In Memoriam

Help us remember those people the community has sadly lost in the last year

Dublin 2019 is asking for your help in compiling potential names for the In Memoriam list that will appear in the Souvenir Book and during the Hugo Award ceremony. Please use this form to suggest individuals who died after August 1, 2018 who have been part of the science fiction community for consideration.

Please complete our form, including as much information as you can. Below is the list of names that are already under consideration, so these do not need to be submitted again.

Comic creator Vicky Wyman (b.1953) died on August 3. Wyman began drawing the comic book Xanadu in 1988, part of the early history of furry fandom. Wyman was the Guest of Honor at ConFurence 2, ConFurence East 1995, and Anthrocon 1999. In addition to her comics, Wyman self-published the Raven trilogy of novels, which were not part of the furry tradition.

Author Gerald M. Weinberg (b.1933) died on August 7. Weinberg published his first novel, The Aremac Project, in 2007. He has since published the novels Mistress of Molecules, Earth’s Endless Effort, and two novels in the Stringers series. Weinberg was also a computer scientist and taught the psychology and anthropology of computer software development.

Quebecois Martin Lessard (b.1971) died on August 9. Lessard began writing after a career in academia. His first story was “Brins d’éternité” and he published several more stories over the next couple years before his first novel, Land without Evil, appeared in 2011. He published Seasons of Independence in 2016. He was twice a nominee for the Rosny Aîné Award.

Collector Wes Shank (b.1946) died on August 10. Shank was a movie memorabilia collector who was nicknamed “The Caretaker of the Blob” because he rescued the prop when it was going to be thrown out. He also owned props from Planet of the Apes and Forbidden Planet, among other science fiction films.

Trinidadian author V.S. Naipaul (b.1932) died on August 11. Not generally considered a genre author, Naipaul story “The Enigma of Arrival” can be considered within the genre. Naipaul received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.

Author Michael Scott Rohan (b.1951) died on August 12 after a long illness. Rohan published the novel Run to the Stars and The Winter o the World series, as well as the novels in the Spiral sequence. He also co-authored the non-fiction The Hammer and the Cross with Allan J. Scott, about the introduction of Christianity to Viking lands.

Publisher John Calder (b.1927) died on August 13. Calder was a friend of Samuel Beckett and Calder Publishing was the primary publisher of his plays in English. He also was the first publisher to make William S. Burroughs’s work available in the UK. He founded the Calder Bookship Theatre and co-founded the Traverse Theatre. He wrote two short stories that appeared in New Worlds in the 1960s.

Peter C. Coene (b.1943) died on August 13. Coene was instrumental in the creation of NCSF in the Netherlands and more recently had worked to preserve the organizations video archives.

Joseph Giddings (b.1973) died on August 16. Giddings a reviewer whose work appeared in Bull Spec and Tangent. In addition to his reviews, Giddings published two stories in 2012 in the magazine Mystic Signals and the anthology Dark Stars.

Author Ian Cameron (b.Donald Gordon Payne, 1924) died on August 22. Cameron published The Lost Ones in 1961, which was later reprinted as Island at the Top of the World when it was turned into a film. He also wrote the sequel The Mountains at the Bottom of the World. Cameron used the pseudonym Donald Gordon for some of his works, such as Star-Raker and Flight of the Bat.

Author H.M. Hoover (b.1935) died on August 22. Hoover began publishing fiction in 1969, with most of her works aimed at the children’s market. Her titles include The Delikon, The Rains of Eridan, The Shepherd Moon, and Away Is a Strange Place to Be. Hoover’s novel The Winds of Mars won the Golden Duck Hal Clement Award in 1996, tying with The Night Room, by E. M. Goldman.

Comic artist Russ Heath (b.1926) died on August 23. Heath created the Haunted Tank for DC Comics. He received an Inkpot Award, a Comic Art Professional Society Sergio Award, and the National Cartoonists Society’s Milton Caniff Award. In 2009, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

Washington DC area fan Rebecca Prather (b.1938) died on August 24.

Literary agent Michael Sissons (b.1934) died on August 24. Sissons works at PFD and edited three science fiction anthologies, including The Masque of the Red Death, Asleep in Armageddon, and In the Dead of Night. He also helped established the Association of Authors’ Agents in the 1970s and was one of the first agents to use a computer to track his authors’ works, deadlines, and royalties.

