Remembering Aunt Lettie Ann (1942-2019) and Uncle William “Doc” Cook (1941-2015)

My Aunt Lettie Ann Cook passed away on May 17, 2019. I flew to my hometown to fulfill her request that I speak at her funeral and serve as a pallbearer. Her husband of 54 years, William Cook, who I knew as Uncle Doc, had preceded her in death in 2015. They were both goodContinue reading “Remembering Aunt Lettie Ann (1942-2019) and Uncle William “Doc” Cook (1941-2015)”

Paul Williams, Former Literary Executor of Philip K. Dick’s estate, Has Passed Away

I just learned via Mark Bould on Facebook that Paul Williams, author of the famous Rolling Stones article on Dick–available online here, the first literary executor of Philip K. Dick’s estate and recognized music critic, has passed away.  An official announcement is on his wife Cindy Lee Berryhill’s blog here, the Philip K. Dick FanContinue reading “Paul Williams, Former Literary Executor of Philip K. Dick’s estate, Has Passed Away”

Godspeed, Gary Stephen Thompson (1945-2012)

Scanning from left to right in the adjacent picture from Christmastime 2008, you will see Bob Rainey, Mark Warbington, Paul Talamas, Gary Thompson, and me. This was the last time that I saw my friend Gary jovial and excited with life. On my way home to visit my family that year, I stopped through AtlantaContinue reading “Godspeed, Gary Stephen Thompson (1945-2012)”

John Neville, Shakespearean Actor Turned Science Fiction and Fantasy Star, Is Dead

I was saddened to learn that John Neville, the actor well known in science fiction and fantasy circles as Terry Gilliam’s Baron Munchausen and Chris Carter’s Well Manicured Man from the X-Files, passed away over the weekend. I found his acting to be an inspiration and model to me as I was growing up. IContinue reading “John Neville, Shakespearean Actor Turned Science Fiction and Fantasy Star, Is Dead”

Cognitive Scientist David Rumelhart Dies At 68 – Slashdot

While I was waiting in line at the post office this morning, I saw this post on slashdot.org: Cognitive Scientist David Rumelhart Dies At 68 – Slashdot. Rumelhart was on the forefront of modeling brain behavior with computers and developing the core concepts of neural net algorithms. There are obituaries of Rumelhart and remembrances of hisContinue reading “Cognitive Scientist David Rumelhart Dies At 68 – Slashdot”

David Eddings, 1931-2009

On Tuesday, the fantasy author David Eddings passed away.  His works are definitely important and well-regarded in the field.  Unfortunately, I have not yet had a chance to find my way into his imagined worlds, which my friend A.P. Canavan is writing about in his dissertation at the University of Liverpool.   Some of Eddings’Continue reading “David Eddings, 1931-2009”

David Carradine, 1936-2009

My buddy Chris reported on Facebook that David Carradine has passed away.  I grew up watching Kung-Fu, and I enjoyed his portrayal of Bill in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.  However, I recently remember Carradine’s work as a voice actor reading John Twelve Hawk’s science fictional story about the resistance against the “vast machine” titled The Traveler.Continue reading “David Carradine, 1936-2009”

J. G. Ballard, 1930-2009

Paul Kincaid sent a message to the SFRA and IAFA email lists this morning alerting everyone to J.G. Ballard’s death.  The BBC have a short announcement (with an anti-SF slant) here.  And, Ballard’s Wikipedia entry has already been updated–read it here. I searched the New York Times, but they haven’t posted the new or an obituaryContinue reading “J. G. Ballard, 1930-2009”