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AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 2/28/16

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 9 Launches March 1
The ninth issue of Uncanny Magazine will be available on March 1. The entire contents can be purchased in the eBook version on the day of release. Uncanny’s free online content will be released in two stages, half on March 1 and … Continue reading →

Mark Oshiro Says ConQuesT Didn’t Act On His Harassment Complaints
Two-time Hugo nominated fanwriter Mark Oshiro (Mark Watches Star Trek), ConQuesT’s Fan Guest of Honor in 2015, has publicly aired on Facebook his grievances about the racism, sexual harassment, and abuse he experienced at the con after working within the … Continue reading →

The Lost Childhood’s End: A Tale of Phil DeGuere, The Late 1970s, and Arthur C. Clarke’s Classic Novel
By James H. Burns: Recently, a television mini-series based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel, Childhood’s End, debuted internationally. But if the vagaries and fortunes of Hollywood had been just a bit different, there could have been such a production, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/27/16 Hivers Against Humanity
(1) DRAGON HATCHERY. Naomi Novik is interviewed on NPR, “A Writer-Engineer’s Historical Fiction Hack: Add Dragons”. Almost a decade after she first went online, she says she was working as a programmer for a computer game “and something about that … Continue reading →

2016 Saturn Award Nominees
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has announced the 2016 nominees for the Saturn Awards. (The full list follows the jump.) The productions with the highest tallies of nominations are: Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens received … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/26/16 The Prisoner of Shadowban
(1) SHORTLIST TRUTHS. At The Hysterical Hamster Ian Mond asks “What Are Award Shortlists For? No… really… please tell me… I want to know….” What are award shortlists for? Obviously their main purpose is to recognize and celebrate the best … Continue reading →One Day Left in Matching Challenge To Help WisCon Member Assistance Fund
The WisCon Member Assistance Fund provides financial aid for people to attend the con. Depending on the number of nominations and the amount of donations, the committee will try to help out as many people as possible who would like … Continue reading → 

2016 Salt Lake FantasyCon Cancelled
The first – and so far only — FantasyCon was held in Salt Lake City in 2014 — coincidentally across the street from Westercon 67 on the same weekend. The chairs of the two events came to an understanding, which … Continue reading →

James H. Burns Added To Rondo Ballot
Stop the pixels! The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards ballot, released last week, has been amended to include File 770 columnist James H. Burns. 14. BEST COLUMNIST — Diary of the Deb, by Debbie Rochon, FANGORIA — The Doctor Is … Continue reading →

Kickstarter for “Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling”
Apex Book Company has launched a Kickstarter appeal to fund Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling. Edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates, the anthology’s concept “highlights the long-standing tradition of writers who tackle tired tropes or clichés prevalent in … Continue reading →

Settlement Predicted in Comic Con Name Litigation
San Diego Comic-Con International figured in two mainstream news stories today. (1) SETTLEMENT EXPECTED. The Salt Lake Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con are inching closer to settling a court battle over naming rights reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Lawyers … Continue reading →Pixel Scroll 2/25/16 The Scrolls My Pixellation
(1) BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA. In 1936 the Marshall College Archaeological Review accepted Professor Jones’ journal article, but asked for a few teensy changes – in “Why Professor Indiana Jones Was Hated By His Colleagues” at Cracked. The Title … Continue reading → 

Big Bang Theory Day
In honor of the show’s 200th episode, which airs tonight, February 25 has been declared “Big Bang Theory Day” in Pasadena. The city is celebrating this milestone by giving the show an honorary street name. Here is a video the cast … Continue reading →

Finnish SF Club Turns 40
Turku Science Fiction Society (TSFS), founded in 1976, turned 40 on January 27 reports Partial Recall. TSFS is the oldest sf club in Finland. Its activities are held in Terrakoti — Terrakoti is the office and geek living room of six societies … Continue reading →

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2015 Shortlist
The nominees for the Tähtivaeltaja Award, given to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year, have been reported by Partial Recall. Uusi maa (MaddAddam) by Margaret Atwood (Otava) Kudottujen kujien kaupunki by Emmi Itäranta (Teos) … Continue reading →

FAAn Awards Voting Deadline April 23
The Fan Activity Achievement (FAAn) awards voting will remain open until April 23. The award honors the best in fan writing, drawing, publishing and posting. The awards will be presented at Corflu 33 on May 15. Claire Brialey, the award … Continue reading →*Pixel Scroll 2/24/16 Happy Jack Wasn’t Tall But He Was A Scroll
(1) PAID REVIEW WORTH IT? Jeb Kinnison evaluates Kirkus Reviews’ reception of sf. So I was leery of spending my publisher’s money to get a Kirkus review done. The review was glowing, but without the coveted star that tends to … Continue reading → 

Speculative Literature Foundation Offers Older Writers Grant
The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced one month remains to submit applications for the Older Writers Grant. SLF is offering two $500 grants to applicants who are at least 50 years of age and just starting to work at a professional … Continue reading →

Valley Forge NASFiC Bid Appoints Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Mike VanHelder, chair of the Valley Forge in 2017 NASFiC Bid, has announced the appointment of Billy Hung as a Diversity and Inclusion Officer. VanHelder wrote on SMOFs: I asked Billy to join our NASFiC bid specifically because I am … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/23/16 The Lurker at the 5% Threshold
(1) THE PUPPET’S INSIDE STORY. Mary Robinette Kowal livestreamed “Ask a puppet about publishing” today. The answer to the old standby “Where do you get your ideas?” got perhaps the truest answer that has ever been given to this question. … Continue reading →

2015 Bram Stoker Shortlist
The Horror Writers Association has announced the nominees for the h2015 Bram Stoker Awards®. Superior Achievement in a Novel Clive Barker – The Scarlet Gospels (St. Martin’s Press) Michaelbrent Collings – The Deep (self-published) JG Faherty – The Cure (Samhain … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/22/16 Through Pathless Realms Of Space, Scroll On
(1) NUKED THE FRIDGE. Yahoo! News says there may be a good reason why Indy survived the atomic blast, in “Fan Theory Explains That Much-Maligned Indiana Jones Scene”. Much like ‘jumping the shark’ from ‘Happy Days’, the Indiana Jones movie series … Continue reading →

2016 Norma K Hemming Award Shortlist
The 2016 Norma K. Hemming Award finalists have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation for thought-provoking approaches to race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in Australian speculative fiction. Novel: The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner, published by Penguin … Continue reading →

2015 Kitschies Shortlist
The finalists for the 2015 Kitschies have been announced. The prize, sponsored by Fallen London, is given to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction.” The winners, to be announced March 7, willl receive a total of £2,500 … Continue reading →

2016 Rondo Hatton Award Voting Opens
Online voting has begun for the 14th Annual Rondo Awards — click the link to see the nominees for the best in the horror genre from 2015. There are 27 categories. Unexpectedly, my favorite Rondo category is missing this year … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/21/16 The Pixels of Karres
(1) PLAY INSIDE PKD’S MIND. Chris Priestman of Kill Screen describes Californium, a game based on a famous sf writer in “The videogame tribute to Philip K. Dick is out today”. In Californium, you essentially play an alternate world version of … Continue reading →

Arnold Receives Gaughan Award
Tommy Arnold was presented the Jack Gaughan Award for Best New Artist at Boskone 53. The New England Science Fiction Association gives the award annually to an artist who has become a professional within the past five years. The recipient … Continue reading →

Dozois Wins Skylark Award
Gardner Dozois is the winner of the 2016 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, known as the Skylark Award, presented this weekend at Boskone 53. The award is given annually by NESFA to a person “who has contributed … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/20/16 It’s Like My Body’s Developed This Massive Pixel Deficiency
(1) CROTCHETY GOES TO TOWN. Amazing Stories’ Steve Davidson gets his Boskone report off to a fast start with a post about Day 1. I’m at Boskone this weekend, hanging out with the fans, loquaciously displaying my intimate knowledge of … Continue reading →

NOTE:  My three-peat of Pixel Scroll title contributions from the previous week should not be construed as evidence for the cabal…

Pixel Scroll 2/15/16 Cause Pixels Like Us, Baby We Were Born To Scroll
Pixel Scroll 2/14/16 Imagine All The Pixels, Living In A World That’s Scrolled
Pixel Scroll 2/13/16 He Feels The Pixels Scraping, Scrolls Breaking On His Brow

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