Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In Memoriam


Josh Medors ( 1976-2012 )

After a long battle with spinal cancer, artist Josh Medors passed away 28 Nov. 2012. He was 36 years old.
Best known for his work on "Frank Frazetta's Swamp Demon" and his creator-owned "Willow Creek," Medors also provided pencils for "G.I. Joe: America's Elite" published by Devil's Due Publishing, "30 Days of Night" from IDW and more. Medors was also a talented cover artist, providing covers for "Vengeance of the Moon Knight," "The Living Corpse: Exhumed" and more.
Medors lived in Pataskala, Ohio during his adult life and worked as a freelance illustrator, having attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he received an education in Graphic Design, Cell Animation and Illustration. His first published works in comics were pin-ups for various publishers. After meeting "30 Days of Night" creator Steve Niles via Niles' website, Medors provided art for a number of Niles' projects including "Think Like a Machine," "30 Days of Night Annual," "Dial M For Monster" and "Horrorcide."
The artist was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 when doctors discovered a rare form of the disease in his spinal column. Medors was a founder of Help for Heroes, an organization founded in partnership with the Hero Initiative during 2009 to help raise funds for comic professionals to aid in their fight against cancer. The organization's Facebook page had been updating readers and fans on Medors' progress during a recent surgery to install a shunt in his head to relieve the build-up of fluid.
Josh Medors is survived by his wife, Charlotte and his son, Garth.

Boris Strugatsky (1933-2012)

Russian author Boris Strugatsky, 79, died November 19, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia from heart problems and pneumonia. Strugatsky and his older brother Arkady (died 1991) were famous for their collaborations. They are easily the best known Russian SF writers worldwide, and were considered major writers in their homeland, though their sometimes satirical work often brought them into conflict with the government of what was then the Soviet Union. The Strugatsky Brothers wrote dozens of SF novels, stories, and collections together, most famously Piknik na obochine (Roadside Picnic, 1972), a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award that was adapted for film by Andrei Tarkovsky as Stalker (1979). After his brother’s death, Strugatsky published two books under the pseudonym S. Vititsky.
Boris Natanovich Strugatsky was born April 14, 1933 in Leningrad, and remained in Leningrad during the siege in WWII. He attended Leningrad State University, where he studied astronomy, graduating in 1955. He worked as an astronomer and computer scientist until becoming a full-time writer in 1966.

Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. (1950-2012)

Author Kevin O’Donnell, Jr., 61, died November 7, 2012 in Campbell CA of complications from cancer.
His first story was “The Hand Is Quicker” in Analog (1973), and he published more than 50 SF stories in the following 25 years, as well as mystery fiction and non-fiction articles. First SF novel Bander Snatch appeared in 1979, and he published 10 novels in all, notably four books in the Journeys of McGill Feighan series, beginning with The Journeys of McGill Feighan: Book I: Caverns (1981).
Born November 29, 1950 in Cleveland OH, O’Donnell grew up in nearby Fairview Park, spending a few years as a teenager in Seoul, South Korea. He attended Yale University, graduating in 1972 with a degree in Chinese Studies.
O’Donnell was managing editor of Empire: For the SF Writer from 1979-81, and served as publisher until 1983. He was active in SFWA in the ’90s and 2000s, serving on various committees, and retired as Chairman of the SFWA Grievance Committee in 2005, the same year he received a Service to SFWA Award. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Kia Chou Tchang, married 1974.

David Grove (1940-2012)

Born February 27, 1940 in Washington DC, Grove was an accomplished illustrator who produced covers and interior art for most of the major SF/F publishers. He was also known for his movie posters, most famously the film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes(1983).
Some of his work was collected in David Grove: An Illustrated Life(2011). He was inducted into the Illustrators’ Hall of Fame in 2007, and a retrospective of his work was mounted at the Museum of American Illustration in New York this past summer.
A celebration of Grove’s life and work will be held at Café Divine, 1600 Stockton Street in San Francisco on November 30, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flower, donations can be made to Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control or to the charity of your choice.
For a tribute by art director Irene Gallo and a selection of Grove’s work, see this post at

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

2012 Hugo Award Winners

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the 2012 Hugo Award winners. 1922 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.


Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)


“The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s, September/October 2011)


“Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (


“The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2011)


The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)


Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)


Game of Thrones (Season 1) (HBO)


“The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who) (BBC Wales)


Sheila Williams


Betsy Wollheim


John Picacio


Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.


SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo


Jim C. Hines


Maurine Starkey


SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente


Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer
of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

E. Lily Yu

The 2012 Hugo Award winners were announced on Sunday evening, September 2, at the at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. The ceremony was hosted by Chicon 7 Toastmaster John Scalzi.

