RIP Jon Paul Steuer

#RIP: actor Jon Paul Steuer has died at the age of 33. He was the 1st actor to portray Alexander Rozhenko (Worf’s son) in #StarTrek #TNG. He was also known as the musician Jonny P. Jewels in Portland, OR, where he formed the band Soda Pop Kids. Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.

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2017 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Celebrity Deaths

It’s that time of year when we remember & honor the #SciFi & #Fantasy actors & celebrities that we lost in 2017. They and their legacies will never be forgotten.

The sci-fi & fantasy franchises that experienced loss in 2017 are listed below:

  • Alien
  • Babylon 5
  • Batman
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Doctor Who
  • Godzilla
  • Harry Potter
  • Iron Man
  • RoboCop
  • Six Million Dollar Man
  • Space 1999
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars
  • True Blood

Our condolences to all of the families, friends & fans of the following actors & celebrities that we lost in 2017.

January

Miguel Ferrer (died on Jan. 19, 2017 at age 61). He played a First Officer in #StarTrek III, Bob Morton in #RoboCop, VP Rodriquez in #IronMan, & more.

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Miguel Ferrer (1955-2017)

John Hurt (died on Jan. 25, 2017 at age 77). He played Kane in #Alien, Mr. Ollivander in #HarryPotter, the “War Doctor” in #DoctorWho, himself in #Spaceballs & more. He celebrated his 77th birthday only 5 days ago. The 2-time Oscar-nominated actor was battling cancer. One of his best roles was as #TheElephantMan. He also starred in a film adaptation of George Orwell’s book #1984. Sir John Hurt is sorely missed.

John Hurt

John Hurt (1940-2017)

February

Richard Hatch (died on Feb. 8, 2017 at age 71). He played Captain Apollo in the original 1978-1979 #BattlestarGalactica TV series. He then came back in the 2004-2009 series as the politician Tom Zarek. He also appeared in a variety of other TV shows & movies. He is deeply missed.

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch (1945-2017)

Bill Paxton (died on Feb. 25, 2017 at age 61). He played Jeff Tracy in #Thunderbirds, Jerry Lambert in #Predator2, Private Hudson in #Aliens, punk leader in #Terminator, John Garrett in #AgentsOfSHIELD, & much more, such as his roles in #Apollo13, #WeirdScience, #Twister & more.

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

March

Lawrence Montaigne (died on Mar. 19, 2017 at age 86). He played Decius / Stonn in #StarTrek #TOS, Dr. Aquila in #CityBeneathTheSea, Mr. Glee in #Batman, Dr. Braddock in #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea, Capt. Alvarado / Yellow Elk in #TheTimeTunnel, & more.

Lawrence Montaigne

Lawrence Montaigne (1931-2017)

May

Powers Boothe (died on May 14, 2017 at the age of 68). He played Gideon Malick in #AgentsOfSHIELD, a World Security Council member in #Avengers & much more.

Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe (1948-2017)

Roger Moore (died on May 23, 2017 at age 89). He played James Bond / Agent 007 in #Moonraker (& in 6 other movies), & much more.

Roger Moore

Roger Moore (1927-2017)

June

Adam West (died on June 9, 2017 at age 88). He played the original #Batman & more!

Adam West

Adam West (1928-2017)

Stephen Furst (died on June 17, 2017 at age 63). He played Vir Cotto in #Babylon5 & much more, including the character in Flounder in the comedy #AnimalHouse.

Stephen Furst

Stephen Furst (1954-2017)

July

Nelsan Ellis died on July 8, 2017 (c. 1978 – 2017, birthdate unknown). He played Lafayette Reynolds in #TrueBlood & more.
Nelson Ellis

Nelson Ellis (c. 1978 – 2017)

Martin Landau (1928-2017) died on July 16, 2017. He played Cmdr. John Koenig in #Space1999, Rollin Hand / Miguel Cordova / Gen. Rio Dominguez in #MissionImpossible, Peter Van Garrett in #SleepyHollow & much more. He also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 1994 movie “Ed Wood”, as well as 2 other Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor in other films. He won numerous other awards, including a Golden Globe for “Mission Impossible”.

Martin Landau

Martin Landau (1928-2017)

John Heard (1945-2017) died on July 21. He played Cmdr. Barry Garner in #BattlestarGalactica & more, including playing Peter McCallister in “Home Alone”.

John Heard (1945-2017)

John Heard (1945-2017)

August

Robert Hardy died at 91 on August 3, 2017. He played Cornelius Fudge in #HarryPotter & was in #BuckRogersInThe25thCentury, #GawainAndTheGreenKnight & much more.

Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy (1925-2017)

Haruo Nakajima has died at 88 on Aug. 7, 2017. He played the iconic kaiju monster #Godzilla in 14 different films between 1954 & 1973:

  • Godzilla 
  • Godzilla Raids Again
  • Godzilla, King Of the Monsters
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla 
  • Mothra vs. Godzilla 
  • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
  • Invasion of Astro Monster
  • Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
  • Son of Godzilla 
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • All Monsters Attack
  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Godzilla vs. Gigan 
  • Godzilla vs. Megalon (stock footage)

He also played several background characters in multiple movies; Kiylu / Police Captain / Kemur Man II / Jirass / Gabora / Nerongo in #Ultraman; King Kong in #KingKongEscapes; Gaira in #WarOfTheGargantuas; Baragon in #DestroyAllMonsters & #FrankensteinConquersTheWorld; Matango in #Marango (#AttackOfTheMushroomPeople); Magma in #Gorath; head of Mothra larva in #Mothra; Moguera in #TheMysterians; Rodan in #Rodan; & much more.

