ Nessie the Mannerless Monster. He was the youngest person to win the Kate Greenaway medal, which he received for the illustrations in Old Winkle and the Seagulls, written by his wife.

Swedish fan Maths Claesson (b.1959) died on May 7. Claesson was active in fanzine publication and was the second CEO of the Swedish SF Bookstore. He wrote the young adult novels The Pandemic, The Crystal City, and The Try-Outs.

Actor Sergey Dreyden (b.1941) died on May 8. Dreyden appeared in Petrov’s Flu, Window to Paris, and Russian Ark.

Actor Terrence Hardiman (b.1937) died on May 8. He portrayed Mephistopheles on stage in Doctor Faustus and appeared in the films Dead of Night, Mask of Murder, Crime Traveller, and the series The Demon Headmaster and an episode of Doctor Who.

Translator Ion Doru Brana (b.1943) died on May 9. Brana translated the works of George R.R. Martin, Frank Herbert, Harlan Ellison, and others into Romanian.

Artist Russ Nicholson died on May 10. Nichols was a freelance illustrator and worked on several games, including The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and TSR’s Field Folio. He was active in illustration for Warhammer and worked as a cover artist for many British publishers.

Director Kenneth Anger (b.1927) died on May 11. Anger’s short experimental films included Lucifer Rising, Rabbit Moon, Mouse Heaven, and Fireworks.

Actor Barry Newman (b.1930) died on May 11. Newman appeared in episodes of ‘Way Out, Cupid, Ghost Whisperer, and the film Fantasies.

Author Nick Wood (b.1961) died in early May. Wood was the author of the collection Learning Monkey and Crocodile. His novel Azanian Bridges was nominated for the BSFA, Campbell Memorial, Nommo, and Sidewise awards and his second novel, Water Must Fall, was nominated for the BSFA and Nommo awards.

Musician Francis Monkman (b.1949) died on May 12. Monkman performed on the soundtracks for several James Bond films, The Empire Strikes Back, Superman II, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Actor Michael Norrell (b.1937) died on May 12. Norrell is best known for his work on Emergency! but also appeared in genre films Doomsday Rock, Terrifying Tales, and Delirious.

Artist Cathy Wappel died in mid-May. Wappel painted miniature figures. She was a frequent attendee at cons, including Adepticon and ReaperCon. She was married to artist James Wappel.

Visual effects designer Peter Day (b.1927) died on May 13. Day worked on the television series Out of the Unknown, Adam Adamant Lives!, and Doctor Who.

Film editor John Refoua (b.1964) died on May 14. Refoua worked on both Avatar films, Transformers: The Last Knight, Geostorm, and Sleepy Hollow.

Actor Samantha Weinstein (b.1995) died on May 14. Weinstein appeared in Swarmed, Darknet, Haunter, and the remake of Carrie.

Actor Sharon Farrell (b.1940) died on May 15. Farrell appeared in It’s Alive, Night of the Comet, and episodes of My Favorite Martian, I Dream of Jeannie, and Man from Atlantis.

Author Inger Sandberg (b.1930) died on May 16. Sandberg wrote children’s books, including Laban the Little Spook and the Little Anna and the Tall Uncle books. Her works were often illustrated by her husband, Lasse.

Actor Helmut Berger (b.1944) died on May 18. Berger appeared in the films Finn on the Fly, Zapping-Alien@Mozart-Balls, Timeless, and Dorian Gray.

Actor Jim Brown (b.1936) died on May 18. After a career as a fullback for the Cleveland Browns, Brown turned to acting, appearing in The Running Man, Mars Attacks!, Small Soldiers, and The Divine Enforcer.

Actor Marlene Clark (b.1937) died on May 18. Clark appeared in an episode of The Immortals and Highway to Heaven. Her films include Machete Maidens Unleashed! and Beware! The Blob.

Author Rajnar Vajra (b.1947) died on May 18. Vajra began publishing in 1997 in Absolute Magnitude. His novel Shootout at the Nokai Corral was published in Analog and his Doctor Alien collection includes three linked stories. His novel Opening Wonders was published in May.

Author Martin Amis (b.1949) died on May 19. His genre novels included Dead Babies, London Fields, and Time’s Arrow. His first novel received the Somerset Maugham Award and he later earned the James Tair Black Memorial Award. He was a screenwriter on the film Saturn 3.

Actor Ed Ames (b.1927) died on May 21. Best known for playing Mingo on Daniel Boone and an axe throwing appearance on The Tonight Show, Ames appeared in an episode of The Starlost.

Actor Lew Palter (b.1928) died on May 21. Palter appeared in episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, The Invisible Man, and Alien Nation.

Actor Ray Stevenson (b.1964) died on May 22. Stevenson played Volstagg in the first three Thor movies and provided the voice of Gar Saxon in various Star Wars projects and Baylan Skoll in Ahsoka. He appeared as Marcus in the Divergent series.

Fan Karen Kelly (b.1966) died on May 24. Kelly was on the con com for Follycon and two Unicons and was a frequent attendee at UK cons.

Actor George Maharis (b.1928) died on May 24. Maharis is best known for appearing in Route 66, but his genre works include The Satan Bug, Superboy, Doppelganger, and The Sword and the Sorcerer.

Singer Tina Turner (b.Anna Mae Bullock, 1939) died on May 24. Turner appeared in the films Tommy and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as well as the genre films Last Action Hero and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. She is known for the songs “Proud Mary” and “What’s Love Got to Do with It.”

Film editor Glenn Farr (b.1946) died on May 25. Farr worked on the series Wayward Pines, and the films Real Men and The Serpent and the Rainbow. He won an Academy Award for his work on The Right Stuff.

Stunt man Gary Kent (b.1933) died on May 25. Kent performed stunts in Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women, Journey to the Center of Time, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, The Mighty Gorga, and Bubba Ho-Tep.

Comic author Joshua Quagmire (b.Richard Glen Lester II, 1952) died on May 28. Quagmire, who also went by JQ, created Cutey Bunny and Bunz & Katz. He was also influential in early furry fandom.

Actor John Beasley (b.1943) died on May 30. Beasley appeared in episodes of The Mandalorian, Millennium, and The Pretender. He also was in the films Haunted Maze and Firestarter.

Actor Sergio Calderón (b.1945) died on May 31. Calderón played Captain Valleneuva in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and appeared in Men in Black, The Ruins, and Los caciques.

Actor Patricia Dainton (b.1930) died on May 31. Dainton appeared in The House in Marsh Road, Castle in the Air, and A Piece of Cake.


Actor Mike Batayeh (b.1970) died on June 1. Batayeh provided voice work for X-Men: Days of Future Past and appeared in episodes of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Touch, and Night Stalker.

Fan Cheryl Clark died on June 1. Clark was a filker who discovered fandom in 1999 in Colorado. She created the tradition of Second Breakfast at MileHiCon.

Fan Allison Phillips (b.Allison Williams, 1928) died on June 2. Phillips was a member of PSFS and co-edited their zine Variant. She served as registrant for Philcon II and served as president of PSFS.

Actor George Riddle (b.1937) died on June 2. Riddle appeared in Simon, The Innkeepers, and Mildred & the Dying Parlor. He got his start as a circus performer.

Screenwriter Yukiko Takayama (b.1940) died on June 2. Takayama worked on Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth, Genji monogatari: Sennen no nazo, Tono monogatari, and Terror of Mechagodzilla.

Actor Paul Geoffrey (b.1955) died on June 3. Geoffrey portrayed Perceval in Excalibur and Lord Clayton in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. He appeared in an episodes of Robin of Sherwood.

Publisher Sue Freestone (b.1945) died on June 5. Freestone worked for Heinemann, Hutchinson and Quercus and worked with Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry, and Robert Harris.

Screenwriter Vladimir Golovanov (b.1939) died on June 5. Golovanov wrote the children’s films Plyot v Stranu Chuovishch, Ivan-tsarevich I Seryy Volk, and Dunno on the Moon,

Actor Paul Eckstein (b.1963) died on June 6. Eckstein appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. He wrote an episode of The Dead Zone and worked in various roles on First Wave.

