RIP: Graham Joyce (1954-2014)

Sad news…

Locus Online is reporting that Graham Joyce has passed away. Joyce, an author best known for his blurring of genre boundaries, was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma in 2013. His books include Dreamside (1991); Dark Sister (1992); several British Fantasy Award-winning novels such as Requiem (1995), The Tooth Fairy (1996), The Stormwatcher (1998), Memoirs of a Master Forger (2008, UK, under the pseudonym William Heaney, a.k.a How To Make Friends With Demons in the US), Some Kind of Fairy Tale (2012); and The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit (2014), among others.

RIP: Lawrence Santoro

Sad news…

Starship Sofa and SF Site are reporting that author Lawrence Santoro has passed away after a bout with cancer.

Lawrence was the producer of the Tales to Terrify podcast and an author of many short fiction stories, many of which were collected in the 2011 collection Drink for the Thirst to Come.

Sad news…

SF Site is reporting that SF author Frank M. Robinson has passed away.

Robinson is perhaps best known in sf circles as the author of the novels The Dark Beyond the Stars, Waiting, The Donor, and the 1999 coffee table book Science Fiction of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History. With Tom Scortia he co-authored The Glass Inferno (basis for the film The Towering Inferno), The Prometheus Crisis, The Nightmare Factor, and Blow-Out!. Robinson was also a speechwriter for San Francisco politician Harvey Milk in the 1970s and appeared in a cameo role in the film Milk.

RIP: Daniel Keyes (1927 – 2014)

Sad news…

Locus Online is reporting that author Daniel Keyes dies on June 15th.

Keyes is best known for his Hugo Award-winning classic story “Flowers for Algernon”, the 1966 Nebula Award-winning novel expansion, and its film adaptation Charly (1968). Other novels included The Touch (1968), The Fifth Sally (1980), and The Asylum Prophecies (2009).

RIP: Jay Lake (1964 – 2014)

Sad news, folks…

It looks like Jay Lake lost his long battle with cancer, just a few days short of his 50th birthday.

Jay will be terribly missed by many. I will forever remember how he took the time at Worldcon 2012 (ChiCon) to tell us how the Hugo ceremony worked, or how he touched me with his revealing interview about how he his loved ones are affected by his cancer. Or how he was an inspiration for everyone with his strength, courage and determination. Or how he provided so much enjoyment through his writing. But most of all, I’ll never forget the man, or the sentiment echoed by a room full of people at Worldcon 2013 (LonestarCon) when they shouted in unison, “We love you, Jay.”

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RIP: Mary Stewart (1916 – 2014)

Sad news…

SF Site is reporting that author Mary Stewart died on May 10.

SHe was best known for her Arthurian fantasies, such as The Crystal Cave and The Last Enchantment among others. She also wrote children’s books and her novel The Moon-Spinners was made into a film by Disney.

RIP: Lucius Shepard (1947 – 2014)

Sad news, folks.

The Science Fiction Encyclopedia is reporting that author Lucius Shepard has passed away. He was the author of numerous novels and short stories, including Green Eyes (1984), Life During Wartime (1987), The Jaguar Hunter (1987), Viator (2004), Trujillo (2005), Viator Plus (2010), The Dragon Griaule (2012), Five Autobiographies and a Fiction (2013) and more. Much of his short fiction was collected in The Best of Lucius Shepard (2008).

[via Bill Crider]

RIP: Aaron Allston (1960 – 2014)

Sad news…

SF Site is reporting that author Aaron Allston died on February 27.

Allston began his career at Space Gamer magazine and went on to write the Dungeons and Dragons Rules Cyclopedia. His first novel, Web of Danger was published in 1988, which was followed by more original novels, some in collaboration with Holly Lisle. Most recently, Allston wrote Star Wars tie-in novels, beginning with X-Wing: Wraith Squadron.

RIP: Neal Barrett, Jr. (1929-2014)

Sad news…

Locus Online is reporting that Neal Barrett, Jr. has passed away. He was 84 years old.

Neal Barrett, Jr. was an acclaimed short story writer and novelist.

His short fiction included “To Tell the Truth” (1960), “Perpetuity Blues” (1987), “Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus” (1989, Hugo and Nebula Award finalist), and many more works, many of which were collected in books like Slightly Off Center (1992), The Day the Decorators Came (2000), Perpetuity Blues and Other Stories (2000) and Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr. (2012). His novels included The Gates of Time (1970), The Hereafter Gang (1991) and Prince of Christler-Coke (2004) and more.

He was toastmaster at the 1997 Worldcon in San Antonio, and was named Author Emeritus by SFWA in 2010.

See also: Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and ISFDB.

RIP: Colin Wilson (1931 – 2013)

Sad news…

British author Colin Wilson passed away.

Wilson was perhaps best known to sf fans for The Space Vampires which was later adapted as the film Lifeforce, directed by Tobe Hooper. Wilson also wrote the books The Outsider (1956), The Mind Parasites (1967, a Cthulhu Mythos book), the Spider World series, The Philosopher’s Stone (1969), Science Fiction as Existentialism (1980) and more. Some of his short fiction was collected in The Essential Colin Wilson (1985).