Artist Walter Velez (b.1939) died on August 24. Velez may have been best known for his artwork for the original Thieves’ World anthology covers.

Author K.C. Ball died on August 26. Ball won the Writers of the Future Contest in 2009 and attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2010. She served as the publisher and editor of 10Flash Quarterly, an on-line flash fiction magazine. In 2012, her short fiction appeared in the collection Snapshots from a Black Hole and Other Oddities and her first novel, Lifting Up Veronica, was serialized on-line and published in hardcover the following year.

Comics artist Gary Friedrich (b.1943) died on August 30. Friedrich took over Sgt. Fury from Roy Thomas in the early 1960s and also wrote for The Sentinels and the Blue Beetle. Although he wrote for several superhero comics, most of his work was on westerns and he was one of the creators, along with Dick Ayers and Thomas, or the character The Ghost Rider.

Comics artist Marie Severin (b.1929) died on August 30. Severin worked for EC, where she apparently colored panels she felt were in poor taste dark blue, although Severin refuted the claim. She later illustrated Doctor Strange and served as Marvel’s head colorist before turning more to penciling and inking. She co-created Spider-Woman.

Norwegian-Swedish author Margit Sandemo (b.1924) died on September 1. Sandemo wrote the 47 book long Sagan om Isfolket series as well as the Häxmästaren and Legenden om Ljusets Rike series. She published more than 185 books.

Édouard Aidans (b.1930) died on September 6. Aidans work appeared in the covers of French novels Police spatiale, by Jacques Pierroux and Trafic interstellaire, by Claude Vauzière, as well as numerous other books, many of them aimed at the juvenile market.

Swedish author Sven Wernström (b.1925) died on September 6. He began writing in high school and published numerous YA novels, often with a strong political message. His Trälarna series covers a span of over a thousand years. Several of his books were published pseudonymously in collaboration with Stig Malmberg.

Artist Terry Wiley (b.1961) died on September 8 from brain cancer. Wiley was self-publishing his comics in the 1990s and co-founded Gratuitous Bunny Comix. Some of his titles included Verityfair, Surreal School Stories and More Tales from Sleaze Castle. Wiley won the Comic Creators’ Guild Award for Best Small Press Comic in 1994 and the Knockabout Award for Best Independent British Comic in 2001.

 Illustrator Vladimir Radunsky (b.1954) died on September 11. Radunsky emigrated from the USSR to the US in 1982 and began working as an illustrator of children’s books. In addition to painting the cover for Louis Sachar’s Holes, and David Elliott’s The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle, he illustrated many books based on folklore and fairy tales.

Author and gamer Carl Sargent (b.1952) died on September 12. Trained as a psychologist, Sargent began playing Dungeons and Dragons in 1978 and eventually began writing source material for TSR, focusing on works set in the World of Greyhawk, including From the Ashes, Iuz the Evil, Ivid the Undying, and The City of Skulls. He also wrote for Warhammer. He published several YA novels using the pseudonym Keith Martin.

Academic J.R. Hammond (b.1933) died on September 20. In 1960, Hammond was one of the founders of the H.G. Wells Society and he wrote several critical works on Wells, including H.G. Wells and the Modern Novel, An H.G. Wells Companion, and Herbert George Wells: An Annotated Bibliography of his Works.

Producer Gary Kurtz (b.1940) died on September 23. Kurtz produced Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as well as The Dark Crystal, Slipstream, and Return to Oz. As producer he was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture twice, for Star Wars and American Graffiti. He was nominated for the Hugo Award for The Dark Crystal.

New Zealand fan Sue Martin-Smith (b.1960) died on September 23. Martin-Smith entered New Zealand fandom in the 1970s and made contributions to conventions, clubs, and fanzines. She was one of the founders of the Phoenix SF Society in Wellington and was the first editor of the club’s zine. She was also a founder of FFANZ, the Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand.

 Comics artist Norm Breyfogle died on September 24. Breyfogle worked on Batman from 1987-1995 and co-created the villains Ventriloquist and Ratcatcher with Alan Grant and John Wagner. His most enduring character may be Victor Zsasz, created with Grant. In addition to his work in comics, Breyfogle worked as a technical illustrator of a space shuttle training manual.

