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AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 12/20/15

NEWS HEADER FOR FILE 770
Steve Vertlieb Birthday Tribute
By James H. Burns: Today marks the 70th birthday of long time science fiction and fantasy, and film music historian, Steve Vertlieb! Born and raised in Philadelphia, Vertlieb has also been a long-time fan, and a frequent guest speaker at … Continue reading →

There Will Be War Volume Ten
There Will Be War X, the first new anthology in Jerry Pournelle’s military sf series in 25 years, will be released on Amazon next Monday. “It’s pretty good,” Jerry promises, with a mix of fresh names and favorites. “Several new … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 12/19 File Be Home for Christmas
(1) EXACTLY. How about that. I never thought they’d make a fourth Star Wars movie. — P Nielsen Hayden (@pnh) December 19, 2015 (2) NO SERVICE. Geek Bar Chicago has posted an announcement that anyone discussing Star Wars spoilers before … Continue reading →

Wizards of Aus Trailer
The Wizards of Aus premieres January 19 on Australia’s SBS. This six-part comedy series from LateNight Films sounds like a cross between My Favorite Martian, Game of Thrones, and several Peter Jackson movies… Fed up with the Magical Realm’s obsession with large-scale … Continue reading →

Your Retro Jovian Award Winners
Jovian Awards were sent anonymously to the 2015 Hugo nominees who finished second to No Award (Pixel Scroll 12/17, item 14). Warren Buff, in a comment to Andrew Trembley on Facebook, said “Part of me would love to see them … Continue reading →

Thanks, nothing
By John Hertz: Being one of the Rotsler Award judges, it was my happy task to call Teddy Harvia (“Hey, Teddy!” – no, wait, that’s a water-softener joke) and tell him he won. Actually I asked him first whether he’d … Continue reading →

2016 Tomorrow Prize Accepting Entries
The 2016 Tomorrow Prize is sponsored by Sci-Fest LA. And is open to all students attending high school (9th -12th grade) in Los Angeles County. Contest entries must be original short science fiction stories of 1,500 words or less. (Not … Continue reading →

Shields’ GUFF Report Available
James Shields won GUFF in 2010 and attended Aussiecon 4. Shields recently completed and published his trip report, titled A Rough Guide to GUFF. Yes, it’s been a long time coming. I’ve put a lot of work into getting the report from … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 12/18 Voxura vs. Scrolljira
(1) INCREASED THEATER SECURITY. “’Star Wars’ Theaters Tighten Security Due To Heavy Crowds And Suspicious Activity” reports Deadline.com. “A majority of the reason why we’re beefing up security is because it’s the biggest movie ever,” said the security expert. He said he … Continue reading →

Mimosa #5 Online — At Last!
Rich Lynch announces that after a mere 27 years the 5th (yes, Filers, fifth!) issue of Mimosa (August 1988) is now online in easy-on-the-eyes HTML. The issue contains articles and essays by Robert Lichtman, Carolyn Doyle, Greg Hills, Dal Coger, Sharon Farber, Alan … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 12/17 We Also Walk T. Rexes
(1) TALES OF LONG LONG AGO. Ethan Mills knows it’s “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Getting Ready for Star Wars!” In watching The Empire Strikes Back, I was reminded of this post from several months back: “The Dress: … Continue reading →

Award To Be Named for Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking announced he has given his name to a new award for science communication. The “Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication” will be awarded to those who help promote science to the public through media such as cinema, music, … Continue reading →

Your Star Wars Spoiler Discussion Goes Here
Here is the place to write comments discussing Star Wars: The Force Awakens while most of us are still waiting to see it. If you are avoiding spoilers — don’t peek! … Continue reading →