Haruo Nakajima

Haruo Nakajima (1929-2017)

Richard Anderson (1926-2017) died on August 31. He played Oscar Goldman in #SixMillionDollarMan & #BionicWoman; Chief Quinn in #ForbiddenPlanet; & more.

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson (1926-2017)

September

Comic book author Len Wein died on Sept. 10, 2017 at the age of 69. He co-created D.C.’s #SwampThing & #Marvel’s #Wolverine; helped revive the #XMen & edited the #Watchmen.

Len Wein

Len Wein (1948-2017)

Harry Dean Stanton died on Sept. 15, 2017 at the age of 91. He played Brett in #Alien, a security guard in #TheAvengers & much more, including Carl Rodd in #TwinPeaks.

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Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017)

Former football star turned actor Bernie Casey died on Sept. 19, 2017 at the age of 78. He played Cmdr. Calvin Hudson in #StarTrek #DS9, Derek Cranston in #Babylon5, Admiral Vanalden in #SeaQuest2032, Major Jeff Spender in #TheMartianChronicles & much more, including U.N. Jefferson in #RevengeOfTheNerds.

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Bernie Casey (1939-2017)

October

Roy Dotrice died on Oct. 16, 2017 at the age of 94. He played Hallyne in #GameOfThrones, Commissioner Simmonds in #Space1999, Benson (voice) in #Saturn3, the Elder in #Earth2, Frederick Lantz in #Babylon5, & much more, including a lot of voice work in animated TV series. His non-sci-fi & non-fantasy work included playing Leopold Mozard in #Amadeus and he was also a well known stage actor & won a Tony Award for his work in the revival of “A Moon for the Misbegotten”.
Roy Dotrice

Roy Dotrice (1923 – 2017)

December

Alfie Curtis died on Dec. 26, 2017 at the age of 87. Born on July 28, 1930, he is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Evazan in “#StarWars IV: #ANewHope” in the iconic cantina scene, where he says, “I have the death sentence on 12 systems!”. He also played the milkman in the Oscar-winning movie #TheElephantMan in 1980.

Alfie Curtis

Alfie Curtis (1930-2017)

May they all rest in peace.

J.J. Abrams & Quentin Tarantino Team Up for New “Star Trek” Movie

#HollywoodReporter is reporting that J.J. Abrams & Quentin Tarantino are teaming up to work on a new #StarTrek movie. #Paramount has made no comment. In a 2015 Nerdist podcast interview, Quentin Tarantino indicated that he’d be more inclined to work on a “Star Trek” movie than a #StarWars movie.

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Quentin Tarantino & J.J. Abrams

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RIP Bernie Casey

#RIP: former football star turned actor Bernie Casey has died at 78. He played Cmdr. Calvin Hudson in #StarTrek #DS9, Derek Cranston in #Babylon5, Admiral Vanalden in #SeaQuest2032, Major Jeff Spender in #TheMartianChronicles & much more, including U.N. Jefferson in #RevengeOfTheNerds. Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.

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Bernie Casey (1939-2017)

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The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans Society is Inclusive

During a panel at #SanDiegoComicCon (#SDCC), Adam Savage made some surprising remarks regarding the “#StarWars vs #StarTrek” debate. When asked the question, “Which franchise you would eliminate from existence: Star Wars or Star Trek?”, Adam Savage’s response was booed when he said that Star Trek should be eliminated and gave the following reason: “Star Trek lures you into a false sense of positivity that the world can be a utopia and recent events have proven it cannot. Star Wars’ dystopic vision is far more realistic and prepares our children for their future.”

Adam Savage at SDCC 2017

Adam Savage at SDCC 2017

The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans Society does not favor any franchise over another. We treat all franchises (be they science fiction, fantasy or science fantasy) equally. Each franchise brings its own creativity, characters, worlds, stories, etc., into the wonderful genres that we call science fiction and fantasy. No one is required to dislike one franchise in order to like another and more often than not, franchises often influence other franchises.

We have several things to say regarding Adam Savage’s response:

  • Had he responded that “Star Wars” should be eliminated in favor of “Star Trek”, he would also have been booed.
  • We disagree with his notion that “Star Wars” is more realistic than “Star Trek”. “Star Trek” is closer to the definition of “hard science fiction” than “Star Wars” due to writers attempts to explain the advanced technologies that don’t currently exist. Advanced technology in “Star Wars” is not explained to the same level as in “Star Trek” and includes the element of mystical Force, which have caused many to classify “Star Wars” as science fantasy instead of science fiction. In our opinion, “Star Trek” is more realistic than “Star Wars”.
  • We also disagree that “Star Trek” is utopian and that “Star Wars” is dystopian. While “Star Trek” depicts a possible future humanity several centuries from now that is more hopeful than current human society, it is not utopian as it is not without its own problems. Similarly, while “Star Wars” has some very cruel characters and moments of genocide and planetary destruction, it is not dystopian, certainly not in the sense that franchises like Terminator and “Mad Max” portray as dystopian futures for mankind.

Ultimately, we disagree with questioning anyone whether one franchise is better than another or whether one franchise should be eliminated in favor of another. Such questions are aimed at creating needless divisiveness between fans of various franchises & genres, rather than bringing fans together in the areas that are similar between the various franchises & genres. Also, SDCC, which is the grandfather of all comic cons and a celebration of all pop culture, should not be used at instigating a battleground between fans.

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