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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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As Ripples On Water

Posted by BigWords on February 4, 2011

Everything, as I have said many times before, is connected. The most seemingly isolated things are entangled, in ways which make even the most random and inconsequential items matter. When I started seriously putting the pieces of the non-fiction book together, adding fifteen years worth of notes and observations to the bare bones of an idea which I have carried with me from place to place, this became even clearer for me. I’ve (thus far) resisted the temptation to give too much away about the contents of the WIP, but as I cautiously move from segment to segment of the book, I realize that I’m not entirely sure of how much other people know. The notion of “common knowledge” seems to get further complicated as I attempt to write for an international, and more importantly educated audience.

The first thing which strikes me about writing non-fiction, and is in no way a slur on anyone else, is how often there are massive gaps in reference books. Not merely oversights, but whole sections of history which are so poorly represented that it would seem, to an indiscriminate eye, that such times have had no event of significance within the period described. I knew, right from the start, that I wanted to do something definitive with this, and having had long enough to consider how I wanted to proceed (in a subject which is still more or less virgin territory) it became clear that there were no suitable guides from which to draw on. A rough outline of contents has revealed to me the scope of the omissions in other peoples’ work, which means I have to strike out on my own if I want to do this right. In the short time I have been compiling the data, the vast world of interconnected information has slowly been revealed to me.

And it is scary.

Writing about books (in a way, for such is the nature of this tome), has been as complicated as anything I could possibly have imagined. There’s already over a hundred years of history I have to convey, and titles I need to track down, but of the material which is present and correct, very little information is already documented. This is not only new research I am having to do, it also bleeds into other areas I never expected to have to fix. The US side of the material (which is tertiary at best to what I intend) has so meager a bibliography that it isn’t worth my while reading further on the collated data there, and the European side of things is even worse – in English, at least. I’m opening myself to writing at least four or five books worth of information to back up the central data in the work in progress.

It isn’t just the paucity of good reference works about the books, it also concerns the magazines, comics and periodicals I am going to be covering. For a long time – until very recently – I had expected that there would be some sort of website or overly-priced reference book which I could work off as a starting point for further research, but that is not the case. I’m having to go through (by hand) decades of fragile documents to get the barest scraps of information required to find elements which correspond to the titles I am documenting, which is at least another book’s worth of great material sitting beside me. It’s slightly disheartening to think that there is so little interest in the history of an area of publishing that so little has been written as to necessitate such extensive research.

I’m going to hold my hand up here, and admit that I thought this would be easy. Hell, it’s not as if I ever go out of my way to do things which are on the very edge of impossible, even if it sometimes seems that way. It’s a good thing I am so obsessed with making my work as good as it can be, and – really important, given the titles which are in the same general area – encompassing, because I have the feeling the works which have set out to tackle similar areas were crushed by the ever-expanding reference pool which goes with crafting a definitive work in one area. It’s the ripples which get people every time. One thing leads to another, which opens a new field of query, then onwards… Outwards…

The ever-expanding pool of knowledge I am having to cope with may seem like a daunting task – and there are things I’m writing about which go back to the 1700s, so it is a very wide net I am casting – but I have the feeling that this is an important lesson, in many ways. If I hadn’t decided to tackle this work, then it would have remained forgotten by most as a blip which passed without much fanfare. There are names which are difficult to trace much of their work, and that’s another thing which annoys me a bit more than I find comforting. It’s pretty much up to me – as the only person who seems to be doing anything to preserve the knowledge – to make their work live on again. I really don’t like the responsibility which comes with that…

Maybe the ripple effect isn’t as bad for me because I need to write this. It isn’t because I have a feeling this will make heaps of money (in fact, I’m almost certain that the very limited audience for such a book is shrinking by the day), nor is it because there is a pressing need for such a book (given the absence of similar works on the market, that is a given), but the urge to write it remains. It’s the kind of thing I would buy in an instant if there was a title of distinction available. I may be overcompensating, by adding more information than is truly necessary for the work to stand alone, but all the elements build to something which has never been done before, and that excites me.

Do I want to be cited? To have my name in footnotes? This book, this folly of epic proportions, deemed a work which is to be read by people as a window into the small area of publishing it covers? I hope not. I do want the dissemination of information to go as well as possible, but the daunting and rather awful prospect of this graduating from a diversion to being an important title in its’ subject makes me uneasy. The way that I have been approaching the end-section of the book, unlike other reference guides, is to give it an equal weight of importance as the main body of text, and it’s probably the one thing I am most shocked with. There’s already indexed information which I can’t really grasp the reason for people excluding elsewhere, and the more I uncover (every day I seem to find some new and shiny fact) the more I am convinced that this book found me rather than the other way round.

