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And There’s More…

Posted by BigWords on April 12, 2016

The one thing I am missing more than anything is real-time interaction. These posts are going to be appearing, and I have no way of gauging the reaction to any of the surprises I am throwing out there. Viewing indie publishing as the seventh of the Big Six, which is not as revolutionary a notion as you might think, probably comes closest to a game-breaker, but I am already ahead of the curve in considering this.

There is a chance, for those reading yesterday’s post, that some people are already working out ways to game the system – to get links to their books with the least possible effort so they can get as much out of it as possible. Here’s where I step in with a little thing called Balancing (Wikia) – if you are considering what I have already put forth, I suggest learning about balancing and (please, I’m begging you) take into account the way it works.

Somewhere online there used to be a fantastic quote about balancing – I think it was about MechWarrior or a similar game. It basically laid out the fact that it was possible to have an immensely overpowered playable character while keeping the entire game from revolving around the acquisition of more firepower. You don’t have to understand any of that to get a good understanding though. I’ll break down the principle as it applies here.

Reciprocal links between titles are a bad thing. It shunts the reader back and forth between a tightly-centered community of writers, limiting the opportunity for a reader to discover new, exciting works, and isolates those outside of the community which is heavily promoting their material. It is, if you like, a part of the balancing process. Links are not something to be traded, but something to be offered (without the expectation of same) because a title is worth promoting.

And where, the cries undoubtedly come, do these links go? Ah, that’s the best part. After the text of course. You have the standard “other titles by this author” bit, where people who have enjoyed the title can go find more books, then you have “by this publisher” for titles that are from the same publisher. Right after these, there needs to be a “Recommended Reading” section, where the good stuff you love and want to highlight goes. This is the special little section which guaranteed you a place in the hearts and minds of authors and readers.

But wait – what if someone does all this, then starts acting like a dick? There’s a solution for every problem, and this one is especially simple. You don’t simply start removing links to an author who is using fake reviews, or slamming others on their blog, or… Whatever the flavor of the day for bad behavior is. We need to cultivate the respect of our audiences, and that comes with a cost. The cost, in this case, isn’t financial. We need patience with those who are, perhaps, a little looser in their concept of respect and wisdom.

We need a naughty step.

A reference, I am certain, which needs no explaining to a large number of people reading this. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it is a “time out” for people behaving badly.

Which brings us to another problem – who determines what is bad behavior? I, certainly, have neither the time nor the patience to go through thousands of authors’ blogs and websites to vet the ideas which might be considered inappropriate, and I wouldn’t want to even if I had the time. That ain’t my job. It’s something the writing community needs to have a long discussion about.

Okay, so that’s two serious posts in a row.

For the moment, while this is still something on paper rather than an all-out attack on the stability of the overwhelming forces at play in publishing, lets decompress – here are three cool things everyone can undertake in the next week.

  1. A Recommended Reading page on your blog or website, highlighting at least ten indie books you feel deserve wider recognition. Leave links in the comments – when I get back online I’ll okay any which have been held up in the spam filter.
  2. Reach out to your fellow authors and talk. No ‘buy my book’ nonsense – just normal interaction. I know you can all do this, because I was reading your blogs before my ‘vacation.’
  3. Start writing up your lists of books for the back matter of your forthcoming books. As you go forward you should hopefully see how this brings readers to minor works, and as it costs nothing to do it ain’t exactly a stress factor on your schedule.

Tomorrow I promise there will be less serious, though none the less interesting, thoughts on something which has been bothering me since I caught up on happenings in the world.

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Books – Something – Profit!

Posted by BigWords on April 11, 2016

An obvious question people are likely asking:

How do you know that what you are doing is different to everyone else?

Which is extremely easy – and yet tiresome – to answer. There’s thousands of indie publishers when you take into account the self-published and the niche publishers, but none (so far) have been set up in a way which embraces the promotion of books irrespective of the publisher. The main goal of That Which Will Be is to celebrate the rich diversity of books currently available.

The ways a person can promote a book on their own is going to be limited by a number of factors:

  • A knowledge of blogs/websites which review books.
  • Ability to present ideas in concise and clear text.
  • Ability to parse the subtleties of a forum or chat-room.
  • Access to websites which require paid access.
  • Access to websites which restrict membership.
  • Ability to network outside key areas of interest.

There are a bunch of other things which come into play, especially when you take into account foreign languages, paywalls, regular internet access, health, income and so on. As a catch-all for the big problems, we can see straight-off that some of the problems which restrict the dissemination of information about a title might be self-inflicted (however involuntarily), so by acting as a promoter I can try and get eyes on titles without authors pissing off people who don’t want to be given the hard-sell.

I’ll admit that there’s a lot of work involved in this aspect of things, and it is early days as far as the requirements go. I have small chunks of the overall layout and reach calculated, along with an estimate of how much work it is going to take. It turns out, amazingly, that the numbers aren’t so bad. In fact, it makes more sense to heavily promote my “competition” than it does attempting to maintain an increasingly irrelevant isolationist ideology.

That’s one aspect that I have been providing people with when asked about why they should join in this little adventure. What I haven’t explained is the extent of the advertising. See, there is only so much that a single website or blog can do, and that – in a nutshell – is the notion which is going to shake things up. This isn’t just a business plan, but a philosophy which is for the benefit of writers, readers and small publishers.

But… It isn’t entirely about that.

Whenever there’s a new idea, it needs time to settle in to a form – the standardized  version which has been tested and stressed, which has had the rough edges sanded off for a better user experience. I have a fairly solid grasp on how to roll out the wider application of the concept, and ways to prevent the blatant abuse of same. As I have pointed out – plenty of time to figure things out and examine the repercussions.

There is one thing which has remained constant. Throughout the process of putting writers, designers, programmers, musicians, and other talented people together, there has been a focus on shared benefits. See, it never made sense to my why people disliked the notion of having books adapted into games (Dune, especially, comes in for a degree of criticism in certain circles), or having albums written about characters, or other possibly interesting avenues.

Part of the reason I am offline is this – because the idea will draw out the freakshow crowd who are going to attack everything, and because I don’t want to draw the same freakshows to any of the places I hang out. There is enough to deal with at the moment without having to sort through all the additional crap which can be so easily avoided simply by refusing to make myself a target.

And there’s an addendum to the notion of everyone grouping together. See, I’m drip-feeding you the information for a reason… Should I go all-out and fill in details, the folks who see change – any change – as a threat, and who go out of their way to maintain a status quo… Those people are gonna go batshit. The implications have probably already hit them. As these words sink in, the realization of what I am promoting is likely forming in the brains of everyone else.

The sliding scale.
I want you to consider it.

How many indie titles are out there? Each blog and website deep into promoting works which profit them. Think about the individual push each title gets, and imagine if – even for a moment – the collective might of the self-publishing community working together on a single title… Everyone throwing their weight behind a title in the knowledge that their turn will come and the internet will fill with ads for their novels.

I told you my ideas were scary.

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Writers & Readers On YouTube

Posted by BigWords on April 12, 2012

This is a quick note for self-published and small press authors who have videos up on YouTube – if your video has had a content match, please pass on the information either in the comments section below, or by e-mail (bigwords88writing@gmail.com). I especially want to hear about content mismatches where the decision has gone against you. From book bloggers (or, if you prefer, vloggers), also, I am looking for anyone who has run afoul of the Content ID system.

I’ll be posting about this soon, and I need as much first-hand information as possible.

Oh, and you really should tell me when these types of things are impacting on peoples’ copyright.