Filker Gayle “Green Eyes” Randal (b.Gayle Lloyd) died on June 6 from cancer. A regular at Archon, Kathy Mar wrote the song “Dreams” about her.

Actor Noreen Nash (b.1924) died on June 6. Nash appeared in Phantom from Space and Aladdin and His Lamp.

Actor Peter Belli (b.1943) died on June 8. Belli appeared in episodes of The Fairytales, the short Benny’s Bathtub, and the films Koko-di Koko-da and Journey to Saturn.

Fan Chris Callahan died on June 10. A member of WSFA, Callahan was a founding member of Peggy Rae Sapienza’s bubble brigade, helping her run various conventions.

Comic writer Ian McGinty (b.1985) died on June 10. McGinty created Welcome to Showside and worked on Adventure Tim, Invader Zim, and Bravest Warrior.

Author Brian Mooney (b.1940) died on June 11. Mooney published several short stories, including “The Tomb of Priscus” and “The Waldteufel Affair,” as well as poetry. In 1977, he published the chapbook The Guardians at the Gates. He was a charter member of the British Fantasy Society.

Comic artist John Romita, Sr. (b.1930) died on June 12. Romita was an early artist on Spider-Man and co-created Mary Jane Watson, the Punisher, and Wolverine. He began working for Timely in 1949 and joined Marvel in 1965. In 1973, he became Marvel’s art director. He was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 2002.

Actor Treat Williams (b.1951) died on June 12. Williams did voice work for Batman: The Animate Series and appeared in Deep Rising, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Eve of Destruction, and had a bit part in The Empire Strikes Back.

Author Cormac McCarthy (b.1933) died on June 13. McCarthy is the author of the post-apocalyptic novel The Road. His non-genre works include No Country for Old Men and All the Pretty Horses.

Editor Robert Gottlieb (b.1931) died on June 14. Gottlieb worked for Simon & Schuster, Knopf, and The New Yorker. His authors including Ray Bradbury, Anthon Burgess, Michael Crichton, and Doris Lessing. He edited Joseph Heller’s Catch-18 and suggested Heller change the title to Catch-22.

Actor Angela Thorne (b.1939) died on June 16. Thorne starred in the televisions series To the Manor Born and appeared in episodes of The Avengers and Shades of Darkness. She provided the voice of the Queen of England in the 1989 version of The BFG.

Actor Paxton Whitehead (b.1937) died on June 16. Whitehead’s genre appearances including episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun, Dinosaurs, and The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. He also appeared in the films 12:01, Kate and Leopold, and Rocketman.

Author Nicky Singer (b.1956) died on June 17. Singer wrote the YA novels The Innocent’s Story, GemX, The Survival Game, and Knight Crew. Her debut, Feather Boy was adapted for tv and a musical.

Author Sydney J. Van Scyoc (b.Sydney Brown 1939) died on June 17. Van Scyoc began publishing in 1962 in Galaxy. Her first novel was Saltflower and she followed it up with Starmother, Darkchild, and Deepwater Dreams, among others. She stepped away from writing for several years.

Author and editor Michael A. Banks (b.1951) died on June 18. Banks was the co-author of The Odysseus Solution with Dean R. Lambe, and Joe Mauser: Mercenary from Tomorrow with Mack Reynolds. He served as a freelance editor for Baen and was active in the CFG. He also wrote under the name Alan Gould.

Actor Sheldon Bergstrom (b.1971) died on June 18. Bergstrom appeared in the films A.R.C.H.I.E., The Humanity Bureau, and SuperGrid.

Actor Frederick Forrest (b.1936) in mid-June. Forrest appeared in an episode of Dark Shadows and the films It Lives Again, Return, and The Spreading Ground.

Editor Charles P. Zaglanis (b.1969) died on June 21. Zaglanis was the editor on Elder Signs Press and 18White Cat Publications. He edited the anthologies Airships & Automatons, Dark Horizons, and Street Majick.

Fan Grant McCormick (b.1955) died on June 19. McCormick was a member of the Falls of the Ohio Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and a one-time publisher of the clubzine FOSFAX.

Fan Amy Wisniewski (b.1947) died on June 20. Wisniewski was a member of the Mythopoeic Society and since 1971 had organized the Khazad-dum book discussion group with her wife, Edith Crowe.

Actor Margia Dean (b.1922) died on June 23. Dean appeared in Superman and the Mole-Men, The Quatermass Xperiment, and Mesa of Lost Women.

Author Clifford Royal Johns died on June 23. Johns was the author of the novels Walking Shadow and Velocity Blues as well as several short stories. He was a frequent participant in Windycon, Capricon, and Chicon.

Actor Betta St. John (b.1932) died on June 23. St. John appeared in an episode of The invisible Man in 1959 as well as the films Corridors of Blood, The City of the Dead, and Alias John Preston.

Actor Dody Heath (b.1922) died on June 24. Heath appeared in Brigadoon, an episode of The Twilight Zone, and the film Seconds.

Stuntman Dean Smith (b.1932) died on June 24. He performed stunts in Westworld, Timestalkers, The Astral Factor, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Hot to Trot, and Creepshow 2.

Fan Hans Sidén (b.1935) died on June 24. Sidén was one of the founders of Sweden’s Club Cosmos, the oldest Swedish fan club still in existence. He co-edited the fanzine Cosmos News.

Actor Nicolas Coster (b.1933) died on June 26. Coster has appeared in episodes of The Amazing Spider-Man, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as the films The Deep Ones and Natural Selection.

Actor Carmen Sevilla (b.1930) died on June 27. Seville appeared in Una senora llamada Andres, Cross of the Devil, House of the Damned, and Beatriz.

Actor Alan Arkin (b.1934) died on June 29. Best known for his appearance in Catch-22, he appeared in The Last Unicorn, Edward Scissorhands, The Rocketeer, and Gattaca. He was also an author, with stories appearing in Galaxy and F&SF.

Author Angel Wagenstein (b.1922) died on June 29. Wagenstein wrote the novel Eolomea, which was turned into an East German film of the same title. His other novels included Farewell, Shanghai and Isaac’s Torah. He was also a screenwriter.


Director Robert Lieberman (b.1947) died on July 1. Lieberman directed the film Fire in the Sky and episodes of Final Days of Planet Earth, Falling Skies, and The Expanse. He also directed the miniseries Earthsea.

Producer Lawrence Turman (b.1926) died on July 1. Turman produced the films The Healing Tree, Short Circuit and The Thing. He was nominated for an Oscar for The Graduate.

Fan Toni Liechtenstein Bogolub (b.1954) died on July 3. Bogolub was active in Chicago fandom, attending Windycon, Capricon, and MediaWest. She was a frequent panelists, sharing her love of written and visual science fiction.

Actor Alexei Kuznetsov (b.1941) died on July 5. He provided voicework for the video game Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul and appeared in D’artagnan and Three Musketeers.

Composer Ralph Lundsten (b.1936) died on July 5. Lundsten was an electronic music composer who was heavily influenced by science fiction, writing compositions “Alpha Ralph Boulevard” and “The Dream Master.” He composed the music for the film I.D.B.A.V.

Actor Jimmy Weldon (b.1923) died on July 6. Weldon began his career hosting a children’s show and went on to do voicework on Knight Rider, Super Friends, Challenge of the Go Bots, and appeared in The Phantom Planet.

Editor Patrick Lucien Price died in July. Price worked as a games editor on the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set and later worked on the editorial staff for Dragon, Strategy & Tactics and as editor of Amazing Stories from 1986-1991.

Fan Jim Vadebonceour, Jr. (b.1946) died on July 7. Vadebonceour was a comics historian and fan and reproduced rare artwork in his ImageS volumes. He got his start publishing the fanzine Promethean.

Costumer Deborah K. Jones (b.1948) died on July 8. Jones was active in CostumeAPA and began attending CostumeCon in 1985. She was the subject of a retrospective exhibit at CostumeCon in 2005. She won multiple best in show at CostumeCon and Worldcon.

Screenwriter and producer Manny Coto (b.1961) died on July 9. Coto wrote episodes of American Horror Story, Star Trek: Enterprise, The Outer Limits, and Tales from the Cryptkeeper. He served as a producer on those, as well as other series and won an Emmy for his work on 24.

