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In Memoriam: A page of remembrances of friends gone home

This page is in memory of our friends – fans and authors – who have left this world for the world to come. If you wish to add your remembrance to this page, contact the webmaster.

Monica Hughes: 1925-2003
Ross Pavlac: 1951-1997

Monica Hughes: 1925-2003

I've just heard on CBC Radio that Monica Hughes has died.

She lived in Egypt, London, Edinburgh and Zimbabwe before moving to Canada in 1952. From then until 1962 she worked as a lab tech at the National Research Council in Ottawa, before moving to Edmonton, Alberta. Her first book was Crisis on Conshelf Ten (1975). Since then she has written more than 30 novels and many short stories, most being SF for young people, including Keeper of the Isis Light (1980) and its sequels for which she's best known. Her most recent and last book was The Maze (2002). She won the Canada Council Children's Literature awards in 1982 and 1983, and many other national and international awards including Phoenix Award of the Children's Literature Association in 2000, and was admitted into the Order of Canada in 2002.

She passed away on March 7. – Graham Darling

Aside from writing, faith is important for Hughes, a long-time member of Edmonton's St. Andrew Parish. Faith influences her writing.

"Totally. I think it's one of those things that's almost impossible to separate - like Siamese twins.

"It's my life, my faith, my imagination and what I do as a writer. They are all tied in together and it's hard to separate."

In the midst of her hectic schedule, Hughes still finds time to be involved in her parish where she is a lector.

In the past she was involved in the parish's Development and Peace committee. Hughes used to put out a bulletin every week during Lent using the materials provided by the archdiocesan CCODP. (From The Western Catholic Reporter, January 21, 2002.)

Ross Pavlac: 1951-1997

On November 12, 1997, Ross Pavlac, one of the founders of Christian Fandom, and the original author of much of the content of this site, died of cancer. In his honor, this web space is available for anyone who wishes to share their memories. You can find another memorial page dedicated to him at Fan Gallery.

I first met Ross, briefly, when he was on a panel on religion in Science Fiction at Windycon in 1995. I had only been attending Science Fiction cons for a year (my first con having been Windycon in 1994), but had already begun to feel I was the only Christian in a very hostile environment. Before the panel formally began, I struck up a conversation with Ross and discovered that he was a very devout christian and a long time fan.

I got a little better acquainted with Ross over the next few years, but we were never real close friends. However, I always appreciated his example and his presence as a christian in fandom. Without Ross having gone before, I doubt I would have had the confidence, or the knowledge of other christian fans, to have begun the project on these web pages. – Ronald B. Oakes

I first heard about Ross from his contributions to the Christian fanzine Radio Free Thulcandra (currently "on hiatus", alas.) I forget how I found out about RFT, but Ross' articles and letters there made an impression on me. I finally met him at BayCon in San Jose (I think he was there for some SMOF purposes regarding ConFrancisco) and got a chance to talk with him and RFT editor Marty Helgesen quite a bit at the Christian Fandom party at Confrancisco. After that, I exchanged email with him off and on.

Now I regret not having gotten to know him better. We always think there's plenty of time...

He was really a big encouragement to me – I like SF a lot, but I was kind of disillusioned with fandom, on the verge of dropping convention-going entirely. (This was a number of years ago, when a lot more Christian-bashing went on on panels than seems to be the norm today.) Ross, and the other folks who contributed to RFT, reassured me that I wasn't the only Christian in fandom... or even the only Evangelical Protestant.

I'm very happy to see that Christian Fandom is continuing. – Mike Van Pelt

I met Ross at LAConIII. I thought he had done an admirable job of debating JMS in front of a crowd that didn't care for the logic of his arguments. Later we talked at a Christian Fandom party. At Lonestarcon, there was even a worship service in one of the hotels. I once went to church when I was away at conventions. The people were not friendly at all. I would much rather worship with at the convention with other fans, than to go off site.

Ross, I'd like to thank you for showing me its ok to be Christian and a fan. I'll try to help keep the fire burning. – Greg Ventura

I met Ross at LACon III at the panel on religion in SF and Fantasy that I moderated. Later in the convention I celebrated a Mass which he attended and we had lively discussions at various points during the con. I unfortunately was not able to go to the Christian Fandom party.

Our paths crossed again at LoneStarCon 2. I was not on any religion panels but we met at the service that Randy Smith conducted on Sunday. There was a nice discussion afterwards.

Theologically we were not always in agreement, since we come from quite different Christian traditions, and Ross could put up an argument with the best of them, but we agreed on the fundamental things. I appreciated all the work that he put into the Christian SF bibliography, which is a valuable thing in itself. We can feel so alone at times.

I'm sorry I didn't get to know Ross sooner and equally sorry that I did not hear of his death until months afterward. If I'd known he was sick I would have prayed for him. – Fr John R Blaker

I first met Ross at the Christian Fandom party at NolaCon II, the 1988 Worldcon in New Orleans. We did not get to know each other well until a few years later. I regret that I did not take the time to get to know him better earlier.

Although Ross and I did not always agree theologically, we were united by things that were far more important: a love for Christ and a love for fandom. I always respected Ross' opinion and knew that whatever he said came from a deep commitment to the Christian faith and/or a desire to make fandom a better place to be.

When Ross telephoned to tell me that he was dying, I felt a deep emptiness. I regretted the conversations we had not had and would likely never have. He became a part of my daily prayers, and I even added his name to the prayer lists for the congregations I serve. 350 people he would never meet were praying for him!

I give thanks for the things Ross has done for Christian Fandom and for fandom in general. I give thanks for his faith and for his commitment to being unapologetically Christian in what where sometimes difficult circumstances. Most of all, I am thankful that he touched my life. – Randy Smith

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