Boulder fan Cass Mitchell died on September 28.

Duke Seifried (b.1935) died on September 29. Seifried ran a miniature company in the 1950s. In the 1970s, he served as the first executive vice president for TSR and managed to get their products into the mass market.

 Artist Carlos Ezquerra(b.1947) died on October 1. Esquerra was one of the co-creators of Judge Dredd. He also worked on Fiends of the Eastern Front, Strontium Dog, and adaptations of Harry Harrison’s The Stainless Steel Rat.

 Collector David Willoughby died on October 5. Willoughby had an extensive collection of books, many of them signed, and could often be found sitting behind a table in dealer’s rooms across the US selling books.

Author Robert Bausch (b.1945) died on October 9. Bausch has written numerous short stories and novels, but his novel Almighty, Me! was turned into the film Bruce Almighty. In 2009, he was awarded the Dos Passos Prize and his novel The Gypsy Man won the Fellowship of Southern Writers Award.

 Editor Roger Donald died on October 11. Donald started working for Magraw Hill and eventually moved to Little, Brown. He edited John Barth, Edward Abbey, Norman Mailer, William Shirer, and Paul Monette, among others.

Game Designer Greg Stafford (b.1948) died on October 11. Stafford created the Glorantha setting for his game White Bear and Red Moon and later it was used for the game Runequest, published by Chaosium, the gaming company Stafford co-founded. Stafford also designed the Arthurian RPG Pendragon and Elric, based on Michael Moorcock’s fiction. He was inducted into the Origins Award Hall of Fame in 1987.

 Fan Tim Bateman (b.1961) died on October 13. Bateman was a founder of the Prime Amateur Press Association, which late because the British APA. He was a comics and pulp fan and a contributor to various fanzines.

 Translator Anthea Bell (b.1936) died on October 18. Bell translated the Inkworld novels, by Cornelia Funke and the Asterix comics in collaboration with Derek Hockridge. Most of her work was translating children’s works and she produced a translation of Andersen’s fairy tales. She was named an OBE in 2010.

 Pat Lupoff (b.Pat Loring, 1937) died on October 18. Lupoff married Richard Lupoff and the two, along with Bhob Stewart, published the fanzine Xero, which won the Hugo Award in 1963, making Lupoff only the second woman to win a Hugo Award. She was nominated again in 2005, when she and her husband published The Best of Xero. Lupoff joined the Futurian Society and helped found the Fanoclasts. The couple appeared as Captain and Mary Marvel at the 1960 Worldcon in Pittsburgh.

Filk technician Harold Stein died on October 26 from cancer. Stein worked sound at numerous conventions, including at OVFF since 2008, and worked to archive live filk concerts. He published twenty-four albums of filk music. He was an Honored Listener at OVFF 34 in 2018, although his final illness meant he was unable to attend.

 Scottish/Canadian author Dave Duncan (b.1933) died on October 29. Duncan began publishing when he was 53 and went on to write the King’s Blade series, the Pandemia duology, and The Great Game. He won the Aurora Award twice, for the novels West of January and Children of Chaos. Duncan, who also wrote under the names Ken Hood and Sarah B. Franklin, was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2015.

 Chinese author Jin Yong (b. Zha Liangyong, 1924) died on October 30. Yong was sent to Hong Kong to establish a branch of a Shanghai newspaper there and became a permanent resident. His novels include Xiao Ao Jianghu, Bixue Jian, and XIake Xing, as well as the Condor Heroes trilogy. Most of his works were originally published in the 1960s, with few new works appearing after 1970, although he revised and reissued several of his books after that date. By the time of the turnover of Hong Kong to the Chinese, he was considered a major power broker in the city.

Spanish author Domingo Santos (b. Pedro Domingo Mutiño, 1941) died on November 2. He co-founded the magazine Neuva Dimensión with Sebastián Martínez and Luis Vigil and the annual award presented at HispaCon is named in his honor. He has published more than forty novels and edited more than fifty anthologies as well as translate foreign works into Spanish.

