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Julie Muncy Julie Muncy Jul 29, 2019. 5 comments

Russi Taylor, the Voice Behind Minnie Mouse for Over 30 Years, Has Died

Russi Taylor, the Voice Behind Minnie Mouse for Over 30 Years, Has Died

If you’ve seen, heard, or played anything with Minnie Mouse in it since the mid-1980s you’ve heard Russi Taylor’s voice. Starting in 1986, Russi Taylor took on the mantle of Minnie Mouse, making her the second person, after Marjorie Ralston, to voice the character. On Friday, at the age of 75, Taylor died.

As reported by Variety, Taylor passed in Glendale, California, news that was confirmed...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jun 05, 2019. 19 comments

How People Talked About iTunes When It First Launched

How People Talked About iTunes When It First Launched

It’s official. Apple announced yesterday that it would begin killing off iTunes, one of the company’s most important software products ever. And, to be honest, there isn’t much love lost, since iTunes has become widely reviled by most users in recent years. But that wasn’t always the case.

What did people think of iTunes when it first came out in January of 2001, even before the iPod was...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Mar 18, 2019. 13 comments

Richard Erdman, Actor From The Twilight Zone and Stalag 17, Dies at 93

Richard Erdman, Actor From The Twilight Zone and Stalag 17, Dies at 93

Richard Erdman, a character actor whose amazing career dates back to the 1940s and includes over 170 acting credits, has died at an assisted living home in Los Angeles, California. He was 93.

Erdman excelled at supporting roles in movies, showing up in classic noir films like Cry Danger (1951) and The Blue Gardenia (1953) as well as war films like Stalag 17 (1953) and Tora! Tora! Tora!...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 30, 2018. 8 comments

NASA's Nancy Grace Roman, Known as the 'Mother of Hubble,' Dies at 93

NASA's Nancy Grace Roman, Known as the 'Mother of Hubble,' Dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, a former NASA executive who is often described as the “mother” of the Hubble Space Telescope, has died at 93.

Roman, a longtime employee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was the first woman to hold an executive role at the agency, the Associated Press reported. After getting her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Chicago in 1949, Roman joined NASA...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Dec 19, 2018. 13 comments

Penny Marshall, Director of Big, Dies at Age 75

Penny Marshall, Director of Big, Dies at Age 75

Penny Marshall, director of Big, A League of Their Own, and Awakenings, died today due to complications with diabetes. She was 75 years old.

Marshall rose to fame in the late 1970s and early ’80s as the star of the hit TV show Laverne and Shirley. However, children of the ’80s and ’90s probably know her best thanks to her directorial efforts, which made her one of the highest grossing female...

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Katharine Trendacosta Katharine Trendacosta Dec 09, 2018.

RIP Grace Lee Whitney, Star Trek's Yeoman Janice Rand

RIP Grace Lee Whitney, <i>Star Trek</i>'s Yeoman Janice Rand

Grace Lee Whitney, instantly recognizable as Yeoman Janice Rand from the original Star Trek, has passed away at the age of 85.

Whitney died in her home in Coarsegold, California, her son, Jonathan Dweck, confirmed on Sunday. Despite only appearing in eight episodes of the original series, Whitney officially reprised her role in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek III: The Search for...

Katharine Trendacosta Katharine Trendacosta Dec 03, 2018.

RIP Harve Bennett, Who Resurrected Star Trek On the Big Screen

RIP Harve Bennett, Who Resurrected <i>Star Trek </i>On the Big Screen

Harve Bennett, who produced four Star Trek movies, The Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman died on Wednesday at the age of 84. It was because of Bennett that Wrath of Khan became a classic, and he should be remembered forever as one of heroes of science fiction.

Bennett was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended UCLA, where he graduated from their film school. In 1953,...

James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Sep 04, 2018. 16 comments

RIP Jacqueline Pearce, the Dazzling Villainess of Blake's 7

RIP Jacqueline Pearce, the Dazzling Villainess of Blake's 7

Jacqueline Pearce, best known to sci-fi fans as the glamorous and calculating Servalan on the cult British space drama Blake’s 7, has died at the age of 74.

As Doctor Who News notes, in her long running acting career she made several genre appearances—including guest roles in The Avengers, starring turns in the Hammer Horror classics The Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile, and even a...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Jul 08, 2018. 20 comments

Comic Book Legend Steve Ditko Is Dead

Comic Book Legend Steve Ditko Is Dead

Legendary comic book creator and artist Steve Ditko has died at the age of 90.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ditko was found in his New York apartment on June 29, but was believed to have been dead for up to two days before that.

Ditko was best known for creating Spider-Man along with Stan Lee in 1961, and also co-created Doctor Strange with Lee in 1963. After that, he left Marvel for...

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Julie Muncy Julie Muncy Apr 15, 2018. 10 comments

Art Bell, Weird Radio Pioneer, Passes Away at 72

Art Bell, Weird Radio Pioneer, Passes Away at 72

If you’ve ever heard anyone riffing on a weird radio show full of wild conspiracy theories, you’ve heard of Art Bell.

The radio personality, born in 1945 in North Carolina, was the pioneering host of Coast to Coast AM, a heavily syndicated late-night radio show themed around the paranormal—ghost stories, alien abductions, and all manners of wild conspiracy theories. Founded in 1988, the show...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Mar 27, 2018. 13 comments

RIP Erik Bauersfeld, the Voice of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna

RIP Erik Bauersfeld, the Voice of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna

There probably isn’t a person out there who hasn’t found his or herself in a spot where dropping “It’s a trap!” couldn’t elicit a smile. That distinct, gruff Star Wars voice was that of Erik Bauersfeld, and he has passed away at the age of 93.

