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Robert E. Weinberg (1946-2016)

Author, editor, publisher, and fan Robert E. Weinberg, 70, died September 25, 2016 in Oak Forest IL. Weinberg was an expert on pulp magazines, and devoted much of his life to promoting and reprinting material from the pulps. He was also a prolific anthologist, editing or co-editing more than 100 volumes. Robert Edward Weinberg was born […]

W.P. Kinsella (1935-2016)

Author W.P. Kinsella, 81, died September 16, 2016 in Hope, British Columbia, Canada, reportedly of assisted suicide. Kinsella is best known for his debut novel, baseball fantasy Shoeless Joe (1982), adapted as film Field of Dreams (1989). Other works of genre interest include The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986), If Wishes Were Horses (1996), and Butterfly […]

David A. Kyle (1919-2016)

Author, illustrator, and fan David A. Kyle, 97, died September 18, 2016 of complications from an endoscopy. Kyle was a member of First Fandom, active in SF since 1933, and a founding member of the Futurians. He chaired NYCon II, the 14th Worldcon in 1956, and was fan guest of honor ConStellation, the 41st Worldcon, […]

Katherine Dunn (1945-2016)

Writer Katherine Dunn, 70, died May 11, 2016 in Portland OR of complications from lung cancer. Dunn is best known for Geek Love (1989), her influential literary horror novel about a family of circus sideshow performers (with touches of the paranormal). The novel was a bestseller and is an enduring cult classic, and was a […]

Justin Leiber (1938-2016)

SF writer and philosopher Justin Leiber, 77, died March 22, 2016 in Tallahassee FL. He had prostate cancer. The son of writer Fritz Leiber, Justin Leiber’s debut SF novel was Beyond Rejection (1980), beginning the Beyond sequence, which continued with Beyond Humanity (1987) and Beyond Gravity (1988). He also wrote fantasy novels The Sword and […]

Bud Webster (1952-2016)

Writer Bud Webster, 63, died February 13, 2015. Clarence Howard Webster was born July 27, 1952 in Roanoke VA. Webster was the author of many poems and short stories, notably the Bubba Pritchert series, but was best known as a SF scholar and historian. His books included Anthopology 101: Reflections, Inspections and Dissections of SF […]

David G. Hartwell (1941-2016)

  Editor David G. Hartwell, 74, died January 20, 2016. He suffered head trauma in a fall, was hospitalized, and did not recover from a massive brain bleed. Hartwell was one of the genre’s most accomplished editors, and was equally known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the field and his memorable personal style. David Geddes […]

David Bowie (1947-2016)

Pioneering musician David Bowie, 69, died January 10, 2016. For the previous 18 months he was being treated for cancer. Bowie was one of the most well-known and successful pop stars of the 1970s and beyond, and was both famously influenced by science fiction and an influence on SF writers himself. Bowie was born David […]

A.R. Morlan (1958-2016)

Author A.R. Morlan, 58, was found dead at home in Ladysmith WI on January 6, 2016 in an apparent suicide. Morlan began publishing with a quiz in Twilight Zone Magazine (1983). Her first story was “Four Days Before the Snow” (1985), beginning her Ewerton series of horror stories set in an imaginary small town in […]

George Clayton Johnson (1929-2015)

Writer George Clayton Johnson, 86, died December 25, 2015. Johnson is best known in the genre for co-writing Logan’s Run (1967) with William F. Nolan, and for his work as a screenwriter. He wrote several episodes of The Twilight Zone as well as the debut episode of Star Trek, “The Man Trap” (1966). Johnson was […]


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