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NEWS FROM FANDOM: 2/21/16

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2016 Compton Crook Award Shortlist
The finalists for the 2016 Compton Crook Award have been announced by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger, Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, Released 5/15/15 Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristie Charish, … Continue reading →

More Names of Guests Dropped by We Are ALL SF Con
Cat Rambo writes: “People I know of whose invitations were withdrawn from WeAreAllSF are myself, Caren Gussoff, Kris Rusch, and Dean Wesley Smith. I understand the con is new and that they bit off a lot, and I’ve got no … 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 →

Lucas Museum Remains Stalled
The city of Chicago on February 16 asked a federal judge to lift an order barring George Lucas from starting construction of the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum along the Lakefront while litigation plays out. However, Judge John W. Darrah, who … Continue reading →

John Williams Wins Three International Film Music Critics Association Awards
The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) has announced the 2015 IFMCA Awards for excellence in musical scoring. The award for Score of the Year goes to composer John Williams for his work on the massively popular and successful epic … Continue reading →

2016 Nebula Nominations
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 50th Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. … Continue reading →

Wrap-up of Life, The Universe & Everything #34
By David Doering: LTUE—affectionately pronounced “lootee” despite the spelling, is a great hybrid of con, symposium, and workshop. Author Dan Wells calls it “the learning con” to differentiate it from the “spectator cons” like the Comic Con-type. Here’s the logo—notice … Continue reading →

Arrest Made in Rare Book Theft
An arrest was made the same day File 770 alerted readers to the theft of a van carrying rare books in Berkeley on February 16. However, the van and most of the books have not been recovered. Police caught one of the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/19/16 The Fifth Editor
(1) LONGEST EVER 1-HOUR EPISODE. A Kickstarter is raising $15,000 to produce “A Skyboat Audiobook of Harlan Ellison’s Star Trek Teleplay”. On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the launching of Star Trek – the Original Series, we want … Continue reading →

We Are ALL SF Con Trims Costs
File 770’s post in January about We Are ALL SF con began with a long list of the announced guests and reported the organizers were going forward despite the lack of response to their Indiegogo funding appeal. Yesterday, however, Lou … Continue reading →

Sasquan Masquerade Discs Ready
Syd Weinstein announces he has finished work on the Sasquan Masquerade recording. You can order it here, in either of the two common formats. Sasquan Masquerade – Available in Blu-Ray or DVD version The Masquerade disc contains all of the presentations, including the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/18/16 Pixel Bell Rock
(1) INTERNET HIGHWAY ROBBERY. Chuck Wendig tees off on a Huffington Post UK editor who preens about not paying their 13,000 contributors. Because it isn’t “authentic.” To pay writers. You toxic tickledicks. You venomous content-garglers. You thieves, you brigands, you … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/17/16 Grandstand on Zanzibar
(1) THAT’S WHO. Paul Cornell has a few paragraphs about Gallifrey One, the Doctor Who convention he attended in LA last weekend. An edition of The Cornell Collective recorded there will be going live in a few days, but in … Continue reading →

2016 Rhysling Award Nominees
The Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2016 Rhysling Award candidates have been finalized reports F.J. Bergmann. The Rhysling Award is given in two categories. “Best Long Poem” is for poems of 50+ lines, or for prose poems, of 500+ words. “Best … Continue reading →

C.J. Cherryh Named SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has selected C. J. Cherryh as the 32nd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given … Continue reading →

2015 Aurealis Awards Finalists
The 2015 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced by the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation. Judging coordinator Tehani Wessely said there were over 750 entries across the 15 categories. In the inaugural Sara Douglass Book Series Award, nearly 200 books were … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/16/16 Think Pixel, Count Scroll
(1) CARNEGIE AND GREENAWAY LONGLISTS. The longlists for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced. The Carnegie Medal, established in 1936, is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. The Kate Greenaway Medal … Continue reading →

Rare Book Theft Alert
Garrett Scott of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America’s security committee is spreading the word about a theft that took place today: Colleagues, Within the past hour or two, Chicago colleague Larry Van de Carr’s 2008 Silver Ford XLT van … Continue reading →

Herman’s No Hermit
By James H. Burns: How much surrealistic joy has Paul Reubens, as Pee Wee Herman, and as a writer/producer, brought to the world? I’m not sure I understand the concept of Pee Wee’s never having left his home town… (Gee … Continue reading →

2016 Ditmar Preliminary Ballot
The preliminary ballot for the 2016 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards has been posted for review. Changes may be made before the final ballot is set if discrepancies are found. The Ditmar Awards will be given at Contact 2016, the Australian … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/15/16 Cause Pixels Like Us, Baby We Were Born To Scroll
(1) STAR WARS VIII. Cameras are rolling for the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, written and directed by Rian Johnson. (2) THAT WAS THE FUTURE THAT WAS. A 1983 cover of BYTE. And if I squint real hard, … Continue reading →

2016 Elgin Award Nominations Being Accepted
The Science Fiction Poetry Association is taking nominations for the Elgin Award through May 15. A list of the works nominated so far is available here. Named for SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, the awards are presented in two categories, … Continue reading →

Bud Webster (1952-2016)
SFWA’s Estate Project manager Bud Webster died February 14. He had been suffering for over a year from bile duct cancer and was in hospice care for the last weeks of his life. Born Clarence Howard Webster in Roanoke, VA … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/14/16 Imagine All The Pixels, Living In A World That’s Scrolled
(1) BELIEVE YOUR EYES. “Apparently TARDIS-es are manufactured in NYC’s Brooklyn Navy Yard,” said an incredulous Andrew Porter after seeing this photo in NY Curbed. Capsys, the building manufacturer responsible for modular projects like Carmel Place and the Nehemiah Spring … Continue reading →

MAC II Speaks Out About Hugo PIN Problems
The MidAmeriCon II, which announced on February 7 that all online Hugo voting PINS had been sent, gave a status report on Twitter and Facebook today about a problem that will require some to be sent again: Our Hugo team … Continue reading →

2016 BAFTA Awards
The EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 Winners were announced February 14 in London. Among the winners were several of genre interest. EE BAFTA RISING STAR John Boyega ANIMATED FILM Inside Out EDITING Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel PRODUCTION DESIGN … Continue reading →

Crusader Clifford Clinton and His Cafeteria, Clifton’s
By John Hertz: On Wednesday, February 3rd, between Groundhog Day (doesn’t that sound like someone who pitched a tent too wide?) and Chinese (and others’) New Year, the Casa Verdugo branch of the Glendale Public Library hosted a talk by … Continue reading →

2016 Writers Guild of America Awards
While most Writers Guild of America nominees of genre interest were not among the winners announced on February 13, one winner is very well-known to fans. Rhianna Pratchett was the Lead Writer for the team voted the “Outstanding Achievement in … 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 →

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 →

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 →

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