2016 Locus Awards
The winners of the 2016 Locus Awards were announced on June 25 in Seattle. SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) FANTASY NOVEL Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) YOUNG ADULT BOOK The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper; … Continue reading →

2016 Saturn Awards
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced the 2016 Saturn Award winners on June 22 in Burbank. John Barrowman, the awards host, is shown here in a photo with Alex Kingston, on hand to pick up the award for Doctor Who’s … Continue reading →

2016 Eugie Award Finalists
The finalists for the inaugural Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction are: “The Deepwater Bride” by Tamsyn Muir (F&SF, July/Aug 2015) “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong (Nightmare, Oct 2015) “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild” by … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/25/16 All My Kzins Remembered
(1) PHOTOS FROM THE LOCUS AWARDS. Connie Willis giving advice to #ClarionWest2016 at The Locus Awards. — Gunnar Norskog (@GunnarNorskog) June 25, 2016 File 770 was a Locus Award finalist in the magazine category and I did arm someone … Continue reading →

Hallmark Rolls Out 2016 Ornaments
In California this year’s Christmas trees are still standing on hillsides in hundred degree heat, waiting for firefighting airplanes to cover them in season-appropriate red fire retardant. Hallmark, on the other hand, believes midsummer is the perfect time to sell … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/24/16 Porcupine Tree’s Yellow Pixel Dreamscroll
(1) BREXIT. J. K. Rowling’s response to the Brexit voting reports was – I don’t think I’ve ever wanted magic more. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 24, 2016 “Death Eaters are everywhere,” said Micheline Hess. (2) BRIXIT. Caption: “Live … Continue reading →

Lucas Drops Attempt To Build Museum in Chicago
Chicago will not be home to the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Lucas Foundation announced today. Lucas wants to see the museum completed in his lifetime, and is unwilling to engage in time-consuming litigation with Friends of Parks … Continue reading →

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit in South Pasadena
By John King Tarpinian: Thursday evening the South Pasadena, CA main library screened Ray Bradbury’s Wonderful Ice Cream Suit. This is a Disney movie that very few people have ever heard of or seen, yet it is considered to be … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/23/16 Where The Scrolls Have No Name
(1) THE LEMONADE IS READY. Rachel Swirsky’s Patreon donors are enjoying the squozen fruits of victory. I have released “If You Were a Butt, My Butt,” which turned out to be a spy-hunting story on the Orient Express! — Rachel … Continue reading →

Newt Scamander in a New Hero Featurette
J. K. Rowling comments on a profile about Newt Scamander of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.… Continue reading →

CBS and Paramount Issue Trek Fan Film Guidelines
Despite J.J. Abrams’ announcement that the copyright infringement suit would be dropped, Axanar Productions and Paramount and CBS are still sparring. On May 23, Axanar filed an answer and counterclaim with the court (as reported here), and on June 15 the studios filed their reply (which can be … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/22/16 Careful With That Scroll, Eugene
(1) PRINCESS AWOL. Yahoo! Movies side-eyes this disturbing pattern – “’Moana’ Teaser: A Brief History of Disney Omitting Princesses From Princess Movie Trailers”. Moana doesn’t show up until :38 of this teaser trailer – This all began after 2009’s The … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/21/16 Everybody In The Whole Scrollblock, Dance To The Pixelhouse Rock
(1) HE’S BAAACK. explains how Dr. Okun’s been down for the count almost as long as Captain America – “Okun’s Razor: New ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Featurette Explains The Return Of Dr. Okum”. Of course, the alien attacked the doctor … Continue reading →

Jeff Bezos Awarded Heinlein Prize
Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, has won the Heinlein Prize “for his vision and leadership in commercial space activities that have led to historic firsts and reusability in the commercial spaceflight industry.” The award was announced June 20 in … Continue reading →

Ann Leckie Chats About Character Development, and Sufficiently Advanced Technology
Ann Leckie is the author of the Imperial Radch trilogy, that begins with Ancillary Justice, winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Award. Sequels Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy are also award nominees. Leckie’s short stories have appeared … Continue reading →