Like ripples on water, the information grows.
Like ripples on water, it touches everything.

I can only hope I am up to the task of clearly explaining all that I hope to.

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Some More Thoughts On Books

Posted by BigWords on January 14, 2011

I’ve touched on this before, but the subject of book design – and everything that a person can do to ensure the best product possible – refuses to go away. People keep coming up with new ideas, recycling old ones, and borrowing others from monthly publications, The nature of publishing is not too far from the attention starved kid in the back of the classroom desperate to have some validation of their existence, constantly pulling pranks and cracking jokes so notice will be paid of him (for it is nearly always a male), and this has been so for decades. The attempts to induce casual purchasers of titles to pick up a book has resulted in some very gauche gimmicks – from the hologram cover (notably used on Wes Craven’s Fountain Society, though better known as an aspect of the Dork Age of comics) to jewel-covered titles. Yes, it seems that there are people with too much money on their hands. The various attempts at attracting buyers has not been entirely successful over the years, and a handful of truly unattractive books have managed to make it to the shelves – none of which I will name here, in an attempt at retaining some degree of impartiality here.

A recent conversation turned my mind back to a notion which, initially, seemed as if it was a throwaway remark intended to get people thinking on the ways that the future was rapidly becoming the present. Adding digital content to hard copies isn’t a new concept, with CDs having been included with books since the nineties (there are a few great examples, a lot of fine uses, and a couple of pointless additions to the main text), but there hasn’t been a game-changing example in a while. One of the main problems with adding things to a book has been the manner in which the items were grafted to the basic design of a book. The cardboard CD sleeve design on inside covers is annoying (and nearly always a source of annoyance and interminable frustration in retrieving the disc), while the small foam stub has issues regarding the replacement of the CD or DVD-Rom. This is an important piece of the complete book if it is deemed worthy of inclusion, but too little attention is payed to the way in which it all hangs together. I’m more interested in a means of adding digital content which removes the need for such contrivances, and which steps neatly around new problems.

I can’t find the precise link to where I previously covered this, but I pointed out that hardback editions of popular titles were the best place to test-drive the fusion of the traditional and the digital. If you look at the spine of a big hardback title, you’ll notice that there is a gap between the binding and the actual spine of the book. By extending the edge of the book slightly there will be enough room to slip in a memory stick, and as memory sticks now have more than enough room in their memory, the concept of having the full text in a number of formats is not out of the question. This goes back to extended treatise on e-books I did as well, and I still insist there are much better e-book formats forthcoming.

Before anyone gets the idea that I’m somehow slighting e-books by referring to them in the same post as I go over “gimmicks” then I assure you that I am not maligning them. Far from it. Having stated before that eBooks are something which will slowly emerge as a full media separate from traditional publishing, there’s no need for me to further elaborate on their status. The current technology behind them is baby steps. That’s all getting me further away from the central idea I’m pondering, and the ways in which books can take advantage of their design.

When I started thinking about the gimmick-covers I immediately thought of books which tied in their content to the design of the cover. There are a few examples of DVD cases acting as showcases for the skills of the design team which prove that the packaging is sometimes more impressive than the contents – one of the Saw films (IV or V) has a circular saw mechanism in a little window on the box, which (after some words from John Kramer) starts churning away at flesh unseen… he clear plastic being already rendered to appear as if blood is spurting across the inside of the packaging. Yes, it’s a lame gimmick for a second-rate film, but it managed to attract my attention for a few moments. Had this been used on a film which I considered less childish in its’ theme, I may have actually bought the box instead of the regular packaging. Synthesis between cover and content is key, and with no thematic link, and cover effect is worthless.

Books, then. I like the idea of having something unique (or which at least attempts the illusion of individuality), so having something crafted on the cover is appealing. I was looking at samplers, and the conceit of having an actual sampler on the cover of a book about samplers hit me. It’s a neat idea, but my fledgling steps towards the art form have been less than successful, despite spending an ungodly amount of time coming up with a design which I thought was really funny – a zombie theme, naturally. Gauging how long I have spent unpicking the damn thing and attempting to make it look even halfway like something I would have hanging around a living space – never mind showing in public – means that the production of such things aren’t entirely without problems. Maybe having one on a cover isn’t the best idea I have ever come up with, as the production process would require an extended period of trial and error in the design stage.

