RIP Roy Dotrice

#RIP: actor Roy Dotrice has died at age 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 Mozart 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”. May he rest in peace.

Roy Dotrice

Roy Dotrice (1923 – 2017)

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RIP Hugh Hefner

#RIP: Hugh Hefner, who created #Playboy magazine, has died at age 91. While usually associated with adult pictures of women, Playboy magazine published #SciFi stories from a variety of authors, including well-known sci-fi authors Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Arthur C. Clarke, J.G. Ballard, and Ursula K. Le Guin. This includes the publication of a serialized version of Ray Bradbury’s famous book “Fahrenheit 451” in the March, April & May editions of the magazine in 1954.

Other sci-fi authors whose stories were published in Playboy include Margaret Atwood, Michael Crichton, Philip K. Dick, Harlen Ellison, Joe Haldeman, Frank Herbert, Stephen King, Dorris Lessing, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike and many others.

Playboy helped to give science fiction something that the community didn’t have before the magazine began publishing sci-fi stories: respectability. It was also very useful in the late 1950’s as other sci-fi publications began to fade away. In his book “Transformations: The Story of the Science Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970“, author Mike Ashley wrote this regarding Playboy magazine:

“Not only did it [Playboy magazine] maintain a high profile for science fiction, it became something of a sanctuary during the lean years that hit at the end of the fifties.”

Playboy also published several science fiction books & anthologies separately from the magazine:

Our condolences to the family, friends & fans of Hugh Hefner. May he rest in peace.

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner (1926-2017)

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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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“Star Wars IX” Release Date Postponed

#StarWars news: in the wake of J.J. Abrams taking over as director of #StarWarsIX, it’s release date has been pushed back from May 24, 2019 to Dec. 20, 2019. It had already been reported that production on “Star Wars IX” was being pushed back from February, 2018 to June.

Disney has replaced the release schedule for May 24, 2019 with a live-action version of #Aladdin.

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