Johan Frick Passes Away

Johan Frick

Johan Frick

Swedish sf writer Johan Frick died November 14 from cancer of the brain reports John-Henri Holmberg.

At an early age Frick wrote short stories for science fiction fanzines. Frick translated four Patricia McKillip novels into Swedish, which appeared in 1996 and 1997. He also founded the Gothenburg outlet of the Science Fiction bookstore.

In recent years he had stories published professionally by MIX Forlag, among them “Kepler Boulevard” and “Port Michèle. And, says Holmberg, “In the last few days before his death, he managed to do what he decided on two months ago, when his doctors told him nothing further could be done: to finish his first adult sf book, a collection of four interconnected far future noir stories.”

An interview with Frick on MIX Forlag’s webpage about his work provides insight into his work and history, and is readable in English with the help of Google Translate. He also spoke on camera about one of his stories —

Bruce Edwards 1952-2015

Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards

Renowned C. S. Lewis scholar Bruce Edwards died October 28 from a ruptured aortic aneurysm while on a visit to Texas. He was 63.

Edwards served as general editor of a four-volume reference set, C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy (Praeger Perspectives, 2007), a comprehensive treatment of Lewis’s life with more than 40 worldwide contributors.

He wrote a pair of books about Lewis, A Rhetoric of Reading: C. S. Lewis’s Defense of Western Literacy and The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer (a Mythopoeic Award nominee in 1991), and two books on The Chronicles of Narnia — Not a Tame Lion (Tyndale, 2005) and Further Up and Further In: Understanding C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Edwards contributed to the C. S. Lewis Bible (Harper, 2010), and published many essays about Lewis and the Inklings.

He also maintained The CS Lewis Review, a focal point for Lewis scholarship.

And Edwards produced several textbooks for college audiences, including, Roughdrafts (1987), Processing Words (1988), and Searching for Great Ideas (1989).

Edwards was the recipient of a 1990-2000 Fulbright Program Fellowship to Kenya, and a 2005 Fulbright-Hays Grant that allowed him to take a contingent of public and private educators to Tanzania for six weeks in the summer of 2005 to establish internet-based educational opportunities for both Midwestern U.S. and Tanzanian students.

He served as a faculty member and administrator at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for over 31 years. He retired from BGSU in 2012 and moved with his wife, Joan, to Alaska.

During his career at BGSU, he was chairman of more than 100 master’s theses committees and more than 30 doctoral dissertation committees.

“He was a cheerleader,” said Joan. “He enjoyed helping people succeed.”

The family obituary is here.

Edwards is survived by Joan, their four children, and five grandchildren.

After retiring he continued to speak and teach about C. S. Lewis. His video introduction to an online course gives a glimpse of his personality and his love for his topic. It begins: “Welcome to Alaska, where it is always Narnia, and never winter.”

Melissa Mathison (1950-2015)

Melissa Mathison, an Oscar nominee for her original screenplay for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), died November 4 after an illness. She was 65.

Mathison’s other screenwriting included adaptations of The Black Stallion (1979), The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), the English script for Ponyo (2008), and the original script for the biopic Kundun (1997).

Recently she wrote the screen play for an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

Mathison was married to Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004, and had two children with the actor, Malcolm and Georgia.

[Thanks to James H. Burns for the story.]

Nancy Nutt Passes Away

Nancy Nutt in 2006. Photo by Keith Stokes.

Nancy Nutt in 2006. Photo by Keith Stokes.

KCMO fan Nancy Nutt passed away October 22. She had seen a doctor recently, who “detected some heart issues” according to Tom Meserole.

Spring_Green_005_small2Her friends testify to her creativity and sense of humor. Just one example is her Cthulhu Ski-Mask crochet pattern. A reviewer noted, “Nancy Nutt’s Cthulhu Ski Mask is decorated with pronounced eyebrows to give it that ‘evil look’ and has a number of tentacles that cover the mouthpiece. So at any point in time you’re on the slopes or at a party and want to want to take a swig of your favorite beverage, there’s no need to even remove the mask. Just part the tentacles like Moses did with the Red Sea and party on, Wayne.”

With a wide circle of friends, Nutt was fan guest of honor at ConQuesT in 1982, Archon 11 in 1987, and Conjuration 1999.

She served as the director of KaCSFFS, the Kansas City sf club, 25 years ago.

Her conrunning resume (as much as I could find with Google) included working logistics at Denvention in 1981 and co-chairing ConQuesT 19 in 1988.

Liviu Radu (1948-2015)

Romanian SF writer and translator Liviu Radu died October 17 reports Europa SF.

SpreIerusalim2His first published story, “The Unseen Face of Planet Mars,” appeared in 1993. He developed into a prolific author – see his credits in the Europa SF obituary, which is liberally illustrated by the cover art from his books.

During his career Radu won the Vladimir Colin Grand Prix, the Imagination Seniors Award (Eagle Publisher & the Romanian Science Fiction & Fantasy Society), and the Ion Hobana Award (Romanian Science Fiction&Fantasy Society).

In 2000 he received an Encouragement Award from the European SF Society (and was renominated for the award in 2010).

