Pulp magazine illustrator Edd Cartier, born 1914, died December 25, 2008. Edward Daniel Cartier illustrated Street & Smith magazines including The Shadow, and John W. Campbell's Unknown and Astounding Science Fiction. He won a 1992 World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, and a 1990 First Fandom Hall of Fame Award.
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Leo A. Frankowski
SF author Leo A. Frankowski, born 1943, died December 25, 2008. Frankowski was known for the "Adventures of Conrad Stargard" novels published by Del Rey, beginning with The Cross-Time Engineer in 1986, with Conrad's Time Machine and two omnibus volumes published by Baen in the early 2000s, and final novel Lord Conrad's Crusade (written with Rodger Olsen) self-published in 2005.
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Majel Barrett Roddenberry
Actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry, born 1932, died December 18, 2008. She portrayed "Number One" in the original pilot for Star Trek, and was recast as Nurse Christine Chapel once the series went into production. She married Trek producer Gene Roddenberry in 1969. She provided the voice of the ship's onboard computer in the original and subsequent series and movies, and had a recurring role as Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
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British illustrator, critic, and screenwriter James Cawthorn, born 1929, died December 2, 2008. Cawthorn created definitive early interpretations of many Michael Moorcock characters, including Elric of Melniboné, and co-wrote with Moorcock the screenplay for 1975 film The Land that Time Forgot and 1988 critical book Fantasy: The 100 Best Books.