Bauersfeld not only voiced Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi, he reprised the voice in The Force Awakens and also provided the voice of Bib Fortuna,...

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Katharine Trendacosta Katharine Trendacosta Mar 20, 2018. 11 comments

RIP Scott Nimerfro, a Man Who Brought Major Weirdness to the Small Screen

RIP Scott Nimerfro, a Man Who Brought Major Weirdness to the Small Screen

Scott Nimerfro, writer-producer of Hannibal, Once Upon a Time, and Pushing Daisies, has passed away at the age of 54.

Last year, Nimerfro was diagnosed with angiosarcoma, a form of cancer that occurs in the inner lining of the blood vessels. His work continued during that whole time, serving as co-executive of Once Upon a Time. His last credit was as a producer on the March 6 episode “Souls of...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Mar 17, 2018. 15 comments

Stephen Hawking Was Right to Worry About Our Impending Doom

Stephen Hawking Was Right to Worry About Our Impending Doom

Physicist Stephen Hawking died today at the age of 76 . In the latter stages of his illustrious career, Hawking devoted a considerable amount of time and effort to issuing warnings of future threats—from the perils of climate change and nuclear war through to artificial superintelligence and alien invasions. And for this he was often ridiculed. But here’s the thing: Hawking was right—and it...

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Charlie Jane Anders Charlie Jane Anders Mar 14, 2018. 13 comments

Leonard Nimoy Showed Us What It Truly Means To Be Human

Leonard Nimoy Showed Us What It Truly Means To Be Human

Leonard Nimoy didn't just have a massive impact on science fiction, he also transformed pop culture. Nimoy, who died today, took the thankless supporting role of an emotionless alien science whiz, and turned Spock on Star Trek into an icon.

Before Spock came along, alien beings in mass media (and most written SF as well) were one-dimensional. They represented the "other," the strange and...

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Andrew Liptak Andrew Liptak Mar 06, 2018. 17 comments

RIP Harriet Klausner, The Web's Most Prolific Book Reviewer

RIP Harriet Klausner, The Web's Most Prolific Book Reviewer

If you’ve ever perused book reviews on Amazon.com, you’ve probably come across a name on just about every novel out there: Harriet Klausner . By the time she passed away on October 15th, she amassed an incredible 31,014 reviews.

A self-described speed reader, Klausner was a former librarian who tore through four to six books a day. In 2006, Time Magazine listed her as a person of the year who...

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Chris Mills Chris Mills Mar 05, 2018. 5 comments

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dies at 88

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dies at 88

Marvin Minsky isn’t quite as well known as some of the early computer or internet pioneers, but artificial intelligence—a concept he worked to make real—has undoubtedly influence the way we all live our lives.

In a fittingly detailed obituary, the New York Times lays out his life work, namely creating and advancing artificial intelligence, a pursuit he deemed “more profound” than the likes of...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Mar 01, 2018. 13 comments

RIP Gareth Thomas, the Unforgettable Hero of Blake's 7

RIP Gareth Thomas, the Unforgettable Hero of <i>Blake's 7</i>

Gareth Thomas, the star of the fantastic British dystopian space opera Blake’s 7, has passed away at the age of 71. Thomas had a long and storied career on British television, but he’ll be forever known and loved for his starring role as Roj Blake.

Before landing the title role in Terry Nation’s subversive scifi saga, Welsh-born Thomas began his televisual career in 1965, before landing steady...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Mar 01, 2018. 6 comments

Benjamin Melniker, One of the Men Who Brought Batman to the Big Screen, Has Died

Benjamin Melniker, One of the Men Who Brought Batman to the Big Screen, Has Died

Benjamin Melniker, a legendary Hollywood producer who helped bring Batman to the big screen, died Monday at the age of 104.

A former MGM executive, Melniker was involved in some of the biggest movies of all-time, such as Ben Hur, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Dr. Zhivago. However, after leaving that company, he teamed up with Michael E. Uslan in 1979 to buy the movie rights to the DC Comics...

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Julie Muncy Julie Muncy Feb 17, 2018. 12 comments

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Composer For Arrival and mother!, Dies At 48

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Composer For <i>Arrival </i>and <i>mother!</i>, Dies At 48

Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Academy Award-nominated Icelander composer responsible for scoring Arrival, mother!, and Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, has passed away.

The report was confirmed by his manager, Tim Huson. Jóhannsson, whose stunning score for Arrival eerily ushered what felt like a new generation of scifi film storytelling, was in Berlin when he died. The cause is not...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jan 25, 2018. 8 comments

Scifi and Fantasy Creators Share Memories of Ursula K. Le Guin, the Woman Who Changed the Literary World

Scifi and Fantasy Creators Share Memories of Ursula K. Le Guin, the Woman Who Changed the Literary World

Science fiction and fantasy fans were shocked Tuesday when it was announced that Ursula K. Le Guin, the iconic author of science fiction and fantasy works like The Left Hand of Darkness, had passed away at 88 years old . Authors, artists, and filmmakers alike flocked to Twitter to share memories of the acclaimed writer who helped shape modern speculative fiction. We’ve collected some of their...

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