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Θάνατοι συγγραφέων στο χώρο του Φανταστικού.

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heiron

Μάλλον ο Τωντων είπε να αφήσει το δρεπάνι για τις διακοπές.Δυστυχώς θα ανακοινώσω εγώ ένα θάνατο και μάλιστα αυτοκτονία.

 

Ο Tom Disch αυτοκτόνησε στις 4 Ιουλίου 2008.Ρίξτε μια ματιά στη wikipedia για να παρετε μια ιδέα.Από τους σπουδαιότερους του new wave.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_M._Disch

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Mort13

Με πρόδωσε το Locus που άργησε να βγάλει την είδηση :unsure:

 

SF author, critic, and poet Thomas M. Disch, born 1940, died July 4, 2008, of suicide in his New York City apartment. Ellen Datlow reports that Disch had been depressed for several years, especially by the death of long-time partner Charles Naylor, and worries of eviction from his rent-controlled apartment.

 

Disch was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and published first story "The Double-Timer" in 1962. Notable early stories included "Descending" (1964), "Come to Venus Melancholy" (1965), "The Roaches" (1965), "Casablanca" (1967), and "The Asian Shore" (1970). First novel The Genocides (1965) was followed by two others before publication of classic Camp Concentration (1968), about an inmate in a US concentration camp who's treated with experimental drugs. 334 (1974, a Nebula finalist) was a set of linked stories set in a New York city apartment complex, while On Wings of Song (1980, a Hugo and Nebula finalist and John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner), was a near-future satire about a device enabling talented singers to transcend their bodies. Disch also wrote TV series adaptation The Prisoner (1967). Story collections included Fun with Your New Head (1970), Getting Into Death (1975), Fundamental Disch (1980), and The Man Who Had No Idea (1982), which included notable stories "Getting Into Death" (1974), "The Man Who Had No Idea" (1978, Hugo nominee), and "Understanding Human Behavior" (1982, Nebula nominee).

 

Novella The Brave Little Toaster, first published in F&SF in 1980 and later issued in book form, won the Locus, Seiun, and British SF Association awards, and was adapted into a 1987 animated film. Disch published sequel The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars in 1988. Disch wrote two plays, Ben Hur (1989) and The Cardinal Detoxes (1990), as well as 1986 interactive software adventure Amnesia.

 

After 1980 collaboration Neighboring Lives with Charles Naylor, he wrote a quartet of contemporary horror novels: The Businessman: A Tale of Terror (1984), The M.D.: A Horror Story (1991, a Bram Stoker Award finalist), The Priest: A Gothic Romance (1994), and The Sub: A Study in Witchcraft (1999).

 

Disch was an acerbic, demanding SF critic, famous for defining science fiction as a branch of children's literature (in "The Embarrassments of Science Fiction", Science Fiction at Large, Peter Nicholls, ed., 1976) . His The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of, subtitled "How Science Fiction Conquered the World", won Hugo and Locus awards as nonfiction book of the year. Essay collection On SF was published 2005.

 

He wrote poetry, bylined "Tom Disch" -- his long poem "On Science Fiction" won the Rhysling Award in 1981 -- with several collections included Yes, Let's: New and Selected Poems (1989) and A Child's Garden of Grammar (1997), and edited several notable anthologies, from The Ruins of Earth (1971), Bad Moon Rising (1973), The New Improved Sun (1975), and two with Charles Naylor, New Constellations (1976) and Strangeness (1977).

 

Disch had recently been writing more actively, with three books scheduled for publication within a year: novella The Voyage of the Proteus, published last December; short novel The Word of God, published this month by Tachyon Publications; and collection The Wall of America due from Tachyon in October.

 

The 1993 Encyclopedia of Science Fiction wrote "Because of his intellectual audacity, the chillingly distanced mannerism of his narrative art, the austerity of the pleasures he affords, and the fine cruelty of his wit, [Disch] has been perhaps the most respected, least trusted, most envied and least read of all modern first-rank sf writers."