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Random Thoughts

Posted by BigWords on April 7, 2012

Both Scalzi and Cat Valente have written, of late, about the trend for female writers to get more abuse online than male writers (for women in general to get more hate mail and death threats, if everything is taken into consideration) – but why is this? I’ll level with you here… I’ve never been able to understand the automatic and extreme comments based solely on gender. It isn’t that I refuse to understand the rampant sexism, nor is it that I am intentionally being obstinate when it comes to sexual politics in the digital era, it is that threatening someone with rape and murder is something which is abhorrent and unjustifiable no matter the means by which the comment is made – in person it would be considered a death threat, on the internet it is considered business as usual.

And people wonder why my fiction is filled with horrible characters doing nasty things?

So my view of humanity may, on the whole, be less optimistic than Thomas Hobbes. Don’t all rush to point out the brief hope spots the acts of individuals have given us, as that is missing the big picture. Individuals can be good, but groups (seen explicitly in riots) are rather moronic. Get a large enough gathering of people in one place (comic conventions being, by and large, the exception to the rule – though even there…) and sooner or later there will be some kind of incident. I’m probably jaded by years of reading about the various acts of unimaginable horror humanity has committed, but the feeling that it is encoded in our genes somewhere refuses to shake off.

The most enlightening part of this whole debate isn’t the fact that women are being openly persecuted by men (with, presumably, very small penises, a mother fixation, and a collection of small shoes in their basement), but the incident which kicked off this exceptional openness – Christopher Priest’s reaction to an awards nomination list.

Seriously?

I mean… Seriously?

Awards are only important for a very brief time. That time is not when the nominees are announced. Nor is it important after the award has been given. Any awards ceremony has a lifespan of importance which spans hours, sometimes much shorter spans of time. On an individual level, that may increase exponentially in relation to achievement, but I really don’t care. I’m not going to rush out to buy a book just because it has been placed on something which roughly equates to a “best of” list, and I don’t tend to get titles which have “winner of” strap lines above the title. Note, please, that I have bought books which display such markings, though they were on my list of books to read regardless of irrelevancies such as awards and prizes. Merely being named a good read isn’t enough to convince me to buy a title, and Christopher Priest – a writer who has many excellent titles under his belt – shouldn’t be worrying too much about the absence of his favorite writers from any nominee list.

The uproar about the reaction to an award list is something which confuses me as much as the gender-based commenting policies of those knuckle-draggers Cat was describing in her blog. Because my view of awards is so low, there are only two I really pay the slightest bit of attention to any more – the Eagle Awards (which always highlights at least one title I should be reading), the Hugo Awards – though I don’t tend to read anything until two to three years after being brought to my attention. The main issue with literary prizes is that there are so damn many of the things that each new award is a dilution of the importance of all the rest, with the result that they are almost as important as the announcement of a new Uwe Boll film.

Maybe less important, as Uwe Boll films afford me the luxury of guilt-free mockery.

Actually, awards may serve the same function for some.

In any event, mark me down as unimpressed and rather bemused. There’s a stack of novels I’ve been diligently working my way through for the better part of a decade, and I am only a fraction of the way through the output of numerous important titles.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the only acceptable thing to say upon winning an award is this: “About bloody time.” The cloying, saccharine-sweet bullshit where people thank their parents, their agent, God, the voices in their head, and the plot-by-post service of their choice, is almost as bad as sending a Native American up to receive the award in a blatantly showboating move. Go check that debacle out on YouTube if you haven’t already seen it…

And because it bears repeating, here’s J. Michael Straczynski talking about women:

…I like really strong females in real life. I enjoy being challenged, one-upped and outsmarted by really clever, strong, independent women. I delight in it. I cherish it.

And another thing: A Song Of Ice And Fire isn’t half as good as people on the interwebs would have you believe…

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A Question Of Authorial Respect

Posted by BigWords on January 22, 2011

Playing a little game of “What If” now, because I want to ask a question, but I don’t want to be completely open about exactly what I’m up to. Those of you who know the general elements of what this is regarding may want to take a back seat, as I don’t require more calls of “Bloody hell man, get on with it already.” This isn’t another attempt at delaying the inevitable approach of the-thing-which-must-not-be-referred-to. Really. Honestly. It is a valid question which I haven’t seen pondered enough, and as it has some passing relation to the things I am currently going through, it seems a decent enough time to raise the issue with people who may have a more objective viewpoint from which to approach the suspect. I’ll get to the big question in a moment, but first I’ll set out a hypothetical situation from which I will move on.

If a title is on the market – irrespective of its’ provenance (traditional vs. self-published, paperback vs. digital book), and ignoring the qualifications of the author – and has been for some time, how long (if a time frame is to be brought up) is the correct period to wait before a similar title might be considered? For our imaginary title, lets stick to non-fiction (as there really are no new ideas in fiction, merely variations on a theme) as that is where the issue really gets tangled up. Are we, as writers, subject to some unspoken rule about not interfering with another author’s work by bringing out a competing title for a certain amount of time, or are we beholden to readers, who demand choice in their purchasing habits? Is there even an issue here?

Adding to the problem:

  • If both books are about a specific sub-section of an area which has not been fully documented to date, does this matter?
  • If the sole book on the market is from a respected author, what are the obligations the second book must make towards the first?
  • When preparing for publication, are we obliged to inform the author of the competing title of the imminent approach of a new title?
  • If there is sufficient reason to believe that an updated edition of the first book is going to be released, should work on a book be stopped, or postponed, until the other title has had a chance to recoup its’ investment?

This is normally the place where I screw around and have fun, but this question has been nagging at me for a few weeks. I take the rights of authors seriously, and the idea that, by omission or ignorance, I might negatively affect someone else is really pressing on my mind. I know there is a call for a definitive work about the thing I am thinking of (which some folks will already know), yet I keep backing off because of a title which appeared a decade ago. It’s far from a perfect reference work (this is no slight on the author), and I keep returning to the prospect that my work on the subject might actually be important. Not important as in world-changing, but important for those interested in the subject.

So here’s the issue – Am I stepping on anyone’s toes by continuing this project? It’s not as if the purpose of the two books would be a problem, as the one I am writing is more in-depth, as opposed to the shotgun approach which the extant title took. I’m also going to completely ignore a few of the quirks which the existing book presented. It’s an entirely different approach, though there is room to believe that they would be seen as competing entries to a small market. If there had been a few different titles out there, this would be less of a quandary, but the fact that my book would be the first to openly tackle the same subject makes things all the more complicated. Maybe I’m over-thinking things wildly, and making a problem where none exists…

Having looked at areas where people have been the first to publish a book in competition with an existing title, I have noticed a tendency for things to get… Well, “messy” would be an understatement. The accusations which arise when people enter so small an area of publishing, no matter if they have a perfect reason for presenting their work, makes prolonged consideration of the pros and cons a requirement rather than an afterthought. It really matters to me that I do not anger the individual in question, as his work – whatever I think of its’ presentation of the data – is a landmark in certain geek circles. Going forth with the project is giving me headaches which no fiction has ever managed, and some degree of impartial commentary on this would really be appreciated here.

I could say “fuck it, I’m going ahead whether people like it or not,” but that leaves me with the possible conflict I wish to avoid if at all possible. I’m not even sure there would be a problem should this be brought to the attention of the individual whose work I may be threatening (which is, in itself, a pretty big statement I really don’t want to make this early), as they seem to be genuinely love the subject. If someone is so enthralled by such a (relatively) small interest area, then further information should be welcomed… Right?