 Swedish author Bertil Martensson (b.1945) died on November 4. Martensson co-edited the fanzine Science Fiction Forum with John-Henri Holmberg and Mats Linder, later taking over sole editorship. His first novel, Detta är verkligheten, was published in 1972 and he continued to publish science fiction, fantasy, and police procedurals.

Comics artist John Allard (b.1928) died on November 7. Allard wrote the science fiction comic strip “Garth,” which appeared in the Daily Mirror. Allard began working on the strip in 1943, shortly before it launched and continued to work on it until his retirement in 1992.

German author Achim Mehnert (b.1961) died on November 7. Mehnert was one of the founders of ColoniaCon in Köln, Germany in 1982. He published numerous novels in many series, including Heisse Spur, Die Dämonenfalle, and several books in the Perry Rhodan series.

 Fan John Rogers (b.1961) died on November 10. Roger served as President of San Diego Comic-Con International since 1986 and oversaw the growth and evolution of the event into a major media and pop culture convention.

Fan Maurine Dorris died on November 11. Doris chaired the 1987 World Fantasy Convention in Nashville, Tennessee and in 1991, she co-founded and chaired the first two World Horror Con. She was a fan Guest of Honor at Con*Stellation III in 1984 and at Chattacon XIII in 1988. In 1989, she was received the Rebel Award.

Actor Douglas Rain (b.1928) died on November 11. Rain is best known for providing the voice of the HAL9000 in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, a role he recreated for the sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact. Rain also provided the voice for the evil computer in Woody Allen’s spoof, Sleeper.

Stan Lee (b.Stanley Lieber, 1922) died on November 12. Lee began working for Timely Comics in 1939 and stayed with the company when it became Marvel, working his way up through the ranks and wrote his first script for Captain America in 1941. He began creating characters later that year with the Destroyer and went on to create and co-create many characters, including the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and more. Lee’s name eventually became synonymous with Marvel and he would have cameos in many of Marvel’s later films. His many awards included the Inkpot, Eisner, Kirby, and Saturn Award.

Fan Fred Patten (b.1940) died on November 12. Patten became active in LASFS in the early 1960 and was part of the LASFS Justice Society of America costume group at the Chicon III Masquerade. He began publishing the fanzine Shangri L’Affaires and was nominated for a Hugo for Best Fanzine in 1963. Patten chaired Loscon XIV and Westercon 27. He organized the Cartoon/Fantasy Organization in 1977 and went on to help structure the furry community, editing several collections of furry fiction. He was a recipient of the Evans Freehafer Trophy in 1965, the Sampo Award in 1971, and the Forry Award in 2009.

Screenwriter and author William Goldman (b.1931) died on November 16. Goldman wrote the novel and screenplay for The Princess Bride. Other genre work included Memoirs of an Invisible Man, The Stepford Wives, Dreamcatcher, and The Last Action Hero. His non-genre work earned him Oscars for All the President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In addition to numerous memorable films, he also wrote one of the quintessential books on working in Hollywood.

Comic book artist Mike Noble (b.1930) died on November 19. Noble worked on comic strips for Fireball XL5, Star Trek, Time Slip, and Space 1999. He mostly retired from illustrating in the late 1980s, although would occasionally contribute to comic strips through the 1990s.

Filker Lee Billings (b.1956) died on November 22. Billings was a member of Middle Tennessee Science Fiction Society and created Musicon and chaired the first five conventions. She was the Toastmistress at GAFilk 1 and was a Guest of Honor at Harmonicon III. She eventually moved to Houston and became active in Apollocon. In addition to filking, Billings also made and sold jewelry.

British author Dave Reeder (b.1950) died in the last week of November. Reeder published short fiction and poetry, mostly in th e1980s. In the early 80s, he edited Fantasy Macabre magazine from 1980-1983

Writer Stephen Hillenburg (b.1961) died on November 26. Hillenburg is best known as the creator and show-runner for SpongeBob SquarePants. He also worked on Rocko’s Modern Life. In 2018, he won the Winsor McCay Award for animation.

Author Barbara Brooks Wallace (b.1922) died on November 27. Wallace wrote the five book Miss Switch series and the stand-alone novels The Barrel in the Basement and Dragon for Hire. She has won the NLAPW Children’s Book Award and the William Allen White Children’s Book Award.

