Journalist and Hugo-nominated science fiction writer/editor Louis S. Antonelli has died. He passed away on October 6, 2021.
Anonelli was in Bedford, Massachusetts, he grew up in Rockland, Massachusetts. He studied at Columbia University in New York, then moved to Clarksville, Texas, where he became owner and editor of the Clarksville Times. He is survived by his wife, Pat.
Lou Antonelli was editor of the e-zine Sirius Science Fiction. He edited five anthologies between 2006 and 2013. He also released four collections of his own works.
Stupefying Stories posted on their blog: “Lou Antonelli was a good man, a good writer, and an early friend of and contributor to Stupefying Stories. He died Wednesday at his home in Clarksville, Texas, reportedly from pneumonia.”
Antonelli took an active interest in politics, both in real life and in his fiction. He ran for Congress twice, as a Republican in New York in 1982, and again, decades later, as a Libertarian in Texas in 2020. Both attempts were unsuccessful. He took to heart Plato’s aphorism “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
Antonelli qualified for SFWA, but left the group over disagreenents on internal politics, including the Puppies Scandal a few years ago. He published well over a hundred speculative fiction stories. . His debut novel, Another Girl, Another Planet, was nominated for the Dragon Award for Best Alternate History novel in 2017. His 2012 short story “Great White Ship” was nominated for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. Eleven of his stories received honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Science Fiction volumes published St. Martin’s Press between 2004 and 2011.
He will be missed.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.