In Memoriam

Chicon In Memoriam page

Below is a listing of members of our community who have died since the last In Memoriam list was compiled for DisCon III last year (from October 14, 2021 to the present). If you know of someone you believe should be included, please let us know.

You can also keep up to date by following the Chicon 8 In Memoriam twitter feed.


2021

Fan Erle Korshak (b.1923) died on August 25.  Korshak became active in fandom in the 1930s and in 1939 created Moonstruck Press. He helped organize the second Worldcon, the Chicon, in 1940 and served as acting chair on the first day of the convention. He founded Shasta Publishers in 1947 and ran it for 10 years before leaving fandom for three decades, returning in the late 80s and eventually founding Shasta-Phoenix Press.  He was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame and was scheduled to be a Guest of Honor at Chicon 8 in 2022.

Fan Aahz (b.Dan Bernstein, 1967) died on October 14. Aahz was a San Francisco area fan who attended west coast conventions. Aahz was active in fandom in the days of Usenet and was also active in square dancing fandom. With his partner, Stef, Aahz Maruch co-wrote Python for Dummies.

Fan Joe Moudry died on October 15. Moudry served as official editor of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance, the Pulp Era Amateur Press Society and The Arkham Anchorite and active in several other APAs. He was a Philip K. Dick and H.P. Lovecraft Fan.

Artist Jarosław Musiał (b.1962) died on October 21. Musiał’s artwork appeared in numerous Polish science fiction and fantasy books. His work was also used on role-playing games and in the magazines Nowa Fantastyka, Magia i Miecz, and Fenix.

Fan Charlotte Williams (b.1953) died on October 26.  Williams was active in Tennessee fandom has served on the board of Chattacon beginning in 1989.  She chaired the convention in 1994 and 1995.

Author Carole Nelson Douglas (b.1944) died in late October. Best known for her Irene Adler mysteries, Douglas wrote the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator series and the Kendri and Irissa fantasy series as well as many fantasy short stories.

Author Jim Fiscus (b.1944) died on November 7.  Fiscus began publishing science fiction in 1986 with the story “A Time of Martyrs” and published several more stories over the years. He served as a director of SFWA from 2008 until 2015 and was awarded the Kevin O’Donnell Jr Service to SFWA Award in 2017.

Author Simon Marshall-Jones (b.1963) died on November 9. Marshall-Jones edited the anthology The 13 Ghosts of Christmas and founded Spectral Press.  He collected his short fiction in Biblia Longcrofta.

Fan Chuck Divine died in early November.  Divine was not only active in convention and Star Trek fandom, he also worked as an engineer at NASA’s Goddard facility.

Norwegian fan Bjørn Olav Listog (b.1957) died on November 11. Listog was active in Norwegian fandom and attended conventions in the Nordic countries.

Journalist Petra Mayer (b.1974) died on November 13 from a pulmonary embolism.  Mayer served as book editor on NPR’s Culture desk.  Mayer was instrumental in making sure the science fiction and fantasy were covered on NPR, including coverage of the Nebula Awards, Comic Con, and other SF events.

Finnish author and fan Jyrki Kasvi (b.1964) died on November 16.  Kasvi was editor of Kosmoskyna, the magazine of the Finnish Science Fiction Writer’s Association. He served three terms in the Finnish Parliament and had a Klingon version of his website for his second election.

Spanish author Miguel Barceló Garcia (b.1948) died on November 22 Barceló was an editor for Ediciones B and directed the NOVA line. He helped create the UPC Prize and co-edited the anthology Cuentos de ciencia ficción.  He received the Spanish Association of Fantasy and Science Fiction Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

Australian fan Jeremy G. Byrne (b.1964) died on November 24. Byrne was the editor of Eidolon and The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Dealer Wayne McCloud died on November 24. McCloud specialized in selling Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Star Wars collectibles at science fiction conventions across the Midwest, including at MarsCon and Chicago TARDIS.

Fan Diana G. Gallagher (b.1946) died on December 2. Gallagher won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 1989. She went on to write numerous novels based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Alex Mack. Gallagher was also an active filker.

Fan Tim Murphy (b.1957) died in early December.  Murphy was a presence at Michigan conventions and for a few years ran a table in dealers’ rooms.

Artist Chris Achilleos (b.1947) died in early December.  Achilleos created the covers for numerous Doctor Who novels and books by Anne McCaffrey, Michael Moorcock, and David Eddings.  His work was collected in several books, including Amazons and Sirens.

