2016 Lunacon Chair Filled
The 2016 Lunacon chair position, vacant since Mark Richards resigned at the end of December, has been filled by a three-member Executive Committee of former Lunacon chairs: Mark L. Blackman, Stuart C. Hellinger and John William Upton. The New York Science Fiction Society (Lunarians) … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/23/16 Farmer In The Tunnel In The Dell In The Sky
(1) BACK TO NARNIA? According to Evangelical Focus, a fourth Narnia movie – The Silver Chair — could be ready in 2016 The story happens decades later. In Narnia, King Caspian is now an old man. Eustace and Jill will be … Continue reading →

Are We Ready Again For George Pal’s Puppetoons?
By James H. Burns: I was raised in a home where Martin Luther King was a respected leader, and Muhammad Ali was one of the few sports heroes my Dad had as an adult. So when I saw some of … Continue reading →

File 770 Destroys Poetry (some really good stuff in there!)
File 770 commenters changed rhymes sublime and took a beater to the metre in yesterday’s spontaneous parody party. ULTRAGOTHA bites This Is Just To Say This Is Just To Say I have consumed the pixels that were in the scroll … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/22/16 Raindrops On Scrollses And Pixels On Kittens
(1) IT’S A WRAP. Tom Cruise will star in Universal’s reboot of The Mummy, now scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 9, 2017. This version will be set in the contemporary world. Cruise is not playing the title role, … Continue reading →

Moffat Leaves Doctor Who
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has quit and will be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall reports Radio Times. Other than the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special, Moffat’s final season of episodes has been deferred by the BBC til 2017. … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/21/16 Babylon Hive
(1) RULES OF FASHION. Mary Robinette Kowal knows the inside story about “David Hartwell’s sartorial splendor 1941-2016”. David was a fashion junkie. I know– I know exactly what you’re thinking. That a man who would wear paisley and pinstripes is not … Continue reading →

Neighborhood Council Opposes Monument Status for Ackerman Home
Efforts to have Forrest J Ackerman’s former home at 4511-4513 Russell Avenue designated a Los Angeles Historical Cultural Monument received a setback when the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council voted to oppose the request at its January 19 meeting. After selling … Continue reading →

Fantastic Fiction at the KGB Bar Opens the Year With Readings by Delia Sherman and Ilana C. Meyer
By Mark L. Blackman: On the evening of Wednesday, January 20, the Fantastic Fiction Readings Series hosted readings by authors Delia Sherman and Ilana C. Myer in the Red Room of the KGB Bar in Manhattan’s East Village. The room, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/20/16 Splendiferous Bastion of Finely-Tuned Nuance
(1) BIG PLANET. New evidence suggests a ninth planet is lurking at the edge of the solar system. Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology announced Wednesday that they have found new evidence of a giant icy planet lurking in … Continue reading →

Suicide Squad, First Official Trailer
Suicide Squad promises “Worst. Heroes. Ever.” In theatres August 5.… Continue reading →

2015 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has released the Preliminary Ballot for the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards®. This is not the list of finalists, but the list which HWA members will choose among when they vote to determine the finalists. The final … Continue reading →

New Tiptree Award Website Looks Great
The redesigned James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award website went live this month. All the hard work has paid off. Debbie Notkin says the new site was years in the making, and she lavished thanks on Frances d’Ath for all her efforts. The site’s … Continue reading →

Program Participants Sought for FanHistoriCon 13
By Warren Buff: RavenCon, April 29-May 1, 2016, in Williamsburg, Virginia, is hosting a FanHistoriCon. FanHistoriCon is a convention (or a sometimes, a stream within a convention) dedicated to documenting and preserving the history of fandom. From 1994 to 2002, a … Continue reading →

ApolloCon 2016 Cancelled
Alison Parker, President of the Houston Science Fiction Association, has announced the organization will not be hosting ApolloCon in 2016. The con has been held annually since 2004, and HSFA also has sponsored a writer’s workshop in conjunction with ApolloCon since 2006. … Continue reading →

David G. Hartwell (1941-2016)

Pixel Scroll 1/19/16 That Wretched Hive of Scrolls and Pixelry
(1) LE GUIN’S PROTEST. Ursula K. Le Guin’s letter to the editor in The Oregonian concisely explains the injustice of allowing Ammon Bundy and company to continue occupying a federal wildlife refuge. Federal land: The Oregonian’s A1 headline on Sunday, Jan. … Continue reading →

Hartwell Suffers Stroke
Gregory Benford reports that Tor editor David G. Hartwell had a stroke today, January 19. I spoke to David’s daughter Elizabeth in Westport NY at 6:30 PST tonight. David had a stroke this afternoon at 4:30 Eastern time and is … Continue reading →

Your Instant MidAmeriCon II Progress Report
A mini-report of progress being made by the MidAmeriCon II committee. The online Hugo nominations will open soon. Sound the trumpets and bang the gongs ! This just in from the Hugo Admins – “We believe the Hugo nominations will be … Continue reading →

2016 Edgar Award Nominees
The 2016 Edgar Award nominees have been announced by the Mystery Writers of America. The awards will be presented April 28 in New York. BEST NOVEL The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons) The … Continue reading →

Shortlist Announced for Libertarian Futurist Society’s 2016 Hall of Fame Award
The Libertarian Futurist Society has selected five finalists for the 2016 Hall of Fame Award, given in recognition of a classic work of science fiction or fantasy with libertarian themes. The descriptions of the works and their themes come from … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/18/16 The 770 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
(1) USED BOOK LOVE. Eric Flint weighs in: “How Should An Author Look On Used Book Sales”. I ran across this blog by the author Kristen Lamb: PAY THE WRITER …while reading this article by Rachel Kramer Bussel in Salon … Continue reading →

Arisia 2016 Photos
By Daniel P. Dern: I took hundreds of pix at Arisia 2016 on Saturday… so for a change, rather than try to wrangle them all before doing anything with them, I thought I’d select a near-dozen ASAP, and post while … Continue reading →

The Dreams That Connect MLK and SF
By Will R. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. isn’t often the first name that comes to mind when we think “science fiction,” but perhaps that’s changing. It’s hardly necessary at this point to remind ourselves that King has at least … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/17/16 Kaiser Scroll, Hold The Pixel
(1) HONEST POSTERS. “If 2016’s Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth” they’d be very funny. Courtesy of Shiznit. (2) A TOP TEN WITH FANGS. Here’s Fantasy Faction’s ingenious list – “Top Ten Wolves In Fantasy”. How come I never do … Continue reading →

2016 Reading List Council Genre Selections
The selections for the 2016 Reading List, an annual list for adult readers of the best in eight different fiction genres, were announced January 9 at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The eight genres covered by the list are adrenaline, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, … Continue reading →

McCallum, Stan Lee Signings in January at Farmers Market
David McCallum and Stan Lee each will appear in January at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in The Grove at Farmers Market. Reserve now, because books and admission wristbands will be limited. David McCallum will sign his mystery novel Once a … Continue reading →

Awards Announced at 2016 American Library Association Conference
Here are the 2016 awards of genre interest announced at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Boston this past week. 2016 Caldecott Medal: The Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book was awarded to Sophie Blackall for Finding … Continue reading →

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