Saying No
Early this week Jon Del Arroz was on his Facebook page denying that he misrepresents what people say about him here, that he stalks Filers as well as others on other social media to harass them, and gaslights them about … Continue reading →

My Father/Myself
By Steve Vertlieb: This is a love letter to my dad. It’s Father’s Day and, while there isn’t a moment that goes by when he isn’t alive in my thoughts, the inspiration that fuels my heart, I guess that his … Continue reading →

2017 ESFS Awards
The European Science Fiction Society presented the 2017 ESFS Awards at the 39th Eurocon in Dortmund, Germany on June 17.… Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/17/17 Fiery The Pixels Fell. Deep Thunder Scrolled Around Their Shoulders
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE. Decided this weekend, the 2019 Eurocon will be hosted by TitanCon 2019 in Belfast, NI. The con is scheduled to complement the dates of the expected Dublin Worldcon. Our proposed dates are Thursday 22 to Saturday … Continue reading →

Valente Wins 2017 Sturgeon Award
Catherynne M. Valente’s “The Future is Blue” has won the 2017 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Her story was published in Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathan Strahan. The Sturgeon Award recognizes the best science fiction short story of each year. The … Continue reading →

Tidhar Wins Campbell Award
Lavie Tidhar’s Central Station is the winner of the 2017 John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The selection was announced at the Campbell Conference on June 16. The Campbell Memorial Award was created to honor the late editor of Analog (previously … Continue reading →

2017 Premio Ignotus Nominees
The nominees for the Premio Ignotus 2017 (2017 Ignotus Awards) have been announced by Spain’s Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror. The nominees include works translated into Spanish, by Liu Cixin, Lisa Tuttle, Ken Liu, David Mitchell, Ian … Continue reading →

Hermann and Hitchcock: The Torn Curtain. The Story of the Most Illustrious Collaboration in Screen History
By Steve Vertlieb: Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann each reached the zenith of their respective careers during their celebrated artistic association, inspiring the brilliant cinematic expression and triumphant realization of their collaborative productivity. Each a genius in his field, Hitchcock … Continue reading →

Travis Langley, Superhero Psychologist
By Carl Slaughter: Pop psychologist Travis Langley puts your favorite superheroes, Jedi, starship captains, monster slayers, time travelers, throne seekers, and post apocalyptic survivors on the couch. Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight Batman is one of the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/16/17 There’s A Scroll In The Bottom Of The Sea
JACK KIRBY NAMED DISNEY LEGEND. The late Jack Kirby will be honored with the Disney Legend Award at this year’s D23 Expo in Anaheim. JACK KIRBY first grabbed our attention in the spring of 1941 with Captain America, a … Continue reading →

Sci-Fi Pop Quiz 2
By Carl Slaughter: Here is a list of titles you are to use in answering the questions that follow. The Mysterious Island The Island of Doctor Moreau From the Earth to the Moon The First Men on the Moon The … Continue reading →

2017 Hugo Finalist Review Roundup
Curated by JJ: Since last year’s Hugo Finalist review roundups seem to have been appreciated by, and useful to, Filers, I’ve done another round for this year. This is intended to provide Filers with a way of stimulating and clarifying … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/15/17 Go Ahead, Make My Pixel
THINKING INSIDE THE BOX. “This was amazing,” says James Bacon about a special feature of Lazlar Lyricon 3, a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy convention held last weekend. “I was on the committee and it was an incredible endeavour.” … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/14/17 Will the Pixel Be Unbroken
As I was about to say yesterday, before I was interrupted… (1) THE SOUND OF MONEY. Kristine Kathryn Rusch pointed her readers to bestselling writer Michael J. Sullivan’s a post on Reddit titled “Why Del Rey and I Will Be … Continue reading →

The Origin Story of Vurguzz
By Waldemar Kumming: [reprinted from Vanamonde 483 — John Hertz’ fanzine — August 12, 2002] It all started 40 years ago. In the fanzine Munich Round-Up 8 was a whole page of “advertisements” for “The Bar to the Three and … Continue reading →

Hands Across the Water
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1252) “I only knew him for forty years,” said Wolf von Witting, “but in fact Waldemar began publishing Munich Round-Up before I was born.” It started in 1958, passing to Waldemar Kumming and Walter … Continue reading →

