Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Locus Awards, Apex Magazine and Filk

Rick Riordan’s Matching Pledge for Rosarium Fundraiser
Rick Riordan, author of YA series like Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Kane Chronicles, announced he is matching donations to Rosarium Publishing’s Indiegogo fundraising appeal. He has challenged his readers to Support a Great Publisher Who Values Diversity. Riordan will match all … Continue reading →

Classics of Science Fiction
By John Hertz: We’ll discuss two Classics of SF at MidAmeriCon II, one discussion each. You’ll be welcome to join in. I’m still with “A classic is an artwork that survives its time. After the currents which might hold it … Continue reading →

Harlan Ellison Publishing News
New Ellison works are being released in May by Skyboat Media and Right now Skyboat Media is distributing copies of the full cast audiobook of Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever to Kickstarter donors. The recording goes on … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/7/16 All True Scrollaroos Meeting At Worldcon Hinder Pixelman Agenda
(1) HOPEFULLY INCURABLE. Rhianna Pratchett reacted to the news item that also inspired #12 in yesterday’s Scroll (“Nailsworth teacher claims Harry Potter books cause mental illness”): I know what my father would say if anyone told him that his books encourage … Continue reading →

Swedish Fanzine Scholarship Rewarded
The Swedish Royal National Library announced April 11 that “Research on science fiction fanzines gets this year’s Klemming Scholarship”. Hampus Eckerman has provided a translation of the press release. Jerry Määttä, PhD in Comparative Literature, has been awarded this year’s Klemming … Continue reading →

Bandersnatch Audiobook Kickstarter Launches
Diana Pavlac Glyer is raising money to create an audiobook edition of Bandersnatch. About this project Bandersnatch is an inspiring new book that tells how C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings challenged and encouraged one another … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/6/16 Waggin’ Train
(1) WELL WISHING. James H. Burns, the frequent File 770 columnist, is in the hospital – keep him in mind. Hey, folks: Quite unexpectedly, I’m in Mercy Hospital, in Rockville Center, at least through the weekend. Cards and visitors welcome!  Continue reading →

Kritzer, Lady Business Added to Hugo Ballot
MidAmeriCon II has backfilled the vacancies on the 2016 Hugo Awards ballot created by the withdrawal of Thomas A. Mays and Black Gate. The official announcement on Facebook reads: Thomas A. Mays has withdrawn his short story “The Commuter”. It … Continue reading →

Sharknado 4 Warning
This shark has legs! Syfy announced Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens will premiere July 31. Sharknado 4 will take place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in Sharknado 3. Fin, his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/5/16 The Barnacles of Narnia
(1) LOST SIGNAL. John DeNardo shocked fans and writers alike by revealing today that SF Signal is shutting down. When we started SF Signal in 2003, it was because we loved speculative fiction. Having a blog allowed us to share that … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/4/16 (Take Another) Piece Of My Artificial Heart
(1) BREAKING THINGS. Wired studies the physics behind the destruction of a Super Star Destroyer in Star Wars. The Mass of the Death Star The real question remains—why is it moving so fast? There are three possible answers: After rebels destroyed … Continue reading →

2016 Filk Hall of Fame Inductees
Eli Goldberg and Mark Bernstein are the 2016 inductees to the Filk Hall of Fame. The announcement was made during FilKONtario in April. The Filk Hall of Fame honors those who have contributed to filk over the years as performers, … Continue reading →

2016 Ignotus Awards Nominees
The nominees for the Premios Ignotus 2016 (2016 Ignotus Awards) have been announced by Spain’s Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror. The nominees include works translated into Spanish, by Ann Leckie, Claire North, two books by Joe Abercrombie, short … Continue reading →

Apex Magazine #84 Released
Apex Magazine Issue 84 includes original fiction by Stephen Cox (“1957”), David K. Yeh (“Cottage Country”), and Maggie Slater (“The Behemoth Beaches”). There is a reprint by Lavie Tidhar, and an excerpt from Chris Bucholz’s upcoming novel Freeze/Thaw. Poetry editor … Continue reading →

The Bradbury Type
Our favorite sf writer is still making news. (1) PHIL NICHOLS. Fahrenheit 451 and Q & A with Phil Nichols is scheduled this month in Wolverhampton in the UK. When? 24 May 2016 – 24 May 2016, Tuesday 24 May … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/3/16 The Seven Pixel Scrollution
(1) JEOPARDY! Funny how fandom has gone from being the contestants to being the answers…. On the May 3 episode of Jeopardy! one of the answers was — In A Storm of Swords, he acknowledged “Phyllis, who made me put … Continue reading →

2016 Locus Awards Shortlist
The 2016 Locus Awards Finalists have been posted at Locus Online. There is considerable overlap with the Vox Day’s slate for this award due to the slate having included a lot of frontrunners. Altogether, 26 of the 75 items on … Continue reading →

Two More Hugo Nominees Stay In
Hugo nominees Daniel Polansky and Brooke Bolander have announced they are keeping their works on the ballot. Polansky’s novella The Builders ( was on both the 2016 Rabid Puppies slate and the Sad Puppies 4 list (where two recommendations was … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/2/16 Ancillary Mary Sue
(1) COSTUMES ON TRIAL. The Hollywood Reporter says “Supreme Court to Hear Fight Over Cheerleader Uniforms”, an issue that some argue can affect fans doing cosplay. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that is nominally … Continue reading →

2015 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees
The shortlist for the 2015 Shirley Jackson Awards has been released. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic, and are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and … Continue reading →

Free Comic Book Day Is May 7
On Free Comic Book Day, May 7, participating comic book stores across North America and the world will be giving away comic books to visitors in their shops. Use the locator on the website to search for a store near … Continue reading →

London in 2080 at Clarke Center
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination in conjunction with The Bartlett School of Architecture are jointly hosting “Science Fiction Meets Architecture: London in 2080”, a two-part transatlantic lecture Continue reading →

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