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RIP: Sheila Bostick (2001)

************************************************************ Sheila Bostick died peacefully in her sleep early March 11, 2001. She was a well-known West Coast fan, traveler, mainstay of the early bulletin boards and newsgroups, photographer, mother of Alan and Diana, and incorrigible punster. She served as treasurer for the James Tiptree Awards, but she also supported the Nature Conservancy and volunteered […]

RIP: Carl Barks (1901-2000)

Cartoonist Carl Barks died on Friday, August 25 at age 99 at his home in Grants Pass, Oregon. Barks was a comic book creator for the Walt Disney Co. and invented Scrooge McDuck, the Beagle Boys, Gyro Gearloose and others. He is best known for creating Donald Duck and drawing the Donald Duck comic books […]

RIP: David R. Bunch (1925-2000)

David R. Bunch, poet and short story author, died at 1:43AM on May 29 at the Village North Manor (a skilled nursing facility) in north St. Louis County, Missouri. His death followed a series of strokes. Mr. Bunch published nearly 80 short science fiction stories. Over half of them were collected in Moderan which was […]

RIP: Howard Browne (1908-1999)

The December 2nd issue of Ansible reports that author and editor Howard Browne died on October 28th. Browne was managing editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures in the 1940s and their editor in the 1950s. Principally a mystery writer, he contributed short stories and serials to the SF magazines under various pseudonyms, including Alexander […]

RIP:Frank B Bryning (1907-1999)

The October 29th 1999 issue of The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet reports the death of Francis Bertram Bryning on October 12, 1999. Bryning, age 92, was an editor and publisher of technical publications and wrote many science fiction short stories, primarily in the 1950s. Bryning wrote as Frank B Bryning and also as Frank Bryning […]

RIP: Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930-1999)

The following was posted by Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine on Sunday, September 26, 1999: Marion Zimmer Bradley suffered a major heart attack on Tuesday, September 21 and died Saturday, September 25, 1999. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted here when final. Memorial donations may be sent to her church: Saint Mark’s Episcopal […]

RIP: Drexel Jerome Lewis Bixby (1923 – 1998)

Jerome Bixby, science fiction author, passed away this week in San Bernardino Ca. Bixby who authored numerous short stories, the novel DAY OF THE DOVE and episodes of the original Star Trek and Twilight Zone, died of heart failure at St. Bernardine Medical Center on April 28, 1998. Bixby’s short fiction appeared in Galaxy, If, […]

Does “SFWA Member” help sell your story? Top SF editors comment

The question arises from time to time, “Should I put SFWA member on my cover letter.” Here are what some editors had to say about that from an article in 1998. Gardner Dozois says, “I take membership in a professional organization like SFWA or HWA as an indication that I should pay more attention to […]