Jeez, I can’t believe I’m trying to talk myself out of completing the damn book after so much work. As it stands at this moment, there is nothing to say that there could be some degree of collaboration should events require it. I’m willing – with caution – to share further details of what I am working on, but I really would prefer this to be handled in a way which does not drag undue attention to something which needs (at least) another few weeks to get all the pieces in place.

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2010 – Deaths W-Z

Posted by BigWords on January 4, 2011

Waldron, Ann Wood (December 14, 1924 – July 2, 2010) New York Times obit
Walker, Albertina (August 29, 1929 – October 8, 2010)
Wallot, Jean-Pierre, OC, FRSC (May 22, 1935 – August 30, 2010)
Walters, Eric (July 4, 1937 – August 18, 2010) Journalist
Lady Walton, Susana, MBE (August 30, 1926 – March 21, 2010)
Ward, Colin (August 14, 1924 – February 11, 2010) The Anarchist Library; Guardian obit; Independent obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit
Warren, Mary Anne (August 17, 1946 – August 9, 2010)
Watkins, Alan Rhun (April 3, 1933 – May 8, 2010) Political columnist Independent columns; Telegraph obit; Times obit
Wattar, Tahir (al-Tahir Wattar) (1936 – August 12, 2010)
Weaver, Kenneth Franklin (November 29, 1915 – September 20, 2010) National Geographic writer and editor
Webb, Sharon (February 29, 1936 – April 29, 2010) Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction bio
Weber, David Joseph (December 20, 1940 – August 20, 2010) Historian
Wedlock, Fred (May 23, 1942 – March 4, 2010) Songwriter website
Weismiller, Edward Ronald (August 3, 1915 – August 25, 2010) Poet and scholar
Weiss, George David (April 9, 1921 – August 23, 2010) Songwriter
Welles, Christopher Jewett “Chris” (December 11, 1937 – June 19, 2010) Business journalist
Wells, Colin Michael (November 15, 1933 – March 11, 2010) Historian Times obit
Welsh, Donald Emory (October 6, 1943 – February 6, 2010) Publisher
West, Bernie (May 30, 1918 – July 29, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB; New York Times obit
Wheeler, John “Jack” P., III (1944 – December 2010)
Whitman, The Reverend Robert Shaw Sturgis (July 27, 1915 – February 9, 2010)
Wieghart, James Gerard (August 16, 1933 – February 21, 2010) Editor and journalist
Wijn, Pieter Cornelis (May 17, 1929 – October 6, 2010) Comic-book creator
Willensky, Elliot A. (1943 – March 29, 2010) Composer
Williams, Brian (1956 – October 4, 2010) Illustrator
Williams, Eric Cyril (1918 – 2010)
Williams, Professor George Christopher (May 12, 1926 – September 8, 2010)
Williamson, Al (March 21, 1931 – June 12, 2010) Comic-book artist Lambiek; Mark Evanier tribute; Comic Book Resources tributes; The Comics Reporter obit; Dark Horse Comics tribute; Guardian obit; io9 gallery
Williamson, James (1983 – 2010) Journalist
Willis, John Alvin (October 16, 1916 – June 25, 2010)
Wilson, Ed (Edson Vieira de Barros) (July 29, 1945 – October 3, 2010) Songwriter
Wilson, William Proctor (July 2, 1921 – March 7, 2010) CEO of Butterick Publishing Company
Windham, Donald (July 2, 1920 – May 31, 2010) New York Times obit; Telegraph obit
Winslow, Donald James (1911 – 10 July 2010)
Winslow Tom (Thomas Griffin Winslow) (November 13, 1940 – October 23, 2010) Songwriter
Winstone, Harry Victor Frederick, FRGS (August 3, 1926 – February 10, 2010) Author and journalist Independent obit
Winters, Kathleen (1949 – 2010) website
Wisdom, Sir Norman Joseph, OBE (February 4, 1915 – October 4, 2010) website; IMDB; Guardian obit; Telegraph obit
Wiseman, Donald John, OBE, FBA (October 25, 1918 – February 2, 2010) Academic
Wolfenstein, Eugene Victor (July 9, 1940 – December 15, 2010)
Wolper, David Lloyd (January 11, 1928 – August 10, 2010) website; IMDB
Wong Tin-Lam (September 11, 1928 – November 16, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Wooding, Geoffrey (February 20, 1954 – January 26, 2010) Architect
Woodson, Ali-Ollie (September 12, 1951 – May 30, 2010) Songwriter website; Independent obit; New York Times obit
Wright, Claud William (January 9, 1917 – February 15, 2010)
Wright, Lionel Percy (Lan Wright) (July 8, 1923 – 2010) SF author
Wrightson, Patricia (June 21, 1921 – March 15, 2010) Guardian obit; Misrule tribute (blog); Times obit
Wussler, Robert J. (September 8, 1936 – June 5, 2010) Journalist and co-founder of CNN Boston.com obit; LA Times obit; New York Times obit

Xenides, Adriana (Adriana Coutsaimanis) (January 9, 1956 – June 7, 2010)

Yan, Romina (Romina Yankelevich De Giaccomi) (September 5, 1974 – September 28, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Yanovskiy, Rudolph Grigorjevich (Рудольф Григорьевич Яновский) (June 16, 1929 – January 13, 2010) Philosopher
Young, Betty Lou (May 18, 1919 – July 1, 2010)
Younger, Major-General Allan Elton, DSO OBE (Tony Younger) (May 4, 1919 – July 5, 2010)

Zakariyya, Fouad (1927 – March, 2010) Philosopher
Zenger, Erich (July 9, 1939 – April 4, 2010)
Zeno, Sheikh Muhammad bin Jamil (1925 – October 8, 2010) Scholar
Zia-Zarifi, Abolhassan (August 20, 1926 – October 4, 2010)
Ziegel, Victor “Vic” (August 16, 1937 – July 23, 2010) Sportswriter
Zinn, Howard (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) Author and historian website; Boston.com obit; Guardian obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit
Zuyev, Maksim (Макси́м Зу́ев) (November 11, 1975 – March 18, 2010) Blogger and journalist
Zwerin, Mike (May 18, 1930 – April 2, 2010) Author website

Any addictions, corrections and links to original sources appreciated. There are conflicting resources available for some of those listed here, and it has been a struggle to cut through to the facts. I’ll ask you to keep all comments relevant, and – if possible – supply more information to complete the list.

