Pixel Scroll 1/30/16 In Scrolladu Did Kubla Khan A Stately Pixel-Dome Decree
(1) SAG AWARDS. Genre productions were virtually absent from the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards except in the stunt work categories. FILM: Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: “Mad Max” TELEVISION: Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: “Game … Continue reading →

James Shields Receives Irish Conference Ambassador Award
By James Bacon: For a number of years now, the Dublin Convention Bureau and Fáilte Ireland the National Tourism Development Authority have been encouraging the ‘Conference Ambassador’ scheme, which helps support and encourage individuals and organisations to bring international conferences and conventions to … Continue reading →

“And Everyone I Ever Heard (Don’t Ask Me How I Know)”
By James H. Burns: One Sunday afternoon, at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, at one of Fred Greenberg’s erstwhile comic book marketplaces, the once-a-month comic book shows that took over from the late Phil Seuling’s “Second Sunday” events, I met … Continue reading →

Happy 75th Birthday Greg Benford!
Best wishes to Greg and Jim Benford, twin brothers born this day in 1941, renowned scientists, sf fans, and authors. They discovered fandom in the 1950s while their father was in the Army and stationed in Germany. There, jokes Greg, he and … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/29/16 Purple Pixel Eater
(1) IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK. CBC reports a Twitter uproar ensued after a Marvel exec made a big contribution during the broadcast of a Trump charity event. ‘Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced at a fundraiser Thursday night that Marvel Entertainment CEO … Continue reading →

Call For 2016 Rhysling Award Nominations
The Science Fiction Poetry Association members have until February 15 to nominate eligible poems for addition to the Rhysling Award longlist. Poems already recommended are listed here. As of this writing, Strange Horizons is the publication with the most nominees, at 9.… Continue reading →

Top Sales of 2015 at AbeBooks
AbeBooks, an online listing service for dealers in vintage books, publishes an annual list of the volumes it sold for the highest prices. The most expensive item sold through AbeBooks in 2015 was Storia naturale degli uccelli trattata con metodo e adornata di … Continue reading →

Back In The Sunlight
By James H. Burns: If you’re of a certain age, it’s rather extraordinary to discover that a new super hero TV series, one on at 8:00 p.m. and aimed, to some extent, at kids, features a super heroine, who’s also a … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/28/16 Groundhugo Day
(1) QUITE THE MODEL KIT. “USS Enterprise Conservation Begins Phase II” at The Smithsonian’s Airspace Blog gives full details. The final painting of the Enterprise model will begin in April, using newly discovered reference photos from our appeal to Trek … Continue reading →

Online Nominations Open for 2016 Hugo Awards
MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon, is now accepting online Hugo nomination ballots. Also at the link are downloadable Hugo and Retro Hugo ballot forms which can be printed and used for mail-in voting. The deadline to submit nominations is March … Continue reading →

Somebody’s Going To Need a Doctor
What happens when Doctor Who, Back to the Future, and Ghostbusters collide? And who picks up the pieces after that Gallifreyan road hog, Professor Venkman, and Doc Brown insist on the right of way?… Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/27/16 The Young and the Rec List
(1) BROOKLINE SHOOTING INCIDENT. SF writer Michael A. Burstein faced an unexpected emergency decision today. When I ran for Library Trustee of the Public Library of Brookline back in 2004 for the first time, I never expected the day would come … Continue reading →

SF Scholar Rob Latham Fired by University of California
Rob Latham, a tenured professor of English at University of California, Riverside and a member of its science fiction research cluster who evangelized the Eaton Collection throughout fandom, has been fired by the UC Board of Regents. Charges of sexual harassment … Continue reading →

Stalking Chernobyl
By Hampus Eckerman: There is a connection between Sweden and Chernobyl. Sweden was the first country where the fallout from Chernobyl was detected and it was from there the first news of the accident spread around the globe. This even before Pravda … Continue reading →

How Star Wars Fueled the Future
By Brandon Anthony: Star Wars‘ was revolutionary when it first came out in 1977, and not only from a cinematic perspective. The film was able to foretell — by piecing together a broad pastiche of sci-fi influences- – many of … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/26/16 Things Scroll Apart, The Pixel Cannot Hold
(1) MILLIONS STAYED HOME. The Force Awakens made plenty of money in China, but it did not blow up the way it did in the U.S. Inverse ponders “Why Chinese Audiences Skipped The Force Awakens”. BEWARE SPOILERS. But Zhen, also … Continue reading →

X-Files Hate Roundup
Did you hate the X-Files revival, or love it? Brian Z. produced this roundup of critics’ negative responses to help jumpstart discussion. The Original X-Files Pilot Perfectly Explains Why the Reboot Fails – Slate We wanted to believe the revival of … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/25/16 The Depixellated Man
(1) X-OUT THE X-MEN FAN VIDEO PROJECT. Joel Furtado, an animator from Vancouver, Canada has cancelled his fan film X-men: Danger Room Protocols due to legal issues with Marvel, which prevented the first video in the series from being hosted on … Continue reading →

Neil Clarke Picked As SFWA Bulletin Editor
Congratulations to Neil Clarke on his hiring by Science Fiction Writers of America as permanent editor of The Bulletin. He has been acting as interim editor since John Klima’s departure last summer. SFWA President Cat Rambo said, “I was overwhelmed … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/24/2016 I Saw The Best Scrolls Of My Generation Destroyed By Pixels, Filing Hysterical Numbered
(1) THE FINNISH. Finland hosts the World Science Fiction Convention in 2017 — but if you can’t make it to Helsinki, hit the library: more and more Finnish speculative fiction authors are getting English translations, as NPR reports in “Finnish … Continue reading →
MAC II Hotel Reservations Open 1/25

MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon, will open online hotel booking at 12:00pm CST, January 25, 2016. For more information, see… Continue reading →

L. Neil Smith Wins LFS Lifetime Achievement Award
The Libertarian Futurist Society has selected L. Neil Smith to receive a Special Prometheus Award for lifetime achievement. Time and place of the ceremony to be announced. Smith is the fourth author recognized by LFS for lifetime achievement. Previous winners were Poul Anderson (2001), … Continue reading →

Axanar Lawsuit Update
Alec Peters, Excecutive Producer of the fan-made Star Trek movie Axanar, now being sued by Paramount and CBS for copyright infringement, has posted an update on Facebook. Only the first question in his “Official Lawsuit Q&A” is not about donating … Continue reading →

Hartwell Memorials Planned
David Hartwell’s funeral will be held January 28 in Marshfield, MA at the MacDonald Funeral Home. More details at the link. Kathryn Cramer has asked that those planning to attend RSVP her so she can know the number coming. Cramer wrote online she plans to be at Boskone and the ICFA (International … Continue reading →

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 →

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