Producer and animator Randy Fullmer (b.1950) died on July 10. Fullmer produced The Emperor’s New Groove and Chicken Little. He also worked on special effects for Lifeforce, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and The Little Mermaid.

Producer Michael Bakewell (b.1931) died on July 11. Bakewell served as the English ADR director for several anime series, including Sohryden: Legend of the Dragon Kings, Battle Angel, and Genocyber. He also produced BBC radio’s The Lord of the Rings.

Author and film historian Tom Johnson (b.1947) died on July 11. Johnson co-wrote Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography and The Christopher Lee Filmography. His article “Christopher Lee: He May Not Have Been…Who You Thought He Was” earned him a Rondo Hatton Award.

Producer Daniel Goldberg (b.1949) died on July 12. Goldberg produced the films Cannibal Girls, Space Jam, Mummies Alive!, Extreme Ghostbusters, and Evolution.

Actor Geoffrey Davies (b.1938) died on July 13. Davies is best known for appearing in the various Doctor series, but also appeared in the film The Vault of Horror Amicus: House of Horrors.

Actor Carlin Glynn (b.1940) died on July 13. Glynn appeared in Resurrection, Day-O, and an episode of Strange Luck. She won a Tony for her performance in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas as Miss Mona.

Screenwriter Edward Hume (b.1936) died on July 13. Hume wrote the television movie The Day After, as well as the films Last in Lives and A Reflection of Fear.

Fan Charles E. Noad (b.1947) died on July 13. Noad was active in the UK Tolkien Society and proofread most of Tolkien’s posthumous works after becoming friends with Christopher Tolkien. He wrote several articles on Tolkien’s works.

Fan Tom Coveney (b.1968) died on July 14. Coveney worked as a guest liaison for Arisia and was active in other aspects of running the convention over the years.

Actor John Nettleton (b.1929) died on July 14. Nettleton appeared in the Doctor Who serial “The Ghost Light,” as well as episodes of A for Andromeda, Department S, and Out of the Unknown.

Animator Sergey Seryogin (b.1967) died on July 14. Seryogin directed Alice’s Birthday, Klyuchi ot vremeni, and Tayna Sukharevoy bashni. Charodey ravnovesiya. He created the Novosibirsk children’s animation festival.

Artist Gareth Floyd (b.1940) died in the first half of July. Floyd illustrated many children’s books and creating drawings for illustrated story readings on the BBC’s show Jackanory.

Actor Jane Birkin (b.1946) died on July 16. Birkin appeared in Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eyes, Dark Places, and Cinderella. She is best known for appearances in Evil Under the Sun and Death on the Nile.

Actor Christian Quadflieg (b.1945) died on July 16. Quadflieg portrayed Rudi in the series Star Maidens. He also dubbed several American actors for German films.

Fan Gregg T. Trend died on July 16. Trend became active in the 1960s and was a member of the Wayne Third Foundation, editing its clubzine, Seldon’s Plan. He also published the apazines Trend’Art and Trending. He was the guest of honor at Corflu 31.

Actor Linda Haynes (b.Linda Lee Sylvander, 1947) died on July 17. Haynes made her film debut in In Like Flint and also appeared in Latitude Zero and Human Experiments.

Editor Lech Jeczmyk (b.1936) died on July 17. Jeczmyk translated J.G. Ballard, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Kurt Vonnegut into Polish. He also edited the Steps into the Unknown and Rocket Trails anthology series.

Author Allan Scott (b.1952) died on July 17 from cancer. Scott co-authored The Ice King and A Spell of Empire, as well as the solo novel The Dragon in Stone. He also edited Sfinx magazine for three years.

Author Rekka Jay (b.1980) died on July 18. Writing as R.J. Theodore, she was the author of the Peridot Shift and Phantom Traveler series. She served as the leader of the Fairfield County Writers Group.

Actor Anita Carey (b.1948) died on July 19. Best known for Coronation Street, Carey did voice work for the game Final Fantasy XII and appeared in the tv dim The Wyvern Mystery.

Filker Bill Laubenheimer died on July 19 after arriving in Winnipeg to attend Pemmi-Con. He was the music guest of honor at LepreCon 32. He wrote the parody “The Sunken Land of R’lyeh.” He was married to Carole Parker.

Screenwriter Jerome Coopersmith (b.1925) July 21. Coopersmith wrote several episodes of Johnny Jupiter and The Evil Touch, as well as the movies The Sins of Dorian Gray and The Cradle Will Fall.

Actor Juliette Mayniel (b.1936) on July 21. She appeared in the television series Odissea as Circe and Il mondo di Pirandello as well as the film Eyes Without a Face.

Author Juleen A. Brantingham (b.1942) died on July 22. Brantingham began publishing SF in 1979 with the story “Holly Don’t Tell” and published several stories through 1999, including “Chicken of the Tree” and “A Visit to Dragonland.”

Actor Lelia Goldoni (b.Lelia Rizzuto, 1936) died on July 22. She appeared in the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Devil Inside, and The Unseen.

Author Russell H. Greenan (b.1925) died on July 22. Greenan was the author of It Happened in Boston?, The Secret Life of Algernon Pendleton, and The Bric-a-Brac Man.

Fan Frank Waller (b.1957) died on July 22. Waller was a member of LASFS and active in the Los Angeles fannish and convention scene.

Actor Inga Swenson (b.1932) died on July 23. Best known for her role on Benson, she appeared in the TV movies Bay Cove and Earth II.

Fan Shelley Belsky (b.1955) died on July 25. Nicknamed Bear, Belsky became active in fandom in the 1970s and organized LICon and Hexacon. Belsky was active in fandom in New York, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Boulder, and New Mexico.

Screenwriter Bo Goldman (b.1932) died on July 25. Goldman wrote the screenplay for Meet Joe Black and King Kong—FAN FILM, the latter using a rejected script he wrote in 1975. He won Oscars for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Melvin and Howard.

Fan Ira Mitchel Thornhill (b.1953) died on July 25. Thornhill became active in NOLA fandom in the 70s and organized the Southern Fried Fandom Gil Gaier Transport Fund. In the 80s, he lived in the Bozo Bus Building in Minneapolis. He was also a member of SFPA and published several zines.

Fan David K.M. Klaus (b.1955) died on July 28. Klaus became active in fandom in the 1970s and was the editor of LASFS’s clubzine De Profundis. One of a few LASFS member to be expelled from the club, he moved back to his native St Louis.

Actor Marc Gilpin (b.1966) died on July 29. Gilpin appeared in the films Where’s Willie?, Jaws 2, and Earthbound as well as an episode of Fantasy Island.

Author David Albahari (b.1948) died on July 30. Albahari translated Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 into Serbian and wrote postmodern novels with fantastic elements.

Actor Betty Ann Bruno (b.Betty Cain, 1931) died on July 30. Bruno was an Emmy-winning TV reporter, but as a child she portrayed a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz and was the last surviving Munchkin.

Actor Paul Reubens (b.1952) died on July 30. Best known for portraying PeeWee Herman, he had a memorable dying scene in the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer and played the Penguin’s father in Batman Returns. He did voicework for numerous cartoons and played Oscar Vibenius in multiple episodes of Pushing Daisies.


Actor Beth Porter (b.1942) died on August 1. Porter starred in The Naked Witch and appeared in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy television series, Tales of the Unexpected, and provided the voice for Jadis in the 1979 version of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe.

Actor Tom Kempinski (b.1938) died on August 2. Kempinski appeared in the films The Damned, The Committee, and Moon Zero Two and the tv series Moonbase 3.

Actor Clifton Oliver (b.1975) died on August 2. Oliver appeared as Simba in The Lion King and Fiyero in Wicked on Broadway.

Composer Carl Davis (b.1936) died on August 3. Davis composed scores for silent films and music for Frankenstein Unbound, The Aerodrome, The Thief of Baghdad, The Canterville Ghost, and other films.

Editor John R. Douglas (b.1948) died on August 3. Douglas worked on the science fiction lines for several different publishers over the years and as an editorial freelancer since 1999. He was active in the World Fantasy Board and is being recognized with a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award this year, which will be accepted by his wife, Ginjer Buchanan.

