Pixel Scroll 3/21/16 The Incredible Sulk
(1) SCALZI PREDICTS. Today John Scalzi answered “Reader Request Week 2016 #2: Will Humans Survive?” But we’re smart! I hear you say. Sure, that’s true, but does it then follow that a) we’re smart enough not to basically kill ourselves … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/22/16 The Scrolls Are Alive With The Sound of Pixels
(1) MEDIA CON INFLATION. Rob Salkowitz at ICv2 says “As The 2016 Con Season Begins, Seams Are Starting To Show”. Competition for big names is getting crazy. Every show wants the top names to draw fans, but the bidding war … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/26/16 Who Killed Morlock Holmes?
(1) WHERE THE DEER AND ANTELOPE PLAY. BBC’s report “Grand Theft Auto deer causes chaos in game world” includes a video clip. More than 200,000 people have tuned in to watch the deer via a video stream on the Twitch … Continue reading →

2016 James White Award
The winner of this year’s James White Award is “Rock, Paper, Incisors” by David Cleden. The winner was announced during the BSFA Awards ceremony on March 26. The James White Award Short Story Competition was established in 2000 and offers … Continue reading →

2015 BSFA Awards
.@aliettedb massively regrets not preparing speeches for the TWO @BSFA Awards she won today — Zen Cho (@zenaldehyde) March 26, 2016 The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award winners were announced March 26 at Mancunicon, the British National Science Fiction Convention. Best Novel Aliette de Bodard: The House of Shattered Wings, Gollancz … Continue reading →

2016 Philip K. Dick Award Winner Announced
.@Ramez Naam wins the 2016 Philip K. Dick Award! — CC Finlay (@ccfinlay) March 26, 2016 The 2016 Philip K. Dick Award winner is Apex by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books). And a special citation was given to Archangel … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/25/16 Phantom MacSpaceface O’Trollington
(1) SOLID NUMBERS. “So How Many Books Do You Sell?” is the question. Kameron Hurley dares to answer. It’s the question every writer dreads: “How many books have you sold? ” It’s a tricky question because for 99% of the … Continue reading →

Thunderbirds Are Go Official Trailer
Stream all episodes of Thunderbirds Are Go with Prime, beginning April 22, 2016 on Amazon Video. When disaster strikes, International Rescue answers the call! From their hidden island base, the five Tracy Brothers pilot their cutting-edge Thunderbird vehicles to every corner of … Continue reading →

Batman V Superman, A Brief Spoiler-free Review Summary
By Daniel Dern: Let me start by noting that I grew on DC comics… I wasn’t quite old enough to read when DC’s “Silver Age” began in 1954, with the creation of Barry Allen as The Flash… but I was … Continue reading →

2015 Aurealis Awards
The winners of the 2015 Aurealis Awards, as well as the recipient of the Convenors’ Award for Excellence, were announced at a ceremony at the Australian National Convention in Brisbane on March 25. BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION A Single Stone, Meg … Continue reading →

No Finer Place for Sure
By John Hertz: The Los Angeles Downtown News just sent me a packet with a prize in its 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Contest (“must concern Downtown”). There certainly are a City and County of Limerick, Republic of Ireland. There’s … Continue reading →

Earl Hamner, Jr. (1923-2016)
Creator of The Waltons and Falcon Crest and author of eight Twilight Zone episodes, Earl Hamner, Jr., passed away March 24. He was 92 and had been diagnosed with cancer in June 2014. Hamner was the eldest of eight children … Continue reading →

2016 Daytime Emmy Awards Nominees
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. There are about 110 pages of nominees in the press release, of which around 60 pages are for categories covering animated … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/24/16 The Game-Players of Bitin’
(1) IT’S TIME TO PLAY: NAME THAT ELEMENT. You might remember the petition to honor the late Terry Pratchett by giving element 117 the name Octarine — “the color of magic” from Pratchett’s fiction. An article at Nature Chemistry reviews the competing … Continue reading →

Baen Announces Correia’s European Book Tour
Larry Correia, author of the epic fantasy novel The Son of the Black Sword as well as the Monster Hunter International series, including such titles as Monster Hunter International, Monster Hunter Vendetta, and Monster Hunter Nemesis, will be on tour … Continue reading →

