DEATH by Paul Kidby, iconic image from the Discworld Books.

DEATH by Paul Kidby, iconic image from the Discworld Books.

Another year is ready to bite the dust. Sadly, we have lost a mighty large cadre of creative individuals who left an indelible mark on the world of sci-fi and fantasy.

In no particular order, here’s who we lost this year:

Movers and Shakers

  • Hiroshi Yamauchi, President of Nintendo.
  • Scott Carpenter.  Mercury astronaut.
  • Diane Disney Miller. Walt Disney’s elder daughter, propelled the Walt Disney Hall project and major supporter of the L.A. Philharmonic.

Filmmakers

  • Eddie Romero,  filmmaker, known for Blood Island and his work with Roger Korman.
  • Hal Needham,  feature film stunt master, who made everyone make it look easy.
  • Ray Harryhausen,  master and pioneer of stop motion animation, known for the Sinbad movies, original Clash of the Titans
  • Frederic Back.  Canadian animator, 2 Oscars for poignant short films.

Artists

  • Nick Cardy.  Comic book artist, helped create Teen Titans
  • Stuart Freeborn.  Make up artist, created the hominid make up for 2001 and sculpted Yoda for The Empire Strikes Back
  • Carmine Infantino.  Comic book artist, DC Comics publisher.

Writers

  • Ray Bradbury.  Writer, The Martian Chronicles and more. Wrote a poem every day of his life.
  • Andrew j. Offutt.  Science Fiction writer, former president of the Science Fiction Writers of America.  Usually spelled his name in lower case.
  • Donald F. Featherstone.   British author, whose War Games more or less created the modern hobby of wargaming.
  • Jack Vance. Science Fiction Writer, 3 Hugo awards including one for his memoir,This is Me, Jack Vance
  • Father Andrew Greeley.  Priest and author, whose books included angel fantasies and a bit of hard SF.
  • Iain Banks.  Writer, was scheduled to be Guest of Honor at the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention.
  • E.L. Konigsburg.  Author of imaginative children’s fiction such as JenniferHecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and MeElizabeth and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
  • Richard Matheson.  SF and Horror Writer, whose works are known through movies like Somewhere In Time and Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.
  • Fred Pohl.  Science Fiction writer, The Space Merchants, Gateway, among many others
  • Ann C. Cripsin. Science Fiction writer, Star Trek and other tie in novels.  Major crusader against internet scams which target new writers.
  • Doris Lessing.  Writer, Nobel Prize winner, some science fiction.

Musicians & Composers

  • Slim Whitman.  Country singer whose yodeling tones turned out to be the best defense in Mars Attacks

Actors

  • Mike Road.  Voice actor, played manly parts in Hanna-Barbara cartoons of the 60’s.
  • Malachi Throne.  Actor, known to sci fi audiences for roles in Star Trek and Babylon 5.
  • Richard Griffiths.  Actor, Harry Potter’s Uncle Vernon, Pirates of the Caribbean’s King George, and much more.
  • Milo O’Shea.  Actor, “Durand-Durand” in Barbarella.
  • Annette Funicello.  Actress.  Mouseketeer, regular in Disney live action, and beach blanket babe.
  • Jonathan Winters.  Comedian and actor, major influence on Robin Williams and played his hatchling in Mork & Mindy.
  • Virginia Gibson.  Actress, dancer and TV presenter.  Co-hosted 60’s science series Discovery.
  • Mel Smith.  Comedian and actor, half of British comedy duo Smith & Jones, memorable turn as The Albino in The Princess Bride.
  • Michael Ansara.  Actor, Klingon captain Kang in Star Trek’s original series and Deep Space Nine.
  • Noel Harrison.  Actor.  The boy from The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
  • Marcia Wallace.  Actress.  Much TV, including The Simpsons
  • Peter O’Toole.  Actor.  Some imagination movie roles, the baddie in Supergirl, the feared food critic in Ratatoille.
  • Joan Fontaine.  Actress.  Starred in many of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, notably the delightfully creepy Rebecca.

Scientists & Inventors

  • Frederick Sanger.  Scientist. British biochemist revolutionized DNA sequencing, two Nobel Prizes in Chemistry.
  • Ray Dolby.  Sound pioneer, created Dolby Sound.
  • Amar Bose. Sound pioneer, made big sound in small packages.
  • Douglas Engelbart.  Computer visionary, created the first demo of internet and the computer “mouse”.
  • Andre Cassagnes.  French electrician, invented the Etch-A-Sketch.
  • Hans Riegel.  Invented Gummy Bears.

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