Author Anne Rice (b.1941) died on December 11. Rice began publishing with Interview with the Vampire and followed up with several other novels about the Vampire Lestat as well as novels about witches and mummies. She also wrote a trilogy of erotic novels based on Sleeping beauty using the name A.N. Roquelaure and two novels as Anne Rampling.

Bibliographer William G. Contento (b.1947) died on December 13 from prostate cancer. Contento created the Locus Index to Science Fiction with Charles N. Brown and also published Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror annuals with Brown.  He was a three time Hugo nominee and won the Stoker for The Supernatural Index.

Fan Bruce Burn (b.1939) died on December 17.  Burn was one of the founders of the Wellington SF Circle and served as treasurer. He was a member of SFCol, Ompa, and Aotearapa and published several fanzines and ran the website paraFANalia.

Fan Ron Zukowoski (b.1949) died on December 19. Zukowski co-chaired Confederation, the 1986 Worldcon in Atlanta with Penny Frierson. He was a member of ASFiC and worked on Istacon. He published the APAzine The Orange Mouse. In 2014, he received the Hank Reinhardt Award.

Comic artist Ryan Bodenheim (b.1977) died on December 20. Bodenheim worked on A Red Mass for Mars, Secret, Eternal Warrior, and Black Panther.

Fan Chuck Shimada (b.1960) died on December 26. Shimada was a member of LASFS and worked tech for LosCon as well as many other regional conventions and worldcons.

Author Andrew Vachss (b.1942) died on December 27. An attorney and advocate for children’s protection, Vachss wrote the Cross series as well as the novels Carbon and Batman: The Ultimate Evil. He also published four collections of his short fiction.

Author Uschi Gatward (b.1972) died on December 30. Gatward’s first collection, English Magic, was published in September 2021. In 2015, she won the Wasafiri prize for “My Brother Is Back”

2022

Editor Mirosław Kowalski (b.1954) died on January 2. Kowalski was a journalist and who served as head of Poland’s Supernova sf/fantasy publishing imprint.

Fan Keith Arseneau (b.1959) died on January 3. Arsenau entered fandom in the late 1980s and in recent years volunteered as a DJ at Toronto Trek, Ad Astra, and Anime North.

Fan Frank Dodd (b.1935) died on January 3.  Dodd co-founded the Auckland Science Fiction Club in 1952 with Mike Hinge.

Fan Frank Denton died on January 5.  Denton was a member of several APAzines, including Minneapa, The Cult, Slanapa, and APANAGE. He also published the fanzine Ash-Wing. He was a Guest of Honor at MileHiCon 6, Westercon 30, Moscon II, and Rustcon 7.

Author Chris A. Masters (b.Chris Anagnostopoulos, 1961) died on January 5. Masters wrote the novel Take Two and several short stories. He also served as the editor for the magazines Shoggoth, Bloodsongs, and EOD.

Author John Jos. Miller (b.1954) died on January 5. Miller published works in the Wild Card series, three novels with Stephen Leigh in the Ray Bradbury presents series, and some media tie-in novels.

NASFIC Chair and Worldcon GoH Willie Siros (b.1952) died on January 5.  Siros co-chaired LoneStarCon I and was a GoH at LoneStarCon 3, as well as chairing many other Texas conventions. He ran the bookstore Adventures in Crime and Space.

Fan Jane Hawkins (b.1951) died on January 7. Hawkins wrote the novel Quantum Gate and hosted the monthly meetings for Vanguard. She was a founder of Nowescon and chaired three Potlatches. She worked on Corflus, Wiscon, and Noreascon 3.

Fan Bill Mills (b.1952) died on January 9.  Mills displayed his collection of SF film props at conventions throughout the 70s and early 80s and was an active costumer and masquerade MC. He was a filker and involved in running Corflu 25.

Fan Terry Whittier died in mid-January. Whittier published the fanzines Alpha and Altair and was a collector of fan art. He eventually moved into furry fandom.

Author Rick Cook (b.1944) died on January 13.  Cook began publishing in 1987 in Analog, and wrote several stories that mixed technology with fantasy. His novels included Limbo System, Mall Purchase Night, and the Wiz Zumwalt series. He was also active in the SCA as Sir Richard Ironsteed.

Fan John E. Ferraro (b.1952) died on January 13.  John was an active convention attendee and helped run conventions in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

Author Ron Goulart (b.1933) died on January 14. Goulart began publishing in F&SF in 1952 and over the years published numerous science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and pulp novels. He was a book reviewer for Venture and wrote for Marvel comics. In addition to writing fiction, Goulart published several non-fiction books on comics and detective fiction.

