Jody Lynn Nye: Carrying The Torch for Humorous SF
By Carl Slaughter: Humor author Jody Nye has way too much fun. So do the authors she hangs out with. CARL SLAUGHTER: Why do you write primarily humor? JODY LYNN NYE: I enjoy it. I love a book that makes … Continue reading →

Stross Receives Alberto Lisiero Award
Charles Stross was presented the Alberto Lisiero Award on May 27 at Starcon Italia 2017, the Italian national convention. The award is given each year to someone who contributes to the popularity and quality of sf. Alberto Lisiero, who died … Continue reading →

If You Give Del Arroz Publicity
By Camestros Felapton: If you give Del Arroz publicity He’s going to ask for an interview. When you give him the interview He’ll probably ask for a review. When he’s got his review He’ll ask you about your con. Then … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/27/17 She’s A Pixel Queen, Dynamite With A Laser Beam, Guaranteed To Scroll Your Mind
SLATOFF’S NEW COMMISSION. Christopher Slatoff, the sculptor who did the Ray Bradbury-themed Father Electrico statue, will see his war hero memorial unveiled in Pasadena on Memorial Day. (2) THIRD FIFTH FOR DOCTOR WHO? The BBC dropped a hint: “Doctor … Continue reading →

Premio Italia 2017
The 2017 Premio Italia winners were announced at Starcon Italia today. has the complete list of winners of the Italian national sf award. Premio Italia 2017 International sf novel Green Mars (Il verde di Marte) by Kim Stanley Robinson, … Continue reading →

2017 Aurora Award Ballot
The 2017 Aurora Awards ballot was released today, May 27. The award is for works done in 2016 by Canadians, and the nominees are selected by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. There are five nominees in … Continue reading →

Special Plans For FAPA’s 80th Birthday
Steven and Vicki Ogden write: ATTENTION FAPA MEMBERS PAST AND PRESENT! The next mailing of FAPA (Fantasy Amateur Press Association) will mark the 80th year of FAPA (Aug 1937 to Aug 2017) and we intend to do something special by … Continue reading

Viola Carr’s Electric Empire Series
By Carl Slaughter: In April 2017, Viola Carr offered the third in her Electric Empire series. Is it reimagined classic horror? Is it electro-punk? Is it traditional fantasy? Is it literary salute, historical mystery, international spy thriller, formula detective, romantic … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/26/17 Hey Mr. Tatooine Man, Use The Force For Me
PHOENIX COMICON SUSPECT NAMED. Phoenix’s 12News, in “Phoenix Comicon suspect said things would get bloody, according to court papers”, reports the suspect’s name is Mathew Sterling. The man Phoenix police arrested Thursday for carrying four loaded guns inside the … Continue reading →

Sir Peter Cushing Remembered
By Steven J. Vertlieb: We lovingly remember and celebrate the 104th Birthday (born May 26, 1913) of the magnificent Peter Cushing, the cultured gentleman of horror who, along with partner and friend Christopher Lee, led Hammer Film Productions in England … Continue reading →

A Skiff Hails a Bark
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1246, 26 Apr 17) Cherry-blossom viewing (hanami) season had largely ended last week at Kyôto, Nara, and Tôkyô; at Sapporo, in the north, blossoms should begin to open about May 1st and be at … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/25/17 Eight Pixels High And Scrolling For Touchdown
FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY. Today’s the day. Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter, in “‘Star Wars’: Unsung Heroes Finally Share Their Stories”, looks at the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, focusing on all the special effects people who made Star Wars … Continue reading →

2016 Bisexual Book Awards Shortlist
The fifth annual Bisexual Book Awards finalists were announced May 12. The juried award is given by the Bi Writers Association. There were 106 books published in 2016 submitted for consideration: a 45% increase over last year. “We are thrilled … Continue reading →

Anne Charnock Flips The Script
By Carl Slaughter: In the Philip K. Dick-nominated A Calculated Life, Anne Charnock took on genetics. In Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind, she took on gender. In April 2017’s Dreams Before the Start of Time, she explores fertility. In … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/24/17 Hives And Filers Were Spawned To be Released
COLLATERAL DAMAGE. This week’s terrorist bombing in the U.K. has quashed Wonder Woman’s London premiere. Warner Bros. has canceled its Wonder Woman premiere in London, following Monday’s terrorist attack following an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. “Our … Continue reading →

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Trailer 3
Next mission: figuring out how all web shooter combinations work. Watch the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer now – in theaters July 7.… Continue reading →

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets — Final Trailer
Luc Besson’s new film arrives in theaters July 21.… Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/23/17 Pixel, Pixel, Scroll, Scroll, Know What I Mean? Say No More
ZENO’S MARTIAN THEOREM. You can’t get to Mars before you…“The first trip to Mars will come with the longest layover ever” Nobody likes layovers, but the first astronauts heading to Mars will get to experience one of the longest … Continue reading →

2017 Elgin Award Finalists
Nominations for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s Elgin Award closed May 15, and Josh Brown, the 2017 Elgin Award Chair reports the final list of nominees has been posted to the SFPA website. The award is named for … Continue reading →

Roger Moore (1927-2017)
By Steve Green: (Sir) Roger Moore died today, May 23, “after a short battle with cancer”, aged 89. Appearances as James Bond aside, he did take the double lead in The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), adapted from Anthony Armstrong’s … Continue reading →

Worldcon 75 Membership Report
The latest membership figures were released during Worldcon 75’s staff meeting last weekend. Attending: 4,488 Total membership number: 6,944 This includes 1,141 First Worldcon memberships. The con has gained almost 800 members since the update published in Progress Report #4, … Continue reading →

2017 Tomorrow Prize Winners
Sci-Fest LA and The Light Bringer Project presented the winners of The Tomorrow Prize on May 21 at LitFest Pasadena. The contest for short science fiction stories was created by in 2014 “to identify and encourage the next generation of … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 5/22/17 Little Pixels Made Of Ticky Tacky All In A Row
HOW POWERFUL IS SF? When their joint book tour brought them to San Francisco, Goodreads members had a chance to quiz this dynamic duo: “The Authors@Goodreads Interview with John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow”. GR: Goodreads member Lissa says, “When … Continue reading →

Larson Wins 2017 Roswell Award
Richard Larson’s story “Fifteen Minutes Hate” is the winner of the 2017 Roswell Award. Sci-Fest L.A. partners with LitFest Pasadena in giving the Roswell Award for short science fiction by adults. Congratulations Rich Larson on winning the Roswell Award with … Continue reading →

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