This article is from the rec.arts.sf.written FAQ, by Evelyn C. Leeper email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
[These are brief entries for well-known SF personalities who have died
over the past couple of years. People who want more information should
check the obituary columns in LOCUS or major newspapers for the dates
listed. I will leave them in for two years before deletion.]
Douglas Adams died 11 May 2001 at age 49 of a heart attack. He was the
author of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series, as well as several
Gordon R. Dickson died 31 January 2001 at age 77. He was the author of
many science fiction books and stories, most notably the "Dorsai"
series, a.k.a. the "Childe Cycle."
L. Sprague de Camp died 6 November 2000 at age 92. He was an author of
many talents and far more than could possibly be listed here, but
highlights include his alternate history (particularly LEST DARKNESS
FALL), his fantasy (THE COMPLEAT ENCHANTER), and his non-fiction.
Keith Roberts died 5 October 2000 at age 65 of bronchitis and
pneumonia. He was best-known for his alternate history novel PAVANE.
Curt Siodmak died 2 September 2000 at age 98. He wrote novels and
screenplays, being best known for the novels DONOVAN'S BRAIN and
HAUSER'S MEMORY and the screenplays for THE TRANSATLANTIC TUNNEL and
THE WOLF MAN, as well as many others in the Universal horror cycle. He
also directed films, including THE MAGNETIC MONSTER and CURUCU, BEAST
OF THE AMAZON.
Emil Petaja died 17 August 2000 at age 85. He wrote in fields of genre
fiction; his best-known SF works were probably his "Kalevala" cycle:
THE SAGA OF LOST EARTHS, THE STAR MILL, THE STOLEN SUN, and TRAMONTANE.
David R. Bunch died 29 May 2000 at age 74 of a heart attack. He was
best known for his surrealistic short fiction, much of which is
collected in MODERAN.
Edward Gorey died 15 April 2000 at age 75. Gorey was an author and
artist of the comic macabre. He wrote over a hundred books and
illustrated more than fifty by other authors, as well as working on the
stage design for the Broadway production of DRACULA. His best-known
and most available work is probably AMPHIGOREY.
John Sladek died 10 March 2000 at the age of 62. Sladek was an
American who became part of the British New Wave while living in
London. His best-known works were THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM (MECHASM)
and THE MULLER-FOKKER EFFECT, as well as RODERICK and RODERICK AT
A. E. Van Vogt died 26 January 2000 at the age of 87. He was one of
the great writers of the "Golden Age" in John W. Campbell's ASTOUNDING
SCIENCE-FICTION. His best-known works were THE VOYAGE OF THE SPACE
BEAGLE, SLAN, THE WEAPON SHOPS OF ISHER, and THE WORLD OF NULL-A.
Marion Zimmer Bradley died 25 September 1999 at the age of 69. Her
career spanned four decades, with her best-known works being those in
the "Darkover" series. She was also the editor of "Marion Zimmer
Bradley's Fantasy Magazine" at the time of her death.
James White died 23 August 1999 at the age of 71. He was best known as
the author of the "Sector General" series about a space hospital
serving many species.