Author Dave Wolverton (b.John David Wolverton, 1957) died on January 14. Wolverton, who also wrote using the name Dave Farland, won the PKD prize for his novel On My Way to Paradise. His other works include The Runelords series, the Ravenspell series, the Serpent Catch series and books in the Star Wars universe. Wolverton also taught workshops and supported the Writers of the Future, of which he was an early winner.

Fan Dennis Palmer died on January 16.  Palmer and his wife, Sharon, were Listener Guests of Honor at the cancelled OVFF 36 and the following year at OVFF 37. Palmer attended the first OVFF and became involved in the con com. He also volunteered for Marcon.

Fan Bill Wright (b.1937) died on January 16.  Wright was a founding member of ANZAPA and the Nova Mob. He served as Secretary of Aussiecon and later was the awards administrator for the Australian Science Fiction Foundation. He was the DUFF delegate in 2013 and received the Chandler Award in 2017.

Author J. Brian Clarke (b.1928) died on January 17. Clarke’s two novels, Expediter and Alphanauts were both fix-ups based on his short fiction that appeared in Analog. He began publishing in 1969 and his early work appeared as by J.B. Clarke.

Comic artist Jean-Claude Mézières (b.1938) died on January 23. Mézières co-created the comic Valérian and Laureline, which was influential on many artists and filmmakers and was adapted for the film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. He also provided design work for The Fifth Element.

Fan Roger Sims (b.1930) died on January 23. Sims was co-chair of Detention, the 1959 Worldcon and served as Conchair Emeritus for DetCon 1. He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Nolacon II and was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 2020. In addition to con-running Sims was involved in fanzines. He also rented the infamous Room 770 at the first Nolacon.

Author Holger M. Pohl (b.1959) died on January 27. Pohl wrote the fantasy series Arkland and wrote the space opera Fünf für die Freiheit. In addition to writing, he was and editor and columnist for the fanzine Fantasyguide.

Fan Doug Wilkin (b.1962) died on January 28 from COVID. Wilking held a Ph.D. in physics and was active in GT and PFRC.

Bookseller Mary Alice Wilson died on January 31 from cancer. Wilson opened Dark Star Books and Comics in Ohio in 1982 and could be found in the dealers’ room at many conventions.

Author Richard L. Tierney (b.1936) died on February 1. Tierney published several short stories about Simon of Gitta and his stories and poems were collected in four collections. In collaboration with David C. Smith, he published six novels about Red Sonja.

Author Angélica Gorodischer (b.1928) died on February 5. Gorodischer’s Kalpa Imperial was translated into English. Other works included Opus dos, Trafalgar, and Fábula de la virgin y el bombero. In 2011, Gorodischer received a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Editor and author Tom Dupree (b.1949) died on February 7. Dupree co-edited the anthology Full Spectrum 5. He published about a dozen short stories between 1995 and 2006, including one under the name Randall G. Thomas.

Polish game designer Michał Furiath Markowski (b.1978) died on February 9. He is the designer of the game Klanarchia and has served as the editor and writer the fannish website Polter.

Author Don Tumasonis (b.1945) died on February 12. Tumasonis began publishing in 2000 with the short story “The Graveyard” and published thirteen additional stories over the years. He won the IHG Short Form Award in 2002 and 2003 for his stories “The Prospect Cards” and “A Pace of Change.”

Author Melissa Mead (b.1967) died on February 15. Mead began publishing in 1999. Her short fiction has appeared in Aoife’s Kiss, Daily Science Fiction, and Sword and Sorceress among other places. In 2005, she published her only novel, Between Worlds.

Author Faren Miller (b.1950) died on February 15. Miller joined Locus in 1981 as their first full-time employee and remained on staff until 2000, continuing as a reviewer until 2018. In 1991, she published the novel The Illusionists.

Artist Michel Henricot (b.1936) died on February 16. Henricot’s science fictional work appeared in Omni in the late 70s and early 80s. In addition to being a painter, he was also a sculptor and was often seen as a  part of the fantastic realist school.

Translator Kira Soshinskaya (b.1933) died in February. Soshinskaya translated works by John Christopher, Garth Nix, and Christopher Stasheff into Russian. In addition, she illustrated numerous books. She was married to SF author Kir Bulychov.

Comic book writer Tom Veitch (b.1941) died on February 18. Veitch was part of the underground comix movement in the 70s and went on to work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse  working on Elseworlds, Tales of the Jedi, and Animal Man.