Splatterpunk Awards Created
World Horror Grandmaster Brian Keene and Wrath James White are starting the Splatterpunk Awards to honor superior achievement in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk/Extreme Horror fiction. The award will be given in the following categories: BEST NOVEL (for works of more … Continue reading →

Fans Demand Facebook Lift Its Ban on David Gerrold
Trolls abusing Facebook’s automated complaint system got David Gerrold banned for a post he made about Pride Month reports Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station. Here is an excerpt from Wright’s own comments about the situation, and the screencap is reproduced … Continue reading →

Earthling Cinema 101
By Carl Slaughter: It’s an old and well used but effective comedy trope: An alien visits Earth and tries to understand our species through interactions with us or through archeology and anthropology. Wisecrack’s Mark Schroeder, as alien museum guide Garyx … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/13/17 Will Nobody Rid Me Of These Crottled Greeps?
2017 MANNING AWARD NOMINEES. Four of the five Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award nominees for 2017 are women: Rafael de Latorre, artist of Animosity and Superzero (AfterShock) Riana Dorsey, artist of Cloud Riders (Hashtag Comics) Mindy Lee, artist of … Continue reading →

Anita Pallenberg (1944-2017)
By Steve Green: Model-turned-actress Anita Pallenberg died earlier today, aged 73. Her most famous roles were as ‘The Great Tyrant’ in Barbarella (1968) and one of the rock singer’s two muses in Performance (1970).Her final appearance was in 4:44 Last … Continue reading →

2017 Lambda Awards
The winners of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (“Lammys”) were announced on June 12. The awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing. There was one category with a winner of genre interest. The full list … Continue reading →

ComicMix Gains Partial Victory in Dr. Seuss Lawsuit Over Literary Mash-Up
Last November, during a Kickstarter campaign to fund Oh, The Places You’ll Boldly Go!, featuring the writing of David Gerrold, the art of Ty Templeton, and the editorial skills of ComicMix’s Glenn Hauman, Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE) filed suit for … Continue reading →

Superhero Quiz
By Carl Slaughter: Pop quiz: Which of these superheroes did not originate as a comic book character? Dredd Blade V Robocop Darkman Constantine The Tick Hancock The Crow Punisher Spawn Here is the answer key in ROT-13. Ebobpbc Qnexzna Unapbpx… Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 6/12/17 Avoid The Green Pixels, They’re Not Ripe Yet
READING SERIES CROWDFUNDING. Less than two days to go in the Fantastic Fiction Kickstarter at KGB and Matthew Kressel says they’re still about $1500 shy of what they need to run for six years. Here are a few of … Continue reading →

Washington DC Announces 2021 Worldcon Bid
The Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association, Inc. (“BWAWA”) today declared they are bidding to hold the 79th Worldcon in Washington, D.C. Bill Lawhorn will chair the Bid Committee. BWAWA ran the 1998 Worldcon in Baltimore. They bid to hold the 2017 … Continue reading →

MCFI Says No Boston Bid for 2021
Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc. (MCFI) will not bid for the 2021 Worldcon the group announced today. After researching our options, both in Boston and elsewhere in New England, MCFI (Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc.) was not able to find affordable, workable … Continue reading →

2017 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis Winners
The 2017 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis winners were announced on March 31. The award, named after early sf author Kurd Laßwitz (1848–1910), has been given since 1981 to exceptional German sf works and translations. For more information (in German) see the official site … Continue reading →

Wonder Woman Roundup
By Carl Slaughter: (1) “Wonder Woman Movie’s Most Important Scene”. (2) “Why Wonder Woman Has the Most Powerful Opening Scene In Comic Movie History” in Esquire. (3) “Wonder Woman: 15 Movie Moments That CRUSH Sexism” at ScreenRant. (4) “Fox News … Continue reading →

2016 Bisexual Book Awards
The fifth annual Bisexual Book Awards were presented June 10 in New York. The juried award is given by the Bi Writers Association. There was one winners of genre interest — Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.] The Painted Crown by Megan Derr, … Continue reading →

Spoilery Sci-Fi Video Roundup
By Carl Slaughter: (1) Logan. Logan is dying because admantium is poisoning him, right? Not exactly. (2) Spider-Man. Spoiler alert: The identity of Spidey’s love interest in Homecoming has been revealed. (3) Spiked. Cancelled Batman… Continue reading →


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