Yesterday, we reported that Darwyn Cooke was being treated for cancer - according to family representatives, he passed away early this morning at the age of 53.
Bud Webster was a fan of science fiction for 20 years before he began writing it, and then his “Bubba Pritchert” stories became a popular series in Analog Science Fiction & Fact. He also delved into some serious, uncomfortable topics in his fiction, including the lingering pain of his religious upbringing. Webster was…
There are few films out there that have had as much an impact on the movie-going public as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. On Wednesday, Melissa Mathison, who authored the screenplay passed away at the age of 65 due to complications from cancer.
Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks passed away today at the age of 82. Sacks is best known for his writing, which brought neurological case studies to life for a general audience.
On Sunday, Claudia Alexander, who helped lead the Galileo and Rosetta spacecraft missions, died at the age of 56. In addition to her work with NASA, she was a prolific writer, authoring scientific papers, children’s books and science fiction. Read her obituary over on the New York Times.
I'm trying not to cry as I write this. Actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away at age 83, leaving behind a legion of grieving fans who have loved him all their lives, and millions of honorary "grandchildren" like me.
Walter George Bruhl Jr., pictured here, died on March 9th of this year. Every line of his death notice, which he wrote himself, is outstanding.
Sure, we watch Disney villains commit some terrible atrocities over the course of their films, but we tend to be a bit more forgiving when we remember the dead. These obituaries recall the lives of villains from a more sympathetic perspective.
Pete Seeger—folk icon, hippie messiah, political and environmental activist, all around national treasure—died late last night at the age of 94. In honor of his innumerable contributions to American culture, here he is in 1946, narrating lan Lomax's documentary on the evolution of folk music.
Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, passed away this morning at the age of 94, according to the BBC.
The 90-year-old western singer Slim Whitman has died in Florida. For six decades, the singer performed and recorded his peculiar style of echo-laden yodels and ballads. He appeared with Andy Kaufman and his otherworldly music was featured in two iconic alien-invasion movies: Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Mars…
Cult director Jess Franco, director of classic film Necronomicon, has just died.
This weekend, The New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill that began with praise for the acclaimed rocket scientist's "mean beef stroganoff." (An intro that was later removed, without mention.) Today at Last Word on Nothing, Jennie Dusheck responds by imagining how Einstein's obit might have read had it…
The Victorian Era may not have had its own version of the Darwin Awards, but thanks to the miracle of newspaper records, we can reflect on the bizarre deaths and disasters of yore. The blog The Baby Died collects morbid clippings from 100 years ago, featuring billiard ball, corset, and umbrella-related demises.
Perhaps most famous for smut-mag Penthouse, we'd rather remember Guccione for the tech/sci-fi magazine Omni, which hasn't been seen on newsagents' shelves since 1995. It was hugely inspirational for its time, when robots, space and gadgets were on everyone's minds.
Jimi Heselden will forever be remembered as the Segway, Inc. chairman who rode his product off a cliff. That's a shame. Because Heselden's life amounted to so much more than that one tragic accident.
Here's a funny story! Some time ago, Virgin Mobile snatched up a little wireless company called Helio, with hopes of using it to start a postpaid (on contract) cell service to complement its prepaid business. Then, Sprint, one of the largest postpaid carriers in the country, bought Virgin Mobile, effectively rendering…