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nikosal

Αχ τι θλιβερό, μόλις 68 χρονών και με παραγωγική διάθεση τελευταία, όπως γράφεις. Από τους πιο σκεπτόμενους και πιο καλούς συγγραφείς. Αν και νομίζω έχω διαβάσει μόλις ένα μυθιστόρημά του (το στρατόπεδο συγκέντρωσης) τον εκτιμούσα πολύ. Κρίμα.

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tetartos

Roy Richard Scheider (November 10, 1932 – February 10, 2008) was an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor. He was best known for his role as police chief Martin Brody in the 1975 blockbuster Jaws, his Academy Award nominated role as Joe Gideon in Bob Fosse's fictional self-biopic All That Jazz, and as Captain Nathan Bridger in Steven Spielberg's Emmy Award winning television series seaQuest DSV.

 

In 2004, Scheider was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. In June 2005, he underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat the cancer which was classified as being in partial remission.Scheider died on February 10, 2008 in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital. He was 75 years old.

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mman
Αχ τι θλιβερό, μόλις 68 χρονών και με παραγωγική διάθεση τελευταία, όπως γράφεις. Από τους πιο σκεπτόμενους και πιο καλούς συγγραφείς. Αν και νομίζω έχω διαβάσει μόλις ένα μυθιστόρημά του (το στρατόπεδο συγκέντρωσης) τον εκτιμούσα πολύ. Κρίμα.

Κι εγώ. Αλλά και το διήγημα "Έλα στην Αφροδίτη μελαγχολικά", (Σειρά Εξάντα) με το μοναχικό cyborg ήταν υπέροχο. Πάντως ο τρόπος που έφυγε δεν με εκπλήσει.

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heiron

Ναι,μολις το έμαθα στεναχωρήθηκα πολύ.Τι φωνή ο τύπος!Ο κύριος "τρέιλερ"!!!

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Στο βιντεάκι 00:56 "What an honour!" και απαντάει.."Yes it is" lol

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Mort13

UK science fiction writer Barrington J. Bayley, born 1937, died October 14, 2008, at the age of 71, from complications following bowel cancer.

 

Bayley's first published story was "Combat's End" in Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine in 1954. In the 1960s he published regularly in New Worlds magazine and then various New Worlds anthologies, with notable stories including "All the King's Men" (1965), "The Ship of Disaster" (1965), and "The Four-Color Problem" (1971).

 

His idiosyncratic, complex, sometimes gloomy novels began with Star Virus (1964, US publication 1970) and included over a dozen novels published in the US by Ace and later DAW, among them Collision Course (aka Collision with Chronos, 1972), The Fall of Chronopolis (1974), The Soul of the Robot (1974), The Garments of Caean (1976), and The Zen Gun (1982).

 

Most recent works include novel The Sinners of Erspia (2002, Wildside Press) and short stories "The Multiplex Fixative" in Fantasy Annual 5 (2003) and "Party Smart Card" in Nature March 30, 2006.

 

John Clute in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993) noted Bayley's influence on writers such as M. John Harrison, and wrote

 

perhaps because BJB's style is sometimes laboured and his lack of cheerful endings is alien to the expectations of readers of conventional space opera, he has yet to receive due recognition for the hard-edged control he exercises over plots whose intricate dealings in time paradoxes and insistent metaphysical drive make them some of the most formidable works of their type.

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Oberon

Κρίμα... και τη συμπαθούσα πολύ τη δουλειά του. :( (Όχι πως αυτό σταματά βέβαια τώρα).

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Oberon

Ναι, το διάβασα πριν λίγο στα νέα του Yahoo. Κρίμα όντως.

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Mort13

Να και η νεκρολογία του από το Locus:

 

US author Michael Crichton, born October 23, 1942, died yesterday, November 4, 2008, at the age of 66, of cancer.

