(cross-posted on my writing blog)Waaaay back in high school I read a story in one of those ‘Best of…” anthologies. It was about a future where the world population had exploded, and the United States had implemented a very unusual method of birth control- although the control was enacted well after the person culled had […]
Posts Tagged ‘obituary’
(Full disclosure: this is cross-posted over on my writing blog) Boris Strugatsky, one (and the surviving) half of the legendary writing team the Strugatsky Brothers, passed away yesterday at the age of 79 (his brother Arkady died in 1991). They were barely known in the US, but these Russian authors were, in my opinion, among […]
In a way, Ray Bradbury invented writing for me. I was 8 or 9, and I had always loved to read. But it wasn’t until I picked up a book of Bradbury stories at the library that I realized a wonderful thing: words can weave magic spells.
Sakyo Komatsu, the science-fiction author responsible for the 1973 novel Japan Sinks (and inadvertently responsible for the resulting parody film The World Sinks Except Japan – which our very own AnaKhouri reviewed here…) has died at 80, from pneumonia. Komatsu also wrote the novel which served as the basis for the 1980 post-apocalyptic film Virus. […]
Nicholas Courtney, best known as the brusque, lovable Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart has passed away. Article In affectionate tribute, here is my favorite extra from the Doctor Who DVDs: Unite with U.N.I.T.
Holidays always fuck up my ability to get anything done, especially post at the site – various demands constantly pull me in all directions and unfortunately something’s always gotta give. Frankly I was going to stay away until after the weekend, but I just have to post this. It won’t stay bottled up two more […]
I’m running late getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner, so I don’t have time to say a lot – but I did want to note the untimely passing of musician Peter Christopherson, founding member of industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle and techno-occult experimentalists Coil. I’m particularly saddened by the latter, as Coil is now and truly gone…partner/collaborator […]
Famed anime producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki, whose most well known effort was Space Battleship Yamato and it’s various spin-offs, drowned yesterday afternoon while taking a cruise on his research vessel Yamato. Anime News Network has full coverage of the incident here. For whatever reason, I’ve taken quite an interest in Yamato these past few weeks. Like […]
Man – say what you want about Pokemon, I have to respect a cat who could churn out multiple seasons of that stuff…and three feature films to boot. Pokemon scribe Takeshi Shudo died yesterday at the age of 61 of a subarachnoid hemmorhage. Shudo also created Fairy Princess Minky Momo and contributed to GoShogun (known […]
I just learned that actor Ryo Ikebe died last week at the age of 92. Pale Flower is by far my favorite yakuza film, largely because of Ikebe’s portrayal of the nihilistic gangster Muraki. Ikebe left behind an impressive body of work that includes pivotal roles in a handful of sci-fi films (The War in […]
I don’t have time to properly eulogize him, but I was shocked to learn via Twitter that anime director Satoshi Kon (Paranoia Agent, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika) died today at age 47. Rest in peace, sir… (Update: You can hear our sendoff to Satoshi Kon in Episode 8 of the Yellow Menace Podcast.)
Actually it was voice actor Peter Fernandez, who portrayed Greg ‘Speed’ Racer, in the American version of the seminal anime. Hernandez also voiced Mark Venture in the U.S. version of Space Battleship Yamato, aka Star Blazers. Farewell, Peter – enjoy your final lap.