AFI Awards 2015
Each year the American Film Institute recognizes the year’s most culturally and artistically significant films and television programs with the AFI Awards. Its goal is to honor the entertainment community’s creative teams as a whole, celebrating the collaborative nature of … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 12/16 The Caves Of Stainless Steel Rats
(1) AUTHENTIC STAR WARS CHOW. “Seen at the local coffeeshop,” says Will R. “Like the Ewoks themselves, I’m not sure this was such a great idea, but at least they’re getting in the spirit.” (2) HERE’S WHO THEY CALLED. Yahoo! … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 12/15 Mother Pixel’s Littul Scrolls
(1) STAR WARS PREMIERE. Photographer Al Ortega has posted 105 photos taken at last night’s Hollywood premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Facebook. And Craig Miller has an account of attending the premiere on Facebook too. Both are … Continue reading →

Long List Anthology Published
The Long List Anthology is now available in print, ebook, and audiobook form. Editor David Steffen’s book, funded by a Kickstarter appeal, collects 21 works of short fiction that received enough nominations for the Hugo Award to be named in the … Continue reading →

Dublin 2019 Won’t Bid for Eurocon Too
The Dublin 2019 Worldcon bid team has been asked whether they also intend to bid for Eurocon in 2019. The answer is no, as explained in a new release: Statement from the Dublin 2019 Worldcon bid EUROCON We are happy … Continue reading →

2015 Jane Yolen Award Winners
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has announced the recipients of the 2015 Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Award — Karen Coombs, author of Woody Guthrie, America’s Folk Singer (Lerner, 2002) Sallie Wolf, author/illustrator of The Robin Makes a … Continue reading →

Florin Manolescu (1943-2015)
Romanian literary critic and sf/f writer Florin Manolescu died December 13 reports Europa SF. Manolescu wrote the first doctoral thesis about science fiction in Romania, published in 1980 by the Univers Press, as „Literatura S.F.” His short story collection The Mentalists … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 12/14 The Trixels Scroll
(1) SURREAL CEREAL. “When I just saw this, I did suddenly wonder, ‘Is nothing sacred?’” says James H. Burns. (2) RED LIGHT AT MORNING. Bob Byrne’s “The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: ‘Rudolph’s Performance Review’” at Black Gate continues his … Continue reading →

Is Enterprise’s Disintegrating Saucer Also A Visual Star Wars Reference?
After Karl-Johan Norén watched the Star Trek Beyond trailer he asked: Was that the Millennium Falcon at circa 0:26 in the trailer? Sure looked like it. Such is the power of suggestion, now that he’s said it that’s all I can … Continue reading →

Star Trek Beyond — Official Trailer
You won’t need to wait to see this with Star Wars: The Force Awakens after all. The Star Trek Beyond trailer dropped today. [Thanks to Snowcrash for the story.] … Continue reading →

First Copperhead Award Goes To Duarte
The convention-running group ALAMO, Inc., the Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization, debuted the Copperhead Award at Smofcon last weekend. Fred Duarte, Jr. (1957–2015) is the first winner of the new award, voted to him posthumously by the ALAMO Board of Directors. … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 12/13 Twenty Thousand Links Under the Sea
(1) MOVIE MEME. Mari Ness’ contribution brought the #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly meme to my attention… Construction workers find themselves caught in the middle of an explosive war they never asked for. #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly — Mari Ness (@mari_ness) December 13, 2015 Some others – A group … Continue reading →

Independence Day: Resurgence — Official Trailer
The stars of Independence Day: Resurgence — Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward — include a surprisingly large number of holdovers from the 1996 original. … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 12/12 Do Androids Look Up When They’re Dreaming Of Electronic Sheep?
Live, from way later than the bleeping middle of Saturday night! (1) VOTER DECEPTION? People are gathering signatures for a San Diego ballot initiative that allegedly will help keep Comic-Con in town, but the organizers of Comic-Con told Deadline.com they … Continue reading →

Bud Webster in Hospice Care
By Curt Phillips: One of our own — Virginia fan and SF writer Bud Webster — is in hospice care at a Richmond, VA hospital. He’s battled a long illness and endured multiple surgeries in recent months, and he has … Continue reading →

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