The awards were supposed to be broadcast live over the internet but were interrupted by "Anti Piracy Bots"
follow the link for the full story:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

We've lost another of the great ones;

Locus magazine reports,SFWA Grand Master Harry Harrison, 87, died August 15, 2012 in Crowborough, Uckfield, East Sussex.
Harrison is best known for his SF crime series the Stainless Steel Rat, featuring con man and thief Slippery Jim diGriz. Other important works include his novel of overpopulation Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis of famous SF film Soylent Green (1973); the Deathworld series; the Eden series; and A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! (1972).
Henry Maxwell Dempsey was born March 12, 1925 in Stamford CT; his father changed his last name to Harrison soon after the birth. Harrison attended art schools in New York, and worked as a commercial artist before turning to fiction, selling first story “Rock Diver” in 1951. He went on to become an astonishingly prolific author and editor, producing scores of novels, stories, and anthologies over the next six decades.
Harrison helped shape the SF field in the ’60s and ’70s through his collaborations with Brian Aldiss, including SF criticism magazine SF Horizons, which ran for two issues in 1965-65, and their influential Best SF anthology series, which ran from 1968-1975.
Harrison was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame in 2004, and received the SFWA Grand Master Award in 2009. He was predeceased by wife Joan Merkler in 2002 (married 1954) and is survived by their two children.
I loved reading Harrison's stories, my favorites included the Deathworld Trilogy which I first read in Analog magazine, and  A Transatlantic Tunnel Hurrah, set in an alternate universe where the American colonies lost and George Washington was executed as a traitor.
We shall all miss you harry and I'll raise a glass of Laphroig to your memory.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Books worth your regard

Thought for today.. check out Blood and Feathers the Lou Morgan interview at the Qwillery..
Then get Jon Courtney Grimwood's Arabesk trilogy.. great read.. I also suggest his Assassini books, the Fallen Blade and the Outcast Blade.. the hero a vampire assassin.. good reads

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Long time no post, I know I've just been too busy.. reading through a pile of books, working on last semester's classes ( I will never carry 4 studio classes again).
Just wanted to give you a heads up about something new at the , a series about 2 magical cats who solve mysteries, as one of the humans owned by 6 female cats I can recommend this.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Just found another one for my wishlist

The book is called The Games. Here's the link to an interview with the author


Jean Giraud, AKA Moebius 


Giraud’s work can be found in films, comics, books, and more. Over his 50-plus year career, he won a large number of awards, and in 2011 was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame. His most well-known comic creation was the Western anti-hero Blueberry, first appearing in 1963 in France.  He and Stan Lee scripted a two-part miniseries Silver Surfer, winning an Eisner Award in 1989. Giraud was also instrumental in concept art and design for multiple SF films, including AlienTronThe Abyss, and The Fifth Element. He was one of the creaters of film Time Masters.
Giraud was born in the Paris suburb of Nogent-sur-Marne in 1938.

Ralph McQuarrie (1929-2012)

Ralph Angus McQuarrie was born June 13, 1929 in Gary IN, and grew up on a farm near Billings MT. He served in the Army during the Korean War. In the ’60s he moved to California, where he worked as an illustrator for a dentistry company and for Boeing while he illustrated movie posters on the side.
Director George Lucas liked McQuarrie’s work, and in 1975 commissioned McQuarrie to illustrate numerous scenes from the Star Wars script. McQuarrie designed the look of numerous iconic figures like Darth Vader, Chewbacca, the droids, and many of the film’s locations. He also worked onThe Empire Strikes Back (where he acted in a small, uncredited role) andReturn of the Jedi. He illustrated numerous Star Wars-related books, including The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, written by Kevin J. Anderson (1995).
McQuarrie is survived by Joan, his wife of 29 years.


John Christopher (1922-2012)

Christopher Samuel Youd, 89, better known by his pseudonym John Christopher, died February 3, 2012 in Bath England. As Christopher he wrote the classic SF catastrophe novel The Death of Grass (1956; in the US as No Blade of Grass, 1957), and the YA trilogy Tripods, which began in 1967.
His first publication of genre interest was poem “Dreamer” in Weird Tales(1949) as C.S. Youd, with first SF story “Christmas Tree” appearing as Christopher Youd in 1949. His story “A Few Kindred Spirits” (1965), as John Christopher, was a Nebula finalist.
First novel The Winter Swan (1949), as Christopher Youd, was fantasy, and he produced a number of non-SF works in the following years under various names.
The Twenty-Second Century (1954) collected some of his SF stories, and his first true SF novel was The Year of the Comet (1955; in the US as Planet in Peril, 1959), all as John Christopher. Other adult SF work includesThe Long Winter (1962; as The World in Winter), Sweeney’s Island(1964; as Cloud and Silver in the UK), The Possessors (1965), A Wrinkle in the Skin (1965; as The Ragged Edge in the US, 1966), The Little People (1966), Pendulum (1968), and Bad Dream (2003).
He turned to children’s SF and fantasy with The White Mountains (1967), beginning the Tripods series, which also includes The City of Gold and Lead (1967), The Pool of Fire (1968), and prequel When the Tripods Came (1988). The television version of The Tripods was jointly produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom and the Seven Network in Australia. The music soundtrack was written by Ken Freeman.
Series one of The Tripods, broadcast in 1984, which had 13 half-hour episodes written by the well-known author of many radio plays Alick Rowe, covers the first book, The White Mountains; the 12-episode second series (1985) covers The City of Gold and Lead. Although a television script had been written for the third series, it never went into production.
The first series was released on both VHS and DVD. The BBC released Tripods - The Complete Series 1 & 2 on DVD in March 2009.
The series was adapted for TV by the BBC Christopher  also wrote The Prince in Waiting series, the Fireball series, and numerous standalones for children.
Born April 16, 1922 in Huyton, Lancaster, Lancashire, Youd attended Peter Symonds’ School in Winchester, Hampshire before serving in the Royal Corps of Signals from 1941-46. He became a full-time writer in 1958.



