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Günter Grass (1927-2015)

Author Günter Grass, 87, died April 13, 2015 in a hospital in Lübeck, Germany, where he’d lived for many years. Grass was a Nobel Prize-winning author of novels and poetry who occasionally made use of the fantastic in his work, an approach he called “broadened reality.” Notable examples include The Tin Drum (1959) and The […]

Peggy Rae Sapienza (1944-2015)

Fan and convention organizer Peggy Rae Sapienza, 70, died March 22, 2015, of complications from recent heart surgery. Sapienza was an important figure in convention fandom. She chaired Bucconeer, the 1998 Baltimore Worldcon, and was the North American Agent for Nippon, the Japanese Worldcon in 2007. She also chaired the Nebula Awards Weekends in 2011 […]

Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)

Bestselling fantasy author Terry Pratchett, 66, died March 12, 2015 in his home. Pratchett is best known for his 40-volume Discworld series, which started with The Colour of Magic in 1983. He has sold over 85 million books in 37 languages. According to Larry Finlay, managing director at Transworld Publishers, “Terry passed away in his […]

Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Actor, director, author, and photographer Leonard Nimoy, 83, died February 27, 2014 at home in Bel Air CA of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy is best known for playing the half-Vulcan science officer Spock in both the TV and film incarnations of Star Trek, beginning in 1966 and making a final appearance as the character […]

Melanie Tem (1949-2015)

Author Melanie Tem, 65, died February 9, 2015 of cancer. Tem’s debut novel Prodigal (1991) was the winner of a Bram Stoker Award, and in 1992 she won the Icarus award for most promising newcomer, presented by the British Fantasy Society. Novella “The Man on the Ceiling” (2000), co-written with her husband Steve Rasnic Tem, […]

Suzette Haden Elgin (1936-2015)

SF writer and poet Suzette Haden Elgin, 78, died January 27, 2014. She began publishing SF with “For the Sake of Grace” in F&SF (1969), part of her Coyote Jones series, which also includes novels The Communipaths (1970), Furthest (1971), At the Seventh Level (1972), Star-Anchored, Star-Angered (1979), and Yonder Comes the Other End of […]

Alice K. Turner (1939-2015)

Editor Alice K. Turner, 75, died January 16, 2014 of antibiotic-resistant pneumonia. Born 1939, Turner was the legendary fiction editor at Playboy, one of the most prestigious and highest-paying markets for short fiction, from 1980-2000. During her tenure, Turner published work by Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, and Dan Simmons, among other […]

Robert Conroy (1938-2014)

Author Robert Conroy, 76, died December 30, 2014. He was recently diagnosed with cancer of the thymus. Conroy specialized in alternate history novels, and won a Sidewise Award for 1942 (2009), set during a version of WWII where the Japanese were more successful in their assault on Pearl Harbor. His first novel was 1901 (1995), […]

Donald Moffitt (1931-2014)

Author Donald Moffitt, 83, died December 10, 2014 in Monroe ME. Moffitt was born July 20, 1931 in Boston. He began publishing SF with “The Devil’s Due” in Fantastic (1960). The Jupiter Theft (1977) was his first hard SF novel, and other SF works include the Genesis duology, with The Genesis Quest (1986) and Second Genesis […]

Rocky Wood (1959-2014)

Horror Writers Association president and Stephen King scholar Rocky Wood, 55, died December 1, 2014 in Melbourne Australia of complications from ALS. Rocky Wood was born October 19, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. He was one of the foremost experts on Stephen King, writing many articles and books on the author, including The Complete Guide […]

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