Actor Mark Margolis (b.1939) died on August 3. Margolis appeared in episodes of Zero Hour, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gotham, Constantine, and the film Immortals.

Author Philippe Tronche (b.1929) died on August 5. Writing as Philippe Curval, he won the Prix Apollo for Cette chere humanite and the Prix Imaginaire for L’homme a rebours and pour son travail d’atnghologiste et de decouvreur de talents.

Film editor Arthur Schmidt (b.1937) died on August 5. Schmidt worked as an editor on the Back to the Future films, Contact, The Rocketeer, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He won two editing Oscars, including one for Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Fan Robert “Ozzie” Osband (b.1951) died on August 6. Osband attended many cons and worked to get the area code 321 assigned to the spacecoast, as well as managing to get the phone number 321-LIFTOFF.

Director William Friedkin (b.1935) died on August 7. Friedkin directed The Exorcist, The Guardian, an episode of The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt.

Fan Daria Flipieva was killed on the Ukrainian front lines the first week of August where she was serving as a medic. Flipieva, also went by the name Ariana von Stahl, taken from her role in an on-line Harry Potter LARP.

Actor Johnny Hardwick (b.1958) died on August 8. Best known for providing voicework for King of the Hill, he appeared in the horror films The Collegians Are Go!! and Natural Selection.

Actor Shelley Smith (b.1952) died on August 8. Smith appeared in three episodes of Fantasy Island and the pilot for the series The Phoenix.

Actor Vera Vasilyeva (b.1925) died on August 8. Vasilyeva appeared in Russian adaptations of The Wizard of Oz and Dandelion Wine as well as the miniseries Poka tsvetet paporotnik.

Actor Ita Ever (b.1931) died on August 9. Ever appeared in The Imp, The Power of Fear, Tear of the Prince of Darkness, and Sputnik planety Uran.

Actor Doreen June Mantle (b.1926) died on August 9. Mantle appeared in episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures and Dirk Gently, as well as the film Scoop.

Actor Robert Swan (b.1944) died on August 9. Swan appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone and the films C.S.A.: Confederate States of America and The Childhood Friend. He made his film debut in Somewhere in Time.

Actor William George (b.1947) died on August 10 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Generally billed as Butchie, George appeared as a motorcycle rider in Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead. He published Motorcycle Happenings Guide.

Actor Darren Kent (b.1987) died on August 11. Kent appeared in Game of Thrones and the films Jeepers Creepers: Reborn and Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. He had finished filming The Stainless Steel Soul.

Fan Susan Stewart died in August. Stewart was a member of the Des Moines Science Fiction & Fantasy Society and a frequent attendee of DemiCon.

Fan Rick Lancaster died in August. Lancaster was a member of the Des Moines Science Fiction & Fantasy Society and a frequent attendee of DemiCon.

Actor Matyelok Gibbs (b.1932) died on August 14. Gibbs played Muriel Weasley in the Harry Potter films and appeared in an episode of Space Precinct. Her other films included Erik the Viking, Just Visiting, and Your Highness. She served as artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre.

Actor Mark Kemble (b.1953) died on August 14. Kemble appeared in an episode of Quantum Leap and the 1991 film The Arrival and the film Netherworld.

Presenter Michael Parkinson (b.1935) died on August 16. Not known as an actor, Parkinson appeared in cameos of himself in the films Madhouse and Ghostwatch.

Actor Rose Gregorio (b.1925) died on August 17. Gregorio has a career that spanned five decade and appeared in the film The Eyes of Laura Mars.

Actor Sarah Lawson (b.1928) died on August 18. Lawson appeared in episodes of The Avengers, Department S, Journey to the Unknown, and The Invisible Man, as well as the films Night of the Big Heat and The Devil Rides Out.

Artist Dan Green (b.1952) died on August 19. Green worked as an inker on Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, and Justice League of America, among other comics. He also co-wrote and illustrated Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa.

Actor Ron Cephas Jones (b.1957) died on August 19. Jones played Bobby Fish on Luke Cage and appeared in Venom and provided voicework for Amphibia. He also appeared in the film Across the Universe and in the show Lisey’s Story.

Actor Igor Yasulovich (b.1941) died on August 19. Yasulovich appeared in The Very Same Munchhausen, Mio in the Land of Faraway, Farewell Mary Poppins, and the animated The Mystery of the Third Planet.

Author Valery Gayevsky (b.1960) died on August 21. Gayevsky was an active fan and wrote Who’s Who in Crimean SF and Encyclopedia of Crimean SF.

Actor Elizabeth Hoffman (b.1925) died on August 21. Hoffman appeared in Stargate SG-1, Dante’s Peak, and the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Price.”

Assistant director Martin Ellis (b.1979) died on August 22. Ellis worked on Timeless, The Flash, The Magicians, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Screenwriter Nathan Louis Jackson (b.1978) died on August 22. Jackson wrote and produced Luke Cage and produced the show Resurrection.

Actor Terry Funk (b.1944) died on August 23. Funk got his start as a wrestler and appeared in episodes of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Swamp Thing, and Quantum Leap, as well as the film Timestalkers.

Actor Hersha Parady (b.1945) died on August 23. Best known for a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie, her genre work includes The Phoenix and Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star,

Fan Edward G. Hutnik (b.1956) died on August 25. Hutnik was active in Medieval recreations, filk, and ran a used book table in the dealers room of many New England conventions.

Actor Arleen Sorkin (b.1955) died on August 26. Sorkin was the inspiration for the DC character Harley Quinn and was the original voice actress for the character.

Marilyn Lovell (b.1930) died on August 27. Lovell was the wife of astronaut James Lovell, who flew on Gemini 7 and 12 and Apollo 8 and 13.

Actor Gayle Hunnicutt (b.1943) died on August 31. Hunnicutt appeared in the miniseries The Martian Chronicles and the film Hard to Be a God. She was also in episodes of Thriller and Fantasy Island.

Author Brent Monahan (b.1948) died on August 31. Monahan’s novels include The Blood of the Covenant, The Uprising, and The Jekyll Island Club. He also edited the anthology High-Speed Shudder. His novel, The Bell Witch, was the basis for the film An American Haunting.

Game designer Keith Polster (b.1957) died on August 31. Polster worked as a freelancer for TSR on RPGA and Living Greyhawk and later for Wizards of the Coast. He wrote adventures for D&D, Boot Hill, and Gangbusters.

Producer Shunpei Maruyama died in August. Shunpei was an animation producer for the Princess Principal anime series and Long Riders! Shunpei also served as president of Actas, Inc.

Actor Peter Vaughan-Clarke (b.1957) died in August. Vaughan-Clarke appeared as Stephen in The Tomorrow People.

Author Michael D. Toman (b.1949) died in the last week of August. Toman published seven short stories, beginning with “Shards of Divinity” in 1974 and ending with “A Winter Memory” in 1991. He also published Science Fiction Bibliography in 1975 and worked as a librarian.


Musician Jimmy Buffett (b.1946) died on September 1. Buffett, known for songs Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise, had bit parts in the films Hook, Congo, Hoot, and Jurassic World.

Art director Bill Malley (b.1934) died on September 1. Malley worked on Sliders, UFOria, Seven Days, and The Fury and was nominated for an Oscar for his production design of The Exorcist.

Actor Marcia DeRousse died on September 2. DeRousse appeared in The Disappointments Room and portrayed Dr. Ludwig in multiple episodes of True Blood.

Actor Shannon Wilcox (b.1943) died on September 2. Wilcox appeared in episodes of Alien Nation, Tales of the Darkside, and Beyond Belief, as well as the films The Atticus Institute and Zapped Again!

Actor Yolanda Ciani (b.1938) died on September 3. She appeared on the show Asi son ellas.

Bookseller Neal Sofman (b.1948) died on September 6. Sofman ran A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books and Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco, which hosted the reading series SF in SF.

Actor John Cairney (b.1930) died on September 7. Cairney appeared in Jason and the Argonauts, Jackanory, Mysterious Island, Spaceflight IC-1: An Adventure in Space, and Target Luna.

Actor Lisa Lyon (b.1953) died on September 8. Originally a body builder, she turned to acting and appeared in the film Vamp and Three Crowns of the Sailor.