2017 Corflu Online Registration
Fanzine fans convention Corflu 34 will be held April 29-30, 2017 in the Los Angeles area at the Warner Center Marriott. Attending memberships are $95 (US), £65 (UK) and include the Sunday brunch banquet. Supporting memberships are: $25 (US), £15 (UK). Instructions for … Continue reading →

2016 Dwarf Stars Candidates
The 2016 Dwarf Stars Anthology contents have been finalized, which constitutes the shortlist for the Dwarf Stars award given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, … Continue reading →

Frankenstein Bicentennial Dare
Arizona State University and several cooperating organizations have launched the Frankenstein Bicentennial Dare, a pair of contests which challenge authors to write new fiction and nonfiction stories about creators and their creations, science and society, and monstrosity. In June 1816, Mary … Continue reading →

2016 Elgin Award Candidates
The Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Elgin Award, named for SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, is presented in two categories, Chapbook and Book. Nominations for the Elgin Award closed June 15. The SFPA website shows these poems as the candidates for the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/20/16 The Knights Who Say “Pi(xel)”
(1) SPOILERIFFIC GAME OF THRONES RECAP. Lots of GoT recaps online and I tend to read them at random. I found much to recommend Ben Van Iten’s “The Game of Throne Awards, Season 6, Episode 9: Two Battles for the … Continue reading →

2016 Rhysling Award Winners
The Science Fiction Poetry Association announced the winners of the 2016 Rhysling Awards on June 20. Short Poem Winner “Time Travel Vocabulary Problems” (Dreams and Nightmares), by Ruth Berman 2nd place “Tech Support for the Apocalypse” (Dreams and Nightmares) by … Continue reading →

Plenty of SF/F in Library of Congress “America Reads” Exhibition
The Library of Congress’ “America Reads” Exhibition, opened June 16, celebrates 65 books by American authors that have been chosen by the public as having “a profound effect on American life.” Many volumes on display are from the Rare Book and … Continue reading →

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — Official Trailer #2
Director Tim Burton’s adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is due in theatres this September. Stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. … Continue reading →

2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards
The winners of the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards are given for achievements by New Zealanders in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. Voting was conducted at Au Contraire 2016, the 37th National Science … Continue reading →

2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award Nominees
The shortlist for the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy has been announced. Raising Hell by John G. Hartness (Falstaff Books) The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy (Curiosity Quills) Iron and Blood by Gail Z. Martin … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/19/16 MacArthur’s File Is Posting In The Dark, All The Sweet Green Pixels Scrolling Down
(1) COMPLETE WEAPONS BAN AT SUPERCON. Florida Supercon (July 1-4) will not permit any real or replica weapons to be brought into the con. Includes blades, blunt weapons, whips, tasers, or even things that “cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas.” … Continue reading →

The Cover Story – Plots of Books We Haven’t Read
Joe Zieja taught us the game in “Five Books I Haven’t Read But Want To and Am Going to Summarize Anyway Based on Their Titles and Covers”. Filers took it from there. Jim Henley The Dark Forest, by Cixin Liu, … Continue reading →

1941 Retro Hugo Nominee Changes Announced
MidAmeriCon II has made a correction in the 1941 Retro Hugo finalists. Dave McCarty, MidAmeriCon II Hugo Administrator, explains: “Darker Than You Think” by Jack Williamson was mistakenly categorized as a novelette. The story is a novella, but did not receive … Continue reading →

Our Loss, His Gain
By John Hertz: Luckily I managed to attend the memorial service for Jim Busby (1954-2016) on Tuesday June 14th. Luckily I managed enough presence of mind to say something suitable when the floor was opened. We were in the spacious … Continue reading →

Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Paperback Is Out
Baen Books released the paperback of The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF 2015, edited by David Afsharirad, on June 7. File 770 got an advance look at the table of contents in March, and in April announced the opening of … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/18/16 By The Pixels At My Thumbs, Something Scrolling This Way Comes
(1) MORE THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS. Fantasy-Faction ponders “Character Group Dynamics”. One of the most important tasks of a writer is to get the reader to engage with their characters, but almost as important is how your characters … Continue reading →

*News From Fandom featured image via NIck Mamatas: Sylvia Moreno-Garcia at the Locus Awards

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