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2010 – Deaths T-V

Posted by BigWords on January 4, 2011

Tabermann, Tommy (December 3, 1947 – July 2, 2010) Poet
Takens, Floris (November 12, 1940 – June 20, 2010) Mathematician
Talankin, Igor (И́горь Васи́льевич Тала́нкин) (October 3, 1927 – July 24, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Talbot, William Phillips (June 7, 1915 – October 1, 2010) Former journalist
Taliano, Charles “Chuck” Jr. (May 9, 1945 – June 4, 2010)
Tamura, George T. (November 27, 1927 – February 11, 2010) Artist and author
Tanner, Duncan (February 19, 1958 – February 11, 2010) Historian Guardian obit
Tanner, James Mourilyan (August 1, 1920 – August 11, 2010) Medical author
Tansey, Charlotte (1922 – August 26, 2010) Scholar
Tantawy, Muhammad Sayyid (محمد سيد طنطاوي‎) (October 28, 1928 – March 10, 2010) Scholar
Tatematsu, Wahei (December 15,1948 – February 8, 2010) Novelist
Taylor, Anne Froelick (December 8, 1913 – January 26, 2010)
Taylor, Dennis (November 13, 1953 – October 17, 2010) Tennessean obit
Taylor, Mackenzie (September 8, 1978 – November 18, 2010) website; Guardian obit
Taylor-Burroughs, Margaret (November 11, 1917 – November 21, 2010) Artist and author
Tenn, William (Philip Klass) (May 9, 1920 – February 7, 2010) website; IMDB; io9 obit; The Mumpsimus tribute (blog); New York Times obit; Wired tribute
Thalbourne, Michael A., Ph.D., (March 24, 1955 – May 4, 2010) Academic
Thomas, Gwyn “Jocko” (1913 – May 5, 2010) Journalist
Thompson, David (September 13, 2010) Murder By The Book publicity manager Jeff Cohen tribute; Maggie Galehouse tribute; Houston Press obit; Mulholland Books tribute
Thompson, Elspeth (June 26, 1961 – March 25, 2010) Journalist and author Guardian articles; Telegraph obit
Thorvall, Kerstin (1925 – April 9, 2010) Novelist
Thuermer, Angus MacLean (July 17, 1917 – April 15, 2010) Former journalist Telegraph obit; Washington Post obit
Tibet (Gilbert Gascard) (October 29, 1931 – January 3, 2010) Comic-book creator Lambiek
Tillsi, Khalifa Mohammed (خليفة محمد التليسي‎) (May 9, 1930 – January 13, 2010) Historian and translator
Ting, Walasse (October 13, 1929 – May 17, 2010) Poet
Tinkham, Michael (February 23, 1928 – November 4, 2010) Physicist
Tishchenko, Boris Ivanovich (Бори́с Ива́нович Ти́щенко) (March 23, 1939 – December 9, 2010) Composer website
Tlou, Thomas (June 1, 1932 – June 28, 2010) Academic
Tobe, Keiko (1957 – January 28, 2010) Manga artist
Tobias-Duesberg, Helen (June 11, 1919 – February 4, 2010) Composer
Tobin, Jack Adair, Ph.D. (June 15, 1920 – June 19, 2010) Anthropologist
Toda, Morikazu (October 20, 1917 – October 6, 2010) Physicist
Todorovski, Gane (May 11, 1929 – May 23, 2010) Poet and historian
Tolstaya, Natalia Nikitichna (May 2, 1943 – June 15, 2010) Translator The Voice Of Russia obit
Tookoome, Simon (December 9, 1934 – November 7, 2010)
Tordeur, Jean (September 5, 1920 – January 27, 2010) Belgian author
Torode, George (September 30, 1946 – April 20, 2010)
Tozer, Norman (July 13, 1934 – July 14, 2010) Reporter The Stage obit
Tralins, S. Robert (April 28, 1926 – May 20, 2010) website; IMDB
Traoré, Mahama Johnson (1942 – 2010)
Trapp, Agathe Johanna Erwina Gobertina von (March 12, 1913 – December 28, 2010)
Travis, Doris Eaton (March 14, 1904 – May 11, 2010) IMDB; Independent obit; New York Times obit
Trefousse, Hans L. (December 18, 1921 – January 8, 2010) New York Times obit
Tubb, E.C. (Edwin Charles) (October 15, 1919 – September 10, 2010) website; Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction bio; IMDB; Guardian obit; Independent obit
Tuck, Donald Henry (December 3, 1922 – October 13, 2010) Bibliographer
Tucker, Robert Charles (May 29, 1918 – July 29, 2010)
Tully, Darrow J. “Duke” (February 27, 1932 – June 20, 2010) Journalist and publisher
Tunney, Eric (September 9, 1964 – March 28, 2010) IMDB
Turchin, Valentin Fyodorovich (Валенти́н Фёдорович Турчи́н) (1931 – April 7, 2010)
Turner, Wallace (March 15, 1921 – September 18, 2010) Journalist
Tyler, James (August 3, 1940 – November 23, 2010) Guardian obit

Udall, Stewart Lee (January 31, 1920 – March 20, 2010)
Utterback, Bill ( 1931 – 2010)

Valentin, Louis (Louis Valentine) (September 10, 1930 – May 3, 2010)
Valz, Sir Ian Michael (August 28, 1957 – April 28, 2010) Playwright IMDB
Van Vliet, Don “Captain Beefheart” (January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) website; Guardian obit; Rolling Stone obit; Telegraph obit
Van Wood, Peter (September 19, 1927 – 10 March 2010) Songwriter IMDB
Vardar, Ahmet (1937 – February 25, 2010) Journalist
Vargas, Gabriel Bernal (February 5, 1915 – May 25, 2010) Lambiek; The Comics Reporter obit
Vega, Janine Pommy (February 5, 1942 – December 23, 2010) Poet website
Veturi Sundararama Murthy (January 29, 1936 – May 22, 2010) Songwriter
Ben Viccari (1918 – May 6, 2010) Journalist
Vicinanza, Ralph M. (August 8, 1950 – September 25, 2010) Locus Online obit
Vieyra, Emilio (October 12, 1921 – January 25, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Villamil Cordovez, Jorge (June 6, 1929 – February 28, 2010) Composer
Vimcy (Vilayattasseri Mullambalath Balachandran) (November 25, 1925 – January 9, 2010)
Voznesensky, Andrei Andreyevich (Андре́й Андре́евич Вознесе́нский) (May 12, 1933 – June 1, 2010) Author and poet Boston.com obit

Any addictions, corrections and links to original sources appreciated. There are conflicting resources available for some of those listed here, and it has been a struggle to cut through to the facts. I’ll ask you to keep all comments relevant, and – if possible – supply more information to complete the list.

