Philip K. Dick has been resurrected from the dead as a talking robot head by Hanson Robotics. Below is the video to prove it. What makes this post even more bizarre is that this is the second Philip K. Dick robotic head they've built. Philip K. Dick heads are being mass produced it seems.  I think there are bodies attached too, but I'm not sure how functional they are. Hanson Robotics misplaced the last one (perhaps it escaped?) on a transcontinental flight in 2005 and then subsequently sued the airlines and lost.
 
J.G. Ballard, most famous for the novels Crash and Empire of the Sun, has died aged 78 after a long illness. According to the BBC, his agent Margaret Hanbury said the author had been ill "for several years" and died on Sunday morning.
 
I’ve long been a big fan of the British author John Wyndham, most famous for The Day of the Triffids (1951), a tale of aggressive plants that roam the Earth after almost everyone has been struck blind by what appears to be a botched military experiment. He wrote some of my favourite science fiction novels, including The Kraken Wakes (1953), The Chrysalids (1955),The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) and Trouble with Lichen (1960).
 
Arthur C. Clarke, author of over 100 fiction and non-fiction books, has died at age 90. Regarded as one of science fiction's leading lights, Clarke is perhaps best known for the ground breaking 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on Clarke's short story The Sentinel.
 
China Mieville has written some of the most profound and imaginative dark fantasy since Mervyn Peake and, perhaps more successfully than anyone writing in (or out) of genre, has captured the sheer size and multi-layered complexity of the Big City from London in King Rat to the unforgettable sprawl of New Crobuzon in Perdido Street Station. Successful author and academic, Mieville is also a political activist, member of the British Socialist Workers Party, and occasional contributor to The Socialist Review.
 
American writer Kurt Vonnegut has died aged 84. Vonnegut is best know for his science fiction classics Slaughterhouse 5, The Sirens of Titan, and Player Piano.