AMAZING NEWS From Fandom: 11/15/15

Pixel Scroll 11/14 The 7 Pixels of Highly Effective Scrolls
(1) Here is Hampus Eckerman, “A happy Filer on way to see The Martian.” (2) But did he know that The Martian is a comedy? Nobody else knew it either until the people who run a set of Hollywood awards … Continue reading →S. T. Joshi Rails Against Ending Use of Lovecraft Bust on World Fantasy Award
Two-time World Fantasy Award winner S. T. Joshi, author of numerous books on H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, and the editor of many more critical works about them, publicly announced he is returning his awards in protest against the World … Continue reading →

The Music of the Spheres (And Our Youths!)
By James H. Burns: All I really want, I suppose, is to hear the music of my forefathers. But the latest scenes of reverence may not be the place to do it. Like many Jewish people, I may not be … Continue reading →

Johan Frick Passes Away
Swedish sf writer Johan Frick died November 14 from cancer of the brain reports John-Henri Holmberg. At an early age Frick wrote short stories for science fiction fanzines. Frick translated four Patricia McKillip novels into Swedish, which appeared in 1996 … Continue reading →

Star Wars Sketch on BBC Children in Need
R2-D2 and C-3PO were joined by Warwick Davis in the search for a quest to find a Star Wars superfan to trigger the first BBC Children in Need totaliser of the night on last night’s TV show. More than £37M has … Continue reading →

NYRSF Readings Feature Machado and McGuire from The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy
By Mark L. Blackman: For over two decades (this is its 25th season), the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings Series has presented some of the best American (and British) science fiction and fantasy. On the evening of Tuesday, November … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/13 Life During Scrolltime
(1) James H. Burns shares his personal vision of a recent TV debut: There is much that is wonderful, and also much that is silly, about the new Supergirl TV series.But Melissa Benoist, and so many of the cast, are … Continue reading →

Free Collection of Stories Eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos
When File 770 commenter von Dimpleheimer heard about the 1941 Retro-Hugos, which MidAmeriCon II members will select in 2016 (in addition to the regular Hugos), he realized many of the eligible stories must be in the public domain. He has … Continue reading →

The Bradbury Beat
(1) A Ray Bradbury signed letter on Fahrenheit 451 stationery is available on eBay for $350. Bradbury wrote the letter in 1967 to a correspondent identified only as Norman, mentoring him about writing and zine publishing. That advice includes: Never sell ANY book without an … Continue reading →

Vonnegut in Blank on Blank
The PBS video series Blank on Blank creates animated videos from old audio interviews with celebrities, writers, and pop culture icons. Kurt Vonnegut is featured in their most recent production. They also blog about how these interviews were rediscovered, and how … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/12 Vampire Elf-eared Zombie Shape-Shifting Warriors Of Gor
(1) An Al Hirschfeld signed lithograph of the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew is for sale by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. This a signed limited edition (127 of 375) print originally owned by science fiction fan legend Marty … Continue reading →

MidAmeriCon II Hugo Base Contest
MidAmeriCon II will continue the successful strategy of running a contest to find a great design for the 2016 Hugo base. Design proposals must be submitted by January 18, 2016. All submissions need to include: Drawings, sketches, and, preferably, a … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/11 Let it scroll on, full flood, inexorable
(1) On Veterans Day: “Ten Science-Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the US Armed Forces” from Suvudu. 9) Elizabeth Ann Scarborough Elizabeth Ann Scarborough was an Army nurse during the Vietnam war, an experience she has drawn upon in … Continue reading →

Mari Ness Posts World Fantasy Report and a New Personal Policy
In “World Fantasy Convention 2015 – Disability and Accessibility”, author and blogger Mari Ness tells in narrative form the frustrations she shared with her Twitter audience last weekend while trying to participate in WFC as a wheelchair user. [Unfortunately] this is not … Continue reading →

2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalists
Use these links to check out the semifinalists in the Goodreads Choice 2015 Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA SF and Fantasy, Graphic Novels and Comic, and Horror categories.… Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/10 The nine and sixty ways of constructing Pixel Scrolls
(1) Oscar handicappers have The Martian running second for Best Picture says Variety. In the Oscar race for best picture, “The Martian” has taken off like a rocket among the predictions by media experts at Gold Derby. One month ago, it … Continue reading →

Later That Same Life: Stoney Emshwiller Interviews Himself
Peter “Stoney” Emshwiller, is the son of experimental filmmaker and sf artist Ed Emshwiller and sf writer Carol Emshwiller. When he was 18 years old, his father Ed shot footage of Peter interviewing his future self. I sat in a … Continue reading →

Bruce Edwards 1952-2015
Renowned C. S. Lewis scholar Bruce Edwards died October 28 from a ruptured aortic aneurysm while on a visit to Texas. He was 63. Edwards served as general editor of a four-volume reference set, C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and … Continue reading →

Gary Kurtz Assumes Leadership of “Christopher Marlowe”
Gary Kurtz, producer of the iconic films Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, American Graffitti, and The Dark Crystal, will become the lead Executive Producer for Christopher Marlowe, a spy thriller about the life and death of the famous Elizabethan-era poet, playwright and … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/9 My Heart Says “Bang!”
(1) “It appears there’s a Northwesteros football team,” reports Tom Galloway. “Personally, I find this amusing given that when he was at Northwestern, George R.R. Martin was a mainstay of, not the football team, but the chess team (he’s written … Continue reading →

Genre Movie Scores Dominate Annual Hall of Fame Poll
Thirty genre films made this year’s Classic fM Movie Music Hall of Fame, voted on by thousands of Britons. The iconic music for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings has topped the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/8 Five If By Scroll
(1) Mari Ness tweeted from World Fantasy Con that when she was unable to get her wheelchair on the dais, her co-panelists moved their seats to the floor. Crystal Huff shared a photo of the scene — Super appreciate @mari_ness for gracefully dealing … Continue reading →

2017 WFC in San Antonio
The 2017 World Fantasy Convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas over the November 2-5 weekend. We hope you can join us and enjoy this unique city. Known for the the Alamo (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the city of … Continue reading →

2015 World Fantasy Awards Presented
The 2015 World Fantasy Award winners were announced November 8 in Saratoga, NY. World Fantasy Life Achievement award recipients Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper also were honored. Novel David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks (Random House/Sceptre UK) Novella Daryl Gregory, … Continue reading →

World Fantasy Award To Abandon Lovecraft Bust
David Hartwell announced at the World Fantasy Award ceremony on November 8 that this will be the last year that the award trophy will be in the form of the traditional — and controversial — H.P. Lovecraft bust designed by … Continue reading →

What Would Schrodinger’s Cat Watch, If He Possessed a Remote Control?
By James H. Burns: This falls into the realm of films and shows that you know you’ve seen, but that don’t seem to exist…. They can be sequences that live just on the fringes of memory, but which no one … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/7 The Manliness of MEH
(1) “The Empire Strikes Thomas Kinkade” points to Jeff Bennett’s satirical improvements on “The Artist of Light.” (2) American wizards have a completely different word for “Muggle” reveals Entertainment Weekly. Next year’s Harry Potter prequel film Fantastic Beasts and Where to … Continue reading →

2016 World Fantasy Con Unveils Website
The 2016 World Fantasy Convention will be held in Columbus, Ohio from October 27 – 30 (Thursday through Sunday) at the Hyatt Regency. The theme is “Flights of Fantasy.” The website does not identify any committee members. Hotel rooms can … Continue reading →

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