Fan Maureen Whitelaw (b.1940) died on February 20. A member of the Montreal Science Fiction/Fantasy Association, Whitelaw appeared in many of MonSFFA’s film projects and was a fan of Disney animated films and Star Trek.

Fan Frank Olynyk (b.1942) died on February 24. Olynyk was a regular attendee of Worldcon and could frequently be found volunteering at the autographing tables. He spent two years collecting signatures of the 31 women Robert A. Heinlein dedicated Friday to and presented the signed copy to Heinlein.

Fan Rick Albertson died on February 25.  Albertson worked several Worldcons in the tech department and may have led the first stand-alone tech division at a Worldcon. Rick eventually left fandom for political activism.

Illustrator Shirley Hughes (b.1927) died on February 25.  Hughes was the Kate Greenaway Medal winning illustrator of numerous children’s books including Angels on the Roof, The Witche’s Daughter, and The Phandom Roundabout and Other Ghostley Tales.

Author Andy Remic (b.1971) died on February 26 from cancer.  Remic was the author of Spiral, The Blood Dragon Empire series, and Serial Killers Incorporated, among many others. He taught at Manchester University and directed the film Impurity in 2015.

Fan Ruth Odren (b.1932) died on February 28. Odern joined Minn-Stf by the early 1970s and published in Stipple-Apa for more than 40 years.

Fan Jeff Smith died on February 28.  Smith chaired many StellarCons and MACE gaming conventions. He received the Cornerstone Award in 2011 and in 2019, he was the co-recipient of the Rebel Award with Ron McClung,

Priscilla Tolkien (b.1929) died on February 28.  Tolkien was the youngest and last surviving child of J.R.R. Tolkien and has served as the honorary Vice President of the Tolkien Society. She served as a trustee for the Tolkien Trust.

Fan Leonid Kourits died in March. Kourits was a Ukrainian who attended Eurocons, Eastercons, Dragoncons, and Worldcons. In 1988, he chaired the first international sf convention in the USSR in Koblevo.

Fan Les Jenkins (b.1967) died on March 6 from pancreatic cancer. Jenkins ran Les’s Place BBS in the 80s and the Stupid Evil Bastard blog in the 2000s.  He was fan of Doctor Who and an active gamer who often played Paranoia.

Fan David Cummer (b.1956) died on March 8. Cummer’s interest in science fiction extended to an interest in space science and exploration. He was active in Minneapolis fandom, particularly the North Country Gaylaxians.

Author Steve Redwood (b.1943) died on March 10. Redwood began publishing in 1999 with the short story “A Parasec Too Far.” His first novel, Fisher of Devils appeared in 2003 and Who Needs Cleopatra? in 2005. He published two collections of his short fiction.

Chicago fan Helene Marlow Bellin (b.1973)died on March 11. Marlowe was a performer at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and was active in the Klingon Armada International. She was a frequent attendee at Chicago conventions.

Fan David Kummerow died on March 11.  Known as “Slayer,” Kummerow was involved in running Chicago conventions and was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Author Bill Johnson (b.1956) died on March 17. Johnson began publishing science fiction in 1977 with the story “Stormfall,” which appeared in Kate Wilhelm’s anthology Clarion SF. His 1997 story “We Will Drink a Fish Together” earned Johnson the Hugo Award for Best Novelette. More recently, he has written the stories in the “Martin & Artie” series and co-wrote the story “Three Can Keep a Secret” with Gregory Frost.

Fan Richard Labonté (b.1949) died on March 20. Labonté founded A Carleton University Speculative Fiction Organization, Of Sorts (ACUSFOOS) and served as the round robin head of the N3F. He won three Lambda Awards and founded the bookstore A Different Light.

Author Ted Mooney (b.1951) died on March 22.  Mooney debuted with the novel Easy Travel to Other Planets in 1981 and later published Traffic and Laughter.

Author Joël Houssin (b.1953) died on March 23.  Houssin’s novels Les Vautours and Le Temps du twist both won the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire and he won the Prix Apollo for Argentine.

Fan David Lussier (b.1959) died on March 23. Originally active in Boston fandom, he moved to Orlando and became active in OASIS and often ran the Orlando SF Society’s Used Book Dealers’ Room table.

Fan Christine Ashby (b.Christine McGowan, c.1951) died on March 29.  She became active in fandom in 1969 and won DUFF in 1976.  In 1983, with husband Derrick Ashby, she organized Smoffcon 1. She published the zines Cor Serpentis, The Hag and the Hungry Goblin, and The Flight of the Kangaroo.