Captain America Civil War International Trailer
The new trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War has all the excitement you expect from a superhero movie — plus subtitles! In theatres May 6.… Continue reading →

Meet Your TAFF Candidates
Just-released TAFFWorld #5 has fresh get-acquainted write-ups by Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund candidates Anna Raftery and Wolf von Witting. Download your copy here. The voting deadline is March 29 at 23:59 (UK time).… Continue reading →

Gnurrs That Jingle, Jangle, Jingle
By John Hertz: Marty Helgesen, who I think one of our better fanwriters and who I wish would resume publishing Radio Free Thulcandra, inspired me to find that there is a Website How active this enterprise is I’m not … Continue reading →

Rare SF on the Block at Heritage Auction 4/6
I’ve been previewing Heritage Auction’s Rare Book Signature Auction scheduled for April 6, where endless numbers of intriguing sf/f/h works will go under the hammer. Here is a series of clippings from HA’s promotional articles about the genre material. The … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/23/16 You’re on Canid Camera
(1) SUPERGIRLS. Carrie Goldman writes “An Open Letter To Supergirl Stars Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh, From An Adoptive Mom” in Chicago Now. Her relationship with her younger sisters is complicated. They are our biological daughters, and this creates deep … Continue reading →

All Bradbury
(1) Bradbury is the centerpiece of another Big Read in Kansas City. Biographer Sam Weller helps launch the event in ‘Fahrenheit 451’ forever: a literary classic’s uncanny cultural longevity. In 1953, a little-known 33-year-old writer named Ray Bradbury wrote his … Continue reading →

More Fantasy Beers
File 770 has covered a lot of Lovecraft-related beers. But if you’re a Tolkien fan, where is the beer for you? Well, Massachusetts’s Night Shift Brewing has come out with Second Breakfast, a Baltic porter. They then barrel aged that beer in … Continue reading →

Langford Essay Collection Reissued as Ebook
David Langford’s Ansible Editions has published his nonfiction collection Up Through an Empty House of Stars: Reviews and Essays 1980-2002 as an ebook for the first time. The collection originally appeared in 2003. The ebook has all of that content, … Continue reading →

Aimee Ogden Wins 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award
The winner and runners-up for the 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award have been announced. GRAND PRIZE “Dear Ammi” by Aimee Ogden SECOND PLACE “To Lose the Stars” by Jennifer Brozek THIRD PLACE “Cylinders” by Ronald D. Ferguson Aimee … Continue reading →

Peggy Ranson (1948-2016)
Peggy Ranson, a very popular fanartist in the 1990s, passed away March 16 from cancer. The family’s obituary is here. She grew up in Memphis, and attended Memphis State University. While living in New Orleans she worked as a commercial … Continue reading →

2016 Rabid Puppies Picks
Vox Day finalized “Rabid Puppies 2016: the list” at Vox Popoli on March 21 and announced it widely, sending a press release to 200 members of the media. A screenshot of the press release follows the jump. BEST NOVEL Seveneves: A … Continue reading →

2016 DUFF Race Begins
Voting on the Down Under Fan Fund delegate to MidAmericon II has opened and will continue until May 16 at 23:59 AEST. There is one candidate in this year’s race — Clare McDonald-Sims I’m a serial committee member and volunteer for … Continue reading →

2016 Hugo Administrator Answers Question About EPH Testing
Mad Genius Club columnist Dave Freer received an answer to an accusatory letter he wrote to MidAmeriCon II’s Hugo Awards administrators about voting data shared for purposes of testing the “E Pluribus Hugo” proposal. He published Dave McCarty’s reply as … Continue reading →

Marvel at the Streets of Wonder
By James H. Burns: It was in the early 1990s when rereading some Marvel comics of the very late ’60s, and early ’70s — and more to the point, reading some tales from that period that were entirely new to … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/20/16 Pixels And Old Lace
(1) KIRK AND WOZ. “Silicon Valley Comic Con: William Shatner holds court on inaugural con’s first night” in the San Jose Mercury News. Shatner was the big attraction for the first night of the pop culture and technology festival at … Continue reading →

2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees
The 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards shortlist has been announced. These awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders. The winners will be decided by a vote of the members of SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy … Continue reading →

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 →

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