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Bernie Wrightson (1948-2017)

Artist Bernie Wrightson, 68, died March 18, 2017 in Austin TX of brain cancer. Wrightson is best known for his comics, including the creation of DC Comics character Swamp Thing (1971, with writer Len Wein), and for his horror illustrations. Bernard Albert Wrightson was born October 27, 1948 in Dundalk MD. He started work as […]

Susan Casper (1947-2017)

Writer Susan Casper died in her sleep on February 24, 2017 after a series of health complications. In announcing her death on Facebook, husband Gardner Dozois said, “She was an extremely tough woman, and fought through an unbelievable amount of stuff in the last couple of years, but this last illness was just too much for […]

Edward Bryant (1945-2017)

Writer Edward Bryant, 71, died in his sleep after a long illness. He was found February 10, 2017 at home in Colorado. Bryant was an accomplished SF writer, mostly of short stories. He began publishing SF work with “They Come Only in Dreams” and “Sending the Very Best”, both in January 1970. For the next […]

Emma Tennant (1937-2017)

Writer Emma Tennant, 79, died January 21, 2017 in a London hospital following a long illness. Tennant was known for her feminist and postmodern fiction, and wrote many works of genre interest, including The Time of the Crack (1973; as The Crack, 1978), The Last of the Country House Murders (1974), Hotel de Dream (1976), […]

Larry Smith (1946-2017)

Book dealer and conrunner Larry Smith, 70, died January 20, 2017. Laurence C. Smith was born in 1946 and lived in Columbus OH. He co-chaired the Columbus in 1976 Worldcon bid, chaired Marcon for ten years, served as vice-chair of Chicon IV in 1982, and co-chaired the 2010 World Fantasy Convention. He acquired Dick Spelman’s […]

Robert Scholes (1929-2016)

Literary critic Robert Scholes, 87, died December 9, 2016 in Rhode Island. He wrote numerous works of literary theory, including several of SF interest: The Fabulators (1967), Structural Fabulation: An Essay on Fiction of the Future (1975), Science Fiction: History — Science — Vision (1977, with Eric S. Rabkin), and Fabulation and Metafiction (1979). He […]

William Peter Blatty (1928-2017)

Writer William Peter Blatty, 89, died of cancer on January 12, 2017 in New York. Blatty is best known for horror classic The Exorcist (1971). He wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning film adaptation (1973), as well as the sequel The Exorcist III (1990), which he also directed. Other books of genre interest include […]

Peter Weston (1943-2017)

UK editor and fan Peter Weston, 73, died January 5, 2017, about three years after being diagnosed with cancer. Born October 19, 1943 in Birmingham England, Weston published influential fanzine Zenith (later renamed Speculation) from 1963-73, during which time it was nominated for four Hugo Awards. His fanzine Prolapse published two issues, went on hiatus […]

Linn Prentis (1944-2016)

Literary agent Linn Prentis, 72, died December 24, 2016. Elise Linn Prentis was born in 1944 and spent 20 years as a literary agent, first at the Virginia Kidd Agency and later at her own Linn Prentis Agency. In 2011 she moved from New York City to Washington state, just outside Seattle, though she retained […]

Richard Adams (1920-2016)

Author Richard Adams, 96, died December 24, 2016. Adams is best known for his classic animal fantasy Watership Down (1972), about the secret (and magical) lives of rabbits. His other titles of genre interest include Shardik (1975), The Plague Dogs (1978), and collection Tales from Watership Down (1996). Richard George Adams was born May 9, […]


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