2016 Hugo Finalist Review Roundup
By JJ: Some of the Filers indicated that a roundup of Hugo Finalist review links would be helpful. So I tried to select both positive and negative reviews, from a wide selection of reviewers, which were substantive and actually provided … Continue reading →

2015 Sidewise Award Shortlist
The nominees for the 2015 Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been announced. The juried award has been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. This year’s judges were Stephen Baxter, Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim … Continue reading →

Lunacon 2017 Location and Dates
The Lunarians will hold Lunacon 2017 from April 7-9, 2017 at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, NY. The Marriott previously hosted Lunacons from 1986-1990. Stuart C. Hellinger, Lunarians (2) President, outlined the reasons behind these decisions. After Lunacon 2016, … Continue reading

Pixel Scroll 7/9/16 Snort, Harlequin, Said the Ear, Nose, Throat Man
(1) HEARTS MADE OF TIN. David Brin says robots will be so charming they won’t have to conquer us physically, in “Endearing Visages”. I’ve been pondering Artificial Intelligence or AI a lot, lately, with several papers and reviews pending. (Indeed, note … Continue reading →

Judith Merril Selected For Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award
The late Judith Merril has been recognized with the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award. The announcement was made at Readercon this weekend. Robert J. Sawyer, one of the judges, confirmed the news in a comment on Facebook. We did indeed select … Continue reading →

GRRM: Reliable Reports vs. Rumors
George R.R. Martin, writing on Not A Blog, has been outlining the riches the Worldcon has in store for fans who love his books and his Wild Cards anthologies. At the same time, internet news writers have been combing his posts looking … Continue reading →

Bradbury Now and Then
BRADBURY EXAM. HowStuffWorks challenges fans to take “The Ultimate Ray Bradbury Quiz”, 30 questions that look easier than they are. He wrote outlandish stories that taught concrete lessons in critical thinking and morality. How much do you know about Ray Bradbury? … Continue reading →

2016 Scribe Award Nominees
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers shortlist for the 2016 Scribe Awards has been online for some time. The award is presented for excellence in media tie-in writing. The winners will be announced in July at the San Diego Comic-Con. Acknowledging excellence … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/8/16 Scrolled Pixels Are All Alike; Every Unscrolled Pixel Is Unscrolled In Its Own Way
(1) BRIANNA WU’S BOSTON GLOBE OP-ED. “We can all do something to stop this cycle of violence”. It feels obscene to stare at these videos of black Americans being killed by police. It feels obscene to ignore them. It’s also … Continue reading →

Ryan Kopf Refiles Suit Against Nerd & Tie
It was only a matter of time. Conrunner Ryan Kopf, whose suit against blogger Trae Dorn was dismissed in Iowa for lack of jurisdiction, has refilled it in Illinois. Dorn announced the development at Nerd & Tie on July 5 … Continue reading →

2016 David Gemmell Awards Shortlist
The finalists for the 2016 David Gemmell Awards have been announced. Open public voting will continue through August 19. The winners will be announced September 24 at Fantasycon in Scarborough (UK). Legend Award – 2016 The Legend Award is presented to … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/7/16 Where the Filed Things Are
(1) STAR TREK CATCHES UP WITH THE PRESENT. The BBC story “Star Trek character Hikaru Sulu revealed as gay” says the Star Trek Beyond development is a salute to actor George Takei. One of Star Trek’s best known characters, Hikaru … Continue reading →

100 Year Starship Announces Second Annual Canopus Award
The 2016 Canopus Award for Interstellar Writing, established last year by 100 Year Starship, is open for nominations or submissions in seven categories through August 30, including two new categories for college work. This year’s theme, “Near Steps to Interstellar,” … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/6/16 And She Gave Away The Pixels Of Her Past And Said, “I’ve Lost The Scroll Again”
(1) BLAME THOSE GUYS SOUTH OF CANADA. T. R. Napper’s “Americans Destroy Science Fiction” was passed along by JJ with the observation, “I find this piece ridiculously clueless about the history of Worldcon and the Hugo Awards, and about the … Continue reading →

Cult Movie Bracket: The Finalizeling
By Hampus Eckerman: The list of contestants for the Cult Movie Bracket has been compiled. Without further ado… THE CULT MOVIE BRACKET LIST 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) A Boy and His Dog (1975) A Clockwork Orange (1971) A … Continue reading →

2016 ENnie Award Nominees and Spotlight Winners
Nominees for the ENnies, the Gen Con EN World RPG Awards, and Judges Spotlight Winners have been announced. The ENnies celebrate excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. Voting runs from July 11 to July 21. The winners will be presented August … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/5/16 Scrollamagoosa
(1) RADIO SFWA OFFICIAL VIDEO. Henry Lien has released the video of Radio SFWA as performed on stage at the Nebula Banquet in May. Lien, who wrote the song as a recruiting anthem for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers … Continue reading →

Apex Magazine #86 Released
Apex Magazine Issue 86 features original stories by Jennifer Giesbrecht (“Lazarus and the Amazing Kid Phoenix”) and Christopher Shultz (“Starpower”), plus a reprint by C.S.E. Cooney (“The Big Bah-Ha”). The poetry is by David Jibson, Rodney Gomez, Jon Olson, and … Continue reading →

2016 Endeavour Award Shortlist
Five novels written by writers from the Pacific Northwest are finalists for the 18th annual Endeavour Award. Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper of Kirkland, WA (Pyr Books) Irona 700 by Dave Duncan of Victoria, BC (Open Road Integrated Media) … Continue reading →

Celebrate Space and Time Magazine’s 50th Anniversary on 7/12
The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings will host Space and Time Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on July 12. The magazine’s Hildy Silverman and Gordon Linzner will be joined by featured participants Linda Addison, Daniel Braum, Katherine Hasell, and … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/4/16 Pixeled On The Fourth of July
(1) LEGO AND JUNO. CollectorSpace tells about three hitchhikers aboard the Juno mission to Jupiter. The Juno minifigure holds a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth and her husband holds a lightning bolt. Galileo, who is credited … Continue reading →

2016 Wollheim Scholarship Winners
The New York Science Fiction Society (Lunarians) has announced two writers have won 2016 Donald A. & Elsie B. Wollheim Memorial Scholarships. Taimur Ahmad of New York, New York received a Scholarship to attend the 2016 Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in … Continue reading →

Juno Arrives at Jupiter on the Fourth of July
The mission’s five-year transit to Jupiter resonates with the opening of classic Star Trek, and timing the arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft for the Fourth of July is a Roddenberry touch. (Think “Omega Glory.”) And in sci-fi movie style, NASA dramatizes … Continue reading →

The Bradbury Family’s Fourth of July, 1925
Ray Bradbury, foreword, Dandelion Wine: […]one of the last memories I have of my grandfather is the last hour of a Fourth of July night forty-eight years ago when Grandpa and I walked out on the lawn and lit a … Continue reading →

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