Former SFWA President Jerry Pournelle (b.1933) died on September 8.
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Brian Wilson Aldiss OBE (August 1925 – August 2017) was a SFWA Grand Master, writer and editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells, Aldiss was the vice-president of the international H. G. Wells Society. Named a Grand Master by SFWA in 2000 and inducted by the Science […]
John Dalmas (b.1926 as John Robert Jones) died in June following a short bout of pneumonia. In 1969, when Dalmas was working for the US Forest Service, he published the novel, The Yngling, which was serialized in Analog and published in book form in 1971. Two stand-alone stories appeared in Analog in 1970, but Dalmas didn’t publish any more fiction until […]
William B. Sanders (1942-2017) aka, William Sundown, was a writer and editor of science fiction. His work frequently drew on his own Native American heritage, coupled with a dry humor and biting cynicism. His novels included alternate histories, Journey to Fusang (1988), which Roger Zelazny called “a clever romp through maybes and might-have-beens” and which received […]
Susan Casper (b.1947) died on February 24 following a long illness. A member of SFWA throughout her life, her first published story was “Spring-Fingered Jack,” which appeared in the Charles L. Grant anthology, Fears in 1983. Over the next twenty years, she continued to publish short fiction, usually alone, but occasionally in collaboration with her […]
Ed Bryant (b.August 27, 1945) died on February 10. Bryant attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 1968 and published his first short story, “The Only Come in Dreams” in Adam Magazine in 1970. Bryant was nominated for his first SFWA Nebula Award for the short story “Shark” in 1974 and won back to back short […]
Agent Linn Prentis (b.1944) died on December 24. Prentis began her long career as an agent working for the Virginia Kidd Agency, leaving after fifteen years to strike out on her own.
Richard Adams (1920 – 2016) died on December 24. Adams was the author of Watership Down, Shardik, and The Plague Dogs. Adams was studying history at Worcester College, Oxford when World War II began. He was called up to join the Royal Army Service Corps, but despite postings in the Middle East, Europe, and the […]
Sheri S. Tepper (b.1929), critically acclaimed author of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery novels, died October 22, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she ran a guest ranch.
Clarence Howard “Bud” Webster died on February 13. Webster wrote the Bubba Pritchert series, but may be better known as an sf historian, having written numerous columns about science fiction authors and book collecting.