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R.I.P. Lou Scheimer (Oct. 19, 1928 – Oct. 17, 2013)

Animation legend Lou Scheimer passed away two days ago. I haven’t found a clear cause of death, but he had been dealing with heart problems and Parkinson’s disease for years. Readers my age may know his work better than his name: his IMDB page is here.

RIP Fred Pohl (1919-2013)

Frederik Pohl passed away earlier today. Details are currently sparse, but they are likely to appear on his official website in due time.

R.I.P. Ebert, Infantino and Gladir

In the past few days, we have lost film critic Roger Ebert, comic book penciller Carmine Infantino (probably my favorite penciller from the Silver Age) and comic book writer George Gladir.

R.I.P. Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has passed away at age 82. Further details are available here and here.

R.I.P. Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison, probably best known for the Stainless Steel Rat and “Make Room, Make Room,” the short story that was adapted into Soylent Green, has passed away. Obituaries can be found here, here and here. (Thanks to reader Chad for pointing out the third one.)

Ray Bradbury passes away at the age of 91

Grand Master of SF Ray Bradbury passed away this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91. While Bradbury was best known for the frequently challenged and/or banned novel Fahrenheit 451, he was also known for being a prolific short story writer, with his story The Veldt being reading among many high school textbooks. In addition to Fahrenheit 451, the short story collection The Illustrated Man was adapted to an anthology film, and The Martian Chronicles was adapted to a television miniseries. Several stories where adapted to episodes of the radio series X Minus One and Dimension X, both of which can be found at

The staff of would like to offer their condolences to Bradbury’s family. He will be missed.

R.I.P. Dennis Ritchie: 1941-2011

Computer software pioneer Dennis Ritchie passed away yesterday according to many articles such as this one. He may not be a household name, but you’d be hard pressed to find a household in a developed nation that doesn’t use some sort of technology made possible by Ritchie. He will be missed.

2011 Razzie Awards

As per tradition, the day before Academy Awards, the Golden Raspberry Awards (The Razzies) are given to “honor” the lowest of the low in filmmaking for the year.


Dwayne McDuffie is dead

Newsarama is reporting that Dwayne McDuffie, founder of Milestone Comics, and who worked on the Static Shock, and Justice League animated series, as well as the films “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” and the newly released “All-Star Superman” has passed away. Currently the cause of death has not been released. Reportedly he was in good health earlier in the week, and had been scheduled to do a signing at Golden Apple comics tomorrow evening. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Irvin Kershner: 1923-2010

More bad news this weekend: Irvin Kershner, best known as director on The Empire Strikes Back, passed away this weekend from complications from a long but undisclosed illness.