Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Rest in Peace 2012 Part 2--Fantasy and Sci/Fi

We lost a lot of talented people in 2012. Children's authors, non-fiction writers, poets, and novelists. Over the next few weeks we will highlight some of their works and mourn the passing of some really wonderful people.  This week we are focusing on the losses in the Science Fiction and Mystery genres.

Janet Berliner--(1939-2012)--(Janet Berliner-Gluckman)--she was a South African born American horror writer.  This Bram Stoker Award winning author was also a member of the International Thriller Writers and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Ray Bradbury--(1920-2012)--he was one of the 20th century's most celebrated American writers. He wrote fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction.  He is probably most well known for his novels Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.

Henry Denker--(1912-2012)--he was an American novelist and playwright.  He wrote Broadway plays, radio scripts, screenplays, and novels.  He was married to his wife Edith for 61 years, whom he met while in the hospital--she was his nurse.  He was 99.

Dorothy Gilman--(1923-2012)--she was an American espionage and mystery writer.  Best known for her Mrs. Pollifax series, this 88-year-old was a writer for over 60 years.

Harry Harrison--(1925-2012)--he (Henry Maxwell Dempsey) was an American science fiction author best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat.  He was witty and funny and on learning of his death, fiction author Harlan Ellison said, "It's a day without stars in it."

Reginald Hill--(1936-2012)--he was an English crime writer best known for 20 novels featuring Yorkshire detectives Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe, which spawned the BBC series Dalziel and Pascoe.  He wrote more than 30 other novels along with short stories and ghost tales.

Josepha Sherman--(1946-2012)--she was an American folklorist, anthologist, editor, and science fiction and fantasy author.  She won the Compton Crook Award in 1990.

K. D. Wentworth--(1951-2012)--Kathy Diane Wentworth was an American science fiction author.  This University of Tulsa graduate got her start winning the Writers of the Future contest in 1988.

Margaret Yorke--(1924-2012)--she was an English crime fiction writer.  During WWII she worked as a hospital librarian and then joined the Women's Royal Naval Service as a driver when she turned 18. This award-winning author was 88.

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