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AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 2-12-17


Ed Bryant (1945-2017)
Science Fiction author Ed Bryant, who died in his sleep after a long illness, was found February 10 reports Locus Online. Bryant discovered science fiction at the golden age of 12 when he purchased the August 1957 issue of Amazing Stories. A decade later, … Continue reading →

Cat Rambo Interviewed By Carl Slaughter
By Carl Slaughter: From Clarion West grad to SFWA President, Cat Rambo has an experience-filled resume and works hard at “paying it forward.” CARL SLAUGHTER: You spent 10 years camping out in a speculative fiction bookstore. How did that affect … Continue reading →

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions — #6
Stuff I’m Nominating for the 2017 Hugo Awards, Part One By Chris M. Barkley: Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form Blackstar by David Bowie, ISO Records – Columbia, Music and Lyrics by David Bowie with Maria Schneider, Paul Bateman and … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/11/17 When A Scroll Meets A File Like A Big Pizza Pie, That’s A Story!
(1) TRACKING DOWN THE GOH. Craig Miller, who was just in Mumbai speaking at an animation event, is now en route to a Star Wars convention in Norway. As he explained to his Facebook readers: [It’s] actually more of a … Continue reading →

Remembering Jerry Goldsmith on His Birthday
By Steve Vertlieb: Here’s a personal letter from Jerry Goldsmith in response to an article I’d written about him for Cinemacabre Magazine nearly four decades ago. I’d left a message with his housekeeper, requesting some photos of him with which … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/10/17 Who Knows What Pixels Lurk In The Hearts Of Scrolls?
(1) GAIMAN ON PRATCHETT. The BBC says this is the first time it has featured Neil Gaiman’s complete tribute to Terry Pratchett from his memorial. In April last year, friends, fans and colleagues of Sir Terry Pratchett gathered for a … Continue reading →

Speculative Fiction Has Screen Endurance
By Carl Slaughter: Supernatural is still on the air after 12 seasons. Smallville and the original Stargate both lasted 10 seasons. X-Files and Touched by an Angel lasted 9 seasons. Vampire Diaries and Charmed, 8 seasons each. Game of Thrones … Continue reading →

Jon Del Arroz Off BayCon 2017 Program, Claims Decision Is Politically Motivated
San Francisco-area writer Jon Del Arroz has spent the past few Memorial Day Weekends speaking at BayCon, but he wasn’t asked back in 2017. He says it’s because he’s a Trump supporter. Del Arroz’ version has been discussed or reblogged today … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/9/17 Scroll-A-Post, Scroll-A-Post, Will You Do The Fendango?
(1) CON CRUNCH. Crunchyroll has announced it will launch a new anime convention called Crunchyroll Expo (CRX). The con will be held August 25-27 in Santa Clara, California at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Assuming CRX is repeated in 2018 … Continue reading →

Meet Compelling Science Fiction’s Editor Joe Stech
By Carl Slaughter: Compelling Science Fiction is a hard SF magazine. Armed with a team of editorial advisers, all of them scientists and engineers, Joe Stech sorts through growing pile of slush to select the best hard science stories. Compelling … Continue reading →

Today’s Birthday Maestro: John Williams Turns 85
By Steve Vertlieb: There’s simply no other way to say it. This is one of the greatest single photographs of my seventy-one years. The time was late August, 2010. The place was inside the dressing rooms at The Hollywood Bowl … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/8/17 With Many Alternative Facts About The Square Of The Hypotenuse
(1) TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS. Sue Duff thought it would be easy to destroy the Earth, but noooo! She explains the difficulties in a guest post for SFFWorld. When I plotted out my five-book series a couple years ago, I … Continue reading →

2017 Audie Awards Nominees
SF and fantasy are heavily represented across the entire spectrum of 2017 Audie Awards categories. The shortlist of the best audiobooks of the year was announced February 8. The audiobooks in the Science Fiction and Fantasy categories are shown below. In … Continue reading →

Leading Critics Form Clarke Award “Shadow” Jury
Nina Allan has announced a “shadow” jury will critique the Clarke Award this year, composed of Megan AM (“The AM stands for Anti-Matter”), Vajra Chandrasekera, David Hebblethwaite, Victoria Hoyle, Nick Hubble, Paul Kincaid, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and Jonathan McCalmont. Allan … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/7/17 I Will Set My Scrolls of Silver And I’ll Sail Toward The Pixel
(1) GET IN ON THE ART. Many museums are offering free downloadable coloring books this week, February 6-10, as part of the #Color Our Collections event. There is quite a lot of fantastic imagery of interest to fans — indeed, … Continue reading →

Richard Hatch (1945-2017)
By Steve Green: Richard Hatch: actor, died February 7, aged 71. Genre appearances include The Sixth Sense (one episode, 1972), Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983), InAlienable (2008), Season of Darkness (2012), and its higher-budget remake Asylum of Darkness (2017). … Continue reading →

HWA Celebrates Women in Horror Month
In February the Horror Writers Association blog is posting interviews with award-winning women authors. Here are the highlights of the first week. Elizabeth Massie – February 7 What advice would you give to new female authors looking to break into … Continue reading →

Zion’s Fiction Update
Sheldon Teitelbaum has good news – Zion’s Fiction may have found a publisher. I wanted you to know that Wesleyan University Press has told us they want to buy Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature. They are now … Continue reading →

BAFTA Award Nominees
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the Nominations List for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017 on January 10. Categories including works of genre interest are — BEST FILM ARRIVAL Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/6/17 Darling, You Give Kzin A Bad Name
(1) BEWARE STOLEN VALOR. Cat Rambo issued a warning on Facebook today: Be aware if you’re publicly claiming that you’re a former Nebula nominee or winner, and you can’t back that up,
SFWA is going to come after you like a … Continue reading →

HWA Taking Applications for 2017 Scholarship From Hell
The Horror Writers Association is accepting applications for its Scholarship From Hell until March 15. The winner of the scholarship will receive a trip to StokerCon 2017 aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, and participate in the intensive, … Continue reading →

Mark Hamill’s First Time on the Tonight Show
By Carl Slaughter: Before Twitter, before convention panel discussions, actors got on The Tonight Show to share engaging stories about their time on the set and their time on the promotion trail. On his first Tonight Show appearance in 1977, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 2/5/17 It Is Dangerous To Be Pixeled In Matters On Which The Established Scrolls Are Wrong
Today’s title will be longer than this abbreviated Scroll – many more pixels tomorrow. (1) WHO IS NUMBER ONE? JJ promises, “This particular ranking is going to be heavily disputed by Filers.” Last May, Boston.com ranked “The Top 50 science … Continue reading →

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