The size of a book, in instances where adding things to the cover is concerned, really does matter. Would I buy a book which reproduced album covers at full size? Probably not, unless the reverse of each image had a substantial degree of contextual information. Would I buy it if it had an actual LP glued to the cover? Yeah. I really would. it’s a gimmick as much as anything else, but it appeals to my sense of the surreal, and has an unusual element. Unusual is good, because it immediately engages the reader in questions. There was a lot of talk about the first video advert in a magazine, and soon – when the kinks in the technology have been worked out – I can imagine a video cover on a book. Before the cries of “heresy” and “blasphemer” erupt, I am not claiming that such a move would be a step forward, nor a great advance in literary wealth, but it might shift a few more copies of a book which would otherwise not shift as many copies. Sales are damn important to both an author’s reputation and a book’s long-term status, so the first person to have such a cover would need to make sure that the title on which it is first implemented be damn good.

The proof of gimmick covers is not just in the world of comics (where the otherwise predictable and cliche-laden X-Men #1 sold a million or so copies), but also in the way that DVDs with multiple covers has become the norm. We are living in an age when the attention span of the consumer has to be taken into account, and any publicity which can be generated by something so seemingly simple as cover ornamentation must be looked into as an enhancement as much as it is a declaration of content. Content may be king, but the cover is the queen – that which people pay attention to, and which commands attention. I’ll refrain from the “just like a woman” comment, as I’ll only end up getting grief for that…

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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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2010 – Deaths M

Posted by BigWords on January 2, 2011

McCall, Robert (1919 – February 26, 2010) Illustrator for LIFE Magazine website. CollectSPACE tribute; io9 obit; New York Times obit
McCarthy, Doris, CM, O.Ont (July 7, 1910 – November 25, 2010) website
MacCorkindale, Simon Charles Pendered (February 12 ,1952 – October 14, 2010) IMDB; Guardian obit
McDonald, Anne (January 11, 1961- October 22, 2010) website
MacDonald, John A. “Jack” (1927 – May 5, 2010) Journalist
McDonnell, Eugene Edward (October 18, 1926 – August 17, 2010) Columnist and publisher
McDowell, Charles “Charley” Jr. (June 24, 1926 – November 5, 2010) New York Times obit
Macek, Carl F. (September 21, 1951 – April 17, 2010) website; IMDB; Robotech.com tribute; SFGate.com obit
McGarrell, Flores “Flo” (August 31, 1974 – January 12, 2010)
McGarrigle, Kate, CM (February 6, 1946 – January 18, 2010) Songwriter IMDB; Guardian obit
Machavariani, Mukhran (April 12, 1929 – May 17, 2010) Poet
McInerny, Ralph Matthew (February 24, 1929 – January 29, 2010) New York Times obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit; Washington Post obit
MacIntyre, Fergus Gwynplaine (1948 – June 25, 2010) IMDB; File 770 tribute; io9 obit; New York Times obit
McKenzie, Lionel Wilfred (January 26, 1919 – October 12, 2010)
MacLaren, Jim (April 13, 1963 – August 30, 2010) website
McLaren, Malcolm (January 22, 1946 – April 8, 2010) website
McMillan, James Francis (April 10, 1948 – February 22, 2010) Historian and author Guardian obit
Macrae, Norman, CBE (1923 – June 11, 2010) website
Magerøy, Ragnhild (July 9, 1920 – November 16, 2010 Novelist and poet
Mahapragya, Acharya Shri (June 14, 1920 – May 9, 2010) Author of over 300 books website
Mahmood, Syed Qasim (November 17, 1928 – March 31, 2010)
Mahmud, Abdullah Totong (February 3, 1930 – July 6, 2010) Composer
Mailer, Norris Church (Barbara Jean Davis) (January 31, 1949 – November 21, 2010) Widow of Norman Mailer Guardian obit; Independent obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit
Maisel, Sherman Joseph (July 8, 1918 – September 29, 2010) Economist
Makropoulos, Georgiann (1943 – January 25, 2010)
Maleh, Edmond Amran El (March 30, 1917 – November 15, 2010) Morocco Board tribute
Malgonkar, Manohar (मनोहर माल्गोन्कार) (July 12, 1913 – June 14, 2010)
Mäll, Linnart (June 7, 1938 – February 14, 2010) Historian and translator
Mallat, Wajdi (وجدي ملاّط‎) (November 22, 1919 – April 17, 2010)
Malliavin, Paul (September 10, 1925 – June 3, 2010) Mathematician
Manderscheid, Roger (March 1, 1933 – June 1, 2010)
Maneva, Slavka (Славка Манева) (February 2, 1934 – January 8, 2010)
Manings, Allan (March 28, 1924 – May 12, 2010) IMDB; Classic TV History Blog bio; New York Times obit; LA Times obit
Mankiewicz, Tom (June 1, 1942 – July 31, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Marcantoni, François (May 28, 1920 – August 17, 2010) IMDB
Marcuvitz, Nathan (December 29, 1913 – February 14, 2010)
Margolius Kovály, Heda (September 15, 1919 – December 5, 2010) website
Marichal, Juan (February 2, 1922 – August 9, 2010)
Marie, Teena (Mary Christine Brockert) (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010) Songwriter website; Guardian obit; LA Times obit; Rolling Stone obit
Marković, Mihailo, PhD (Михаило Марковић) (February 24, 1923 – February 7, 2010) Philosopher
Marković-Mikrob, Saša (Саша Марковић-Микроб) (October 21, 1959 – July 15, 2010) Journalist
Marks, Louis Frank (March 23, 1928 – September 17, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB; Guardian obit; The Stage obit
Markson, David (December 20, 1927 – June 4, 2010) Guardian obit; LA Times obit; New York Times obit; Washington Post obit;
Markvoort, Eva (March 31, 1984 – March 27, 2010) Blogger blog; IMDB; Film website
Marsden, Jerrold Eldon (August 17, 1942 – September 21, 2010)
Marshall, James Joseph (February 3, 1936 – March 24, 2010) Photographer
Marshall, Noel (April 18, 1931 – June 30, 2010) Agent and screenwriter IMDB
Martin, Jacques (September 25, 1921 – January 21, 2010) Comic-book creator Lambiek; IMDB
Martínez, Tomás Eloy (July 16, 1934 – January 31, 2010) Journalist and author Independent obit; Latin American Herald Tribune; New York Times obit
Martins, Wilson (March 3, 1921 – January 30, 2010) Literary critic
Martohartono, Gesang (October 1, 1917 – May 20, 2010) Songwriter
Martínez Tijerina, Marco Aurelio (1964/65 – July 11, 2010) Journalist
Marx, Paul Benno, OSB (May 8, 1920 – March 20, 2010)
Masini, Alfred Michael “Al” (January 5, 1930 – November 29, 2010) Television producer and writer website; IMDB; LA Times obit; Variety obit; Washington Post obit
Masterson, James F. (March 25, 1926 – April 12, 2010) Psychiatrist
Mata, Daya, Sri (Faye Wright) (January 31, 1914 – November 30, 2010)