Writer John D.F. Black (b.1932) died on November 29. Black was nominated for a Hugo Award for the Star Trek episode “The Naked Time” and later wrote the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes “The Naked Now” and “Justice.” He wrote the original Wonder Woman television movie that starred Cathy Lee Crosby and an episode of Man from Atlantis.

NESFA member Claire Anderson died on December 4 following a battle with leukemia. Anderson was active in Boston con-running and served as the Librarian at the NESFA Clubhouse as well as Assistant Archivist. She was named a Fellow of NESFA in 1984.

Comics artist Terry Bave (b.1931) died on December 6. Bace began drawing “Sammy Shrink” for Wham! In 1967 and began working on a variety of other titles over the years, ghosting some titles for Leo Baxendale. He worked on strips including “Draculass,” “Full O’Beans,” and “The Desert Fox.” He often illustrated strips written by his wife, Shiela.

Brazilian translator Lia Wyler (b.1934) died on December 11. Wyler translated J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series into Portuguese and also worked on translations of works by Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Nigerian author Emeka Walter Dinjos (b.1984) died on December 12. Dinjos began publishing in 2014 with the poem “My Maker” and later the story “The Diamond Fish.” In 2015, he co-edited an issue of Sub-Saharan Magazine with Chigozie Nelson. He published addition stories in from 2016 through 2018, including appearances in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Galaxy’s Edge, and Abyss & Apex.

Author Paul Dale Anderson (b.1944) died on December 13. Anderson published the novels in the Philip Ashur series and his short stories were collected in The Devil Made Me Do It! In addition to writing science fiction, he has written thrillers, mysteries, and westerns. He was diagnosed with cancer in November.

Cryptographer Tim May (b.1951) died in December 13. May co-founded the Cypherpunks, a pro-cryptography grassroots organization, in 1992. An early employee at Intel, May was also a science fiction fan, a member of PenSFA in the San Francisco peninsula.

Italian translator and editor Giuseppe Lippi (b.1953) died on December 15. Lippi edited the magazine Robot beginning in 1977 and from 1990-2018 he edited Urania. In addition to buying Italian stories, he also translated works by Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft into Italian.

Author Morgan J. Bolt (b.1991) died on December 18 from cancer. Bolt’s YA novel, The Favored was published in October.

Author Jane Langton (b.1922) died on December 22. Most of Langton’s books were mysteries and chidlren’s books, which drew heavily on the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson. She often mixed native American magic into her stories. Her novel The Fledgling received a Newbery Honor.

Author and poet Larry Eisenberg (b.1919) died on December 25. Eisenberg’s first story was published in Harper’s and his first science fiction story appeared in the August 1962 issue of Fantastic Stories of the Imagaination. His best known story is “What Happened to August Clarot?” from Dangerous Visions. Eisenberg was also a successful poet and published two collections of limericks.

Boston fan Fred Isaacs (b.1943) died on December 26. Isaacs has been active in NESFA since the 1960s, serving as the organizations Treasurer and President as well as serving on various committees and helping to run Boskone, including chairman of Boskone 9 and treasurer for Noreascon 1. He organized Tax:APA to discuss issues around convention 501(c)3 status.

Author Billie Sue Mosiman (b.1947) died on December 26. Mosiman’s science fiction and fantasy included the novels Deadly Affections, the Vampire Nation trilogy, Angelique, and DiaboliQ. She co-edited the anthology Armageddon with David Drake and Martin H. Greenberg. Mosiman’s work was nominated for the Edgar and Bram Stoker Awards.

Filker Sue Landerman died on December 29. Landerman published several filkzines, such as Loose Notes, in the pre-internet days using mimeographs. She was also a gamer who played RPGs and painted miniatures. She wrote the filk “Banning’s Theme”

British fan Wendy Freeman (b.1939) died in late December, shortly before Christmas. Freeman was married to Keith Freeman and in 1967, she was made a Knight of St. Fantony.

British fan Graham Connor (b.1957) died in late December. Connor worked in the aerospace industry on communications satellites. He joined fandom in 1976 and won the Unicon 2 short story contest. He helped run the PSFIFA Shoestring cons and served as a film projectionist for BECCONs. In 1987, he co-founded the SF2 Concatenation newsletter. He continued to attend conventions until health interfered in 2008.