Author Alan J. Hruska (b.1933) died on March 29.  Hruska wrote the novel Borrowed Time. He also wrote and director four non-genre films.

Fan Harri Miekka died around March 29.  Miekka worked on Turconen, Finncon, Archipelacon, and served on the Dealers Room Staff for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. He was often responsible for sales and sponsorships.

Fan Edwin A. Scribner died on March 30. An Australian fan, Ted edited the second version of the Australian SF Bullsheet, for which he, along with co-editor Edwina Harvey, won three Ditmar Awards. He was active in the Sydney Futurians and was a fan of Larry Niven’s work.

Author Patricia MacLachlan (b.1938) died on March 31. A Newbery recipient, her genre works including Waiting for the Magic, Tomorrow’s Wizard, Wondrous Rex, “All the Names of Baby Hag,” and “Dragon’s Coo.”

Author Robert C. Cornett (b.1952) died on April 1. Cornett co-wrote the Seeds of War and the Time Mercenaries trilogies with Kevin Randle. His only solo credit was the story “A Truly Mechanical Man”

Artist Christopher Finch (b.1939) died on April 1. The author of The Art of Walt Disney and Of Muppets and Men, Finch served as the art editor for New Worlds from 1967 to 1968 and published the short story “A Landscape of Shallows” in the magazine.

Author David McKee (b.1935) died on April 6.  Mckee was the author of The Life Inside My Mind and the Melric the Magician series of stories. He began publishing genre fiction in 1980 with the story “Not Now, Bernard.”

Author Valerio Evangelisti (b.1952) died on April 18. Evangelisti is the author of the Eymerich series as well as the noves Black Flag and Antracite. He won two Imaginaire awards as well as the Urania Award.

Artist Marshall Arisman (b.1938) died on April 22. Arisman’s work appeared in Omni and on the covers if the Whispers anthology series. Arisman was the first American artist to display his work in mainland China.

Artist James Bama (b.1926) died on April 24.  Bama did numerous covers, notably of Doc Savage, and produced the original artwork for Star Trek. His work was used on the cover of Aurora models Universal monster line.

Game seller Jerry Corrick (b.1951) died on April 27.  Corrick was a founder of Trident, Inc, which was formed to help publish On the Edge with Atlas Games, for which he later served as CFO. He also ran The Source Comics & Games with Bob Brynildson.

Comic artist Neal Adams (b.1941) died on April 28. Adams worked on numerous titles for DC and Marvel, perhaps most notable Green Lantern/Green Arrow. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame, the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, and the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame. In addition to his creative work. Adams worked to secure a pension and recognition for Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Chicago fan John Nikitow (b.1956) died on April 29. Nikitow was an active participant in many Windycons, Capricons, and Chicons. In 2003, his short story “Trueworth” was the winner of the ISFIC Writers Contest.

Author Pam Chillemi-Yeager died on May 1. Chillemi-Yeager began publishing in 1989 with the short story “Blue Star Fantasy: A New Age Love Story” and published several short stories and the Twisted Plan series. From 1989 to 2004, she co-edited the magazine Fantasque.

Ukrainian author and screenwriter Serhiy Dyachenko (b.1945) died on May 5 in California. With his wife, Maryna, Dyachenko wrote numerous novels, including The Scar, which was published in the US in 2012. They were named the Best Writers in Europe at the 2005 Eurocon and won the Aelita Prize.

Israeli author Alexander Rybalka (b.1966) died on May 5. While most of Rybalka’s work is in the mystery field, he has written fantasy novels and co-wrote A Millennium on Loan with Daniel Kluger.

Author Patricia A. McKillip (b.1948) died on May 6. McKillip was the author of the Riddle Master of Hed trilogy and won the World Fantasy Award for her novels The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Ombria in Shadow. In 2008, she received a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Artist George Perez (b.1954) died on May 6.  Perez began working on The Avengers in the 1970s and later penciled The New Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths. In addition to his work for DC and Marvel, he worked for Image and Boom! Perez was a guest of honor at NorthAmeriCon ’17, the 2017 NASFIC in San Juan.

Bulgarian author Atanas P. Slavov (b.1947) died on May 6. In 1968, Slavov founded Terra Fantasia, the first SF club in Bulgaria and has served as the chairman since 2009. His work has earned him three Eurocon Awards and has been translated into English, Russian, and German. He wrote the novel Psychoprogrammed [Man].