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2010 – Deaths S

Posted by BigWords on January 4, 2011

Sa’d, Dr. Ahmad (אחמד סעד‎ / أحمد سعد‎) (November 25, 1945 – April 20, 2010) Journalist
Sado, Mikhail Yukhanovich (Михаил Юханович Садо) (June 9, 1934 – August 30, 2010) Scholar
Saeedpour, Vera Beaudin (March 27, 1930 – May 30, 2010) Scholar
Sæter, Einar (December 6, 1917 – November 10, 2010) Newspaper editor
St. Peters, Crispian (April 5, 1939 – June 8, 2010) Songwriter website; New York Times obit
Salani, Corso (September 9, 1961 – June 16, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Salazar, Max (April 17, 1932 – September 19, 2010) Music writer
Salinger, J.D. (Jerome David) (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) bio; IMDB; Observer tribute by Lillian Ross; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit
Samuels, Professor Michael Louis (September 14, 1920 – November 24, 2010)
Sánchez Junco, Eduardo (April 26, 1943 – July 14, 2010) Editor and journalist
Sandall, Robert (June 9, 1952 – July 20, 2010) Music journalist Telegraph obit
Sanguineti, Edoardo (December 9, 1930 – May 18, 2010) Italian novelist
Santo, Alda Neves da Graça do Espírito (April 30, 1926 – March 9, 2010) Poet
Saramago, José (November 16, 1922 – June 18, 2010)
Sarason, Seymour Bernard Ph.D. (January 12, 1919 – January 28, 2010) Psychologist website
al-Saray, Riad (1975 – September 7, 2010) Journalist
Sarno, Joseph W. (March 15, 1921 – April 26, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Satō, Chiyoko “Shio” (December 6, 1952 – April 4, 2010) Manga artist
Sayle, Murray William, OAM (January 1, 1926 – September 19, 2010) Journalist and novelist The Australian obit; Independent obit
Scalapino, Leslie (July 25, 1944 – May 28, 2010) website
Scarpelli Furio (December 16, 1919 – April 28, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB; Guardian obit; Independent obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit
Scarpelli, Henry (1930 – April 4, 2010) Comic-book artist Lambiek; Archie Comics obit; Comic Book Resources obit; Nerdage obit
Schäfke, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich (July 21, 1922 – April 4, 2010) Mathematician
Schaft, Irene (August 9, 2010) blog
Schatzman, Evry Léon (born 16 September 1920 – 25 April 2010) Astrophysicist
Scheer, Hermann (April 29, 1944 – October 14, 2010) website
Schenck, Wolfgang (February 7, 1913 – March 5, 2010)
Schildberger, Michael Julius (April 4, 1938 – June 2, 2010) Journalist and author
Schimmel, Robert George “Bob” (January 16, 1950 – September 3, 2010) website; IMDB
Schlingensief, Christoph Maria (October 24, 1960 – August 21, 2010)
Schioppa, Tommaso Padoa (July 23, 1940 – December 18, 2010) Guardian obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit
Schmidt, Hannelore “Loki” (March 3, 1919 – October 21, 2010) Environmentalist
Schneider, Stephen H. (February 11, 1945 – July 19, 2010) Science writer IMDB
Schoenherr, John (Juy 5, 1935 — April 8, 2010) magazine illustrator bio; Encyclopedia of Science Fiction bio; Bear Alley tribute (blog); New York Times obit
Schorr, Daniel Louis (August 31, 1916 – July 23, 2010) Journalist New York Times obit
Schröder, Hans (July 28, 1930 – April 6, 2010) Artist
Schroeter, Werner (April 7, 1945 – April 12, 2010) Screenwriter website; IMDB; Guardian obit; Independent obit; New York Times obit
Schurmann, Franz Herbert (June 21, 1926 – August 20, 2010) Historian
Schwaiger, Brigitte (April 6, 1949 – July 26, 2010)
Scithers, George H. (May 14, 1929 – April 19, 2010) Editor and SF luminary Juno Books obit; Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction bio
Scott, Nathan (May 11, 1915 – February 27, 2010) Composer
Scott, Lady Scott, Phillippa (Felicity Philippa Talbot-Ponsonby) (November 22, 1918 – January 5, 2010) Guardian obit
Seaton, Peter (December 16, 1942 – May 18, 2010) Poet
Sebree, George McClellan, III (August 26, 1932 – March 7, 2010) Journalist
Segal, Erich Wolf (June 16, 1937 – January 17, 2010) Author and screenwriter IMDB; Guardian obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit; Washington Post obit
Segawa, Yasuo (April 5, 1932 – February 18, 2010) Book illustrator bio
Sela, Lhasa de (September 27, 1972 – January 1, 2010) Songwriter
Selçuk, İlhan (March 11, 1925 – June 21, 2010) Author, editor and journalist
Serling, Robert Jerome (March 28, 1918 – May 6, 2010) bio; IMDB; Boston.com obit; New York Times obit
Sevela, Efraim (Эфраим Севела / Efim Evelevich Drabkin / Ефим Евелевич Драбкин) (March 8, 1928 – August 18, 2010) Author and screenwriter IMDB; The Voice Of Russia obit
Severn, David (David Storr Unwin) (December 3, 1918 – February 11, 2010) Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction bio; 1930-1960 obit (blog); Times obit
Shade, Hastings (May 20, 1941 – February 9, 2010) Linguist and mythologist
Shah, Rajendra Keshavlal (January 28, 1913 – January 2, 2010) Poet
Sharma, Devi (October 19, 1921 – March 30, 2010) IMDB
Sharp, Dennis (November 30, 1933 – May 6, 2010) Author, editor and historian
Shealy, Rod, Sr. (December 22, 1953 – August 18, 2010) Publisher blog
Sheasby, David (September 20, 1940 – February 26, 2010) Playwright Guardian obit
Sherman, Jane (June 14, 1908 – March 16, 2010) Boston.com obit; New York Times obit
Shi Tiesheng (1951- December 31, 2010) Chinese author
Shibano, Takumi (October 27, 1926 – January 16, 2010) Japanese translator and author IMDB; File 770 obit (blog)
Takeshi Shudō (August 18, 1949 – October 29, 2010) Japanese screenwriter IMDB; Schoolgirl Milky Crisis obit (blog); Pokemonepisode.org tribute
Shvarts, Elena Andreyevna (Елена Андреевна Шварц) (May 17, 1948 – March 11, 2010) Poet Guardian obit; Independent obit; Jewish Quarterly tribute
Sicherman, Dr. Harvey (1945 – December 25, 2010)
Sievey, Christopher Mark (aka Frank Sidebottom) (August 25, 1955 – June 21, 2010) Official website; podcasts; IMDB; BBC tribute; Bleeding Cool tribute; Guardian obit; Telegraph obit
Sigurðardóttir, Fríða Áslaug (December 10, 1940 – May 7, 2010) Icelandic novelist
Silber, Irwin (October 17, 1925 – September 8, 2010) Editor, journalist and publisher website; Guardian obit; Independent obit; New York Times obit; Next Year Country obit (blog)
Sillitoe, Alan (March 4, 1928 – April 25, 2010) IMDB; Guardian obit; Left Lion obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit
Sillitoe, Linda Buhler (July 31, 1948 – April 7, 2010) Historian and journalist
Simoneit, Ferdinand (June 14, 1925 – April 3, 2010) Author and journalist
Simpson, Robert Smith (November 9, 1906 – September 5, 2010) New York Times obit; Washington Post obit
Singh, Kunwar “Billy” Arjan (August 15, 1917 – January 1, 2010) Wildlife author Tiger Haven Society; WWF tribute
Siras, Shrinivas Ramchandra (1948 – April 8, 2010)
Sitchin, Zecharia (January 11, 1920 – October 9, 2010) website
Skillend, William E. (April 26, 1926 – February 21, 2010) Translator
Slabbert, Frederik van Zyl (March 2, 1940 – May 14, 2010) Guardian obit; Independent obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit; Washington Post obit
Smith, Carl Milton (March 15, 1927 – January 16, 2010) Songwriter IMDB; Guardian obit; Independent obit; New York Times obit
Smith, Sir Cyril, MBE (June 28, 1928 – September 3, 2010) Guardian obit; Independent obit; Telegraph obit
Smith, E. Gene (August 10, 1936 – December 16, 2010) Scholar
Smith, Gordon William (1920 – 2010) Star-Telegram obit
Smith, Jerry E. (April 8, 1950 – March 8, 2010) website
Smith, Myrna Yvonne (May 28, 1941 – December 24, 2010) Songwriter IMDB; Classic Pop Icons obit
Smoljak, Ladislav (December 9, 1931 – June 6, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Smyslov, Vasily Vasilyevich (Василий Васильевич Смыслов) (March 24, 1921 – March 27, 2010)
Snyder, Cameron Crockett (October 9, 1916 – January 29, 2010) Sportswriter Baltimore Sun obit
Sobran, Michael Joseph, Jr. (February 23, 1946 – September 30, 2010) website; New York Times obit
Soggin, Jan Alberto (March 10, 1926 – October 27, 2010) Scholar
Serrano, Joaquín Soler (August 19, 1919 – September 7, 2010) Journalist
Solomos, George Paul (aka Themistocles Hoetis) (September 16, 1925 – November 8, 2010) Journalist and poet Guardian obit
Sonnenberg, Benjamin, Jr. (December 30, 1936 – June 24, 2010) New York Times obit; Washington Post obit
Soosaar, Enn (February 13, 1937 – February 10, 2010) Critic and translator
Sorensen, Theodore Chaikin (May 8, 1928 – October 31, 2010) Political writer
Southam, Ann, CM (February 4, 1937 – November 25, 2010) Composer
Spender, Natasha, Lady Spender (April 18, 1919 – October 21, 2010) Guardian obit
Stapley, Richard (aka Richard Wyler) (June 20, 1923 – March 5, 2010) IMDB
Star, Susan “Leigh” (1954 – March 24, 2010)
Starkie, Martin (1922 – 2010) IMDB
Stawiński, Jerzy Stefan (July 1, 1921 – June 12, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Steakley, John William, Jr. (July 26, 1951 – November 27, 2010) website; IMDB; Dallas News obit
Stein, Joseph (May 30, 1912 – October 24, 2010) IMDB; Guardian obit; Independent obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit
Steinmetz, Sol (July 29, 1930 – October 13, 2010) Lexicographer
Stewart, Anthony Terence Quincey (1929 – December 17, 2010) Historian
Stigen, Terje (June 28, 1922 – August 14, 2010)
Stites, Richard Thomas (December 2, 1931 – March 7, 2010) Historian
Stock, Dennis (July 24, 1928 – January 11, 2010) Photojournalist
Stojanović, Svetozar “Sveta” (Светозар Стојановић) (October 18, 1931 – May 7, 2010) Philosopher
Story, Christopher Edward Harle, FRSA (1938 – July 14, 2010) Political author
Stow, Julian Randolph (November 28, 1935 – May 29, 2010)
Strick, Joseph (July 6, 1923 – June 2, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Strohmeyer, John (June 26, 1924 – March 3, 2010) Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
de Stroumillo, Olga Elisabeth Terese “Minky” (May 17, 1926 – March 11, 2010) Journalist
Studwell, William Emmett (March 18, 1936 – August 2, 2010) Librarian
Suarez, Roberto A. (November 27, 1942 – February 8, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Sucher, Dorothy (May 18, 1933 – August 22, 2010)
Surve, Narayan Gangaram (नारायण गंगाराम सुर्वे) (October 15, 1926 – August 16, 2010) Poet
Sutzkever, Abraham (אַבֿרהם סוצקעווער / Avrom Sutskever / אברהם סוצקבר) (July 15, 1913 – January 20, 2010) Poet
Sweezy, Nancy (October 14, 1921 – February 6, 2010) Author and folklorist New York Times obit
Sykes, Roberta “Bobbi” (August 16, 1943 – November 14, 2010) Author and poet
Sylvestre, Guy (Jean-Guy Sylvestre) OC, FRSC (May 17, 1918 – September 26, 2010) Literary critic

