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.

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Author Olga Tideman (b.1935)died on October 8. Tideman wrote using the pen name Olga Larionova and her first published novel was A Leopard from the Top of Kilimanjaro. IN 1987, she won the Aelita Prize from the Union of RSFSR Writers.

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 Aritsune Toyota (b.1938) died on November 28. Toyota began publishing in 1963 with “Kasei no Saigo no…” and shortly after began working on the anime Astro Boy, as well as Uchū Shōnen Soran using the name Kōichi Ichihara. He turned to writing prose fiction, including the novel Mongol no Zankō, as well as translating works from English into Japanese.

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.

Translator Gunnar Gällmo (b.1946) died on December 8. Gällmo translated works by Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Clifford D. Simak, Robert Heinlein, and more into Swedish.

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.

Editor Sam Bellotto, Jr. (b.1946) died on December 24. Along with Eric Jones, Bellotto founded the club zine Seldon Seen, which was retitled Perihelion from 1967-1969. He revived it from 2012-2018. He also published fiction in both Perihelion and other magazines and anthologies.

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.

Publisher Richard Matthews (b.1944) died on January 3. Matthews worked for University of Tampa Press and published studies of various authors, including J.R.R. Tolkien, William Morris, and Brian Aldiss. He was also the author of Fantasy: The Liberation of Imagination.

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 Carlos Buiza (b.1940) died on January 27. Buiza was the author of the short stories “Asfalto” and “Historia del pastor y sus ovejas.” His work was collected in Un mundo sin luz.

Author Alev Alath (b.1944) died on February 2. Alath’s work included the novels Kabus and Rüya.  Schödinger Cat. She also wrote numerous novels and non-fiction books which were not genre-related.

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.

Author Michael A. Linaker (b.1940) died on February 10. Linaker was the author of the Cade series and the Scorpion series. He occasionally used the pseudonyms Neil Hunter and Richard Wyler.

Author Steve Miller (b.1950) died on February 20. Miller began publishing short stories in 1976, but his career really took off after marrying Sharon Lee, with whom he wrote most of his work after 1984. The two were best known for their Liaden Universe series of novels and short stories. Along with Lee, Miller won the Skylark Award in 2012.

Author Alan Brownjohn (b.1931) died on February 23. Brownjohn was the author of The Way You Tell Them and Enjoyment as well as the short story “A Contest in Crime.” He was primarily a poet.

Playwright Bernard Kops (b.1926) died on February 24. Kops wrote several biographical plays, including the radio play Monster Man about King Kong creator Willis O’Brien. He also wrote the time-travel novel The Odyssey of Samuel Glass.

Author Brian M. Stableford (b.1948) died on February 24. Stableford is the author of the Biotech Revolution series, the Asgard series, and the Daedalus Mission series, among others. He won the Pilgrim Award and a special Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award. In addition to his own writing, he edited several anthologies.

Author Jaime Lee Moyer died in the second half of February. Moyer was the author of Divine Heretic, Brightfall, and the Delia Martin series her novel A Parliament of Queens was released in February. Moyer was also a poet and edited the 2010 Rhysling anthology.

Author Jin Tao (b.1940) died on March 4. Jin wrote the Adventures of Ma Xiaoha series, Moonlight Island, and Operation Typhoon. In addition to writing science fiction, he also worked as a journalist.

Author Jubilee Cho (b.1998) died on March 6. Cho wrote the novel Wishing Well, Wishing Well, which was scheduled for publication in April.

Author Viktor Benkovsky (b.1959) died on March 9. Benkovsky co-wrote Anachron with Elena Khayetskaya. He also translated works by Philip K. Dick and Norman Spinrad into Russian.

Publisher Carolyn Caughey (b.1947) died on March 14. Caughey worked primarily on crime and science fiction novels for Hodder & Stoughton.

Author Kirk Dougal (b.1966) died on March 18. Dougal was the author of the “Tale of Bone and Steel” and “Fallen Angel” series. He co-edited two anthologies with Michele Acker.

Author Adrienne Gormley (b.1948) died on March 18. Gormley published the story “Children of Tears” in 1996 in the anthology Alternate Tyrants. Her most recent story was “Nobodies,” published in 2005. Her story “Custer’s Angel” received an honorable mention  for the SLF Fountain Award.