Florida gamer Darwin Bromley (b.1950) died on January 2. Bromley founded Mayfair Games and was responsible for the company importing German style games. With Bill Fawcett, Bromley designed Empire Builder and was associated with CWAcon. He also was the conceptual designer of Sim City: The Card Game.

Florida fan Eric Ferguson (b.1953) was found dead in his home on January 3. Fergusson was a member of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance. Ferguson published the ‘zines Infin and Quoz Quarterly.

Artist and author John Burningham (b.1936) died on January 4. Burningham won the 1963 and 1970 Kate Greenaway Medals for British children’s book illustration. He provided the artwork for the original novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, by Ian Fleming. He has also provided art for The Wind in the Willows.  He tried his hand at writing with “Come Away from the Water, Shirley” and “The Magic Bed.”

Author Solomon Strange died on January 4. Strange was the author of the ghost novel The Haunting of Gospall.

Author Alice Rudoski (b.1932) died on January 5. Rudoski’s story “If Big Brother Says So” was originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in 1977, but was later reprinted in the horror anthology Ready or Not: Here Come Fourteen Frightening Stories! Most of her work was not fantastic in nature.

Comic book writer Batton Lash (b.1953) died of cancer on January 12. Lash created Wolff and Byrd.

Author Russell Baker (b.1925) died on January 21. Baker was best known as a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and the host of Masterpiece Theatre.  Over the course of his career, he wrote a handful of science fiction stories, two of which were included by Judith Merril in her “Best” of collections.

Author Michaelene Pendleton (b.1947) died on January 21. Pendleton began publishing in 1989 with the short story “Sardines” in Omni and published seven additional stories throughout the 90s. Her last story was published in Asimov’s in 2000.  When not writing her own works, Pendleton worked as a copy-editor who specialized in ESL works.

Bookseller Cary Heater (b.1961) died on January 31 after suffering from head injuries in a fall on January 16. Heater was a longtime employee at Borderlands Books in San Francisco, and according to her biography, she had “no actual physical existence outside of Borderlands.” Heater began working at the bookstore in 2002.

UK fan and book seller George Locke (b.1936) died on February 1. Locke published the Spectrum of Fantasy bibliography series from 1980 through 2004, which offered annotated listings of many rare works. He also ran Ferret Fantasy publishing.

Australian author Andrew McGahan (b.1966) died on February 1. McGahan published two books in the Ships Kings series as well as the stand alone novels Underground and Wonders of a Godless World. McGahan was also written for the stage and adapted his novel Praise for film.

Author Carol Emshwiller (b.Carol Fries, 1921) died on February 2. Emshwiller’s novels included Carmen Dog, Mister Boots, The Secret City, and the Philip K. Dick Award winning The Mount. She has also written two cowboy novels. Her 1991 collection The Start of the End of It All and Other Stories won the World Fantasy Award and in 2005, the World Fantasy Con presented Emshwiller with a lifetime achievement award. She has been nominated for the Nebula Award four times, winning in the short story category twice, in 2003 for her story “Creature” and in 2006 for the story “I Live with You.”

Author Carrie Richerson (b.1952) died on February 2. Richerson was a two-time Campbell Award finalist and her short story “Love on a Stick” was nominated for the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards. She began publishing in 1992 with the short story “Apotheosis” and published several more short stories through 2006, when she stopped publishing. In addition to her writing career, Richerson worked as a bookseller and helped run conventions in Texas, including LoneStarCon 2 in 1997.

British fan Tony “Blindpew” Smith died of cancer on February 9. Smith was an early member of the Peterborough SF Club.

Alsatian author and artist Tomi Ungerer (b.1931) died on February 9. Ungerer won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1998 for his contributions as a children’s illustrator. He wrote and illustrasted the Mellops series of books and provided the cover for the German translations of several of Ray Bradbury’s novels as well as the American edition of Flat Stanley.

Wisconsin fan William Leanderts (b.1976) died on February 10. Leanderts was active in Madison fandom, attending Odyssey Con, as well as other conventions.

Costumer D. Jeannette Holloman (b.1955) died on February 11. Holloman was one of the founding member sof the Greater Columbia Costumers Guild and she was a participant at masquerades at Worldcon, CostumeCon, and other conventions. Her costumes were featured in The Costume Makers Art and Thread magazine.