Mark Bourne (1961-2012)

Author Mark Bourne, 50, died Saturday February 25, 2012 at home from what appears to have been a cardiac event.
Born in July 10, 1961, Bourne published short fiction in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, and several anthologies. He worked with Ray Bradbury to create adaptations of Bradbury’s stories for planetarium performance.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Lawhead Bourne.


Jack Scovil (1937-2012)

Literary agent, Jack Scovil, died February 23, 2012 after a brief illness.
An agent for over 40 years, Scovil began his career at the Scott Meredith Agency, where he worked for more than 20 years. In 1992, he formed the Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency (now the Scovil Galen Ghosh Agency) with two other Scott Meredith veterans. He worked with such authors as Norman Mailer, Carl Sagan, Arthur C. Clarke, Walter Anderson, Edward Klein, Larry Smith, Margaret Truman, James Brady, and many others. He was also a founding Advisory Board member of the M.F.A. low-residency writing program at Wilkes University.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

2011 Nebula Awards Nominees

  • ‘‘With Unclean Hands’’, Adam-Troy Castro (Analog 11/11)
  • ‘‘The Ice Owl’’, Carolyn Ives Gilman (F&SF 11-12/11)
  • ‘‘The Man Who Bridged the Mist’’, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/11)
  • ‘‘Kiss Me Twice’’, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 6/11)
  • ‘‘The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary’’, Ken Liu (Panverse Three)
  • Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)
  •  ‘‘Six Months, Three Days’’, Charlie Jane Anders ( 6/8/11)
  • ‘‘The Old Equations’’, Jake Kerr (Lightspeed 7/11)
  • ‘‘What We Found’’, Geoff Ryman (F&SF 9-10/11)
  • ‘‘The Migratory Pattern of Dancers’’, Katherine Sparrow (GigaNotoSaurus 7/11)
  • ‘‘Sauerkraut Station’’, Ferrett Steinmetz (GigaNotoSaurus 11/11)
  • ‘‘Fields of Gold’’, Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse 4)
  • ‘‘Ray of Light’’, Brad R. Torgersen (Analog 12/11)
Short Story
  • ‘‘Her Husband’s Hands’’, Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed 10/11)
  • ‘‘Mama, We Are Zhenya, Your Son’’, Tom Crosshill (Lightspeed 4/11)
  • ‘‘Shipbirth’’, Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 2/11)
  • ‘‘Movement’’, Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s 3/11)
  • ‘‘The Axiom of Choice’’, David W. Goldman (New Haven Review Winter ’11)
  • ‘‘The Paper Menagerie’’, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
  • ‘‘The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees’’, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and FantasyBook
The winners will be announced at SFWA’s 47th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held Thursday through Sunday, May 17 - May 20, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, near Reagan National Airport. Connie Willis will be the honored with the 2011 Damon Knight Grand Master Award for her lifetime contributions and achievements in the field. Walter Jon Williams will preside as toastmaster, with Astronaut Michael Fincke as keynote speaker.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hail and Hosanas

I know I'm a little late reporting this but this duo ranks among my pantheon of favorite authors.

The New England Science Fiction Association named writers Sharon Lee & Steve Miller as the joint recipients of the 2012 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, also called the Skylark Award. The award was presented at Boskone, held at the Boston Westin Waterfront, February 17-19 2012.
The Skylark is given to “some person, who, in the opinion of the membership, has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late ‘Doc’ Smith well-loved by those who knew him.”
If your not familiar with Lee and Miller they are the creators of the Liaden Universe of books, some of which are rip roaring space opera (IMHO)
Sharon Lee Blogs here:
Their homepage:
For more information and a list of past recipients, see the NESFA website.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Interesting looking read

Head over to the Qwillery and check out a new novel by British author Benedict Jacka...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A new book that is at the top of my list!

Tobias Buckell.."Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, and Sly Mongoose and had a sucessful kickstarter project for book 4 The Apocalypse Ocean, has just released a new novel "Artic Rising" that posits an Artic that is all ocean...
He talks about it at the Qwillery: