News item dated 13 May 2014
We regret to report the deaths this month of two well-known – indeed internationally famous – genre artists: H R Giger on 12 May 2014 and Patrick Woodroffe on 10 May 2014. Both were born in 1940. Giger was best known for his disturbing “biomechanoid” designs, as most famously featured in the film Alien (1979); Woodroffe for sf/fantasy book and album covers. Both published numerous collections of their graphic work.
Although the SF Encyclopedia’s Recent Deaths page is semi-automatically updated from SFE entries, the “latest first” order of appearance makes it easy to miss deaths which take months to become publicly known. Losses to the sf field in 2013 which we learned about only belatedly include Alan Burns (1929-2013), John Clagett (1916-2013), Vic Ghidalia (1926-2013), the other Martin Greenberg (1918-2013), Donald Malcolm (1930-2013) and Hilbert Schenck (1926-2013).