Anime creator Buichi Terasawa (b.1955) died on September 8. Terasawa created Space Adventure Cobra, Goku Midnight Eye, and various spin offs.

Costume designer Eddie Marks (b.1947) died on September 11. Marks worked in the costume department on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, Cocoon, and The Golden Child.

Actor Jean Boht (b.1932) died on September 12. She appeared in Jackanory, Jim’s Gift, Z Cars, and The Cloning of Joanna May.

Author D.G. Finlay (b.Dione Venables, 1930) died on September 12. Finlay began publishing in 1978 with Once Around the Sun and also published the four-volume Watchman series. In 2011, she founded The Orwell Society.

Visual effects artist Pete Kozachik (b.1951) died on September 12. Kozarchick worked on Howard the Duck, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and Starship Troopers. He was nominated for an Oscar for his work on The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Actor Michael McGrath (b.1957) died on September 14. McGrath won a Tony on Broadway and provided voicework for the animated The Secret of Kells. He appeared in the film Wolfwalkers and created the role of Patsy in Spamalot.

Actor Vyacheslav Grishechkin (b.1962) died on September 15. Grishechkin appeared in the films Ulybyka Boga, ili Chisto odesskaya istoriya and Aziris nuna as well as the series Devyat neizvestnykh and Margosha.

Author Echo Brown (b.1984) died on September 16. Brown wrote the YA novel Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard.

Actor Dick Curtis (b.1928) died on September 16. Curtis appeared in The Day It Came to Earth, Motel Hell, and an episode of Batman.

Director Aleksandr Khvan (b.1957) died on September 17. He appeared in the film Land of Legends and directed the movie Dominus.

Fan Helena Binns (b.Margaret Duce, 1941) died on September 18. Binns joined the Melbourne Science Fiction Club in the 1950s and became a lifetime member. She created artwork for many fanzines. She was the official photographer for Aussiecon I and later married Mervyn Binns. She was also a lifetime member of Continuum.

Comic artist Joe Matt (b.1963) died on September 18. Matt created the autobiographical comic Peepshow, which was nominated for multiple Harvey Awards.

Artist Gherman Mazurin (b.1932) died on September 18. Mazurin’s work appeared in many children’s fantasies. He illustrated and designed nearly 300 books and is was named an honored artist of the RSFSR.

Actor Hildegard Neil (b.1939) died on September 19. Neil made appearance on The Adventures of Don Quick, Doomwatch, Ace of Wands, and Space: 1999.

Actor Elaine Devry (b.1930) died on September 20. Devry appeared in two episodes of Project U.F.O., an episode of I Dream of Jeannie, and the films The Atomic Kid, Herbie Rides Again, and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf.

Author Allan Asherman (b.1947) died on September 24. Asherman was an authority on the television series The Adventures of Superman and has written numerous books looking at Star Trek, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, and Science Fiction Theatre.

Actor David McCallum, Jr. (b.1933) died on September 25. Perhaps best known for his roles on The Man from U.N.C.L.E., NCIS, and The Great Escape, his genre roles included appearances on Babylon 5, The Outer Limits, Seaquest 2032, and voicework for several animated series.

Actor Sandra Dorsey (b.1939) died on September 26. Dorsey appeared in the 2004 television version of Frankenstein and the film Gordy.

Fan Bernie Evans (b.) died on September 27. Evans chaired Novacon in 1987 and 1990 and received the Doc Weir Award in 1995. She published the fanzines It Must Be the Sixties—Bernie’s Pregnant! and The Tudor Dynasty.

Actor Michael Gambon (b.1940) died on September 28. Gambon appeared in episodes of Doctor Who and Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire and the film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and portrayed Albus Dumbledore in the final six Harry Potter films.

Fan Douglas E. Berry (b.1966) died on September 30. Berry wrote the GURPS Traveller: Ground Forces supplement as well as other Traveller properties. He ran Traveller’s Aid Society parties at Bay area SF cons.

Author Alexei Birger (b.1960) died on September 30. Birger wrote the novels Po tu storom volkov and Chapaev i pustota and translated Dune and Dracula into Russian.


Actor Jake Abraham (b.1967) died on October 1. Abraham appeared in an episode of Red Dwarf and the short film A Killer Outside.

Author Eve Bunting (b.1928) died on October 1. Bunting wrote Ghost of Summer, The Cloverdale Switch, and Lambkins. Her first book was The Two Giants and she won an Edgar Award for Coffin on a Case.

Author Michael F. Flynn (b.1947) died on October 1. Flynn was the author of the Firestar and Spiral Arm series and co-wrote Fallen Angels with Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. He won the Sidewise Award for the short story “Quaestiones Super Caelo et Mundo,” won two Prometheus Awards, the Locus, Sturgeon, and Compton Crook Stephen Tall Memorial Awards, and several Anlab polls.

Fan David Glenn Anderson (b.1938) died on October 5. Anderson was active in CONduit and Reading for the Future. He staffed multiple Worldcons.

Costumer designer Shawna Trpcic (b.1966) died on October 4. Trpcic served as a costume designer on Firefly, The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and many other science fiction and fantasy films and television series. She won a Costumer’s Guild Award for her work on The Book of Boba Fett.

Football player Dick Butkus (b.1942) died on October 5. Butkus played for the Chicago Bears and went on to appear in some films, including The Stepford Children Gremlins 2: The New Batch He also appeared in episodes of The Greatest American Hero, Wonder Woman, and The Six Million Dollar Man.

Actor Keith Jefferson (b.1970) died on October 5. Jefferson appeared in Tank Girl and Day Shift, as well as several Quentin Tarrantino films.

Fan Greg Cronau (b.1959) died the weekend of October 8. Cronau was active in the Stilyagi Air Corps and chaired Transcendental ConFusion in 1993.

Actor Burt Young (b.1940) died on October 8, Young is best known for playing Rocky’s best friend, but his genre credits include an episode of The Outer Limits, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Blood Beach, and Amityville II: The Possession.

Comic artist Keith Giffen (b.1952) died on October 9. Giffen worked on Legion of Substitute Heroes¸ Justice League International, and many other titles for DC, Marvel, Valiant, and Image Comics. He co-created Rocket Raccoon and the Jaime Reyes version of the Blue Beetle.

Director Anthony Hickox (b.1959) died on October 9. Hickox directed Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Prince Valiant, and Waxwork. He often made cameos in his films.

Actor Hoi Mang (b.1958) died on October 9. Hoi appeared in the Vampire Expert series, The Gambling Ghost, Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain, and The Human Goddess.

Dave McLean (b.1973) died on October 9. McLean served as a genny operator on Arrow, making sure the production had electricity on location shoots.

Author Jan Needle (b.1943) died on October 9. Needle wrote the novel The Devil’s Laughter and Wild Wood, which was an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. He also reworked Dracula for young readers.

Director Jeff Burr (b.1961) died on October 10. Burr directed Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, episodes of Land of the Lost, The Boy with X-Ray Eyes, and Frankenstein & the Werewolf Reborn!

Actor Mark Goddard (b.1936) died on October 10. Goddard played Mark West on Lost in Space and also appeared in the film Strange Invaders. He had a cameo in the film version of Lost in Space.

Actor Ken Lally (b.1971) died on October 10. Lally played the German on Heroes and appeared in three episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. and has done voicework for various Marvel, Star Wars, and other video games.

Actor Phyllis Coates (b.1927) died on October 11. Coates portrayed Lois Lane on The Adventures of Superman and later played Lois’ mother on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. She also appeared in The Incredible Petrified World and Science Fiction Theatre.

Publisher Tim Underwood (b.1948) died on October 11. Underwood was a cofounder of Underwood-Miller. With Chuck Miller, he published several books, beginning with a reprint of Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth before disbanding the company in 1994. Their final project was another reissue of The Dying Earth. They also published works by L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison, and Philip K. Dick.

Actor Cal Wilson (b.1970) died on October 11. Wilson appeared in episodes of Power Rangers Ninja Storm and Zenon: The Zequel. She was also a panelist on the show Whovians.

Actor Lara Parker (b.Mary Lamar Rickey, 1938) died on October 12. Parker appeared as Angelique on Dark Shadows. She also appeared in episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Galactica 1980.

