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AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 3-20-16

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Horror Writers Association Announces Two Awards
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the recipients of this year’s Specialty Press Award and Richard Laymon President’s Award. The Specialty Press Award winner is Borderlands Press. Since its founding in 1990 by Elizabeth and Tom Monteleone, Borderlands Press … Continue reading →

Adventure Interruptus
Jukka Halme’s GUFF travel schedule looked like it might be shot to hell on the very first day. My goodness! Where has the time gone? It’s already the 19th of March and I’ll be taking off in less than 10 hours! … Continue reading →

Sad Puppies 4 List
Kate Paulk has posted the Sad Puppies 4 List at Mad Genius Club. She included only works with at least two recommendations on the list. Works are listed in order of the most recommendations received. Paulk’s spreadsheets tallying all the recommendations can … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/19/16 The Fog Scrolled in on Pixilated Feet
(1) KEN LIU ON THE SCROLL. Ken Liu notes that we’re back to scrolling, in “The Grand Evolution of Books” at the Powell’s Books blog. A similar shift may be happening today as we go from reading on paper codices … Continue reading →

Visiting Clarke’s Gravesite
By Hampus Eckerman: While visiting Sri Lanka, I did a quick search to see if there was anything SFnal of interest to find. Of course there was. Arthur C. Clarke lived in Sri Lanka for over 50 years, having moved … Continue reading →

Sci-Fest LA Asks Donations for SFX
The third annual Sci-Fest LA Science Fiction One-Act Play Fest runs May 5-29 at the ACME Theatre in Hollywood. Four days remain in Sci-Fest LA’s Indiegogo appeal to crowdfund the special effects. All we want is to do justice to do justice … Continue reading →

Hamilton and Hogwarts
Emma Watson and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) got together to promote gender equality and International Women’s Day — however, the videos they made were just released March 17. Daily Mail reports Miranda asked Watson to sort Hamilton characters into Hogwarts houses: Watson … Continue reading →

New Trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse comes to theaters May 27, 2016. Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/18/16 How Green Was My Pixel?
(1) WHEN MARS HAD BEACHES. The Daily Galaxy covers the announcement — “NASA: ‘Ancient Mars Had a Vast Ocean Covering Half Its Northern Hemisphere’”. A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/17/16 The Weirdscroll of Puppygeddon
(1) SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS WHO WERE NEVER DRUNK ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY. Here are a few of the genre’s known teetotalers – doubtless there are others… H.P. Lovecraft Harlan Ellison J. Michael Straczynski John C. Wright (see comment #14) Isaac … Continue reading →

Free Download of NYRSF’s Special Hartwell Memorial Issue
The New York Review of Science Fiction #330 is a Special Memorial Issue devoted to the magazine’s co-founder, the late David G. Hartwell. Produced in conjunction with the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, it presents “a collection … Continue reading →

Venus, If You Will
By James H. Burns: Sylvia Anderson has to be one of the first women I ever had a crush on, even if I didn’t recognize it as such. And the fact that she was in wooden form makes it all … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/16/16 Teenaged Mutant Radioactive Shapeshifting Cheesy Ninja Hedgehogs
(1) PRINCESS ON CAMPAIGN. A set of election posters help publicize a new Star Wars novel — “Leia’s Past Haunts Her In new Star Wars: Bloodline Poster”, at IGN. Set in-between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the … Continue reading →

SF in Broadway History
By Bill Higgins: Karel Capek’s play R.U.R. — which gave the English language the word “robot”– was a hit in Prague in 1921, and came to the U.S. soon afterward, with a Broadway production in 1922. Among the New York … Continue reading →

Conrunner Slated for 2017
The fourth Conrunner, the UK/EU based con for convention organizers, will be held February 3-5, 2017 at the Park Inn Hotel in Nottingham. The committee for Conrunner 4 is — Alice Lawson – Co-Chair & Facilities Steve Cooper – Co-Chair … Continue reading →

Sylvia Anderson (1927-2016)
British television and film producer, writer and voice actress Sylvia Anderson passed away March 16 after a short illness. She was known for co-creating numerous television series with Gerry Anderson, her husband between 1960 and 1981. (He died in 2012.) Many of … Continue reading →