Any addictions, corrections and links to original sources appreciated. There are conflicting resources available for some of those listed here, and it has been a struggle to cut through to the facts. I’ll ask you to keep all comments relevant, and – if possible – supply more information to complete the list.

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2010 – Deaths Q & R

Posted by BigWords on January 4, 2011

Quaife, Peter Alexander Greenlaw (December 31, 1943 – June 23, 2010) Guardian obit; Telegraph obit
Quarrington Paul Lewis (July 22, 1953 – January 21, 2010) Novelist and screenwriter website; IMDB
Quinn, James J., SJ (April 21, 1919 – April 8, 2010) Hymnwriter
Quinton, Anthony Meredith, Baron Quinton (March 25, 1925 – June 19, 2010) Philosopher

Radhakrishnan, M. G. (August 8, 1940 – July 2, 2010) Composer IMDB
Raffray, André (1925 – 2010) Graphic artist
Raftery, Barry (August 16, 1944 – August 22, 2010) Archeologist IMDB; Antiquity tribute; Irish Times obit
Rahhal, Assaf Abu (Assaf Abou Rahhal) (December 18, 1955 – August 3, 2010) Journalist
Rajadhyaksha Marathi, Mangesh Vitthal (मंगेश विठ्ठल राजाध्यक्ष) (June 7, 1913 – April 19, 2010)
Rajah, K.S. (Kasinather Saunthararajah) S.C., P.B.M. (March 3, 1930 – June 17, 2010)
Ramírez, Ariel (September 4, 1921 – February 18, 2010) Composer, first elected president of the Society Of Authors And Composers Of The Argentine Republic website
Rammellzee (aka RAMMΣLLZΣΣ) (1960 – June 28, 2010) Artist
Rardin, Jennifer (April 28, 1965 – September 20, 2010) website; Guardian obit
Ratajczak, Dariusz (November 28, 1962 – 2010) Historian
Ravetch, Irving (November 14, 1920 – September 19, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB; Guardian obit; Independent obit; New York Times obit
Rayner, Claire Berenice OBE (née Chetwynd) (January 22, 1931 – October 11, 2010) Journalist and novelist IMDB; Guardian obit; Independent obit; Telegraph obit
al-Rayyis, Nahid Munir (1937 – April 13, 2010) Poet
Reback, Katherine (1950 – May 24, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Rebillot, Paul (May 19, 1931 – February 11, 2010) Direct Impact Creativity
Rebimbus, Wilfred Gerald (April 2, 1942 – March 9, 2010) Lyricist
Reddy, Surendran (March 9, 1962 – January 22, 2010) Composer
Regalado, Héctor José (January 29, 1943 – November 4, 2010)
Reid, Constance Bowman (January 3, 1918 – October 14th, 2010) Biographer
Reid, James “Jimmy” (July 9, 1932 – August 10, 2010) Journalist
Reimer, A. James (August 10, 1942 – August 28, 2010) Academic
Rekai, Kati, CM ( October 20, 1921 – February 1, 2010)
Remonde, Cerge Mamites (December 21, 1958 – January 19, 2010) Journalist
Rémy, Pierre-Jean (Jean-Pierre Angremy) (March 21, 1937 – April 28, 2010)
Rendell, Joan, MBE (1921 – May 4, 2010) Historian This Is Cornwall obit
Rety, John (Janos Réty) (December 8, 1930 – February 3, 2010) Poet Telegraph obit
Reynolds Lowery, Pam (1956 – May 22, 2010) Songwriter website
Reynolds, Paul (4 October 1949 – 23 May 2010) Internet advocate
Reza, Enayatollah (June 18, 1920 – July 20, 2010) Historian
Ribeiro, Francisco (March 15, 1965 – September 14, 2010) Composer
Rich, Alan (June 17, 1924 – April 23, 2010) Music critic website
Richardson, Neil Grant (February 5, 1930 – October 8, 2010) Composer IMDB
Richey, George (November 30, 1935 – July 31, 2010) Songwriter
Ricketts, Christopher (aka Topher Ricketts) (1955 – 2010) Martial arts author website
Riley, Judith Merkle (January 14, 1942 – September 12, 2010) Academic and novelist website; LA Times obit
Rimmer, Jim (April 1, 1934 – January 9, 2010) Owner of Pie Tree Press and noted font designer
Rinciari, Ken (1936 – April 25, 2010) New York Times illustrator website; Another Voice website
Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati (1922 – April 12, 2010)
Ritchie, Bill (August 1, 1931 – January 25, 2010) Comic-book artist The Beezer’s Golden Years obit (blog) Scotsman obit
Roberts, Charles Swann (1930 – August 20, 2010) game designer and historian The Gaming Gang obit
Roberts, Henry Edward (September 13, 1941 – April 1, 2010) Computer pioneer and technical writer Guardian obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit
Roberts, Richard Julian FSA (May 18, 1930 – October 20, 2010) Librarian and bibliographer
Robinson, Geoffrey (August 22, 1917 – December 30, 2009) Historian
Robinson, Jeanne (March 30, 1948 – May 30, 2010) bio; Stardance movie website; Analog obit
Robinson, Michael (1948 – 2010) Artist and poet website
Rodgers, Carolyn Marie (December 14, 1940 – April 2, 2010) Poet
Rodríguez Cobos, Mario Luis (aka Silo) (January 6, 1938 – September 16, 2010) website
Rodríguez Fernández, Arturo (1948 – April 16, 2010) Author and film critic
Rohmer, Éric (March 20, 1920 – January 11, 2010) Director, film critic, journalist and screenwriter IMDB; Guardian obit; Telegraph obit; Time Out obit
Roelfzema, E.H. (Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema Jr.). (February 17, 1947 – February 11, 2010) website
Rogde, Isak (1947 – 3 January 2010) Translator
Roll, Israel (1937 – June 20, 2010) Archeologist
Rollin, Jean (Jean Michel Rollin Roth Le Gentil) (November 3, 1938 – December 15, 2010) website; IMDB
Romanowiczowa, Zofia (Zofia Górska) (October 18, 1922 – March 28, 2010) Translator
Römbell, Manfred (December 3, 1941 – June 22, 2010)
de Romilly, Professor Dr. Jacqueline Worms (March 26, 1913 – December 18, 2010) LA Times obit
Ronay, Egon (July 24, 1915 – June 12, 2010) Food critic Guardian obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit
Ronchey, Alberto (September 26, 1926 – March 5, 2010) Journalist
Rooks, Pamela (1958 – October 1, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Rosen, Martin “Moishe” (April 12, 1932 – May 18, 2010) Jews For Jesus author.
Roshchin, Mikhail Mikhailovich (Михаил Михайлович Рощин) (February 10, 1933 – October 1, 2010) Screenwriter
Ross, David Robertson (February 28, 1958 – January 2, 2010) Author and historian website; Herald Scotland obit; Scotsman obit; Times obit
Ross, James Francis (October 9, 1931 – July 12, 2010) Philosopher
Roth, Andrew (April 23, 1919 – August 12, 2010) Journalist
Rothstein, Natalie (June 21, 1930 – February 18, 2010) Academic Times obit
Roush, Gerald Lee (October 5, 1941 – May 21, 2010) Ferrari Market Letter website; Boston.com obit; New York Times obit
Roy, Adrienne (June 28, 1953 – December 14, 2010) Comic-book colorist CBG Xtra obit; Comics Worth Reading tribute
Rózsahegyi, György (November 21, 1940 – June 28, 2010)
Ruben, Aaron (March 1, 1914 – January 30, 2010) Director and screenwriter IMDB; LA Times obit; New York Times obit
Rudin, Walter (May 2, 1921 – May 20, 2010) Mathematician
Rugambage, Jean-Léonard ( – June 24, 2010) Journalist
Russ, Martin Saxon (February 14, 1931 – December 6, 2010) Military author New York Times obit
Russell-Wood, A.J.R. (Anthony John R. Russell-Wood) (1940 – August 13, 2010) Historian
Rust, Arthur George “Art,” Jr. (October 13, 1927 – January 12, 2010) Columnist
Rutschky, Katharina (January 25, 1941 – January 14, 2010) German Academic
Ryan, Gerard “Gerry” (June 4, 1956 – April 30, 2010)

