AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 2-29-2017

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New York SF Film Festival Winners
The inaugural New York Science Fiction Film Festival was held January 20-22. Here is a list of the award-winning entries. BEST SCIENCE FICTION FEATURE Teleios by Ian Truitner (2016, USA) East Coast Premiere —Five genetically engineered “perfect” humans are sent on … Continue reading →
HWA Awards First YA Write Now Endowments
Horror Writers Association has announced the first Young Adult Write Now Endowment recipients. Five libraries will each receive $500 to help fund teen writing programs as part of the HWA’s effort to further young adult literacy. The W. T. Bland … Continue reading →
Survey of International Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans About The Hugo Awards and the Puppies Controversy
By Shaun Duke and Aaron Beveridge: Introduction In April 2015, conversations with several non-U.S. fans about the then-developing controversy surrounding the 2015 Hugo Awards motivated the work that follows. Though no digital archeology of that conversation remains, a passing remark … Continue reading →Pixel Scoll 1/28/17 The More You Hive, The Less Pixelated You Are
(1) CORTANA’S WRITERS. The Financial Times’ Emma Jacobs, in “Robots replacing our jobs? Microsoft’s Cortana is creating them”, interviewed Joanthan Foster, principal content publishing manager for Microsoft’s Cortana, who oversees a staff of 28 (inclusing a children’s novelist and a … Continue reading →

2017 DUFF Race Begins
Voting on the Down Under Fan Fund delegate to Continuum, the 56th Australian National Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne, Australia, has opened and will continue until March 10, 2017 at 23:59 PST. There is one candidate in this year’s race, … Continue reading →
2017 D.I.C.E. Video Game Awards Finalists
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced the nominees for its 20th D.I.C.E. Awards, called “the video game industry’s premier peer-based awards.” The winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on February 23 in Las Vegas … Continue reading →
Pixel Scroll 1/27/17 You Are A Scroll Of The Pixelverse/You Have No Right To Be Here
(1) DYSTOPIAS SELL LIKE INFERNAL HOTCAKES. The Washington Post’s Ron Charles notes that sales of dystopian novels, including Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, and The Handmaid’s Tale, are soaring under a Trump presidency. He interviews Orwell biographer Gordon Bowker about … Continue reading →
Val and Ron Ontell Leading Scandinavia Tour
By Val Ontell: Congrats to Helsinki for filling the Toastmaster position with such a good choice. It adds to a great guest lineup. Ron and I are looking forward to the con and “old home week” with friends we only … Continue reading →
Worldcon 75 Developments
(1) Karen R.A. Lord has been named Worldcon 75’s Toastmistress. Today we are also thrilled to announce #Worldcon75’s Toastmistress, the amazing Karen Lord a.k.a. @drkarenlord! ? — Worldcon 75 (@worldcon75) January 26, 2017 Worldcon 75 on Twitter – The secret’s … Continue reading →
Pixel Scroll 1/26/17 What Is The Pixel Capacity Of A European Scroll? Laden or Unladen? Aaargh!
(1) END OF PERIOD. As John Hertz said in his report on the dedication of Forrest J Ackerman Square, the city promised to replace the original sign with the erroneous period after the initial “J” – erroneous, because Forry spelled … Continue reading →Pixel Scroll 1/25/17 I Wanted To Know The Exact Pixels Of Scroll
(1) DESIRED FUTURE. While we were wondering if Whoopi Goldberg was getting enough love from Star Trek conventions, the truth came out – what she really wants is a role on Doctor Who. Den of Geek has the story — … Continue reading →

Worldcon 75 Membership Update
Worldcon 75, the 2017 Worldcon in Helsinki, has shared its latest membership figures: 3,293 Non-child attending members 2,001 Supporting/other 5,294 Total memberships The convention has members in 49 countries. Detailed statistics will appear in Progress Report #3, which goes live … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 1/24/17 You Gotta Ask Yourself One Question: “Do I Feel Ticky?”
(1) SURE AS SHOOTIN’. Days of the Year says this is “Talk Like a Grizzled Old Prospector Day”. “Well hooooooo-wee! Ah reckon we’ve found ourselves some bona fide golden nuggets right here in this ol’ mound o’ grit! Yessiree, Momma’s … Continue reading →

Taimur Ahmad Wins 2017 Dell Magazine Award
Taimur Ahmad has won the 2017 Dell Magazine Award with his story “Noor.” The Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing is given to the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story … Continue reading →
Peggy Rae Sapienza Named Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award Winner
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has posthumously honored Peggy Rae Sapienza (1944-2015) with the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for her activities in support of science fiction and fantasy. SFWA will announce a second recipient of the Kate … Continue reading →
2017 Academy Awards Nominees
Arrival, the movie adaptation of Ted Chiang’s “Stories of Your Life,” and Hidden Figures, the dramatization of African-American women who worked on the early space program, are among the nominees for Best Motion Picture in the 2017 Academy Awards nominees … Continue reading →
From Here To Infinity with Jonathan Strahan
By Carl Slaughter: Prolific and award-winning anthology editor Jonathan Strahan continues his Infinity Project. Engineering Infinity, Edge of Infinity, Reach for Infinity, and Meeting Infinity were followed by Bridging Infinity this past November. Infinity Wars is due out in September … Continue reading →Pixel Scroll 1/23/17 Scroll ‘Em Danno
(1) SOMETHING IN THE AIR. Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer interviews Lois McMaster Bujold at Tor.com: “Fanzines, Cover Art, and the Best Vorkosigan Planet: An Interview with Lois McMaster Bujold”. Everyone will have a favorite section – here’s mine. ECM: You published a … Continue reading →

American Library Association 2017 Youth Media Award Winners
The American Library Association (ALA) on January 23 announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – 2017 Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Book & Media Award Winners. The winners of genre interest … Continue reading →
Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions — #5
The Proust Questionnaire Answered By Chris M. Barkley: From the Vanity Fair website: The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who… Continue reading →

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