 

Crichton published twenty five novels, ten of them under pseudonyms, with at least nine of the remaining science fictional, beginning with bestselling The Andromeda Strain (1969), about scientists coming together in an underground lab to battle alien spores that have killed everyone in a western US town. It was filmed twice. Later SF-themed titles included The Terminal Man (1972), concerning electronic brain implants; Sphere (1987), about an alien spacecraft found on the ocean floor; Jurassic Park (1990), famously filmed by Steven Spielberg, about resurrected dinosaurs, and its sequel The Lost World (1995); Timeline (1999), about historians who time travel to 14th-century France; Prey (2002), about out-of-control nanotechnology; State of Fear (2004), a jeremiad against global warming; and Next (2006), about genetic engineering.

 

Other novels included The Great Train Robbery (1975), Eaters of the Dead (1976), Rising Sun (1992), Disclosure (1994), and Airframe (1996).

 

Crichton's work in films included directing Westworld, which he also scripted, and Coma, adapted from a novel by Robin Cook.

 

In television, Crichton co-created and produced series ER in 1994, which is still running in 2008.

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tetartos

Όχι ρε... Πολύ κρίμα! Ο άνθρωπος ήταν ωραίος συγγραφέας και έδωσε πολλά στην ΕΦ (τον ζήλευε λίγο και ο Asimov!)

Πολλά από τα έργα του τα εκτίμησα προτού συνθέσω στο μυαλό μου ότι όλα προέρχονταν από τον ίδιο συγγραφέα. RIP...

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nikosal

Γενικά, στα βιβλία του έβγαζε μια απαισιοδοξία για την τεχνολογία -και αυτό ήταν κάτι στον Κράιτον που με κρατούσε σε απόσταση. Αλλά φυσικά, ήταν σπουδαίο μυαλό. Το Στέλεχος Ανδρομέδα, που το έγραψε παιδί, ήταν εξαιρετικό βιβλίο. Σε αντίθεση, το timeline φάνταζε μέτρια αντιγραφή του doomsday book της Connie Willis, είτε ήταν πράγματι αντιγραφή (εσκεμμένη, εννοώ) είτε όχι. Αυτά τα δύο βιβλία έχω διαβάσει μόνο, ενώ έχω δει και το sphere. Και ασφαλώς το jurassic, που στηριζόταν σε μια "μεγάλη" ιδέα του Κράιτον (είχα λησμονήσει ότι ήταν δική του).

 

Όπως και να το κάνουμε, 66 χρονών, ένας τέτοιος συγγραφέας, χάθηκε πολύ νωρίς. Ίσως μας έδινε δυο τρία καλά έργα ή ιδέες ακόμα. RIP...

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yannis27gr

Ο πλέον αγαπημένος μου συγγραφέας περίμενα να διαβάσω πολλά ακόμη. Στο μυαλό μου είχα δημιουργήσει μια υπέροχη άρνηση γιατί ενώ ήξερα ότι το Andromeda Strain το είχε γράψει το 1969, τον είχα για σαραντάχρονο... (και να φανταστείτε ότι είμαι εξαιρετικά καλός στα μαθηματικά).

 

Κρίμα...

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tetartos

Καλωσόρισες Γιάννη. Δυστυχώς κι εγώ κάπως έτσι σκεφτόμουν. Να φανταστείς πριν λίγους μήνες είχα πάρει την απόφαση να αρχίσω σιγά-σιγά να διαβάζω-βλέπω ό,τι έχει κάνει... Bad timing...

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D'Ailleurs

>Michael Crichton
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															   1942 - 2008
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																Best-selling author Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4, 2008 after a courageous and private battle against cancer. 

While the world knew him as a great story teller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us -- and entertained us all while doing so -- his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes. He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget. 

Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand. 

He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves behind the greatest gifts of a thirst for knowledge, the desire to understand, and the wisdom to use our minds to better our world.

 

Λίγα λόγια για τον Michael Crichton απο το site της Bell:

 

 

Ο Μάικλ Κράιτον γεννήθηκε το 1942 στο Σικάγο και σπούδασε στην Ιατρική Σχολή του Πανεπιστημίου του Χάρβαρντ. Το 1965 διετέλεσε λέκτορας ανθρωπολογίας στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Κέμπριτζ και το 1969 επισκέπτης καθηγητής στο Ινστιτούτο Σαλκ για τις Βιολογικές Επιστήμες, στη Λα Χόια της Καλιφόρνιας.