SXSW Holds Online Harassment Summit
Over the weekend South By Southwest hosted the Online Harassment Summit it created to allay the outrage over a decision made last fall to cancel a pair of gaming panels, one essentially about Gamergate, the other about anti-harassment efforts in gaming. Here are … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/15/16 At The Age of 37, She Realized She’d Never Scroll Through Paris With The Warm Pixels In Her Hair
(1) THE MAN WHO WOULD BE WHO. An actor who’s already accumulated a lot of experience traveling in time one day in front of the next has his eye on the prize. Metro News says “Brian Blessed wants to be … Continue reading →

Long List Anthology on Sale
The Long List Anthology ebook is on sale this week for 99 cents (or similar price in other currencies). It was a featured deal in BookBub’s daily email on Sunday, and will be on sale at least through end of … Continue reading →

2015 Ursa Major Award Finalists
Voting for the 2015 Ursa Major Awards, for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of the 2015 calendar year, is now open. The voting deadline is April 30. The awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony at What the Fur 2016, … Continue reading →

2016 Canadian Screen Awards
The 4th Canadian Screen Awards were presented March 13. The awards honor achievement in Canadian film, television and digital media production. Winners of genre interest were all in the Television category: TELEVISION PROGRAMS ANIMATED PROGRAM OR SERIES Rocket Monkeys INTERNATIONAL … Continue reading →

NYRSF Readings Feature Clockwork Phoenix April 5
The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings 25th Anniversary Season continues April 5 with a half dozen contributing authors and the editor of Clockwork Phoenix 5. The location is The Commons Café at 388 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Doors … Continue reading →

Pi Day: Some Things Are Constant
By John Hertz: You might be amused by this 2015 reprint from Vanamonde 1136. Remembering trouble here with the square-root symbol, I’ve amended the reprint with brackets, and still had to leave some out. Saturday was Pi Day, [Greek lower-case … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/14/16 Pixels Gather And Now My Scroll Begins
(1) WHAT A SAVINGS. Get your Grabthar’s hammer t-shirt from TeeChip. These babies are going for $22.99, while they last! (2) WOODEN IT BE LUVERLY. It took over a year to carve, and “This Beautiful Millennium Falcon Was Made With … Continue reading →

TAFF Voting Deadline Is March 29
By Curt Phillips: The deadline for voting in the 2016 Trans Atlantic Fan Fund election is fast upon us! Voting ends on March 29 – only two weeks away now and only a relatively small number of votes have been … Continue reading →

Prelude To A Honeymoon In Vegas
Nic Farey married Jennifer AlLee on February 29 in the social event of the season. Of my season, for sure. Nic invited me to the wedding during a Facebook chat. I was pleased to be asked. And glad of a … Continue reading →

To the East With the Lark
By James H. Burns: Here’s a clip from Finian’s Rainbow as a quick leadup to St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, with Melissa Errico singing a number from that all-time excellent show. Errico starred in the production that introduced me to … Continue reading →

Sir Terry Pratchett Honored With Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named Sir Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) the recipient of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award. Created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA President and Board, the award is for … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/13/16 We’re Off To See The Pixel, The Wonderful Pixel Of Scroll
(1) DAYLIGHT STEALING TIME. Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass trailer investigates a time crime. (2) TAKING INVENTORY. Bill Roper had some insights about being a convention dealer while doing “That Taxes Thing”. One of the distressing things about doing … Continue reading →

We Are ALL SF Refund News
The inaugural We Are ALL SF con didn’t get off the ground in 2016. The con website, Facebook and Twitter accounts have all been shuttered, at least for now. As Quincy J. Allen said on Facebook, “The convention isn’t dead, it’s … Continue reading →

Requiem
By James H. Burns: I spend too much time lately, perhaps, thinking of the dead. But just last January, across three weeks, I lost my brother; as well as someone who had been like an uncle to me; and even … Continue reading →

Kids’ Choice Awards 2016
The winners of the Kids’ Choice Awards took home the coveted orange blimp statues last night. Many sf/f TV, movie and music acts were among those honored by Nickelodeon viewers. To see a compilation of the winners as a video… … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/12/16 Crosseyed and Pixelless
(1) A TERRAN ECLIPSE. Click to see the Astronomy Picture of the Day for March 11 This snapshot from deep space captures planet Earth on March 9. The shadow of its large moon is falling on the planet’s sunlit hemisphere. … Continue reading →

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