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AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 11/8/15

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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 →Accessibility Issue at World Fantasy Con
Fantasy writer and Tor blogger Mari Ness uses a wheelchair, which cons often fail to accommodate when they invite her to participate in panels set on a dais or stage. Ness made these criticisms of World Fantasy Con 2015, taking place this weekend … Continue reading →

Bruce Sterling Receives Urania D’Argento Award
Urania Silver Award to Bruce Sterling, the cyberpunk author of Utopia Pirata! #tsplusf pic.twitter.com/X8V72btzbb — Science Plus Fiction (@tsplusf) November 6, 2015 Trieste Science Plus Fiction presented Bruce Sterling with the Urania D’Argento award for lifetime achievement on November 6 reports Europa … Continue reading →

Bradbury Brick Donated to South Pasadena Library
The South Pasadena Public Library’s special event on October 29 took as its theme Bradbury’s “The Halloween Tree”. A story and photo at South Pasadena Now tells about the participants: Artist Gris Grimly not only illustrated the newest edition of … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/6 Remember, Remember, the Second Fifth of November
(1) April Carvelli investigates a cancelled media convention for Pop Cult HQ — “IFCon Victoria: Scam or a Simple Mans Dream Gone Wrong?” This convention was scheduled to occur over the Halloween weekend in Victoria, BC Canada. They didn’t have … Continue reading →

The Recent History of the Hugo Artist Awards
Editor’s Note: Reblogged from Hugo Eligible Art 2015 at the suggestion of the author. By Doctor Science: Until recently, nominations for both the Best Pro and Best Fan Artist Hugos were done by the “round up the usual suspects!” method. … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/5 The Scrolls of His Face, The Pixels of His Mouth
(1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens character posters are out. (2) The WTF Bad Science Fiction Covers took a detour to Canadian sci-fi and comics. Batman and Robin fail to prevent yet another Mountie murder due to their fondness for … Continue reading →

Alice Through The Looking Glass Trailer
Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass, directed by James Bobin, reunites the cast of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010) including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen … Continue reading →

Wolf Von Witting Will Run For TAFF
The 2016 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund race has its first declared candidate, Wolf Von Witting. Wolf, was born in Finland, worked in Sweden for 25 years, and now lives in Italy. He made a strong showing last year, however, finished behind Nina … Continue reading →

2015 Ignotus Awards
The winners of the Premios Ignotus 2015 were announced at Hispacon 2015, held October 30-November 2 in Granada, Spain. Mejor novela (Best Novel) El mapa del caos, de Félix J. Palma (Ed. Plaza & Janés) Mejor novela corta (Best Novella) … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/4 The Pixellence Engine
(1) Nothing says the holiday season like this Kurt Adler 28” Star Wars Stormtrooper Light-Up Tinsel Lawn Decor… Holding a small, neatly-wrapped present for a festive twist, this soldier of the Galactic Empire is wearing his all-white uniform and armor. … Continue reading →

Melissa Mathison (1950-2015)
Melissa Mathison, an Oscar nominee for her original screenplay for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), died November 4 after an illness. She was 65. Mathison’s other screenwriting included adaptations of The Black Stallion (1979), The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), the … Continue reading →

Praising or Burying Tolkien
Editor’s Introduction: These thoughts, left this morning as a comment, struck me as so substantial they ought to be shared in a guest post as well. (The author chose the byline, I made up the title.) Author Reid would like to note: “I did … Continue reading →The 007 in My Mind
By James H. Burns: All this James Bond/007 hoopla has brought back many happy memories of my old friend, Tom Carlile. Tom was a long-time movie press representative, whose friendships ranged from John Wayne, to Anthony Hopkins. By the early … Continue reading →

Apex Magazine #78 Released
Apex Magazine Issue 78 features original fiction by “Blood on Beacon Hill” by Russell Nichols, “The Beacon and the Coward” by Day Al-Mohamed, and “To Die Dancing” by Sam J. Miller”, plus poetry by Levi Chloe Clark, Michael Sikkema, Julia Kingston, and … Continue reading →

Apex Magazine Subscription Drive
Most of Apex Magazine’s content can be read free, but producing a monthly publication that features both seasoned pros and new writers costs money. Right now Apex Publications is raising support through a subscription drive that will last until November 13. … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/3 Ten Things I Slate About You
(1) Disney has optioned the movie rights to Ursula Vernon’s childrens book Castle Hangnail for an adaptation to be produced by Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres will produce with Jeff Kleeman, her partner at A Very Good Production banner. The book tells … Continue reading →

2015 Utopiales Awards
The Utopiales Festival International de Science-Fiction in Nantes, France drew over 65,000 visitors to last weekend’s convention. The full list of all awards given at the event, including the video game competition, film festival, and cosplay, is here. Two major literary awards … Continue reading →

SFWA Gives Reasons To Join
Why Join SFWA?. A new infographic by member Rob Dircks explains the benefits. [Thanks to Cat Rambo for the story.] … Continue reading →

2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees
Marko Kloos posts about “the 2015 goodreads choice awards and you”. It appears to my untrained eye that ANGLES OF ATTACK, the third Frontlines novel, made it into the opening round of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015, science fiction category. … Continue reading →

TAFF Newsletter Online
The latest Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund newsletter is available here [PDF file]. It features Jim Mowatt’s explanation about aligning the next few TAFF races with targeted Worldcons, and explains how to nominate people as TAFF delegates. … Continue reading →

Genre Items Go in Sanders Auction
The Nate D. Sanders auction mentioned here closed October 29 and the results are posted. (Figures quoted are final prices including buyers premium.) Bradbury manuscripts for ”The Women” and ”The Shape of Things” went for $3,933. A Nobel Prize medal … Continue reading →

Classics of Science Fiction at Loscon 42
By John Hertz: We’ll take up three Classics of SF at Loscon XLII, one discussion each. Come to as many as you like. You’ll be welcome to join in. I’m still with “A classic is a work that survives its … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/2 Unstable Molecules: For Starship Captains Who Shift Shape, And Get Overly Personal With Hedgehogs and Fondue Pots
(1) Jon Zeigler has posted his “100 Year Starship Symposium 2015” report at Sharrukin’s Palace. Executive summary: I was quite impressed by the whole endeavor. It’s a fairly small technical conference, but it’s attracting serious academics and scientists, and it … Continue reading →

Eurocon 2016 Adds Guest of Honor
Eurocon Barcelona (2016) has announced its eighth guest of honor, Rhianna Pratchett, citing her experience as “games creator and one of the most respected writers and narrative designers in her field, not to mention film work and comics.” The convention’s … Continue reading →

Getting the Last Word First
When Uncanny Magazine #7 is released November 3 (tomorrow) among its contents will be Annalee Flower Horne and Natalie Luhrs’ article “The Call of the Sad Whelkfins: The Continued Relevance of How To Suppress Women’s Writing.” Tangent Online has counted coup … Continue reading →

TAFF Looking for Candidates
The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) was created in 1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular science fiction fans familiar to those on both sides of the ocean across the Atlantic. European TAFF administrator Nina Horvath … Continue reading → Do My Homework!
By James Davis Nicoll: Side project. I am going to recruit some young people I know to read and react to a selection of SF’s canon, the classics people my age are sure people their age should have read. It’s … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 11/1 Rank Election
(1) If you are fan who drinks, the newly reopened Clifton’s Cafeteria would like to tempt you with these two science fictional libations – (2) “Another Word: Chinese Science Fiction and Chinese Reality” by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu, in Clarkesworld, talks about … Continue reading →

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