 

Έχει γράψει πολλά μυθιστορήματα, που κυριάρχησαν στις λίστες των μπεστ σέλερ για πολύ καιρό και έχουν εκδοθεί σε περισσότερες από τριάντα χώρες. Έντεκα από αυτά μεταφέρθηκαν με εξαιρετική επιτυχία στον κινηματογράφο, μεταξύ των οποίων και το Τζουράσικ Παρκ, που συγκαταλέγεται στις εμπορικότερες ταινίες όλων των εποχών.

 

Ο Κράιτον είναι σεναριογράφος και παραγωγός πολλών επιτυχημένων τηλεοπτικών σειρών, όπως η Στην Εντατική (E.R.), και έχει σκηνοθετήσει εφτά ταινίες στον κινηματογράφο: ανάμεσά τους οι Κώμα, Westworld (όπου για πρώτη φορά χρησιμοποιήθηκε η τεχνική της ψηφιακής εικόνας, το 1973) και η κινηματογραφική διασκευή του δικού του μυθιστορήματος Η Μεγάλη Ληστεία του Τρένου.

Έχει επίσης δημοσιεύσει τρεις επιστημονικές μελέτες, καθώς και την αυτοβιογραφία του, Travels. Το 1988 δίδαξε δημιουργική γραφή στο Ινστιτούτο Τεχνολογίας της Μασαχουσέτης (ΜΙΤ).

Ζει με τη σύζυγό του στο Λος Άντζελες.

 

 

Να σημειώσω οτι μερικά απο τα μυθηστορήματα του είναι τα: Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Eaters of the dead (στο οποίο βασίστηκε η ταινία "The 13th warrior"), Rising Sun, Sphere, Andromeda Stain, Disclosure (στο οποίο βασίστηκε η ταινία "Αποκαλύψεις") κ.α. Στα βιβλία του έδειχε μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον για θέματα τεχνολογίας, γενετικής, οικολογίας και γενικότερα προσπαθούσε να κάνει τα γραπτά του (ειδικά τα τελευταία) να αποτελούν θέμα συζήτησης. Τα περισσότερα βιβλία του κυκλοφορούν στην Ελλάδα και για όποιον δεν έχει διαβάσει θα πρότεινα να ξεκινήσει με το "Sphere", "Rising sun" και το "A case of need".

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Mort13

SF editor and über-fan Forrest J Ackerman died yesterday, December 4, 2008, at the age of 92. He coined the abbreviation "sci-fi" in the 1950s and was also credited with "discovering" Ray Bradbury.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081205/ap_en_ce/obit_ackerman

 

 

Γίνεται να αλλάξει ο τίτλος του thread πίσω στο γενικότερο τίτλο του κι όχι μόνο για τον Crichton; Κι ίσως να μεταφερθεί πάλι στη Γενική Λογοτεχνία αφού δεν περιορίζεται μόνο σε θανάτους στο χώρο της ΕΦ...

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Mort13

SF author Leo A. Frankowski, born 1943, died December 25, 2008. Frankowski was known for the "Adventures of Conrad Stargard" novels published by Del Rey, beginning with "The Cross-Time Engineer" in 1986, with "Conrad's Time Machine" and two omnibus volumes published by Baen in the early 2000s, and final novel "Lord Conrad's Crusade" (written with Rodger Olsen) self-published in 2005.

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Author John Updike, 76, died today, January 27, 2009, of lung cancer. A major American novelist, poet, and critic, Updike wrote over 30 novels and collections in a career starting in the 1950s, winning virtually every literary prize, including two Pulitzers and two National Book Awards. His work spanned genres, and included "The Witches of Eastwick" (1984), literary post-holocaust novel "Toward the End of Time" (1997), and the internationally acclaimed series started with "Rabbit, Run" (1960).

