Ralph Vicinanza, the longtime literary agent of Stephen King and a stalwart representative of prominent science fiction authors, has passed away at the age of 60 from a brain aneurysm. “In the science fiction community, Ralph was one of the preeminent agents, and over the course of his career represented everyone from Philip K. Dick to Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Peter Straub,” said Vince Gerardis, who partnered with Vicinanza in the production company Created By. While Vicinanza helped his authors get movie deals for many years, he and Gerardis formed Created By to set up scifi projects for his authors. Among the company’s credits are Jumper (based on the Steve Gould novel), the TV series Flash Forward (based on the Robert Sawyer novel) and the upcoming HBO series adaptation of the George RR Martin fantasy series Game of Thrones. “He was a great partner, mentor and friend,” Gerardis said. Vicinanza’s New York office will continue and there will be a memorial service Friday in Yonkers.
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