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Obituary: Microsoft ClearType’s Bill Hill

Bill Hill, one of the key figures behind Microsoft’s ClearType technology, has died. He reportedly suffered a heart attack on Wednesday. Click here for his blog, which was last updated in September. The ClearType project began in the late 1990s as an attempt to improve the appearance of text on computer display screens. If you … Continue reading

Obituary: Drugstore Cowboy author James Fogle (1936-2012)

James Fogle, the US author whose novel Drugstore Cowboy (1990) was the basis for the hit film of the same name, has died at the age of 75. He passed away at a prison in Washington state, where he was serving a sentence for a pharmacy robbery. The cause of death was ‘probable malignant mesothelioma’. … Continue reading

Obituary: US science-fiction author Josepha Sherman (1946-2012)

US science-fiction author Josepha Sherman, who wrote dozens of short stories and novels, as well as a number of TV tie-in books linked to shows such as Star Trek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has died at the age of 65. Sherman’s first novel was Golden Girl and the Crystal of Doom (1986), but it … Continue reading

Obituary: Carrie’s War author Nina Bawden (1925-2012)

Nina Bawden, the British author best known for Carrie’s War (1973) and The Peppermint Pig (1975), has died at the age of 87. She passed away at her home in North London. Born in Essex, Bawden’s first book Who Calls the Tune? (1953) was published while she was in her 20s. She wrote fast and … Continue reading

Obituary: US dancer and children’s author Remy Charlip (1929-2012)

Remy Charlip, the US dancer who was also known for popular children’s books such as Dress Up and Let’s Have a Party, has died at the age of 83. As a dancer, Charlip was keen on experimental work. He devised his own ‘air mail dances’, which saw drawings being sent for interpretation by dance companies … Continue reading

Obituary: Stainless Steel Rat author Harry Harrison (1925-2012)

Harry Harrison, the US science-fiction author best known for the Stainless Steel Rat novels, has died at the age of 87. The announcement was made by his official website, which offered no further details. Starting out as an editor and illustrator, Harry Harrison worked on a number of prominent comic strips in the 50s and … Continue reading

Obituary: Shaman Cycle author Adam Niswander (1946-2012)

Bookseller and science-fiction author Adam Niswander, best known for novels such as The Sand Dwellers (1998) and the Shaman Cycle series (1993 to 2009), has died at the age of 66. He had reportedly been in a hospice for the past few months. Niswander served two tours of duty with the US Navy in Vietnam … Continue reading

Obituary: Sex and the Single Girl author Helen Gurley Brown (1922-2012)

Helen Gurley Brown, the former Cosmopolitan editor whose novel Sex and the Single Girl (1962) was a huge hit, has died at the age of 90. Announcing her death, Hearst Publications did not give a cause of death but noted that she had been briefly hospitalised. After she joined advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding … Continue reading

Obituary: The Pushcart War author Jean Merrill (1923-2012)

Jean Merrill, the children’s author best known for The Pushcart War (1964), has died at the age of 89. She passed away at her home in Randolph, Vermont. Merrill spent her early career at various magazines, working as an editor at both Scholastic Magazines and Literary Cavalcade. She subsequently studied folklore in India, developing an … Continue reading

Obituary: Hairspray and Cry-Baby author Mark O’Donnell (1954-2012)

American playwright and author Mark O’Donnell, best known for his work with musicals but also a noted author, has died at the age of 58. He reportedly collapsed at his apartment building in Manhattan. Having worked on a number of productions for Harvard’s Hasty Puddings Theatricals group, O’Donnell went on to win (with Thomas Meehan) … Continue reading

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