Actor Rock Brynner (b.1946) died on October 13. The son of Yul Brynner, he occasionally acted and played in a band. He also wrote the science fiction novel The Doomsday Report.

Author Louise Glück (b.1943) died on October 13. Glück’s poetry includes “Gretel in Darkness” and “Circe’s Power.” In 2020, she received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Author Bertil Falk (b.1933) died on October 14. Falk wrote the Gardner Varinsson Saga of short stories as well as “Tripp I rymden,” “A Twist in the Universe,” and “”Beyond Journey’s End.” He served as editor of Jules Verne-magasinet and DAST-Magazine and also wrote under the pseudonyms B.G.E. Hawkins and Hans Møller.

Actor Piper Laurie (b.1932) died on October 14. Laurie appeared on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and Dead Like Me as well as the films Son of Ali Baba and Return to Oz.

Actor Joanna Merlin (b.193) died on October 15. Merlin appeared in The Invasion, Big Trouble in Little China, City of Angels, and an episode of Amazing Stories. She made her screen debut in The Ten Commandments and created the role of Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway.

Actor Suzanne Somers (b.1946) died on October 15. Best known for her role on Three’s Company, Somers appeared in an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man and the tv movies Ants!, Seduced by Evil and Love-Struck.

Fan Marinda Darnell (b.1980) died on October 16. Darnell was active in Chicago fandom, chairing Capricon 36 and serving Phandemonium in various capacities over the years. Darnell was also active in running Barfleet at numerous cons.

Composer Gennady Gladkov (b.1935) died on October 16. Gladkov wrote music for the fantasy films Ubit drakona, The Bremen Town Musicians (and sequels), and Dom, kotoryy postroil Svift.

Director Alan J.W. Bell (b.1937) died on October 19. Bell directed the television series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He also worked on episodes of Ripping Yarns.

Actor Haydn Gwynne (b.1957) died on October 20. Gwynne played Clothilde in the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast. She starred in the television series Time Riders and appeared in an episode of The Canterville Ghost.

Actor Joan Evans (b.1934) died on October 21. Her only genre appearance was in the film It Grows on Trees.

Fan Lena Bredin (b.1963) died on October 22. Bredin was a Swedish science fiction fan and convention attendee.

Author S.R. Cronin (b.1954) died on October 23. Cronin is the author of the “War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters” series, as well as the 46. Ascending books.

Actor Judy Nugent (b.1940) died on October 23. Nugent appeared in an episode of The Adventures of Superman, the original Angels in the Outfield, and Greybeards and Witches.

Actor Richard Roundtree (b.1942) died on October 24. Roundtree is best known for his role in the film Shaft. His genre roles included appearances on Blade: The Series, Heroes, and Beauty and the Beast. He also appeared in Speed Racer.

Actor Richard Moll (b.1943) died on October 26. Best known for portraying Bull Shannon on Night Court, Moll appeared in The Sword and the Sorcerer, Smallville, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Babylon 5, and Evolution.

Translator Hiroaki Ike (b.1940) died on October 27. Ike began working in the film industry before turning to translation. He translated the novelization of E.T. into Japanese and later translated works by Carl Sagan and James P. Hogan.

Actor Matthew Perry (b.1969) died on October 28. Perry was best known for playing Chandler Bing on Friends, but also appeared in the films The Kid, L.A.X. 2194, and 17 Again.

Screenwriter Peter Fischer (b.1935) died on October 30. Fischer wrote several episodes of the anthology series Darkroom and the film The Last Child. He may be best known for creating Murder, She Wrote.

Fan Diana Fish (b.1959) died on October 30. Fish was one of the founding members of Arisia. Born Diana Glass, she was married to fan and fellow Arisia founder Tom Fish.

Actor Tyler Christopher (b.1972) died on October 31. Christopher appeared in episodes of The Pretender, The Twilight Zone, and Charmed, as well as the films Moon Crash and Super Volcano.

Fan Nick Faller (b.1943) died on October 31. Faller was active in GT and was an avid book collector.

Astronaut Thomas Kenneth Mattingly II (b.1936) died on October 31. Mattingly was originally scheduled to be the Command Module Pilot of Apollo 13, but was bounced. He later was CMP of Apollo 16 and flew on two space shuttle missions.

Stuntman Taraja Ramsess (b.1982) died on October 31. Ramsess was killed in a car accident with his three children. He performed stuntwork for the Avengers, Black Panther, and Hunger Games franchises.


Fan Kim Holec (b.1955) died on November 1. Holec ran the costuming track at Atlanta’s Time Gate (now Wholanta) and was active in the SCA as Lady Deordre ferch Corwen d’Arcy. She was also active in the University of Georgia Science Fiction Appreciation Club.

Author Ann Schlee (b.1934) died on November 1. Schlee wrote the young adult genre novel The Vandal, which won the Guardian Prize and was a runner up for the Carnegie Medal.

Actor Peter White (b.1937) died on November 1. White played Ambassador Sharat on an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and also appeared in the films Flubber and Armageddon. Other television appearances included episodes of The Greatest American Hero, Superboy, and The X-Files.

Fan Piotr Rak (b.1962) died on November 2. Rak, who was also known as Raku, edited fanzines and was a founding member of the Silesian Fantasy Club. He was also active in OKMFiSF. A frequent con attendee, he was known as the Czech Connector and won a Eurocon Special Achievement Award in 1993..

Director Robert Butler (b.1927) died on November 3. In addition to creating Remington Steele, Butler directed the pilot episodes of Batman and Star Trek as well as episodes of The Invaders, The Twilight Zone, and the film The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.

Producer Marina Cicogna (b.1934) died on November 4. Cicogna produced the Italian film Medea.

Actor Evan Ellingson (b.1988) died on November 5. Ellingson appeared in the film Time Changer and an episode of That Was Then.

Stuntman Pat E. Johnson (b.1939) died on November 5. Johnson performed stunts in Enter the Dragon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Batman and Robin, and The Karate Kid and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films.

Actor Lolita Rodrigues (b.1929) died on November 5. Rodrigues is a Brazilian actress who appeared in the television series A Viagem. She also portrayed Esmeralda in a television production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Actor Janet Landgard (b.1947) died on November 6. Best known for her role in the film The Swimmer, Landgard appeared in the genre film Moonchild.

Astronaut Frank Borman (b.1928) died on November 7. Borman served as commander on Gemini 7 and Apollo 8, the first mission to fly to the moon. He also served on the review board for the Apollo 1 fire and later served as CEO for Eastern Airlines.

Author Andrey Galperin (b.1974) died on November 7. Galperin wrote the fantasy duology The Books of Laora, made up of The Sword of Power and The Sword of Fear.

Film editor Douglas Ibold (b.1940) died on November 8. Ibold worked on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess, Young Hercules, and SeaQuest 2032.

Artist Roger Kastel (b.1931) died on November 8. As a graphic artist, he was given the assignment to create the artwork for the novel Jaws and insisted on royalties, which was a lucrative option. He also created the poster art for The Empire Strikes Back.

Cosmonaut Valentina Ponomaryova (b.1933) died on November 8. A member of the first cosmonaut group of women, Ponomaryova was scheduled to fly on Vostok 5 but was grounded after her answers at an interview were deemed non-standard.

Actor Tim Woodward (b.1953) died on November 9. Woodward appeared in episodes of Q.E.D., Space Island One, Spooky, Jekyll and Hyde, and The Second Coming.

Fan John Matthews died in early November. Matthews, who was also known as DJ Brick, has been working as a DJ at conventions in Michigan for several years.

Cinematographer John Bailey (b.1947) died on November 10. Bailey worked on the films Cat People, Incident at Loch Ness, Groundhog Day, and Over Her Dead Body.

Author D.G. Compton (b.1930) died on November 10. Compton was the author of The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe, which was filmed as Deathwatch, Steel Crocodile, Synthajoy and other novels. He was named SFWA Author Emeritus in 2007 and received the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award in 2021.

Director David Elliott (b.1931) died on November 10. Elliott directed episodes of Thunderbirds, Supercar, Fireball XL5, and the film Invaders from the Deep.

