AMAZING NEWS OF FANDOM 5/10/15

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Journey Planet #22 The Superhero Issue
Journey Planet’s Superhero issue is now available to download here. Editors Aurora Celeste, Linda Wenzelburger, Chris Garcia and James Bacon carry out the theme with articles on Wonder Woman, Captain America, Manhunter, Miracleman, Misty Knight, Superhero RPG’s, Andy Warhol, Movies … Continue reading →

Balticon 49 Highlights Memorial Day Weekend
The 2015 Balticon takes place at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, MD from May 22-25. Join Guest of Honor, sf and fantasy author and poet Jo Walton, Artist Guest Ruth Sanderson, Music Guest Erica Neely, and 2014 Compton … Continue reading →

puppyHe Do The Puppies In Different Voices 5/9
aka Something Canine This Way Comes Behind Kennel Door #3 we find Joshua W. Herring, Mary Robinette Kowal, Redneck Gaijin, Matthew Foster, Michele Lee, Nick Mamatas, Ian Mond, Spacefaring Kitten, Nicholas Whyte, Alexandra Erin, and Brian Z. (Title credit goes to … Continue reading →

This Was The Week That Was
May 10, 1962 The Japanese sci-fi classic Mothra opened in theaters. May 11, 1980 Rankin/Bass’ animated Return of the King premiered on TV. May 13, 1987 Alan Silvestri began recording his score for Predator.… Continue reading →

2014 Bram Stoker Award Winners
The recipients of the Bram Stoker Awards® were announced during the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on May 9. Superior Achievement in a Novel Steve Rasnic Tem – Blood Kin (Solaris Books) Superior Achievement in a First Novel Maria Alexander … Continue reading →

Snapshots 150 The Sesquicentennial
aka “How Well I Remember the Days Before Puppies Were All the Rage” – James H. Burns If you’re very new to File 770 this may be the first time you’ve seen Snapshots, the zine-within-a-zine. In honor of the 150th … Continue reading →

puppyThe Fellowship of the Puppy 5/8
aka The Puppies Who Circumnavigated the Hugos in a Slate of Their Own Making Today’s basket of puppies comes from Alexandra Erin, Lisa J. Goldstein, Chris Gerrib, T. C. McCarthy, Matthew Bowman, Erin Bellavi (Billiard), Brandon Kempner, William Reichard, John … Continue reading →

Who Left The Trailer Door A Jar Jar?
Remember how bitter William Shatner was about missing the Star Trek reboot? Wouldn’t you hate for a new Star Wars cycle to begin without Jar Jar Binks and have to see those big Gungan eyes awash in tears? No worries. Motion graphics … Continue reading →

Own the Langford Oeuvre
David Langford’s collection Different Kinds of Darkness, now available in ebook form, gathers his “straight” sf, fantasy and horror short fiction. Taking its name from the title of Langford’s 2001 Hugo-winning short story, the book contains all the material from … Continue reading →

Lego Gets A Time Lord
The Lego team has greenlighted a Doctor Who-themed set. Andrew Clark originated the idea as Doctor Who and Companions and uploaded it to the Lego Ideas site. The proposal gained the required public support and Lego confirmed a deal with … Continue reading →

“Sleep Dealer” Screens at Clarke Center 5/27
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination presents Sleep Dealer (2009), a Sundance award-winning sf thriller, on May 27. Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña) is a young man in near-future Mexico. When his family is victim of a misguided … Continue reading →

Cixin Liu in NY 5/27
China’s Hugo-nominated sf author Cixin Liu will be interviewed by John Scalzi at a program at New York’s China Institute on May 27. A reception and book signing follows. Registration for “An Evening with Cixin Liu: Hosted by John Scalzi” costs … Continue reading →

2014 Shirley Jackson Awards Shortlist
The nominees for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. The awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. NOVEL Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals) Bird … Continue reading →

Network TV Pursues Rachel Bloom Sitcom
This is what happens to somebody who does not win a Hugo! Rachel Bloom, well-known to fans for her Hugo-nominated music video “F*** Me, Ray Bradbury,” has had her Crazy Ex-Girlfriend picked up to series by the CW following its … Continue reading →

Art Widner Memorial Planned
There will be a memorial held for Art Widner on June 22 at 1:00 p.m. in Gualala, California. Art passed away on April 17.… Continue reading →

puppyThe Unbearable Lightness of Puppies 5/7
aka Slate Expectations Today’s lightness comes from Katherine Tomlinson, amalythia, David Gerrold, Brad R. Torgersen, Cat Valente, Voss Foster, Andrew Knighton, Nick Mamatas, William Reichard, P. Llewellyn James, Cheryl Morgan, Bonnie McDaniel, Lisa J. Goldstein, Eemeli Aro, Kate Paulk, Pat … Continue reading →

puppyDo Not Forsake Me, Oh My Puppy 5/6
aka The Puppy Who Barked Hugo At The Hearts Of The Fans A modest roundup today because Your Host is under the weather. Will catch up in the next post. Meantime here are thoughts from Eric Franklin, Megan Leigh, George … Continue reading →

2015 Clarke Award Winner
The winner of the 2015 Clarke Award is Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (Picador). The judging panel for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015 was: Duncan Lawie, British Science Fiction Association Nicholas Whyte, British Science Fiction Association Sarah … Continue reading →

