Star Trek Online's Memorial For Leonard Nimoy Is Here And Perfect

When Leonard Nimoy passed away last week, the internet was heaving with tributes for the Star Trek star. Now Nimoy has been immortalized in an official Star Trek product — the massively mulitiplayer role-playing game Star Trek Online. » 3/05/15 11:40am 3/05/15 11:40am

RIP Frank and Louie, the Two-Faced Cat

He defied the odds by purring as long as he did, but the world's longest-living two-faced cat (also called a Janus cat, after the Roman god with faces looking to the future and the past), Frank and Louie, died last week at the ripe age of 15. » 12/08/14 11:20am 12/08/14 11:20am

Glen A. Larson, creator of numerous shows including Knight Rider and the original Battlestar Galactica, has passed away. The LA Times is reporting that Larson died due to complications from esophageal cancer. Our condolences to his family. » 11/15/14 2:10pm 11/15/14 2:10pm

Jurassic World Immortalizes The Late Richard Attenborough Perfectly

Sir Richard Attenborough passed away this weekend at the age of 90, but his cinematic legacy will live on. And given that Jurassic Park's entrepreneur John Hammond may be his best known role, it's only fitting that the upcoming sequel Jurassic World honor both the character and the actor — and they have. » 8/26/14 11:32am 8/26/14 11:32am

Actor And Director Richard Attenborough Has Died At 90

Lord Richard Attenborough, acclaimed actor and Academy Award–winning director of Gandhi, passed away today, five days before his 91st birthday. » 8/24/14 6:00pm 8/24/14 6:00pm

Legendary Alien Artist H.R. Giger Has Died At 74

H.R. Giger, whose horrific, biomechanical art-style defined the world of Alien and Prometheus, passed away yesterday from injuries suffered when he fell down his stairs at his home, according to sources. » 5/13/14 6:22am 5/13/14 6:22am

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Actor Bob Hoskins Dead at 71

Bob Hoskins, the actor best known for his roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Long Good Friday, and Mona Lisa, died on Tuesday after suffering from pneumonia. He was 71. » 4/30/14 9:25am 4/30/14 9:25am

If You Read One Thing About Peter Matthiessen Today, Let it be This

Esteemed writer and naturalist Peter Matthiessen, hailed by paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould as "our greatest modern nature writer in the lyrical tradition," died yesterday at his home in Sagaponack, N.Y. He was 86. » 4/06/14 3:00pm 4/06/14 3:00pm

Today, NASA pays homage to its fallen astronauts with an Agency-wide "Day of Remembrance." This week marks the anniversaries of three NASA tragedies: the Apollo 1 fire of 1967, the Challenger disaster of 1986 and the Columbia disaster of 2003. Read more about the ceremony on » 1/31/14 2:40pm 1/31/14 2:40pm

Peter O'Toole Dies at Age 81

Peter O'Toole, one of the best stage and screen actors ever, has died at the age of 81, according to his agent. Though he was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, O'Toole never received one, which is so absurd that it deserves its own Monty Python sketch. For some good Sunday reading, check out Gay Talese's … » 12/15/13 2:00pm 12/15/13 2:00pm

RIP Stephen Crohn, 'The Man Who Can't Catch AIDS'

Stephen Crohn, who carried a genetic defect in his white blood cells that made him resistant to AIDS, died late last month, the New York Times reports. He was 66. » 9/15/13 1:25pm 9/15/13 1:25pm

RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

One of the leading lights of the science fiction world, editor and author Frederik Pohl, passed away this weekend after a career that defined the genre for decades. » 9/02/13 2:41pm 9/02/13 2:41pm

11 Rules of Good Writing That Iain M. Banks Left as His Legacy

Over the weekend, author Iain M. Banks died of cancer — just two months after announcing that he had less than a year to live. He left behind some of the greatest works of science fiction ever written. Here are eleven Banksian rules of good SF writing, that we would do well to remember long into the future. » 6/10/13 11:03am 6/10/13 11:03am

R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen, Monster Innovator and Visual Effects Legend

The ultimate creator of movie monsters is gone. The prolific visual effects artist, and creator of our epic fantasy dreams, Ray Harryhausen, has died. » 5/07/13 10:51am 5/07/13 10:51am

Family Man Made Great Chili, Discovered Relativity

This weekend, The New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill that began with praise for the acclaimed rocket scientist's "mean beef stroganoff." (An intro that was later removed, without mention.) Today at Last Word on Nothing, Jennie Dusheck responds by imagining how Einstein's obit might have read had it… » 4/01/13 2:40pm 4/01/13 2:40pm

Goodbye to Michael O'Hare, Babylon 5's Commander Sinclair

Sad news today for fans of Babylon 5. J. Michael Straczynski announced yesterday that Michael O'Hare, who led the first season as station Commander Jeffrey Sinclair, has passed away. » 9/29/12 11:30am 9/29/12 11:30am

Goodbye Joe Kubert, Comic Book Titan

Yesterday pioneering cartoonist Joe Kubert passed away at the age of 85. Kubert was famous for creating and defining such characters as the hard-as-nails Sergeant Rock, the supernatural crime-fighter Ragman, the DC Comics stalwart Hawkman, and the caveman Tor, whose prehistoric adventures were catalogued in Kubert's… » 8/13/12 9:10am 8/13/12 9:10am

R.I.P. Carlo Rambaldi, the Special Effects Wizard Who Brought E.T. and…

This week, we reflected on movies that gave us a sense of wonder, and Carlo Rambaldi was a big part of creating science fiction movie wonder. The practical special effects artist, who passed away yesterday at the age of 86, brought E.T., the original Alien xenomorph, the Close Encounters of the Third Kind Greys, and… » 8/11/12 8:00am 8/11/12 8:00am