[via Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine]

RIP: Doris Lessing

Sad news…

The Guardian is reporting that Doris Lessing has died. The Nobel prize-winning author of over 50 novels (including Shikasta, the first book in the Canopus in Argos: Archives), was 94.

RIP: Patricia Anthony (1947 – 2013)

More sad news this week….

Locus Online is reporting died on August 2nd at the age of 66.

Patricia Ahthony’s writing moved from traditional sf towards slipstream/weird throughout here writing career. Her first novel Cold Allies (1993) won a Locus Award. Other novels included Brother Termite (1993), Conscience of the Beagle (1993), Happy Policeman (1994), Cradle of Splendor (1996), God’s Fires (1997) and Flanders (1998).

[via Jayme Lynn Blaschke, who interviewed Patricia Anthony here.]

RIP: Ann “A.C.” Crispin

Sad news…

Boing Boing is reporting that Author Ann Crispin has died. Ann, one of the founders of Writer Beware who published 23 novels writing as A.C. Crispin, is perhaps best known for her Starbridge series of science fiction novels, as well as several Star Wars novels (The Han Solo Trilogy) and Star Trek novels (Yesterday’s Son). She also wrote 2 books in the Witch World series (Gryphon’s Eyrie and Songsmith).

RIP: Frederik Pohl (1919 – 2013)

Sad, sad news, folks. Another legend has left us.

Emily Pohl-Weary, Frederik Pohl’s granddaughter, is reporting that Frederik Pohl has passed away. He was 93 years old.

Frederik Pohl is a science fiction Grand Master the author of numerous science fiction novels, including the Gateway series, Man Plus, The Years of the City and most recently, All the Lives He Led.

Besides winning numerous awards for his novels throughout his career, he also won the 2010 Hugo Award for best fan writer.

He will be missed.

[via Paul Di Filippo]

RIP: Mick Farren

Sad news…

Author, journalist and singer Mick Farren collapsed on stage during a performance last night and died shortly thereafter. Farren was known to science fiction fans as author of many novels, including The DNA Cowboys sequence, comprised of The Quest of The DNA Cowboys (1976), Synaptic Manhunt (1976), The Neural Atrocity (1977), and The Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys (1989).

[via Andrew Porter]

Sad news…io9 is reporting that Richard Matheson has passed away at the age of 87.

Matheson was a giant in the field, writing such classics as I Am Legend (1954), Born of Man and Woman (1954 collection), Third from the Sun (1955 collection), The Shrinking Man (1956), A Stir of Echoes (1958), What Dreams May Come (1978), Richard Matheson’s “The Twilight Zone” Scripts (1998) and Volume Two (2002), Other Kingdoms (2011) and so many more. He has also scripted some of the genre’s most memorable scripts, like The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Raven (1963), The Last Man on Earth (1964 as “Logan Swanson”, based on I Am Legend), The Legend of Hell House (1973, based on his novel), Somewhere in Time (1980, based on his novel), Twilight Zone: The Movie (Fourth segment “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, 1983), as well as episodes of Twilight Zone (16 of ‘em!), The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Star Trek: The Original Series (“The Enemy Within”, 1966), Duel (1971), The Night Stalker (1972), Night Gallery, Amazing Stories (1987), and more.

[via Gilbert Colon]

RIP: Parke Godwin (1929-2013)

Sad news…

Connor Cochran writes in to tell us that author Parke Godwin has passed away.

Obituary follows…
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RIP: Iain M. Banks (1954-2013)

Sad news, folks. BBC News is reporting that Iain M. Banks has died of cancer. HE was 59 years old.

Just 2 months ago, he announced he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was withdrawing from public engagements.

Banks is of course best known to fandom for his Culture series of space opera novels. He also wrote more mainstream novels as Iain Banks (without the M.). When news broke in April, fans flocked to sign his guestboook and leave their best wishes.

[via Lawrence Person]

RIP: Jack Vance

Sad news, folks…

Lawrence Person is reporting that science fiction and fantasy author and SFWA Grand Master Jack Vance has passed away at the age of 96.

Jack Vance is known for numerous works, including The Dying Earth, Emphyrio, Lurulu, Green Magic, Lyonesse, Ports of Call and many others.

Says the official Jack Vance website:

Jack Vance passed away at home on the evening of Sunday May 26, 2013, ending a long, rich and productive life. Recognized most widely as an author, family and friends also knew a generous, large-hearted, rugged, congenial, hard-working, optimistic and unpretentious individual whose curiosity, sense of wonder and sheer love of life were an inspiration in themselves. Author, friend, father and grandfather – there will never be another like Jack Vance.

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RIP: Ray Harryhausen (1920 – 2013)

If you’ve been anywhere on the web today, you’ve seen the sad news of Ray Harryhausen’s passing.

Harryhausen was responsible for some of my earliest childhood movie memories. The Sinbad films in particular (and later, Clash of the Titans) were standout films for me specifically because of Harryhausen’s vision, patience and skill. It’s funny how recent re-watches of these films don’t hold up to my memories of them…but Harryhausen’s animation is as charming as ever. That’s an amazing feat in the age of photorealistic animation.

Here’s a Ray Harryhausen tribute video we posted a few years back.
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