James Busby Passes Away
Space flight historian James Milton Busby died June 1 after a lengthy hospitalization. He was 61 years old, and had suffered many health problems in recent years. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, a longtime LASFS member. They married … Continue reading →

Here in the Future with Ray Bradbury
(1) BRADBURY IN FUNDRAISER BOOK. William Wu Books is publishing Scales & Tales: Finding Forever Homes, an anthology edited by John Palisano, in time for Comic-Con. The proceeds will help animal adoption programs. This will be available at the San Diego Comic … Continue reading →

Jason Sanford and the Appeal of Sci-Fi Strange
“Few SF/fantasy writers generate a buzz through short fiction alone, but Jason Sanford is an exception. Over the past few years, he’s created a growing fan base through his brand of modern speculative fiction, something he called ‘SF Strange.” – … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/4/16 Later on We’ll Scrollspire, as We Dream by the Fire
(1) SUPERHERO CONSUMER REPORT. The Verge warns “Thanos’ almighty Infinity Gauntlet defeated by above-average oven heat”. The most powerful weapon in the universe has a weakness: it cannot withstand the necessary heat to remove a cast iron pizza pan once … Continue reading →

James H. Burns Has Died
A day of mourning. Frequent File 770 contributor James H. Burns has died, found by his landlord on June 2. A month ago Jim was hospitalized for blood clots in his legs and put on blood thinners. After he was … Continue reading →

“Ed Wood’s Captain America Civil War”
This fake trailer is hilarious by any measure, and after spending countless LASFS meetings watching Charlie Jackson II screening Republic serials I really appreciate the parodists’ artful scene choices, editing, and instinct for silliness. (Also, “Timely Studios” — YES!) [Thanks to … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/3/16 Second Pixelscroll To The Right
(1) LATEST MOWATT RHINO RUN CUT SHORT BY INJURY. Jim Mowatt tried to follow his London Marathon triumph by running the Edinburgh Marathon but midway through his knee gave out. At around 15 miles Steve asked me for his Lucozade bottle. … Continue reading →

Baltimore Club Issues Statement About Balticon 50
Dale S. Arnold, Chair of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Board of Directors, says the club is sending out this notice to people about last weekend’s convention. Thank you for being a member of Balticon 50. We are the Board of Directors … Continue reading →

Here Is Your Chance To Own a Piece of Literary History
By John King Tarpinian: A few months back File770 posted a piece about a charity auction for Con-or-Bust, an organization that strives to help people who otherwise might not be able to attend SFF conventions. Since Forry Ackerman helped Ray Bradbury … Continue reading →

Speaking of Harold
By John Hertz: Speaking of Harold, some of you might like to see this. Some of you already have (reprinted from Vanamonde 1038). The graphic artist, sailor, and inventor Crockett Johnson (1906-1975) did two splendid things and one fine thing. … Continue reading →

2016 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists
The Mythopoeic Society has released the finalists for the 2016 Mythopoeic Awards. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during Mythcon 47, August 5-8 in San Antonio. Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Holly Black, The Darkest Part of the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/2/16 Scroll Songs of an Old Pixel
(1) WHO NEXT. From The Guardian, “Doctor Who showrunner says there was going to be a black Doctor”. The starring role in BBC1’s Doctor Who was offered to a black actor but it “didn’t work out” according to the series … Continue reading →

Additions to 2016 Hugo Voter Packet
MidAmeriCon II has added material from Best Editor (Long Form) nominee Sheila Gilbert to the 2016 Hugo Voter Packet that was unintentionally omitted from the original release. As Gilbert explains: I am including excerpts from one novel written by each author … Continue reading →

Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens Teaser Trailer

Sharknado 4 premieres July 31 on Syfy. It’s really a Vegas parody, despite positioning itself as a Star Wars parody — pretty much none of the cameo actors are sf-related.… Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/1/16 This Scroll Will Self-Pixelate In Five Seconds
(1) HOAX OF THRONES. From Entertainment Weekly, “Game of Thrones producers reveal 4 of their epic cast pranks”. John Bradley’s Ridiculous New Costume. During the making of season 6, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Hannah Murray (Gilly) asked the producers to … Continue reading →

Planet Stamps – And Pluto Too
The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Pluto—Explored! and Views of Our Planets Forever stamps took place on May 31 before a crowd of 500 at the World Stamp Show-NY 2016. The Pluto—Explored! souvenir sheet contains two stamp designs, an artist’s … Continue reading →

Top 10 Posts For May 2016
Was it the title or the topics that made “Baying and Nothingness” the best-read Scroll in May? Will R’s phrase drew many compliments. But never underestimate the drawing power of Timothy the Talking Cat. These were the 10 most-viewed posts … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/31/16 Every Bark a Doorway
(1) ATTACKING CREATORS. Devin Faraci at Birth. Movies. Death. lit up the internet with the claim “Fandom Is Broken”. … Last week the AV Club ran an excellent piece about the nature of modern fan entitlement, and I think it’s fairly … Continue reading →

To Say Nothing of the Dogs; or, How We Confound the Hugos’ Third Slump (Hugo voting proposal discussion 5)
By Jameson Quinn: After 1, 2, 3, 4 threads here, and countless more that are peripherally related and/or on other blogs, discussing how to make the Hugo nomination process more resistant to slate voting and other “griefer” attacks (in other … Continue reading →

Buckminster Fuller, Hope, and Glory
by John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1198) Sir Harold Walter Kroto (1939-2016), with Robert F. Curl, Jr., Richard E. Smalley, and students James Heath and Sean O’Brian as well as Yuan Liu, discovered the Carbon-60 molecule in 1985. In 1772 Lavoisier … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/30/16 You Only Five Twice
(1) MEMORIAL DAY. Honoring service and sacrifice — James H. Burns’ 2015 tribute to the WWII generation: Yet, one of the biggest influences on that generation has remained generally uncommented on. Decades later, it can almost be viewed as a … Continue reading →

Axanar Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Even after J.J. Abrams told the world on May 20 that Paramount and CBS would drop their lawsuit against Axanar fan filmmaker Alec Peters, legal maneuvering and controversy has continued — initiated by Axanar. Three days after Abrams’ announcement, fans were surprised to read Axanar … Continue reading →

Martin, Nye Readings at Balticon 50
Sean R. Kirk took these photos of George R.R. Martin and Jody Lynn Nye reading at Balticon 50 this weekend. Yesterday, George R. R. Martin read a new, previously unreleased and or unread chapter from his forthcoming novel The Winds … Continue reading →

Space City Comic Con Disappoints Some, Wows Others
One of the drawing cards for Houston’s Space City Comic Con, held this weekend, was the Sons of Anarchy cast reunion. Charlie Hunnam, star of the biker drama aired for seven seasons on FX, was advertised as appearing the entire weekend. But … Continue reading →

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