Batman’s 50th…File 770’s 8th, awards, reminisces and scrolls.

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 →

Alan Rickman (1946-2016)
Acclaimed actor Alan Rickman, one of fandom’s favorites, died of cancer January 14 at the age of 69. His first few roles in major Hollywood films brought him to the attention of international audiences but certainly did not make him beloved … Continue reading →

2015 Ursa Major Award Nominations Open
By Fred Patten. The 2015 Recommended Anthropomorphic Reading List is now closed. Nominations for the 2015 Ursa Major Awards opened on January 14, the first day of Further Confusion 2016. The awards will celebrate the best anthropomorphic literature and art first published … Continue reading →

Birthday Verse
By John Hertz: Congratulations on the 8th birthday of I wrote you this Birthday Poem. It’s acrostic (read down the first letter of each line) in unrhymed 5-7-5-7-7-syllable form. Gathering rosebuds, Leaving not the thorns behind, Year by month … Continue reading →

George Clayton Johnson Tribute at Egyptian on February 26
By John King Tarpinian: On February 26, the Egyptian Theater, will be hosting a tribute to George Clayton Johnson. Admission is free. I have been honored to be asked to assist with the event. As most readers of File770 know George … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/15/16 By Grabthar’s Hammer, You Shall Be Scrolled!
Schedule note: There will not be a Scroll on January 16 – I will be away at a meeting and won’t have time to prepare one. I’ll still moderate comments, since I can do that by using my Kindle to … Continue reading →

Oh, The Brackets We’ll See!
Cooling wellsprings of fun scattered throughout the summer of 2015, Kyra’s polls were especially delightful because they were a game we could play with books! Novels on her community-sourced lists would be paired against each other — how did the … Continue reading →

Happy Birthday to File 770
By James H. Burns: I’ve thanked Mike privately, many times, for the opportunity to appear here in “the pages” of File 770. One of the greatest gifts a writer can receive is simply the knowledge that there’s a home for … Continue reading →

File 770 Turns 8
The File 770 blog is 8 years old today, and this is the first time I have ever celebrated — an idea I picked up from The Book Smugglers last week. James H. Burns has written a special column for the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/14/16 I’m Not A Pixel, I’m A Free Scroll
(1) SPEAKING OF FREE SCROLLS. R. Graeme Cameron will start a “SciFi Fiction Magazine” for Canadian writers if his GoFundMe appeal generates $1,500. Issues will be a free read. When I was a teenager I decided I wanted to be … Continue reading →

2016 Oscar Nominees
Here are the 2016 Academy Awards nominees of genre interest. Best Picture Mad Max: Fury Road, Doug Mitchell and George Miller The Martian, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam Best Actor Matt Damon, The Martian Best Directing … Continue reading →

Free Volume of Novelettes Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos
Novelettes Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos contains 70 science fiction and fantasy novelettes (between 7,500 and 17,500 words long) that were published in 1940. Editor von Dimpleheimer comments on the latest volume in his series of public domain reprints: The … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/13/16 Scrollilas in the Mist
(1) MIND MELD. SF Signal’s latest Mind Meld asks — Q: What Speculative Fiction titles are you most looking forward to consuming in 2016? The answers this time come from Rachel Cotterill, Fran Wilde, Lisa Taylor, Paul Weimer, Foz Meadows, … Continue reading →

Cats and More Cats To Launch at Further Confusion 2016
Fred Patten’s new anthology Cats and More Cats; Feline Fantasy Fiction is launching at Further Confusion 2016 in San Jose over the January 14-18 weekend. Cats and More Cats is a reprint anthology containing 14 short stories and novelettes of … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/12/16 Have Starship Trooper Power Suit, Will Travel
(1) NOT MY CUPPA. The Traveler at Galactic Journey found the January 1961 issue of Galaxy filled with well-done short stories that didn’t personally appeal to him. Of course, he was younger in those days. [Jan. 12, 1961] Will *you* like … Continue reading →

It’s BATMAN’s 50th Anniversary! At 4:30 Western Time! (That’s Bat-Time, Old Chum!)
By James H. Burns: Remarkably, Mike, today is the 50th anniversary of when the Batman television series debuted on ABC-TV…. (At 7:30 Eastern, I mean, “Bat-Time,” old chum.) And the world of pop culture, of course, would never quite be … Continue reading →

We Are ALL SF Con Is Moving Forward
The guest list for the first We Are ALL SF convention, November 4-6, currently includes: Jennifer Brozek, Drew Hobson, David Gerrold, Keaton Weimer, Mike Resnick, Chaz Kemp, Beth Meacham, Jody Lynn Nye, Jeffrey Veregge, Nancy Kress, William F. Nolan, Elizabeth … Continue reading →

Lightspeed, Apex Magazines Depart Semiprozine Hugo Category
Lightspeed Magazine, which won the Best Semiprozine Hugo in 2014 and 2015, and Apex Magazine, a three-time nominee, have announced they are no longer eligible in the category. @RocketStackRank Yes we’re not eligible for semiprozine anymore. There’s no “prozine” category … Continue reading →

Across Another Time
By James H. Burns: The alcoholic has always understood science fiction — Or some of the basic tenets of it, anyway. Or perhaps I should say that “the barfly” can perceive elements of the genre… Whether he or she knows … Continue reading →

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Airs 1/21
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow series premieres January 21 on CW. More trailers, character intros, and clips are at the official DC’S Legends of Tomorrow site.… Continue reading →

2016 Philip K. Dick Award Shortlist
The nominees for the 2016 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced: Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper (Pyr) After the Saucers Landed by Douglas Lain (Night Shade Books) (R)evolution by PJ Manney (47North) Apex by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/11/16 Pixels For Nothin’ And Your Scrolls For Free
(1) GALLO WINS ART DIRECTOR AWARD. The Society of Illustrators has named Irene Gallo the recipient of the 2016 Richard Gangel Art Director Award. The linked site includes a wide range of examples. The Richard Gangel Art Director award was … Continue reading →

David Bowie Passes Away
David Bowie died of cancer on January 10 – see The Guardian for mainstream news coverage. In addition to all the science fictional imagery and references in his music, he cut a great figure onscreen in genre productions like The Man … Continue reading →

Remembering Jack Robins (1919-2015)
By Jon D. Swartz & John L. Coker III: First Fandom original member Jack Robins passed away on December 23, 2015 after a brief illness. Robins was a science fiction (SF) fan who belonged to the International Scientific Association (ISA) … Continue reading →

2016 WSFA Small Press Award Seeks Nominees
SF authors, small press publishers and WSFA members have until March 31 to nominate stories for the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for short fiction, now in its tenth year. The award honors the accomplishments of small presses … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/10/16 The Nine Billion Rules of God’s Robotics
(1) RAY BRADBURY WOULD BE SO PROUD. That’s what John King Tarpinian thinks. Look who won at the Golden Globes tonight. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Here’s video … Continue reading →

Locus Responds to Tilton Departure
Locus Magazine’s Liza Groen Trombi has commented on Lois Tilton’s statement about her resignation as the publication’s short fiction reviewer. While we don’t usually discuss the end of a contract relationship online, we do want to clarify something about the … Continue reading →

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