2016 World Fantasy Award Judges Named
Judges have been impaneled for the 2016 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2015. Laird Barron (USA) Rani Graff (Israel) Elaine Isaak (USA) Kay Kenyon (USA) Konrad Walewski (UK) The judges will be reading and considering eligible materials until … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/13/16 He Feels The Pixels Scraping, Scrolls Breaking On His Brow
(1) TIME IN A BOTTLE. Ars Technica tries to figure out how time travel works in Star Trek. Time travel, while perhaps one of the most interesting devices in the series, is also confusing, befuddling, and inconsistent. In the words … Continue reading →

New NASFiC Bid Valley Forge in 2017
The Valley Forge in 2017 bid for the 2017 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) has filed with MidAmeriCon II. They propose to hold the con August 17-20 in eastern Pennsylvania at the Valley Forge Convention Center, with room blocks … Continue reading →

Morris Keesan at Home
Daniel Dern relayed this announcement from Morris Keesan’s wife Lori Meltzer. Morris Keesan is home, finally! He is on Hospice, but is doing well. Tired, forgetful, but ready to talk and have visitors. So come and visit, but call first … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/12/16 Little Pixels Made Of Puppy-Scroll, And They All Look Just The Same
(1) THE TENTACLE RECONCILIATION. This just in — “Cthulhu Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize”. OSLO, NORWAY — Dread Lord, and presidential candidate, Cthulhu has more to savor this week on the campaign trail than the vulture-picked carcasses of the … Continue reading →

Asimov’s 30th Annual Readers’ Award Poll Finalists
The finalists for Asimov’s 30th Annual Readers’ Award Poll have been posted online, with links allowing nearly all the stories to be read free. Asimov’s will announce the winners in May. NOVELETTES Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters –H’ard and Andy Are … Continue reading →

The Day I Became a Space Cadet
By Rich Lynch: Those of you who know me are probably aware of something that I’ve been doing since about the beginning of 2011. During an otherwise uneventful day at work I had misinterpreted a comment by my then-boss that … Continue reading →

Freeman Dyson Coming To Clarke Center
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination will host an Evening with Freeman Dyson on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30 pm. Freeman Dyson has been a household name in Los Angeles sf fandom since he provided the inspiration for … Continue reading →

Two Magic: The Gathering Artists Pass Away
Magic: The Gathering card artists Wayne England and Christopher Rush died within a day of each other. Wayne England, an English artist whose work regularly appeared in role-playing games, wargaming rulebooks and magazines died February 9 according to Bell of … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/11/16 Get Your Pixels For Nothin And Your Clicks For Free
(1) ALBERT WAS RIGHT! Einstein – what an insightful dude! He should have been on a bubblegum card. Another bit of his work has been confirmed. Here’s The New Yorker’s account: “Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story Of How Scientists … Continue reading →

Dublin 2019 Worldcon Bid’s Access Report
The Dublin in 2019 Worldcon bid did a walkthrough of its facility and posted a preliminary access report on their website. The Dublin 2019 Bid team take accessibility extremely seriously, and we want to work from the start to make … Continue reading →

Bud Webster Fundraiser
Rich Stow at the Bud Webster Fan Page on Facebook has put out a call: The out-of-pocket medical expenses that Bud and Mary have incurred are staggering. Many of you have asked how you can help. Donations for these medical … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/10/16 They Hive
(1) QUINN FEATURES IN MAINSTREAM NEWS. Jameson Quinn is quoted several times in “Your ballot has matrix algebra lurking in the background” at the Concord Monitor. Mathematically speaking, “one man, one vote” sounds about as exciting as “1 = 1.” … Continue reading →

2016 DUFF Nominations Open
The Down Under Fan Fund is taking nominations for a delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel to Kansas City for MidAmericon II. Nominees will be accepted through March 1. DUFF was founded in 1972 to exchange delegates from … Continue reading →