Fan Dan Deckert (b.1952) died on May 8. Deckert was active in LASFS and served as a director for SCIFI. He chaired Loscon in 1982 and was declared a Patron Saint of LASFS. He published the ‘zine Entropy in L-APA.

Fan Anna Lynn Harris (b.1951) died on May 10.  Harris served for many years on the RiverCon concom and managed the convention’s art show. She was a member of The Cincinnati Fan Group and active in art shows throughout the Midwest and South. In 2000, she received the Rebel Award.

Fan Karl Lembke (b.1960) died on May 15. Lembke served as Chairman of LASFS and chaired Loscon 32.  In 2010, he was award the Evans-Freehafer Trophy for his service to LASFS.

Academic Mirosław Gołuński (b.1973) died on May 20. Gołuński’s work focused on myths, historical novels, and fantasy works and he was a frequent panelist at Polish science fiction conventions. His dissertation was on myths in the work of Teodor Parnacki.

Fan Greg Jein (b.1945) died on May 22. Jein edited the fanzine The Film Clipper and had one of the largest private collections of original Star Trek props. He found his way into model making with the film Flesh Gordon and was nominated for an Oscar for Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Author Peter Lamborn Wilson (b.1945) died on May 22.  Wilson, who also published under the name Hakim Bey, published the novels Crowstone and False Documents as well as several short stories. He co-edited an issue of Semiotext[e] SF with Rudy Rucker and Robert Anton Wilson.

Author Maja Lidia Kossakowska (b.1972) died on May 23. Kossakowska began publishing in 1997 with the story “Mucha,” She published four novels, beginning with Siewca Wiatru and received the Janusz A. Zajdel Award for the short story “Smok tańczy dla Chung Fonga.”

Fan Roger Tener died on May 28.  Tener, who went by the nickname Pinky, founded the Dawn Patrol and published its daily newsletter. He helped plan the Tucker Tribute and was a GoH at Archon 16, SoonerCon 13, and DemiCon 20.

Artist Ken Kelly (b.1946) died on June 3. Kelly began working in the fantasy field in 1971 and did covers for numerous books published by DAW Books and other publishers. His work was collected in The Art of Ken Kelly and Escapes. In addition to his fantasy work, he also created album covers for KISS.

Mike Pruette (b.1971) died on June 6. Pruette ran Celtic Leatherworks and often exhibited and sold at Celtic festivals and Ren Faires. He also was the cover artist for Faith Hunter and C.E. Murphy’s Easy Pickings: A Jane Yellowrock/Walker Papers Crossover.

Fan Marc Durocher (b.c.1949) died on June 13. Durocher was a member of the Montreal Science Fiction/Fantasy Association. In addition to being an advisor to the organization, Durocher wrote reviews for its newsletter, presented at meetings, and was involved in the Society for Creative Anachronism, the Kilngon Assault Group, and running local conventions,

Game designer Paul Lidberg died on June 13.  Lidberg worked as a buyer for Wargames West and as an assistant games editor for TSR. With Douglas Niles he designed A Line in the Sand and later designed The SuperFogeys and Zombie Stomp: The Game.

Fan Sasa Neuman (b.1952) died on June 13. Neuman was a member of LASFS. Neuman attended various conventions and other gatherings of fans in LA, including LASFS meetings.

Fan Wayne McCalla (b.1968) died on June 14. A longtime convention attendee, McCalla was a fan of both science fiction and fantasy and was known to drive across multiple states to attend author readings.

Fan Shamus Young (b.1971) died on June 15.  Young wrote the Twenty Sided blog since 2005 and later DM of the Rings. He was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Fan Writer in 2016.

Comic artist Tim Sale (b.1956) died on June 16.  Sale worked on the comic versions of Robert Lyn Asprin’s MythAdventures and Thieves’ World. He went on to work on several Batman titles and also worked for Marvel, often in collaboration with Jeff Loeb. He won the Eisner in 1999 for Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team.

Fan Bryan Barrett (b.1957) died on June 20.  Barrett was a bookseller and was involved in con-running. In 1987, he served as an agent for the Britain in 1987 Worldcon bid and he co-chaired the 1998 World Fantasy Con in Monterey. He co-edited the fanzine Abattoir/Cartouche.

Author Bill Wolfenbarger (b.1943) died on June 26. Wolfenbarger began publishing science fiction poetry in 1965 with “Child of Wilderness” and “Thru Tulsa.” In 1972, his story “Smiling Sam” was published and he continued to publish short fiction for twenty years.