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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth 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
- 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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