Hugos v. Locus Awards: Which Gets The Most Votes?
The claim “Over the decades the Locus Awards have often drawn more voters than the Hugos and Nebulas combined” is repeated by Paul St. John Mackintosh in his latest article “Locus Awards finalists show the power of open voting”. The claim … Continue reading →

Virgil Finlay Named To Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame
Renowned fantasy artist Virgil Finlay is a 2015 inductee to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. The other 2015 inductees are Walter Baumhofer, Bernard D’Andrea, Will Eisner, Ted and Betsy Lewin, Patrick Oliphant, and Arthur Szyk. Virgil Finlay is … Continue reading →

puppyTime Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Puppies 5/5
aka The Puppy Who Mistook His Bark For A Hugo Today’s roundup gathers together excerpts of Puppy-related thoughts from Mercy Pilkington, Paul St. John Mackintosh, Mike Glyer (who let him in here?), Deborah J. Ross, T.C. McCarthy, Kevin Standlee, Vox … Continue reading →

Dortmund to Host Eurocon 2017
The 2017 Eurocon — U-Con — will be held in Dortmund, Germany over June 16-18 reports Europa SF. Guests of honor will be German author Andreas Eschbach and Croatian author Aleksandar Ziljak. The U-Con committee is an experienced group that … Continue reading →

Apex Magazine #72 Released
Apex Magazine #72 delivers original fiction by Sarah Pinsker (“Remembery Day”), JY Yang (“A Sister’s Weight in Stone”), and David Bowles (“Wildcat (from The Secret Diary of Donna Hooks)”). Four poems are contributed by A.E. Ash, Alexandra Siedel, Kelly Dalton, … Continue reading →

Kotzker Advice
By John Hertz: A hundred years ago Rabbi Menachem Mendel Morgensztern of Kotzk (Polish spelling Kock), known for short as the Kotzker Rabbi (or “rebbe”) or just the Kotzker, said “If I am I because I am I, and you … Continue reading →

Trek Con on Labor Day in Upstate New York
Two convention organizers who aren’t worried about competing with Dragon*Con on Labor Day are Lance Clark and Nancy Archer, co-directors of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance. They are working with Star Trek Phase II fan series producer James Cawley of Ticonderoga, … Continue reading →

puppyThe Paw of Oberon 5/4
aka The Puppy In God’s Eye The Geiger counter pours out a relentless beat as the fallout rains down. The glow in today’s roundup comes from Kameron Hurley, Jo Lindsay Walton, Martin Wisse, Mark Nelson, The Weasel King, Joe Sherry, George R.R. Martin, … Continue reading →

2015 Locus Award Shortlist
The finalists for the 2015 Locus Awards have been posted at Locus Online. What are the results of this wide-open online vote of sf readers, free of charge for anyone to participate, (although the votes of Locus subscribers count double)? Not a single … Continue reading →

Neil Gaiman’s Visit To Washington D.C.
By Martin Morse Wooster: When Neil Gaiman came through Washington to promote The Ocean At the End of the Lane, it was understood that this was his last book tour. The burden of signing and signing and signing was just … Continue reading →

May the Fourth Be With You
There’s lots of merchandise you can buy to make you feel closer to the franchise on Star Wars Day, May the Fourth. I’m partial to ThinkGeek’s romantic towel set. I also always look forward to the Star Wars themed minor league baseball promotions on … Continue reading →

Grace Lee Whitney (1930-2015)
Grace Lee Whitney, the actress who played Yeoman Janice Rand on the original Star Trek series, died this weekend reports NBC News. She was 85. She was a recovering alcoholic who spent the last 35 years of her life helping … Continue reading →

Who Deserves a Hugo?
Guest post by Tuomas Vainio: It seems to be a popular question today. Thus to determine the answer, I went to Amazon and searched for science fiction in e-books. As I scrolled down I noticed an option to refine my … Continue reading →

puppyA Fistful of Puppies 5/3
aka The Puppy Sculptors of Coral D Apart from “An Account of Juliette Wade’s Withdrawal from Sad Puppies 3” hosted on this blog, the highlights of the day come from Tom Knighton, Lisa J. Goldstein, Spacefaring Kitten, George R.R. Martin, … Continue reading →

Another “Tomorrow Land”
By James H. Burns: On the East Coast, our in-person introduction to a Walt Disney vision of the future came at the extraordinary 1964/1965 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens, New York (where the baseball Mets still play) — With the … Continue reading →

SNL’s Black Widow Movie Trailer
Saturday Night Live has a suggestion for a chick flick featuring the female Avenger — In her first standalone film, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) juggles an internship at Fashion Weekly magazine and a complicated relationship with boyfriend Ultron.… Continue reading →

puppyWhere No Puppy Has Gone Before 5/2
aka The Puppies Who Fell Up Another burst of substantive, idea-filled posts highlight today’s roundup. The roll call includes Jeb Kinnison, Jaye Em Edgecliff, Brandon Kempner, Jeff Duntemann, Steve Davidson, Anthony Vicino, William Shaw and Kate Paulk. (Title credit goes … Continue reading →

An Account of Juliette Wade’s Withdrawal from Sad Puppies 3
Whether everyone on the Sad Puppies 3 slate was asked, and what they were told, has been part of the overall discussion. Brad R. Torgersen addressed both questions in “Defenders of the nail house” (March 29) and “Sad Puppies 3: were they contacted?” (April … Continue reading →

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