Author L.H. Maynard (b.1953) died on November 11. Maynard was the co-author of the Department 18 series and several stand-alone novels with M.P.N. Sims, writing under the pseudonym Maynard Sims.

Playwright Nina Sadur (b.1950) died on November 12. Sadur wrote the supernatural play Pannochka, By Magic, and Devil in Love. She claimed Ray Bradbury and Clifford Simak as influences.

Author Michael Bishop (b.1945) died on November 13. Bishop was a two-time Nebula winner, including for the novel No Enemy But Time. His other novels included Brittle Innings, Ancient of Days, and The Secret Ascension.

Author A.S. Byatt (b.1936) died on November 16. Byatt occasionally wrote works of genre interest, including the Booker Prize winning Possession: A Romance and Ragnarok: The End of the Gods. Byatt won the Mythopoeic Award for The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye.

Fan Mike Wathen (b.1948) died on November 16. Wathen was active in the British Fantasy Society in the 1980s and served as co-Vice President from 1985-9. With his wife, Di, he chaired Fantasycons XIV and XV.

Author Oleksandr Menshov (b.1977) died on November 17. Menshov published the novels Third Tertia, Reprints of the Unfinished Drafts, and Verification of the Eternity. A Junior Sergeant, he was killed during a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

Author Bill Ellern (b.1933) died on November 18. Ellern published Moon Prospector, New Lensman, and Triplanetary Agent as sequels to E.E. Smith’s Lensman series with Smith’s permission. He was active in LASFS, including sitting on the club’s board of directors, and worked for JPL, and various aerospace companies.

Author Weston Ochse (b.1965) died on November 18. Ochse won the Stoker Award for his novel Scarecrow Gods. Other novels included Bone Chase, Red Unicorn, and Ghost Heart, the last written with his wife, Yvonne Navarro. Ochse also wrote for DC Comics and IDW Publishing.

Actress Deborah Reed (b.1950) died on November 18. Reed appeared in Troll 2, The Stand miniseries. She left acting to work on the staff of a Congressman.

Actor Joss Ackland (b.1928) died on November 19. Ackland portrayed Mustrum Ridcully in Hogfather and provided voicework for Watership Down. He also appeared in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Adventure and The Little Prince.

Author Herbert Gold (b.1924) died on November 19. While most of Gold’s work was mainstream, he occasionally wrote short fiction of genre interest, including “They Day They Got Boston,” “The Psychodynamist” and “Sleepers, Awake!”

Actor Peter Spellos (b.1954) died on November 19. Spellos appeared in Men in Black II, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and provided voicework for several animated shows and video games, including EverQuest and Transformers.

Author Nina Katerli (b.1934) died on November 20. Katerli wrote Monster, Chervets, and Kostylyov. She occasionally wrote with her daughter. In addition to writing, she fought for human rights in the Soviet Union and, later, Russia.

Author Gabe Hudson (b.1971) died on November 23. Judson wrote the YA novel Gork, the Teenage Dragon and was the host of the Kurt Vonnegut Radio podcast. He was also the author of Dear Mr. President.

Visual effects artist Marc Jones (b.1946) died on November 24. He worked on Aquaman, Jumanji, various Marvel films, the Harry Potter franchise,

Director Elliot Silverstein (b.1927) died on November 24. Silverstein directed episodes of Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone. He also directed the films Nightmare Honeymoon and The Car.

Special effects engineer Marc Thorpe (b.1946) died on November 24. Thorpe worked on visual effects for The Empire Strikes Back, Howard the Duck, the first Indiana Jones trilogy, Poltergeist, and Dragonslayer.

Producer Marty Krofft (b.1937) died on November 25. Along with his brother, Sid, Krofft created several children’s television shows, including H.R. Pufnstuf, The Land of the Lost, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Far Out Space Nuts, The Lost Saucer, and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.

Fan Charlie Bernstein died in late November. Bernstein was active in Madison, Wisconsin fandom and helped run the Cow Asylum parties.

Cinematographer Victor J. Kemper (b.1927) died on November 27. Kemper worked on The Final Countdown, Xanadu, Oh, God!, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, and Hot to Trot.

Actor Francis Sternhagen (b.1930) died on November 27. Sternhagen appeared in episodes of The Outer Limits and the films It All Came True, The Mist, Outland, Communion, and Golden Years.

Actor Jack Axelrod (b.1930) died on November 28. Axelrod appeared on episodes of Alias and Star Trek: Voyager and the films Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Hancock.


Actor Brigit Forsyth (b.1940) died on December 1. Forsyth appeared in the Doctor Who serial “The Evil of the Daleks,” as well as episodes of Dark Season R3, and Jackanory.

Actor Andrea Friedman (b.1970) died on December 3. Friedman appeared in episodes of Saving Grace and Touched by an Angel. She may be best known for her role on Life Goes On.

Actor David McKnight (b.1936) died on December 3. McKnight appeared in episodes of The Incredible Hulk, Friday the 13th: The Series, and the films Superhero Movie and The Astral Factor.

Author Jim Hosek (b.1964) died on December 3 following a lengthy illness. Hosek published the story “Total Loss” in Analog and served as SFWA as the Nebula Administrator for several years. His novel, A Really Good Day is a non-genre sports novel.

Fuzzy Pink Niven (b.Marilyn Wisowaty, 1940) died on December 3. Niven was active in MITSFS in college and ran art shows at numerous conventions and served as mentor to many con runners. She met Larry Niven at the 1967 Worldcon and they married two years later. She won the Evans-Freehafer Award for service to LASFS in 1982. She was also active in SCIFI and NESFA.

Author Mark Samuels (b.1967) died on December 3. Samuels was the author of the novel Witch-Cult Abbey and his short fiction was collected in seven collections. He co-edited the magazine Sacrum Regnum with Daniel Corrick

Producer Norman Lear (b.1922) died on December 5. Lear produced a string of hit comedies in the 1970s, including All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and Good Times. His genre work included the series All that Glitters and The Princess Bride.

Comic book historian Roger Hill (b.1948) died on December 6. Hill was a primary contributor to Squa Tront from its inception in 1967 until 2012. He also published EC Fan-Addict Fanzine from 2004 until his death.

Actor Jack Hogan (b.1929) died on December 6. Best known for his role on Combat, he appeared in episodes of Project U.F.O., The Six Million Dollar Man, and Men Into Space.

Actor Marisa Pavan (b.Marisa Pierangeli, 1932) died on December 6. Pavan appeared in the 1960 television adaptation Shangri-La and later in an episode of Wonder Woman. Her twin sister, who went by the name Pier Angeli, was also an actress.

Actor Junior Mehmood (b.Mohammed Naim Sayed, 1956) died on December 8. Mehmood became a child star in India and continued acting as an adult. He appeared in Jadu Tona, Aakhir Kaun Thi Who?, Hari Darshan, and Behroopia.

Actor Ryan O’Neal (b.1941) died on December 8. O’Neal appeared in the genre films Chances Are, Knight of Cups, and Epoch, although he is better known for his non-genre films Love Story, Paper Moon, and What’s Up, Doc?

Author David Drake (b.1945) died on December 10. Drake was the author of the Hammer’s Slammers sf series and the Lord of the Isles fantasy series, among others. He co-wrote series with Eric Flint, S.M. Stirling, Janet Morris and other authors and edited several original and reprint anthologies. Drake won a Non-Professional World Fantasy Award for Carcosa House and the Phoenix Award.

Actor Shirley Anne Field (b.1936) died on December 10. Field appeared in The Damned, U.F.O., Heydey, and House of the Living Dead.

Actor Kathy Chow (b.1966) died on December 11. Chow appeared in The Magic School, Floors of Mystery, Ashes of Love, and Asura Bride.

Artist Ian Gibson (b.1946) died on December 11. Gibson’s work appeared in 2000 AD, Robo-Hunter, and Mister Miracle. Gibson recently self-published the first issue of Lifeboat. In addition, he wrote articles for Den of Geek.

Director of Photography Ken Kelsch (b.1947) died on December 11. Kelsch worked on the television show Medium and the films 4:44 Last Day on Earth, The Addiction, and House of Last Things.