Author Medeu Sarseke (b.1936) died on March 20. In addition to his biographical writing, Sarseke wrote four science fiction novels and helped pioneer the genre in Kazakhstan.

Author Vernor Vinge (b.1944) died on March 20. Vinge began publishing in 1965 with the story “Apartness.” He went on to win the Hugo Award five times, for the novels A Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky, and Rainbow’s End, and the novellas “Fast Times at Fairmont High” and “The Cookie Monster.” He also won the Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Robert A. Heinlein Award. In 2002, he was the Guest of Honor at ConJosé, the 60th Worldcon.

Author Alek Popov (b.1966) died on March 22. Popov wrote the sf parody Planetata na kauboite using the pseudonym Bad Alex. His other novels included Mission London and The Black Box.

Author Hiroshi Yamamoto (b.1956) died on March 26. Yamamato began writing for fanzine sin 1976 and made his first professional sale in 1978. He was a founder of Syntax Error, an RPG collective. In addition to helping establish gaming and creating RPGs, he wrote the series Ghost Hunter, Sara no Bōken, and Galaxy Tripper Miha.

Author James Moore (b.1965) died on March 27. Moore wrote the novels Hell-Storm, Aliens: Sea of Sorrows, and City of Wonders. In 2020, his anthology The Twisted Book of Shadows, co-edited with Christopher Golden, won the Shirley Jackson Award.

Author Ma Shitu (b.1915) died on March 28. Ma wrote the founding editorial for Science Literature and Art (now Science Fiction World) and served as president of the Sichuan Writers Association.

Poet Andrew Crabtree (b.1979) died on March 31. Crabtree has published poetry in Strange Horizons, Star*Line, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and Goblin Fruit.

Author Karen Wester Newton (b.1952 ) died on March 31. Newton, who published as Carmen Webster Buxton, wrote the Wakanreo series, the Haven series, and the Threecon series. Her novels included King of Trees, Where Magic Rules, and The North Edge of Nowhere. She also wrote romance novels.

Author and editor Martin Bax (b.1933) died in March. Bax co-founded the literary journal Ambit and wrote the science fiction novel The Hospital Ship.

Author John Barth (b.1930) died on April 2. Known for his postmodernist and metafictional writing, his novels Giles Goat Boy and The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor were genre works. Barth also wrote several genre short stories.

Author Lynne Reid Banks (b.1929) died on April 4. Banks wrote the fantasy series that began with The Indian in the Cupboard and Harry the Poisonous Centipede. Her novel The Mystery of the Cupboard was nominated for the Mythopoeic Award.  

Author Serget Abramov (b.1944)  died on April 7. Abramov wrote the Horsemen from Nowhere series with his father Alexandr as well as novels with his son Artyom.

Author F. Yorick Blumenfeld(b.1932) died on April 8. Blumenfeld published the chapbook Jenny Ewing: My Diary and the novel 2009: A Eutopia. He also published Scanning the Future was a collection of essays.

Author Ray Daley (b.1969) died on April 19. Daley began self publishing short stories in 2012 and published two collections of his work, Lightning Strikes Twice and A Year of Living. By 2014, his work was being published by a variety of editors.

Author Ray Garton (b.1962) died on April 21. Garton wrote the novels Live Girls, Seductions, and A Dark Place. His YA novels were written under the name Joseph Locke. Garton was named a World Horror Grand Master in 2006.

Author Travis Heermann died on April 26. Heerman wrote the Shinjuku Shadows novels and the Ronin trilogy. His standalone novels include Death Wind and The Hammer Falls. He also wrote, directed and produced the short film Demon for Hire.

Author C.J. Sansom (b.1952) died on April 27. Best known for the Shardlake novels, Sansom won the Sidewise Award for the novel Dominion.

Author Rick Lai died on April 29. Lai began published horror in 2005 with “The Last Vendetta.” Most of his fiction was in the short form and some was collected in Shadows of the Opera and Sisters of the Shadows. He also published two non-fiction chronologies of Doc Savage fiction and one of The Shadow.

Author Paul Auster (b.1947) died on April 30. Auster is best known for his non-genre work, including The New York Trilogy, but some of his work has strayed into genre, including In the Country of Last Things, Man in the Dark, and Mr. Vertigo.

Author David Redd (b.1946) died on May 11.  Redd began publishing with the story “The Way to London Town” in 1966 and published about three dozen stories over the years. Many of his stories were collected in Collected Stories in 2018.