#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.
#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:
- The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1968)
- Playboy’s Stories of the Sinister and Strange (1969)
- The Dead Astronaut (1971)
- The Fiend (1971)
- From the “S” File (1971)
- The Fully Automated Love Life of Henry Keanridge (1971)
- Last Train to Limbo (1971)
- Masks (1971)
- Transit of Earth (1971)
- Weird Show (1971)
- The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998)
Our condolences to the family, friends & fans of Hugh Hefner. May he rest in peace.
#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.
#RIP: actor Harry Dean Stanton died on Sept. 15, 2017 at the of 91. He played Brett in #Alien, a security guard in #TheAvengers & much more, including Carl Rodd in #TwinPeaks. Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.
#RIP: comic book author Len Wein has died at the age of 69. He co-created D.C.’s #SwampThing & #Marvel’s #Wolverine; helped revive the #XMen & edited the #Watchmen. Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.
#RIP: actor Haruo Nakajima has died at 88. He played the iconic kaiju monster #Godzilla in 14 different films between 1954 & 1973:
- 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.
Our condolences to his family, friends & fans worldwide. He will always be remembered.
#RIP: actor Robert Hardy has died at 91. He played Cornelius Fudge in #HarryPotter & was in #BuckRogersInThe25thCentury, #GawainAndTheGreenKnight & much more. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends & fans. Rest in peace.