Author Vladimir Mitypov (b.1940) died on December 11. Mitypov wrote the novel Earth’s Green Madness along with four additional novels.

Actor Camden Toy (b.1955) died on December 11. Toy played the Prince of Lies on Angel and several roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also appeared in the films The League, Immortally Yours, and Betaville.

Actor Andre Braugher (b.1962) died on December 12. Braugher is best known for appearing in Homicide: Life on the Street and Brooklyn 99, both of which earned him Emmys, but his genre work included The Mist, Frequency, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Actor Mario Valdemarin (b.1926) died on December 12. Valdemarin appeared in Hercules and the Captive Women, La citta dell’ultima paura, and episodes of Il fascino dell’insolito.

Screenwriter Yilmaz Atadeniz (b.1932) died on December 13. Altadeniz wrote the Turkish fantasy films Killing in Istanbul, Kilink: Strip and Kill, The Red Mask, and Yilmayan Seytan.

Actor Selma Archerd (b.1925) died on December 14. Archerd appeared in Scrooged and Meteor and the television series Charmed, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Alice in Wonderland.

Publisher Lee Harris (b.1936) died on December 14.  Harris published Brainstorm Comix in the 1970s and was active in London’s countercultural and musical scene.

Musician Bob Johnson (b.1944) died on December 15. The guitarist of Steeleye Span, he also wrote the concept album The King of Elfland’s Daughter, based on Lord Dunsany’s book. More recently he worked on the album Wintersmith, based on the books of Terry Pratchett.

Actor Kenpachiro Satsuma (b.1947) died on December 16. Satsuma portrayed Godzilla in numerous films, beginning with 1984’s The Return of Godzilla. Prior to that, he appeared in various roles in other Godzilla films as well as other movies.

Author Dan Greenburg (b.1936) died on December 18. Greenburg focused on the YA market, writing books in the Weird Planet series, the Secrets of Dripping Fang series, and the Maximum Boy series.

Author K.M. Peyton (b.1929) died on December 19. Best known for the Flambard series, Peyton wrote A Pattern of Roses and Unquiet Spirits. She also wrote some genre short fiction.

Fan Bob Granstaff died on December 20. Known as Dancing Bob, he was active in Chicago fandom, attending Windycons, Capricons, Duckons, and Chicons.

Fan Tom Barnes died the third week of December. Barnes worked on Glasgow 2024 in the member and staff services division. He was active in the Wharf Rats and was a regular Worldcon, SMOFcon, and Eastercon attendee.

Translator Olexandr Mokrovolsky (b.1945) died on December 22. Mokrovolsky translated the works of Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Adams, and Brian Aldiss into Ukrainian.

Fan Eva Hauser (b.Eva Hauserová, 1954) died on December 23. Hauser served as the 1992 GUFF winner, traveling from Czechoslovakia to Sydney for Syncon ’92. Hauser published the fanzine Wild Sharkaaah and was an editor of Ikarie.

Fan Tom Jones died on December 23. Jones edited the fanzines ProteusWaif, and BSFA Newsletter. He served as the BSFA vice-chair from 1977-9.

Actor Mike Nussbaum (b.1923) died on December 23. Nussbaum appeared in Men in Black, The Monitors, Field of Dreams, and episodes of The X-Files and Early Edition.

Editor Natalia Vitko (b.1977) died on December 23. Vitko worked for several Russian publishing companies and served as the organizer of the St. Petersburg Fantastic Assembly, a convention for science fiction reviewers.

Publisher Nikolay Yutanov (b.1959) died on December 23. An astronomer, Yutanov wrote the novella The Path of Deception and the novel The Werewolf. In 1990, he founding publishing house Terra Fantastica. He also organized the Congress of Russian SF Writers.

Author Richard Bowes (b.1944) died on December 24. Bowes was the author of Warchild. He won the World Fantasy Award for the novellas “Streetcar Dreams” and “If Angels Fight” and the Lambda Award for Minions of the Moon.

Actor Kamar de los Reyes (b.1967) died on December 24. De los Reyes appeared on the television shows Sleepy Hollow, The Gifted, and Early Edition as well as the film The Cell.

Actor David Leland (b.1941) died on December 24. He appeared in Gawain and the Green Knight, The Time Bandits, and Scars of Dracula. Leland portrayed Majikthise in the television version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Fan Matt Dale (b.1980) died on December 25. Dale was active in both Doctor Who and Quantum Leap fandoms and was a host of the Quantum Leap Podcast. He was also the author of Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap.

Actor Richard Franklin (b.1936) died on December 25. Franklin portrayed Captain Mike Yates of UNIT during Jon Pertwee’s tenure on Doctor Who. Franklin also appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Actor Richard Romanus (b.1943) died on December 26. Romanus provided voicework for the films Wizards and Heavy Metal. He appeared in the films If You Believe, Ghost of a Chance, and episodes of Tales from the Darkside and Shadow Chasers.

Comedian Tom Smothers (b.1937) died on December 26. Best known for his act with his brother, Dick: The Smothers Brothers, he had a controversial comedy show in the 60s. He also appeared in Once Upon a Mattress, Fantasy Island, and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Screenwriter Yuri Arabov (b.1954) died on December 27. Arabov wrote Mister Designer, Days of Eclipse, and Aviator.

Publicist Herman Levine (b.1936) died on December 27. While at Disney, Levine worked on the ad campaigns for The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. He had previously worked on The Wiz and Jaws.

Actor Lee Sun-kyun (b.1975) died on December 27. Lee appeared in Dr. Brain, Project Silence, 2036 Apocalypse Earth, and My Mother, the Mermaid. He was probably best known to western audiences for his role in Parasite.

Fan Scott Viguié (b.1971) died on December 27. Viguié hosted the show Doctor Geek’s Laboratory and has appeared as the character at many conventions.

Actor Miguel Fuentes (b.1953) died on December 28. Fuentes appeared in The Bermuda Triangle, The Pumaman, Frankenstein’s Aunt Tillie, Sorceress, and Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell.

Screenwriter Herman Raucher (b.1928) died on December 28. Raucher wrote the script to the fantasy Watermelon Man and the sf film Morning Patrol.

Artist Frank E. Strom (b.1964) died on December 28. Strom worked for Marvel comics on Captain Marvel and VR Troopers. He worked on Scooby Doo! for DC Comics as well as Archie, Elvira, and Looney Tunes.

Comic artist John M. Burns (b.1938) died on December 29. Burn worked on tie in comics for Doctor Who, Space: 1999, and The Bionic Woman. In addition, he worked on 2000 AD and Judge Dredd.

Actor Rossy Mendoza (b.1943) died on December 29. Mendoza appeared in the films Night of San Juan: Santo in Black Gold and Capulina contra los vampiros.

Author and artist Ed Young (b.1931) died on December 29. Young wrote and illustrated several children’s books, including cover art for The Emperor and the Kite, The Girl Who Loved the Wind, and The Seventh Mandarin.

Actor Tom Wilkinson (b.1948) died on December 30. Wilkinson appeared in Batman Begins, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Titan, and provided voicework for The Gruffalo and Watership Down.

Game designer Bryan Charles Ansell (b.1955) died on December 30. Ansell was the founder of Citadel Miniatures, which merged with Games Workshop. He later ran the GW Design studio. He also co-designed Warhammer Battle.

Astronomer Luboš Kohoutek (b.1935) died on December 30. Kohoutek discovered five comets, including one proclaimed the comet of the century, although its appearance fizzled. He also discovered 76 asteroids and a supernova.

Actor Cindy Morgan (b.1954) died in late December. Morgan made a name for herself appearing in Caddyshack and later appeared in the original Tron as Lora and Yori. She also appeared in Galaxis.

Comedian Shecky Green (b.1926) died on December 31. Best known as a standup comedian and for his residency in Las Vegas, Greene appeared in the films Splash and an episode of Fantasy Island.

Actor Ana Ofelia Murguía (b.1933) died on December 31. Murguía appeared in the 1984 version of Dune and provided the voice of Mamá Coco in the Disney film Coco.

Bookseller Patrick Heffernan (b.1966) died in December. Heffernan spent more than 30 years working for Mysterious Galaxy. He was also the founder and owner of, selling collectible books and handmade slipcases.

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