Any addictions, corrections and links to original sources appreciated. There are conflicting resources available for some of those listed here, and it has been a struggle to cut through to the facts. I’ll ask you to keep all comments relevant, and – if possible – supply more information to complete the list.

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2010 – Deaths N-P

Posted by BigWords on January 4, 2011

Nagavally, Venu (April 16, 1949 – September 9, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Nakamura, Akira (April 24, 1934 – June 26, 2010) Historian
Nan Nyunt Swe (1923 – July 14, 2010)
Nandi, Moti (July 10, 1931 – January 3, 2010) Journalist
Narokobi, Bernard (1937 – March 2010) Philosopher
Nashimoto, Masaru (December 1, 1944 – August 21, 2010) Magazine reporter
Nathanson, Abraham (November 26, 1929 – June 6, 2010) Creator of Bananagrams.
Neal, Patricia (January 20, 1926 – August 8, 2010) Actress; widow of Roald Dahl IMDB
Neame, Ronald Elwin, CBE, BSC (April 23, 1911- June 16, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB; Guardian obit; Independent obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit; Washington Post
Neasom, Norman (November 7, 1915 – February 22, 2010) Illustrator website; Independent obit
Neill, William (February 22, 1922 – April 5, 2010) Poet
Nelder, John Ashworth FRS (October 8, 1924 – August 7, 2010) Statistician
Neligan, Maurice (1937 – October 8, 2010) Newspaper columnist
Nelissen, Jean (June 2, 1936 – September 1, 2010) Sportswriter
Nelson, Shirley Collie (March 16, 1931 – January 27, 2010) Songwriter website
Ņemcovs, Grigorijs (Григорий Владимирович Немцов) (December 11, 1948 – April 16, 2010) Journalist
Nettleford, Ralston Milton “Rex” OM(J), FIJ, OCC (February 3, 1933 – February 2, 2010) Scholar
Nettum, Rolf Nyboe (June 17, 1919 – January 20, 2010) Literary historian
Netzer, Ehud (אהוד נצר‎)‎ (May 13, 1934 – October 28, 2010) Archeologist
Neu, James A. “Jim” (November 18, 1943 – July 19, 2010) Playwright website; New York Times obit
Neuberger, Roy Rothschild (July 21, 1903 – December 24, 2010)
Newman, Edwin Harold (January 25, 1919 – August 13, 2010) Journalist and author IMDB; LA Times obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit; Washington Post obit
Newman, Roger (August 31, 1940 – March 4, 2010) IMDB
Newnham, Thomas Oliver, QSO (1926 – December 15, 2010)
Nicole, Roger R. (December 10, 1915 – December 11, 2010) Scholar
Nicoll, Murray (1943 – May 2, 2010) Journalist The Australian
Nielsen, Leslie William, OC (February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010) IMDB
Nishizaki, Yoshinobu (December 18, 1934 – November 7, 2010) IMDB
Njawé, Pius (March 4, 1957 – July 12, 2010) Journalist and free press advocate New York Times obit; Reporters Without Borders obit
Nkosi, Lewis (December 5, 1936 – September 5, 2010) Guardian obit
Noble, David Franklin (July 22, 1945 – December 27, 2010) Historian
Noelle-Neumann, Elisabeth (December 19, 1916 – March 25, 2010) Political scientist
Nogueira, Armando (January 27, 1927 – March 29, 2010) Sportswriter
Noorda, Bob (July 15, 1927 – January 11, 2010) Graphic designer
Nordheim, Arne (June 20, 1931 – June 5, 2010) Composer website; Guardian obit
Norris, John (1934 – January 31, 2010) Publisher and editor; founder of CODA magazine Globe & Mail obit
Norton, William Wallace, Jr. (September 24, 1925 – October 1, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB; Guardian obit; LA Times obit; Washington Post obit
Nysted, Liv (August 27, 1949 – March 21, 2010)

