Below is a listing of members of our community who have died since the last In Memoriam list was compiled for Kansas City last year (since October 1, 2023). If you know of someone you believe should be included, please let us know. Names received after September 1, 2024 may not appear in the souvenir book.

Author Jan Needle (b.1943) died on October 9. Needle wrote the novel The Devil’s Laughter and Wild Wood, which was an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. He also reworked Dracula for young readers.

Publisher Tim Underwood (b.1948) died on October 11. Underwood was a cofounder of Underwood-Miller. With Chuck Miller, he published several books, beginning with a reprint of Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth before disbanding the company in 1994. Their final project was another reissue of The Dying Earth. They also published works by L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison, and Philip K. Dick.

Actor Rock Brynner (b.1946) died on October 13. The son of Yul Brynner, he occasionally acted and played in a band. He also wrote the science fiction novel The Doomsday Report.

Author Louise Glück (b.1943) died on October 13. Glück’s poetry includes “Gretel in Darkness” and “Circe’s Power.” In 2020, she received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Author Bertil Falk (b.1933) died on October 14. Falk wrote the Gardner Varinsson Saga of short stories as well as “Tripp I rymden,” “A Twist in the Universe,” and “”Beyond Journey’s End.” He served as editor of Jules Verne-magasinet and DAST-Magazine and also wrote under the pseudonyms B.G.E. Hawkins and Hans Møller.

Author S.R. Cronin (b.1954) died on October 23. Cronin is the author of the “War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters” series, as well as the 46. Ascending books.

Translator Hiroaki Ike (b.1940) died on October 27. Ike began working in the film industry before turning to translation. He translated the novelization of E.T. into Japanese and later translated works by Carl Sagan and James P. Hogan.

Author Andrey Galperin (b.1974) died on November 7. Galperin wrote the fantasy duology The Books of Laora, made up of The Sword of Power and  The Sword of Fear.

Author D.G. Compton (b.1930) died on November 10. Compton was the author of The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe, which was filmed as Deathwatch, Steel Crocodile, Synthajoy and other novels.  He was named SFWA Author Emeritus in 2007 and received the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award in 2021.

Author L.H. Maynard (b.1953) died on November 11. Maynard was the co-author of the Department 18 series and several stand-alone novels with M.P.N. Sims, writing under the pseudonym Maynard Sims.

Author Michael Bishop (b.1945) died on November 13.  Bishop was a two-time Nebula winner, including for the novel No Enemy But Time. His other novels included Brittle Innings, Ancient of Days, and The Secret Ascension. Bishop was a World Fantasy Con Guest of Honor in 1992.

Author A.S. Byatt (b.1936) died on November 16. Byatt occasionally wrote works of genre interest, including the Booker Prize winning Possession: A Romance and Ragnarok: The End of the Gods. Byatt won the Mythopoeic Award for The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye.

Author Bill Ellern (b.1933) died on November 18. Ellern published Moon Prospector, New Lensman, and Triplanetary Agent as sequels to E.E. Smith’s Lensman series with Smith’s permission. He was active in LASFS, including sitting on the club’s board of directors, and worked for JPL, and various aerospace companies.

Author Weston Ochse (b.1965) died on November 18. Ochse won the Stoker Award for his novel Scarecrow Gods. Other novels included Bone Chase, Red Unicorn, and Ghost Heart, the last written with his wife, Yvonne Navarro.  Ochse also wrote for DC Comics and IDW Publishing.

Author Herbert Gold (b.1924) died on November 19. While most of Gold’s work was mainstream, he occasionally wrote short fiction of genre interest, including “They Day They Got Boston,” “The Psychodynamist” and “Sleepers, Awake!”

Author Nina Katerli (b.1934) died on November 20. Katerli wrote Monster, Chervets, and Kostylyov. She occasionally wrote with her daughter. In addition to writing, she fought for human rights in the Soviet Union and, later, Russia.

Author Gabe Hudson (b.1971) died on November 23. Judson wrote the YA novel Gork, the Teenage Dragon and was the host of the Kurt Vonnegut Radio podcast. He was also the author of Dear Mr. President.

Author Jim Hosek (b.1964) died on December 3 following a lengthy illness.  Hosek published the story “Total Loss” in Analog and served as SFWA as the Nebula Administrator for several years. His novel, A Really Good Day is a non-genre sports novel. In 2024, he was posthumously award the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award.

Fuzzy Pink Niven (b.Marilyn Wisowaty, 1940) died on December 3. Niven was active in MITSFS in college and ran art shows at numerous conventions and served as mentor to many con runners. She met Larry Niven at the 1967 Worldcon and they married two years later. She won the Evans-Freehafer Award for service to LASFS in 1982. She was also active in SCIFI and NESFA.

Author Mark Samuels (b.1967) died on December 3. Samuels was the author of the novel Witch-Cult Abbey and his short fiction was collected in seven collections. He co-edited the magazine Sacrum Regnum with Daniel Corrick

Author David Drake (b.1945) died on December 10. Drake was the author of the Hammer’s Slammers sf series and the Lord of the Isles fantasy series, among others. He co-wrote series with Eric Flint, S.M. Stirling, Janet Morris and other authors and edited several original and reprint anthologies. Drake won a Non-Professional World Fantasy Award for Carcosa and the Phoenix Award. Drake was a World Fantast Con Special Guest in 2015.

Author Vladimir Mitypov (b.1940) died on December 11. Mitypov wrote the novel Earth’s Green Madness along with four additional novels.

Publisher Lee Harris (b.1936) died on December 14.  Harris published Brainstorm Comix in the 1970s and was active in London’s countercultural and musical scene.