Mathew, K. M. (January 2, 1917 – August 1, 2010) EIC of Malayala Manorama and founder of numerous magazines
Matveyev, Aleksandr Konstantinovich (Александр Константинович Матвеев) (1926 – October 9, 2010) Linguist
Maxwell, A. Graham (July 18, 1921 – November 28, 2010) Spectrum Magazine tribute
Mayne, William (March 16, 1928 – March 24, 2010) IMDB; Guardian obit
Medek Ivan (July 13, 1925 – January 6, 2010) Music critic and journalist
Medina Elorga, José Ramón (July 20, 1919 – July 20, 2010) Poet
Meer, Fatima (August 12, 1928 – March 12, 2010)
Mehmeti, Din (1932 – November 12, 2010) Poet
Meisner, Brett (October 31, 1965 – September 13, 2010) Music critic and parodist website; Rock And Roll Bad Boy; IMDB
Mendo, Carlos (June 26, 1933 – August 23, 2010) Journalist
Menon, Professor Alappat Sreedhara (December 18, 1925 – July 23, 2010) Historian
Mercader, Martha Evelina (February 27, 1926 – February 17, 2010)
Mercurio, Augustino Eugenio “Gus” (August 10, 1928 – December 7, 2010) IMDB; The Age obit
Merta, Tomasz (November 7, 1965 – April 10, 2010) Historian
Meslin, Michel (1926 – 2010)
Meston, Daja Wangchuk (1970 – July 11, 2010)
Meyer, Jacob Owen (November 11, 1934 – April 9, 2010) Magazine editor
Meza Montesinos, David (1959 – March 11, 2010) Journalist
Mihardja, Achdiat Karta (March 6, 1911 – July 8, 2010) Novelist and playwright The Jakarta Post obit
Millward, Robert ( – July 8, 2010) Sportswriter SJA obit
Mikoyan, Sergo Anastasi (Сергo Анаста́сович Микоян) (June 5, 1929 – March 7, 2010) Historian
Milgrom, Jacob (1923 – June 5, 2010) Scholar
Miller, Alice (January 12, 1923 – April 14, 2010) website. Guardian obit
Mills, David Eugene (November 20, 1961 – March 30, 2010) Journalist and screenwriter blog; IMDB; Guardian obit; New York Times obit
Milner, Arthur John Robin Gorell, FRS FRSE (January 13, 1934 – March 20, 2010) Academic
Mindlin, José Ephim (September 8, 1914 – February 28, 2010) Bibliophile and editor of Edusp
Mitchell, Raymond Bruce (January 8, 1920 – January 30, 2010) Scholar Guardian obit; Independent obit; Telegraph obit; Times obit
Mitchell, Judith Paige (November 24, 1932 – February 10, 2010) IMDB
Mohr, Bärbel (July 5, 1964 – October 29, 2010) website (in German)
Molnár, Tamás Steven (July 26, 1921 – July 20, 2010) Historian and philosopher
Mondragón, Luis Arturo ( – June 14, 2010) Journalist
Monicelli, Mario (May 16, 1915 – November 29, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB; Guardian obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit
Monjack, Simon Mark (March 9, 1970 – May 23, 2010) Screenwriter IMDB
Monsiváis Aceves, Carlos (May 4, 1938 – June 19, 2010) Author, critic and journalist LA Times obit
Montemayor, Carlos (June 13, 1947 – February 28, 2010) Literary critic and novelist
Montignac, Michel (1944 – August 22, 2010)
Monture-Angus, Patricia ( – November 17, 2010) IFLS tribute
Moore, Charles Lee (March 9, 1931 – March 11, 2010) Photographer
Morales, Guillermo Abadía (May 8, 1912 – January 21, 2010) Linguist Latin American Herald Tribune obit
Morgan, Dodge David (January 15, 1932 – September 14, 2010) Publisher
Morgan, Edwin George, OBE (April 27, 1920 – August 17, 2010) Poet and translator website
Morgan, Colin Peter (July 7, 1939 – July 5, 2010) Guardian obit
Morrall, June (1947 – 2010)
Morris, Ian (1957 – October 7, 2010) Songwriter igMusic
Morrissey, Kevin ( – July 31, 2010)
Morrison, Walter Fredrick “Fred” (January 23, 1920 – February 9, 2010) Guardian obit; New York Times obit; Telegraph obit
Morse, Stephen (January 14, 1945 – January 16, 2010) Poet
Moth, Margaret Gipsy (January 30, 1951 – March 21, 2010) Photojournalist
Moyroud, Louis Marius (February 16, 1914 – June 28, 2010)
Mozghovy, Mykola (Мико́ла Петро́вич Мозгови́й) (September 1, 1947 – July 30, 2010) Composer
Muczynski, Robert (March 19, 1929 – May 25, 2010) Composer
Mulahalilović, Edo (March 23, 1964 – June 27, 2010) Songwriter
Mulisch, Harry Kurt Victor (July 29, 1927 – October 30, 2010) website. IMDB; New York Times obit
Mullins, Eustace Clarence, Jr. (March 9, 1923 – February 2, 2010)
Muraleedharan, Dr. Nellickal (1948 – 2010) Poet
Muramoto, Hiro (1966 – April 10, 2010) Journalist
Murphy, John H., III (March 2, 1916 – October 16, 2010) Former publisher Baltimore Sun obit; Washington Post obit
Murphy, Walter Francis, Jr. (November 21, 1929 – April 20, 2010)
Mus, Coenraad Willem (Conny) (October 21, 1950 – August 20, 2010) Journalist website
Muscatine, Charles (November 28, 1920 – March 12, 2010) Academic
Musselwhite, David (December 3, 1940 – February 23, 2010) Literary critic
Myers, Alan (August 18, 1933 – August 8, 2010) Translator

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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