The Internet SF Database shows two of his stories have been translated and published in English. “Alone on Omuza” was in the Romanian SF Anthology Nemira ’96 (1996) edited by Alexandru Mironov and Sebastian A. Corn. “Digits Are Cold, Numbers Are Warm,” was translated into English and published in the Anthology of European Speculative Fiction (2013) edited by Roberto Mendes and Cristian Tamas.

He founded the Ion Hobana National Colloquium in 2010, a conference about Romanian sf and fantasy.

Radu also distinguished himself also as a translator with titles belonging to the authors such as Isaac Asimov, George R.R.Martin, Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, Abraham Merritt, and Dean Koontz.

Bruce Hyde (1941-2015)

By James H. Burns: Bruce Hyde will always be part of a mystery.

Hyde, who died October 13, was absolutely sensational during the first season of Star Trek, in two major guest starring turns as Lieutenant Kevin Riley in “The Naked Time” and “The Conscience of the King.”

Riley was a young exuberant officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise who was just likable, and every bit believable as a starship lieutenant.

Some months later, when NBC and Roddenberry decided to add a young crewman to the cast, it has always seemed a bit odd that they didn’t simply make Hyde a regular…

(I know that NBC supposedly wanted a “Davey Jones type,” but still…)

Bruce and I were friends for a short while, around 1982. We had met as guests at a Star Trek convention in New Jersey, and he was just as personable in person as he was on screen.  (Hyde used to entertain at cons, at least sometimes, by being a terrific presence behind a piano!)

He also tried something very brave that year.

He wanted to give his acting career one more shot.  He had inherited some money from an aunt, I believe, and was going to hit the boards again in New York. He must have been fortyish, but still looked young. He also figured that enough time had passed that his 1960s work would only be remembered by hardcore Trek fans. (There was one other very significant credit:  Bruce had been in one of the original West Coast casts of Hair, and was fondly remembered by his co-stars in the musical.)

To begin auditioning again, in Manhattan, at forty, took courage.

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Bruce Hyde in 2004.

We fell out of touch, as I had the very stupid habit of doing back then (and sometimes, sadly, now), but Bruce was the most terrific of fellows to go have a drink with, or catch a meal.

He made legions of friends at the conventions he went to.

I was delighted to learn, some years ago, that Hyde had taken yet another dramatic turn with his life, become a college professor, and a family man, as this obituary shows.

Bruce Hyde, former St. Cloud State University professor.

Bruce Hyde, former St. Cloud State University professor.

Stuart Bergman (1965-2015)

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Stuart Bergman

Stuart Bergman, a familiar face at MidSouthCon as co-manager of the dealers room, died October 6 of cancer.

Nicknamed “Shorty” because he was nearly seven feet tall, the Forsyth, Georgia fan was known for serving out drinks of “the blue stuff,” as Elizabeth Donald recalls in her excellent tribute:

Shorty. Smoked like a chimney since long before I knew him, often sharing a pack with Jimmy on the docks outside the dealers’ room before he quit, but sadly, it caught up to him. The cancer struck him hard, robbing him of his hair and trademark beard before it robbed him of his life.

I am angry, because Shorty should have had many more years melting plastic cups with that witch’s brew he called “the blue stuff.” He should have enjoyed many more conventions strolling through the halls and hugging the confolk.

Bergman attended high school in San Diego.

He is survived by his fiancée Becky Wasson, and other family members.

[Via SF Site News.]

Fred Duarte Passes Away

Fred Duarte Jr. Photo by Mark Olson.

Fred Duarte Jr. Photo by Mark Olson.

Fred Duarte, Jr. who died October 3, was one of the many Texas fans who have worked hard to earn their region an enviable reputation for hospitality.

I remember as fan GoH at Armadillocon 11 in 1989 that Fred and con chair Karen Meschke, to whom he was married, collected me from the airport and gave me a view of the Texas capitol illuminated by night as we made our way to the hotel.

Also, George Alec Effinger gave them a shout-out in the dedication of The Exile Kiss — “And special thanks to Fred Duarte and Karen Meschke for hospitality above and beyond the call of duty, while my car was in a near-fatal coma during the writing of this book.”

As a conrunner, Fred had a deep resume. He chaired or co-chaired two World Fantasy Cons (2000, 2006), four Armadillocons (1987, 1988, 1992, 1995), a Westercon (1996), and Smofcon 13 (1995).

He ran the WSFS division for LoneStarCon 3 (2013), and headed the “Program ‘Oops’” department for Noreascon 3 (1989).

Fred found fandom in 1981when he moved to Austin from Kansas City. He met Robert Taylor and Willie Siros after seeing an ad for ArmadilloCon in the back of Analog. His first Worldcon was ConStellation in Baltimore (1983).

He contributed to Pat Mueller Virzi’s fanzine Pirate Jenny. He also helped with the hotel contract and negotiations for Corflu Quire (2006), hosted in Austin by the Fandom Association of Central Texas.

Late in life he was fan guest of honor at the 2011 Armadillocon.

Fred’s passing shocked Pat Cadigan – as she wrote on Facebook:

In mourning for Fred Duarte until further notice.

Fred asked me to be the Toastmsster at ArmadilloCon, back in the day. It was my first ever TM gig and ArmadilloCon was a great place for it.

I’m sorry, this news has really shaken me. Today is cancelled.


Bill Parker and Fred Duarte in 2013.

Bill Parker and Fred Duarte in 2013.