Author Dan Greenburg (b.1936) died on December 18. Greenburg focused ont eh YA market, writing books in the Weird Planet series, the Secrets of Dripping Fang series, and the Maximum Boy series.

Author K.M. Peyton (b.1929) died on December 19. Best known for the Flambard series, Peyton wrote A Pattern of Roses and Unquiet Spirits. She also wrote some genre short fiction.

Translator Olexandr Mokrovolsky (b.1945) died on December 22. Mokrovolsky translated the works of Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Adams, and Brian Aldiss into Ukrainian.

Editor Natalia Vitko (b.1977) died on December 23. Vitko worked for several Russian publishing companies and served as the organizer of the St. Petersburg Fantastic Assembly, a convention for science fiction reviewers.

Publisher Nikolay Yutanov (b.1959) died on December 23. An astronomer, Yutanov wrote the novella The Path of Deception and the novel The Werewolf. In 1990, he founding publishing house Terra Fantastica. He also organized the Congress of Russian SF Writers.

Author Richard Bowes (b.1944) died on December 24. Bowes was the author of Warchild. He won the World Fantasy Award for the novellas “Streetcar Dreams” and “If Angels Fight” and the Lambda Award for Minions of the Moon.

Bookseller Patrick Heffernan (b.1966) died in December. Heffernan spent more than 30 years working for Mysterious Galaxy. He was also the founder and owner of Everythingaboutbooks.com, selling collectible books and handmade slipcases.

2024

Author Jack O’Connell (b.1959) died on January 1. O’Connell was the author of The Skin Palace, Word Made Flesh, and The Resurrectionist, the last of which won the Prix Imaginaire. His short story “Legerdemain” was a World Fantasy finalist.

Author David J. Skal (b.1952) was struck by a car on January 1. Skal was the author of Scavengers, When We Were Good, and Antibodies, as well as several non-fiction books about horror films. He won three Ruthven Awards.

Author Brian Lumley (b.1937) died on January 2. Lumley was known for his Titus Crow and Necroscope series as well as novels which used Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. He won the British Fantasy Award for the short story “Fruiting Bodies” and received lifetime Achievement Awards from the Stokers and World Fantasy Awards and was named a World Horror Grandmaster.

Author Fred Chappell (b.1936) died on January 4. Chappell was the author of the novels Dagon and I Am One of You Forever.  He won two World Fantasy Awards for his stories “The Lodger” and “The Somewhere Doors.”

Editor Emanuel Lottem (b.1944) died on January 7. Lottem began working as a translator in 1976. He translated Dune, The Lord of the Rings, Ringworld, and other novels into Hebrew. He was also the editor of the magazine Fantasia 2000and helped establish the Israeli Society of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He co-edited the anthology Zion’s Fiction with Sheldon Teitelbaum.

Author Mark Kharitonov (b.1937) died on January 8. His children’s fantasies included the novels Uchitel vraniya and Prazdnik neozhidannostey. In addition to his own work, Kharitonov translated many English novels into Russian.

Academic Stan Mattson (b.1937) died on January 9. Mattson founded the C.S. Lewis Foundation in 1986 and served as its president until 2020.

Author Terry Bisson (b.1942) died on January 10. Bisson won the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Nebula Award for his short story “Bears Discover Fire” and a second Nebula for “macs.” In 1993, he won the Phoenix Award. His novels included Fire on the Mountain, Voyage to the Red Planet, and The Pickup Artist. Bisson was a World Fantasy Con Guest of Honor in 1995.

Artist Jennell Jaquays (b.1956) died on January 10. Jaquays began The Dungeoneer, one of the first RPG fanzines and later created artwork for TSR, Chaosium, Judges Guild, ICE, and GDW. They also did extensive work in the video game industry.

Author Nikolay Romanestskiy (b.1953) died on January 10. Romanestskiy was the editor of Polden magazine and wrote nearly thirty novels. In addition, he translated works from English into Russian.

Author Sergey Sukhinov (b.1950) died on January 10. Sukhinov wrote nineteen volumes in The Emerald City series, a sequel series ro Alexander Volkov’s Magic Land series, which was an imitation of Baum’s Oz.

Author Martin Gately (b.1966) died on January 12. Gately published several short stories, which were collected in The New Exploits of Joseph Rouletabille and Exquisite Pandora and Other Fantastic Adventures. His writing also appeared in The Fortean Times.

Author Tom Purdom (b.1936) died on January 14. His novels included I Want the Stars, Five Against Arlane, and The Barons of Behavior. He wrote numerous short stories and When I Was Writing, a literary memoir.

Author Howard Waldrop (b.1946) died on January 14. Waldrop mostly wrote short fiction and was best known for the World Fantasy and Nebula Award winning “Ugly Chickens” and “Night of the Cooters.” He was a World Fantasy Con Guest of Honor in 1995 and received a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021.

Author Theodore Krulik died on January 25. Krulik is best known for his non fiction books Roger Zelazny and The Complete Amber Sourcebook. He also wrote the novel World Shaper.

Author Christopher Priest (b.1943) died on February 2. Priest was the author of The Separation, The Glamour, and The Inverted World, He won the World Fantasy and the James Tait Black Memorial Awards for The Prestige. Priest was the GoH at Interaction the 2005 Worldcon.

Fan Gary Swaty (b.1942) died in mid-February. Swaty chaired HexaCon 16 and CopperCon 28 and also worked on Westercons, LepreCons, World Fantasy, and World Horror Cons, and more. He also sponsored filk GoHs at CoKoCon. He searched on the boards of LepreCon, CASFS and WesternSFA.