Gene Deweese, R.I.P.
I am sorry to report the passing of Milwaukee author and fan, Gene Deweese. He died on March 19th, after a long illness.
Gene, born Thomas Eugene DeWeese was an SF fan from an early age, and writer of fiction, particularly science fiction but including Gothics, mysteries, romances, suspense, fantasy, and horror; as well as non-fiction books on technology and folk art. He published as Gene DeWeese and Jean DeWeese; his pseudonyms as a collaborator included Thomas Stratton and Victoria Thomas. His oveure included forty novels, plus short stories, essays, and hundreds of reviews of science fiction.
If I recall correctly, Gene was a panelist at early WisCons and X-Cons, as well as numerous other Midwest SF conventions until his shyness caused him generally to withdraw from public life.
He worked for General Motors' Delco Electronics Division as a technician in Kokomo, Indiana from 1954–1959, and as a technical writer (including for the Apollo space program) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1959 to 1974 (when he became a fulltime freelance writer).
DeWeese's first professionally published fiction, the novels "The Invisibility Affair" and "The Mind-Twisters Affair" (both 1967, one of which included the infamous Wisconsin Margerine Smuggling episode), were part of the series of Man from U.N.C.L.E. books written with fellow science fiction fan "Buck" Coulson under the pseudonym Thomas Stratton, which the two had previously used for fiction published in fanzines. DeWeese since has written over forty books, including novels in the Star Trek, Ravenloft, Dinotopia, and Amazing Stories series. His best-known young adult novel is The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf, which was made into a television movie of the same name. With Buck Coulson, Deweese was also the author of two fond satires on science fiction fandom, "Now You See It/Him/Them" (1975) and "Charles Fort Never Mentioned Wombats," (1977).
Gene is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Beverly "Bev" Deweese, herself a long time fan and regular convention panelist.
Thanks to "Orange Mike" Lowrey for the notice, and Wikipedia for the details. Steve Silver has also posted an obituary at SFSite.com today.This entry was originally posted at http://sinister-sigils.dreamwidth.org/205581.html. Please comment there using OpenID.