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Mort13

Lino Aldani, a foremost Italian science fiction writer since the '60s, died at 82 of an untreatable lung disease at Pavia hospital in Italy on January 31, 2009. First published in 1960 in Roman magazine Oltre il cielo, he started his own SF magazine in 1963 called Futuro, later revived as Futuro Europa. In 1962, he wrote the first critical essay on SF by an Italian, "La fantascienza". In 1977, he began publishing novels with Quando le radici (The Roots of a Man), one of the best Italian novels of the time.

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Mort13

Writer Richard Gordon, 62, died February 7, 2009 of a heart attack in Shanghai China. Born 1947 in Banff, Scotland, Gordon began publishing SF with "A Light in the Sky" for New Worlds in 1965, as by Richard A. Gordon. He wrote SF novels as Stuart Gordon, beginning with Time Story (1972). Other notable works include the postapocalyptic Eye trilogy: One-Eye (1973), Two-Eyes (1975), and Three-Eyes (1975); fantasy Suaine and the Crow-God (1975); SF Smile on the Void (1982) and Fire in the Abyss (1983); and the Watchers trilogy: Achon! (1987), The Hidden World (1988), and The Mask (1990). As Alex R. Stuart he wrote several motorcycle novels, some with speculative elements, beginning with The Bikers (1971). He taught at Shanghai High School's International Division from 2005.

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Mort13

Philip José Farmer, 91, died around 4 a.m. on February 25, 2009 at home in Peoria, Illinois after a long stay in intensive care. Farmer, born January 26, 1918 in Terre Haute, Indiana, burst onto the SF scene with the 1952 publication of his groundbreaking novella "The Lovers". Over the course of his long and prolific career he produced many noteworthy works, including the Riverworld series; the World of Tiers series; the Dayworld series; and his sprawling Wold Newton universe, which tied together the stories of early fictional heroes like Tarzan, Doc Savage, Phileas Fogg, Sherlock Holmes, and many more. He was named a SFWA Grandmaster in 2001, and his many honors include a World Fantasy Life Achievement Award (2001), three Hugos, and a First Fandom Award. He is survived by his wife Bette, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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David Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons game, dies at 61.

 

MINNEAPOLIS ? David Arneson, one of the masterminds who created the original version of the award-winning fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, died Tuesday in St. Paul following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 61.

 

Arneson teamed up with co-creator Gary Gygax in 1974 to create Dungeons & Dragons, which remains one of the best-known and best-selling role-playing games of all time. An estimated 20 million people have played the game in which players create characters who embark on imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. Characters solve dilemmas, engage in battles and gather treasure and knowledge, and in the process they earn points to become increasingly powerful over a series of sessions.

 

The game became wildly popular with wargamers at its debut and soon after became a favorite of high school and college students.

 

As a University of Minnesota history student in the late 1960s, Arneson developed an interest in naval war games and re-creating battles complete with miniature armies and fleets. He had begun to design Blackmoor, a role-playing game of his own that involved medieval miniatures exploring the dungeons of a castle inhabited by monsters, when he attended GenCon in 1969, said Wizards of the Coast, the subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. which produces the game. That is where he met Gygax and, along with Jeff Perren, they collaborated to create a game of sailing-ship battles called Don't Give Up the Ship.

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Mort13

Άλλος ένας γίγαντας της ΕΦ και της λογοτεχνίας γενικότερα εξέπνευσε.

 

UK author J.G. Ballard, 78, died at his home in Shepperton in west London on April 19, 2009, after a long illness -- he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006 -- according to reports from BBC and elsewhere. Author of 15 novels and many short stories, his most acclaimed novel was Empire of the Sun, based on his childhood in a Japanese prison camp in China.

His agent, Margaret Branbury, described his work as an "acute and visionary observation of contemporary life... distilled into a number of brilliant, powerful novels which have been published all over the world and saw Ballard gain cult status."

 

Εδώ άρθρο του Jef VanderMeer για τον Ballard και το έργο του.

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