Publisher Betty Ballantine (b.1919) died on February 12. Ballantine, along with her husband, Ian, founded several publishing houses and helped introduce mass market paperbacks to the US when they began importing Penguin Books. They founded Ballantine Books and eventually Del Rey Books. Ballantine has received a President’s Award from SFWA and a special committee award from L.A.con IV.

Author W.E. Butterworth (b.1929) died on February 12. Butterworth is better known by his pen name W.E.B. Griffin, under which he wrote military and detective fiction. Many of his novels have science fiction and fantasy elements. Butterworth also wrote many of the novels in the M*A*S*H series in collaboration with Richard Hooker.

Archivist Dave Smith (b.1940) died on February 15. Smith created the Walt Disney Archives and was the editor the Disney A to Z, the official encyclopedia for the Disney company. He also wrote Disney trivia books and was named a Disney Legend in 2007.

Comics fan Glen D. Johnson died on February 16. Johnson edited The Comic Reader beginning with issue 26 and ending with issue 40.

Musician and author Clark Dimond (b.1941) died on February 19. Dimon was co-scripted stories for Creepy and Eerie comics with Terry Bisson and also contributed to Castle of Frankenstein in the 60s and 70s. Dimond, best known as a musician, also wrote mystery novels.

Author Victor J. Banis (b.1937) died on February 22. Although primarily an author of gay fiction, some of Banis’s writings, such as The Gay Haunt, The Devil’s Dance, and The Vampire Women had speculative fiction elements. Banis also published as Jan Alexander, Victor Samuels, and Don Holliday.

Writer Janet Asimov (b.Janet Jeppson, 1926) died on February 25. A successful psychiatrist, after she married Asimov, she wrote mysteries and science fiction, including several collaborations with Asimov, The Second Experiment, Murder at the Galactic Writers’ Society, and Mind Transfer. She also continued work as a psychiatrist. Some of her early fiction appeared under the name J.O. Jeppson.

Chicago fan Jennifer Adams Kelley (b.1963) died around February 26. Kelley was one of the founders of Chicago TARDIS and helped run a variety of conventions, both in Chicago and elsewhere. She was an active costumer. Her essays appeared in Chicks Dig Time Lords and Red White and Who.

Anthologist Hugh Lamb (b.1946) died on March 2. Lamb began editing with reprint anthology A Tide of Terror, Lamb eventually expanded to original anthologies. Although most of his anthologies were published in the 1970s, he remained active through the end of the century.

Author Raven Grimassi (b.Gary Charles Erbe, 1951) died on March 10. Grimassi’s work centered on the study of Wicca and neo-paganism. His books had a strong influence on the growth of modern Wicca.

Fan Gwen Peterson (b.1941) died on March 17.  Peterson’s son, George, is also a fan.

Norm Hollyn (b.Norm Hochberg, 1952) died on March 17. Hollyn published the fanzine Xrymph in the 1970s and attended Worldcons briefly from 1972-1974. He went on to published the zine Regurgitation and changed his last name to combine his name with his first wife’s name. He worked as an editor on the miniseries Wild Palms and the films Meet the Applegates and Heathers.

Fan Ellen Varatnoff  (b.1951) died on March 17.  Vartanoff and her sister, Irene, attended science fiction and comic book conventions and was an occasional costumer. In 1997, she curated an exhibition of her cartoon collection.

CFG member Frank Johnson (b.1953) died on March 19. Johnson attended conventions throughout the Midwest, most recently, Windycon 45. When he wasn’t engaging in fanac, he played classical music on WGUC in Cincinnati.

Author Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire (b.1951) died on March 26. Pugmire wrote horror fiction and often paid homage to Lovecraft. He collaborated with Jeffrey Thomas on the Enoch Coffin stories and with David Barker on the novel Witches in Dreamland.  His own work was collected in several collections.

Cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky (b. 1934) died on March 27, 2019. Bykovsky flew on three flights: Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, and Soyuz 31, logging nearly 21 days in space. He set a record for longest time in orbit in 1963 at 5 days, which remains the longest solo endurance record.