Ó Buachalla, Professor Breandán (1936 – May 20, 2010) Scholar
Ochoa, Joseph Hernández ( – March 1, 2010) Journalist Committee To Protect Journalists notice
O’Donnell, Peter (April 11, 1920 – May 3, 2010) IMDB; Modesty Blaise official site; Shots E-zine tribute; The Comics Journal obit; Guardian obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit
Offen, Ronald C. (October 2, 1930 – August 9, 2010) Playwright and editor Chicago Tribune obit
O’Gallagher, Marianna (March 24, 1929 – May 23, 2010) Historian
Okasha, Osama Anwar (أسامة أنور عكاشة‎) (July 27, 1941 – May 28, 2010) Journalist and screenwriter
Okopenko, Andreas (March 15, 1930 – June 27, 2010)
Oliver, Margo (1923 – June 4, 2010) Cookery writer
O’Mara, Bridgid “Bree” (July 4, 1968 – May 12, 2010) online memorial; Guardian obit; Times obit
O’Neill, Gilda (May 25, 1951 – September 24, 2010) Guardian obit
Opperman, Kalmen (December 8, 1919 – June 18, 2010) Textbook author
Orellana, Jorge Alberto “Georgino” ( – April 20, 2010) Journalist
Orlandis Rovira, Jose (April 29, 1918 – December 24, 2010) Historian
Orlovsky, Peter Anton (July 8, 1933 – May 30, 2010) Poet Independent obit
O’Rourke, Fergus J. (1923 – 2010) Academic
Orton, Mildred Ellen (February 9, 1911 – May 6, 2010)
de Ory, Carlos Edmundo (April 27, 1923 – November 11, 2010) Poet
O’Shaughnessy, Brian Joseph (September 10, 1925 – July 7, 2010) Philosopher Guardian obit
Osler, Margaret J. (November 27, 1942 – September 15, 2010) Historian and philosopher
Osman, Mohamed Fathi (March 17, 1928 – September 11, 2010) Author and scholar
Ostwald, Martin (January 15, 1922 – April 10, 2010) Scholar
Owings, Mark (1945 – December 30, 2009)
Owsley, William Reese “Will,” III (March 6, 1966 – April 30, 2010) Songwriter website
Oyono, Ferdinand Léopold (September 14, 1929 – June 10, 2010) French author

Padoa-Schioppa, Tommaso (July 23, 1940 – December 18, 2010) Economist
Padwick, Eric William (January 23, 1923 – March 29, 2010) Bibliographer Cricket Society tribute
Page, Patricia Kathleen, CC, OBC, FRSC (November 23, 1916 – January 14, 2010) Poet website
Palme, Michael (1943 – February 10, 2010) Journalist
Pániker Alemany, Raimundo (November 3, 1918 – August 26, 2010) Scholar
Pankaj Advani (पंकज आडवाणी) (August 1, 1965 – November 11, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Panza, Giuseppe (1923 – April 24, 2010) ArtInfo obit; LA Times obit; New York Times obit; Times obit
Papakonstantinou, Michalis (November 1, 1919 – January 17, 2010) Greek author
Paraskevas, Betty (1929 – April 7, 2010)
Park, Clara Claiborne (August 19, 1923 – July 3, 2010)
Ruth Park, AM (August 24, 1917 – December 14, 2010) The Australian obit; New York Times obit; Sydney Morning Herald obit
Parker, Robert Brown (September 17, 1932 – January 18, 2010) website; blog; Guardian obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit
Parker, Rozsika (December 27, 1945 – November 5,2010) Historian
Parlette, Alicia Rose (January 11, 1982 – April 22, 2010) Journalist blog; San Francisco Chronicle articles
Partridge, Don (October 27, 1941 – September 21, 2010) Songwriter IMDB
Parun, Vesna (April 10, 1922 – October 25, 2010) Poet
Pasquini Durán, José María (1939 – 2010)
Passy, Isaac (Исак Паси) (March 13, 1928 – August 13, 2010) Philosopher noinvite.com notice of death
Păunescu, Adrian (July 20, 1943 – November 5, 2010) Journalist and poet New York Times obit
Pavic, Milorad (Милорад Павић) (October 15, 1929 – November 30, 2009) website; Guardian obit; Independent obit; New York Times obit
Peaks, Anthony (Apache) (December 26, 1964 – January 22, 2010) Songwriter
Pekar, Harvey Lawrence (October 8, 1939 – July 12, 2010) Comic-book writer IMDB; online tribute; The Comics Reporter obit; Guardian obit; Independent obit; LA Times obit; New York Times obit; Newsweek obit; Telegraph obit
Pelletier, Aimé (published as Bertrand Vac) (August 20, 1914 – d. July 23, 2010)
Pendergrass, Theodore DeReese “Teddy” (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010) Songwriter website
Penn, Arthur Hiller (September 27, 1922 – September 28, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Pennar, Dr. Meirion (December 24, 1944 – December 9, 2010) Poet Independent obit
Perrin, Jeannine “Mimi” (February 2, 1926 – November 16, 2010) Translator
Stephen (Steve) J. Perry (December 12, 1954 – May, 2010) Screenwriter and comic-book writer Comic Book Resources obit; Steve Bissette tribute
Peseschkian, Nossrat, M.D. Ph.D. (June 18, 1933 – April 27, 2010)
Philberth, Bernhard Josef (March 26, 1927 – August 8, 2010)
Phillips, Harvey (December 2, 1929 – October 20, 2010) Scholar
Phong, Đặng (1937 – August 20, 2010) Historian
Pickles, Judge James (March 18, 1925 – December 18, 2010) Journalist and author Guardian obit; Independent obit; Telegraph obit
Pierce, Charles B. (June 16, 1938 – March 5, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Pillsbury, Edmund (April 28, 1943 – March 26, 2010) Art historian New York Times obit; Times obit
Pinney, Roy Schiffer (August 13, 1911 – August 9, 2010) Journalist
Pinnock, Clark H. (February 3, 1937 – August 15, 2010) Scholar
Pitt, Ingrid (November 21, 1937 – November 23, 2010) Actress and writer IMDB; Guardian obit
Piva, Roberto (September 25, 1937 – July 3, 2010) Poet
Placido, Beniamino (May 15, 1929 – January 6, 2010) Journalist
Plain, Belva (Belva Offenberg) (October 9, 1915 – October 12, 2010) website; IMDB
Plater, Alan Frederick, CBE, FRSL (April 15, 1935 – June 25, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Podila, Gopi K. (September 14, 1957 – February 12, 2010) Academic writer
Poindexter, Malcolm P. Jr. (April 3, 1925 – March 30, 2010) Journalist
Polak, Ada Buch (Andrea Buch) (September 19, 1914 – October 25, 2010) Art historian
Polak, Jacques (April 25, 1914 – February 26, 2010)
Ponce de León, Patricio (Aug 26, 1919 – Feb 26, 2010) Scientific writer
Pondaag, Pance F. (February 18, 1951 – June 3, 2010) Songwriter
Popescu, Nicolae (September 22, 1937 – July 29, 2010) Mathematician
Porter, Peter Neville Frederick OAM (February 16, 1929 – April 23 2010) Poet Independent obit
Post, Elizabeth L. (May 7, 1920 – April 24, 2010) New York Times obit; Times obit
Post, Howard (November 2, 1926 – May 21, 2010) Comic-book creator IMDB; Lambiek; The Comics Reporter obit
Prather, Hugh (January 23, 1938 – November 15, 2010)
Price, Chilton (December 25, 1913 – January 14, 2010) Songwriter
Prince, Al ( – April 8, 2010) Journalist
Proud, Pip (Philip John Proud) (1947 – 2010) Songwriter and poet Mess And Noise tribute
Przewoźnik, Andrzej (May 13, 1963 – April 10, 2010) Historian
Pusić, Eugen (July 1, 1916 – September 20, 2010) Academic
Puthenchery, Gireesh (September 23, 1959 – February 10, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB

Any addictions, corrections and links to original sources appreciated. There are conflicting resources available for some of those listed here, and it has been a struggle to cut through to the facts. I’ll ask you to keep all comments relevant, and – if possible – supply more information to complete the list.

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