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Wes Craven (1939-2015)

Director and writer WES CRAVEN, 76, died August 30, 2015 of brain cancer at home in Los Angeles. Though best known for the horror films he wrote and directed, he published one novel, SF thriller Fountain Society (1999), about a scientist who has his brain transplanted into a cloned body. Craven’s directorial debut was The […]

Robert Conquest (1917-2015)

Author Robert Conquest, 98, died August 3, 2015 in Stanford CA of pneumonia. Though best known as a historian and one of the foremost experts on Russia and the Soviet Union, he was also a dedicated SF fan, writer, editor, critic, and poet. From 1961-66 he edited five volumes of the Spectrum anthology series with […]

Adrienne Martine-Barnes (1942-2015)

Adrienne Martine-Barnes, 73, died July 20, 2015 in a Portland OR hospital. Born January 19, 1942 in Los Angeles CA, Barnes began publishing with “Di Catenas” (1982) in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover anthology Swords of Chaos. Her debut novel The Dragon Rises appeared in 1983, and her series Chronique D’Avebury includes The Fire Sword (1984), […]

Tom Piccirilli (1965-2015)

Writer Tom Piccirilli, 50, died July 11, 2015. Thomas Edward Piccirilli was born May 27, 1965. He published over a dozen ambitious and accomplished crime and horror novels, notably Stoker Award winner The Night Class (2003) and The Cold Spot (2008), a finalist for the Edgar Award for best paperback original mystery. He was an […]

Wolfgang Jeschke (1936-2015)

Editor and author Wolfgang Jeschke, 78, died June 10, 2015 in Munich, Germany. Jeschke was an award-winning editor of SF novels and anthologies, as well as an author. He is credited with leading German SF publisher Heyne Verlag to great success beginning in the late ’70s. Jeschke was born November 19, 1936 in Tetschen, Czechoslovakia (now […]

Joël Champetier (1957-2015)

French-Canadian SF writer and editor Joël Champetier, 57, died May 30, 2015 after a long struggle with leukemia. Champetier was a renowned and award-winning SF author, and longtime editor of Solaris, one of the most prestigious French-language SF magazines in the world. Champetier was born in 1957 in La Corne, Quebec. He worked in electrochemistry […]

Tanith Lee (1947-2015)

Author Tanith Lee, 67, died peacefully in her sleep May 24, 2015 after a long illness. Lee was born September 19, 1947 in London and studied at Prendergast Grammar School, Catford, London, and at an art college in the city. After working for a while as a library assistant in London, she became a freelance […]

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 […]

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