Author Allan Cole (b.1943) died on March 29. Cole collaborated on several novels with Chris Bunch, producing the Sten series. Cole occasionally collaborated with others, including Thomas Grubb and Nick Perumov. He also wrote several novels on his own.  When not writing novels, he wrote for television, including Dinosaucers, The Incredible Hulk, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Author Vonda N. McIntyre (b.1948) died on April 1. McIntyre won the Nebula Award for her short story “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand” and the novels Dreamsnake and The Moon and the Sun. Her novel Starfarers series began as a joke on a panel and eventually wound up as a four book series. In 1971, she helped found the Clarion West Writers Workshop and in her Star Trek novel The Entropy Effect, she provided a first name for Hikaru Sulu, which was eventually made canon. In 2010, McIntyre received the Kevin O’Donnell Service to SFWA Award.

Spaceship designer Viktor Dmitrievich Blagov (b.1935) died on April 8.  Blagov was responsible for the design of the Vostok spacecraft used by Yuri Gagarin and the next five cosmonauts.

Comic writer James Hudnall (b.1957) died on April 9.  Hudnall began his career in 1986, writing Espers. He later worked for both Marvel and DC on Alpha Flight, Strikeforce: Morituri, Lex Luuthor: The Unauthorized Biography, and more.

Manga artist Monkey Punch (b. Kazuhiko Katō, 1937) died on April 11.  Katō began drawing manga in junior high school and began his professional career in the 1960s using the pen name Monkey Punch at an editor’s suggestion for the strip Lupin III.  In 2015, he received a special Tokyo Anime Award.

Author Gene Wolfe (b.1931) died on April 14. His Book of the New Sun was published in four volumes, beginning with The Shadow of the Torturer. Tangentially related to The Book of the New Sun is the four volume Book of the Long Sun sequence and the three volume Book of the Short Sun. Wolfe also wrote the three volume series beginning with Soldier in the Mist and the duology, The Wizard Knight. Wolfe has won the World Fantasy Award for his novels The Shadows of the Torturer and Soldier of Sidon and for his collections The Best of Gene Wolfe and Storeys from the Old HotelThe Shadow of the Torturer also won the British SF Association Award while its sequel The Sword of the Lictor earned a British Fantasy Award.  The final novel in the sequence, The Citadel of the Autarch won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. In 2013, SFWA named him a Damon Knight Grand Master. Wolfe has also received a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Skylark Award, and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007.  In 2011, he was the recipient of the first Fuller Award by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

Astronaut Owen Garriott (b.1930) died on April 15. Garriott was a member of the fourth astronaut group and finally got a chance to fly during the Skylab 3 mission in 1973.  He later flew on the space shuttle Columbia on STS-9.  Garriott performed three EVAs during his flights. During Skylab 3, he orchestrated the stowaway prank. Garriott’s son, Richard, eventually became the second offspring of an astronaut to fly into space.

Comic book artist Greg Theakston (b.1953) died on April 22. In addition to his work as an artist, he also developed a process for comics restoration.

Bookseller Allen Lewis died on April 29.  Lewis ran Midnight Books and was a frequent dealer at World Fantasy Con and Worldcon.

Actor Peter Mayhew (b.1944) died on April 30. Mayhew portrayed Chewbacca in the original Star Wars Trilogy and subsequent projects, most recently Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Less famously, he appeared as the tall knight in the television series Dark Towers.

Scientist Jack Cohen (b.1933) died on May 6. Cohen primarily worked in the field of reproductive biology, but as a science fiction fan, he found himself advising many authors, including Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Harry Harrison.  He teamed with Ian Stewart to write the novel Wheelers and other science fiction and non-fiction and with Stewart and Terry Pratchett wrote four volumes in the Science of Discworld series.

Fan Tim Bolgeo (b.1949) died on May 12. Bolgeo, who went by Uncle Timmy, was the founder and chairman emeritus of LibertyCon.  He was a guest of honor at Con*Stellation III, DeepSouthCon 43, StellarCon 33, and LibertyCon 32.

Steve Creech (b. 1966) died on May 21. Creech began writing role-playing games in 2000, publishing works with Green Ronin, Bastion, and Modiphius. He received an Ennie Award for Torn Asunder: Critical Hits and in 2002 launched Dragon Wing Games.