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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RIP: James Herbert, OBE: 1943-2013

Sad news…

Tor.com reports that author James Herbert has passed away.

Herbert’s 23 horror novels include The Rats, The Fog, Others, The Secret of Crickley Hall as well as 2012′s Ash.

RIP: Steven Utley (1948 – 2013)

Sad news, folks…

Via Jessica Reisman, Lawrence Person is reporting that Steve Utley has passed away.

Utley announced to his friends that he had been diagnosed with Type 4 cancer in his intestines, liver, and lungs, and a lesion on his brain on December 27, 2012. On January 7, he sent out an email saying that he was losing his motor skills and designated Jessica as his literary executor (and hopefully she’ll be able to get some of his swell stories back in print). On the morning of January 12 he slipped into a coma and died that night.

Steven Utley was one of the original Turkey City writers, along with Chad Oliver, Tom Reamy, Howard Waldrop, etc. Utley’s work included “Custer’s Last Jump” (with Howard Waldrop), the collections The Beasts of Love and Where or When, as well as the forthcoming collections The 400-Million-Year Itch and Invisible Kingdoms.

RIP: Boris Strugatsky

Sad news…

Pys.org is reporting that Russian sci-fi author Boris Strugatsky has passed away.

Boris Strugatsky, along with is brother Arkady, wrote the science fiction classic Roadside Picnic (basis for the Stalker film and game) as well as The Ugly Swans, Hard to Be a God and The Time Wanderers and has been the recipient of many awards. He was born in 1933.

[via Steven H. Silver]

RIP: Neil Armstrong, First Person to Walk on the Moon

Sad news…

Reuters is that reporting that atsronaut Neil Armstrong has died at 82 years of age. Armstrong was the commander of the Apollo 11 mission and became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969.

RIP: Harry Harrison (1925 – 2012)

Sad news…

io9 is reporting via the The Official Harry Harrison Website that author Harry Harrison has passed away.

Harrison was known for numerous books and series, including The Stainless Steel Rat series, the Deathworld series, the Bill, the Galactic Hero series, Make Room, Make Room (the basis for the film Soylent Green), A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!, and many, many more.

Memorials may be left at this Harry Harrison News Blog.

[UPDATE] – Tor President and Publisher, Tom Doherty, had this to say:

“Harry Harrison was an illustrator, anthologist, critic; a writer of power and scope voted Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He was published in 25 languages around the world.

In The Stainless Steel Rat and Bill, The Galactic Hero he created two of the great comic series of the genre. In Make Room! Make Room! he made us consider the consequences of over population and over consumption of the world’s resources. Before the term “steampunk” was coined he had written Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!. He believed science fiction was important, that it caused people to think about our world and what it could become.

For over 40 years, he was my friend.”

- Tom Doherty

RIP: Ray Bradbury

Sad news…

Locus Online is reporting that Ray Bradbury has passed away. He was 91 years old.

Bradbury is known for numerous works, including The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The October Country, Dandelion Wine, I Sing the Body Electric, and many more.

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