MacDermott Fanhistorical Essay Posted
Who started the first science fiction club? Aubrey MacDermott said he did in his 1987 article Recollections on the Origins of Science Fiction Fandom 1917 to 1948 now posted at Bill Burns’ eFanzines. A PDF of the manuscript (in Andrew Porter’s keeping) … Continue reading →

Bujold Novel Ruled Eligible for 2015 Nebulas
SFWA President Cat Rambo reports the organization made a Nebula eligibility ruling: Recently a member of SFWA queried about whether Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen was eligible for nomination during the current nomination period, on the basis of its sales in an … Continue reading →

MAC II Statement on Data Release for EPH Testing
The Sasquan and MidAmeriCon II committees responded to File 770’s query about the transfer of anonymized raw 2015 Hugo nominating ballot data for use in testing the proposed E Pluribus Hugo vote tallying method. Linda Deneroff, Sasquan’s WSFS (World Science Fiction … Continue reading →

Ghostwords TV Launches
Chrissie Harper and Steve Green have released the first episode of Ghostwords TV, a fortnightly vidcast devoted to horror, dark fantasy, science fiction, comics and telefantasy. The opening installment offers a lengthy chat with author Ramsey Campbell, including a discussion … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/9/16 The Pixels That Bloom In The Scrolls (Tra La)
(1) DOC MARTIN. Texas A&M will give George R.R. Martin an honorary degree reports the Houston Chronicle. Texas A&M University is set to give “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin the latest link in his maester’s chain this week, … Continue reading →

2016 Audie Awards Finalists
The 2016 Audie Awards shortlist has been released. The award recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). Finalists are announced in 25 categories. Here are the categories of genre interest. AUDIO DRAMA … Continue reading →

Still Time To Nominate for Rondos
Nominees for the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards are selected from suggestions by horror fans, pros and enthusiasts offered all year at the Classic Horror Film Board. Each year’s nominees are finalized by classic horror fan David Colton, with the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/8/16 One Scroll I Sing, A Simple Separate Pixel
(1) WHEN GRAVITY DOESN’T FAIL. NDTV headline: “Announcement Thursday On Albert Einstein’s Gravitational Waves”: “My earlier rumor about LIGO has been confirmed by independent sources. Stay tuned! Gravitational waves may have been discovered!! Exciting,” said a message on Twitter from … Continue reading →

2016 Annie Awards
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the winners of the 43rd Annual Annie Awards on February 6. The award was given in 36 categories. Juried Awards honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation also were presented. Three Winsor … Continue reading →

E Pluribus Hugo Tested With Anonymized 2015 Data
By Jameson Quinn: [Originally left as a comment.] So, Bruce Schneier and I are working on an academic paper about the E Pluribus Hugo (EPH) proposed voting system. We’ve been given a data set of anonymized votes from 2015. I don’t … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/7/16 The Bold and the Recusable
(1) INSIDE UTAH’S EXTRAORDINARY SF FANDOM. Provo’s Daily Herald interviewed Dave Doering and learned the answer to “Why Utah’s literary Big Bang? ‘Life, the Universe & Everything’ symposium, for one”. When you name your symposium “Life, the Universe, & Everything,” and … Continue reading →

Captain America: Civil War Trailer #2
This trailer for Captain America: Civil War aired during the Super Bowl.… Continue reading →

2015 BSFA Awards Shortlist
The British Science Fiction Association has announced the shortlist for BSFA Awards 2015. BSFA members and attending members of Eastercon will be able to vote on the shortlist. Voting at the convention will be allowed up to midday on Saturday, March … Continue reading →

Ray Bradbury In Film
(1) The opening scene of Colony, Episode 3, is a teacher being arrested for teaching Fahrenheit 451. (Beware spoilers at link.) (2) Green Town is a tribute to writer Ray Bradbury and the town of Waukegan, where he spent his … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/6/16 A Man, A Plan, A Canal: Pixel Scroll
(1) NO SPOILERS PLEASE. “Star Wars lands preview on Disneyland TV special”, a article, says the special will air February 21 on ABC. Harrison Ford — Han Solo himself — will give viewers an exclusive preview of Star Wars-themed … Continue reading →

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