2017 David Gemmell Awards
The winners of the 2017 David Gemmell Awards were announced today at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby, UK. Legend Award – 2017 The Legend Award is presented to the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote. Warbeast by Gav … Continue reading →

2017 Prix Rosny Aîné and Other Awards at French National Convention
The winners of 2017 Rosny-Aîné (The Elder) Awards were announced at the 44th French National Science Fiction Convention held July 13-16 in Grenoble (France). The award is given in two categories, novels and short stories. NOVEL François Rouiller: Métaquine SHORT … Continue reading →

Next Doctor Who To Be Revealed Sunday
It’s almost time to meet the Thirteenth Doctor. says the next Doctor Who will be introduced this weekend: It’s the news that Whovians all over the world have been waiting for: The reveal of the 13th Doctor! Fans will … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/15/17 Superscrollipixelisticexpififthadocious
TEXAS STYLE. The Austin Chronicle pays tribute to the local sf community then and now — “Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in Austin”. (Very nice group picture there, too.) “When I moved to Austin in 1998,” says Christopher … Continue reading →

2017 Manly Wade Wellman Award Winner
The winner of the 2017 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy was announced at ConGregate on July 15. Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley (Tor Books) The award, given by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation, recognizes … Continue reading →

2017 Phoenix and Rebel Awards
Winners of three traditional DeepSouthCon awards were announced in High Point, NC on July 15 during ConGregate 4, host of DSC 55. The Phoenix Award is given to the professional (writer, editor or artist) who has done the most for … Continue reading →

2017 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award
Seabury Quinn is the winner of the 2017 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, announced at Readercon on July 14. The juried award goes each year to a science fiction or fantasy writer whose work displays unusual originality, embodies the spirit of … Continue reading →

2017 Hugo Voting Ends Today
The last grains of sand are running out of the hourglass. Hugo voting ends today — Saturday, July 15 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.… Continue reading →

Seanan McGuire’s Portals to Fantasy Worlds
By Carl Slaughter: Seanan McGuire’s 2016 Every Heart a Doorway won the Nebula, was nominated for the Hugo, and made the Tiptree honor list. In June 2017, she followed with Down Among the Sticks and Bones. The third in the … Continue reading →

2017 Prometheus Awards
Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun has been selected by the Libertarian Futurist Society as the winner of the 2017 Prometheus Award for Best Novel. LFS members also voted to induct Robert Heinlein’s story “Coventry,” first published in 1940 … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/14/17 In The Country Of The Pixelated, The First-Fifth Man Is God(stalk)
GAME OF THRONES AND WORLDCON 75 MAKE NEWS. George R.R. Martin mentioned in his blog the other day (“Tick, Tick, Tick”) that Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are coming to Worldcon 75 in Helsinki for the … Continue reading →

World Fantasy Convention 2018 Announces Kaaron Warren as GOH
World Fantasy Convention 2018 – Baltimore has announced another Guest of Honor, Australian author Kaaron Warren. She joins previously announced Guests of Honor Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, and Michael J. Walsh, Special Guest Aliette de Bodard, and Toastmaster Linda D. Addison. … Continue reading →

British Fantasy Awards 2017 – Shortlists
The British Fantasy Society has announced the finalists for the British Fantasy Awards 2017. Four nominees in each category were decided by the votes of BFS members, attendees of FantasyCon 2016, and attendees of FantasyCon 2017. Up to two further … Continue reading →

Aliette de Bodard’s Xuya Stories
By Carl Slaughter: Aliette de Bodard has written 26 stories in her Xuya universe. Several stories in this series have been nominated for and won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and BSFA awards. The novella The Citadel of the Weeping Pearls was … Continue reading →

Panthers and Trekkers and Apes, Oh, My!
Curated by Carl Slaughter: (1) ScreenPrism identifies disturbing social issues in the Planet of the Apes franchise (2) Planet of the Apes interviews (3) Black Panther family portrait. “A combination of The Godfather and James Bond.” (4) Must see TV: … Continue reading →

Once He Said Thirty-Two Words
By John Hertz: Happening to think about Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933; U.S. President 1923-1929), I noticed this passage in Ch. 3 of his Autobiography (1929, shortly after he left office; 1931 printing, p. 91). He is commenting on a 1904 campaign … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/13/17 Lucky Scroll Means Fine Pixel (LSMFP)
LIMERICK DERBY. Fantasy Literature’s Kelly Lasiter says it’s time for “FanLit’s 2017 SFF Limerick Contest” Your task is to create a limerick that has something to do with speculative fiction. It could be about a character, a series, an … Continue reading →

One Fan’s Take on Salvation’s First Episode
By Martin Morse Wooster: Here is what I learned from last night’s premiere episode of Salvation. (1) The science fiction writer’s profession was revealed because she carries around a notebook with an inspiring quote by Isaac Asimov on the cover. … Continue reading →

2017 Emmy Award Nominees
aturday Night Live and Westworld tallied the most nominations (22) in this year’s Emmy Award announcement, followed by Stranger Things and FEUD: Bette and Joan (18). The drama series race includes three new genre nominees, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, … Continue reading →

2017 Tähtivaeltaja Award
Helsinki Science Fiction Society announced in May the winner of the Tähtivaeltaja Award for best science fiction book published in Finland last year. The winning book is: Zoo City – Eläinten valtakunta (Zoo City) by Lauren Beukes (published by Aula … Continue reading →

2017 Tähtifantasia Award Shortlist
The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has announced the nominees for the 2017 Tähtifantasia Award, given for the best translated fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year. Joe Abercrombie: Halki puolen maailman [Half the World] (Jalava, suom. Mika Kivimäki) … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/12/17 All The King’s Centaurs
TOP COMICS. NPR asked followers the name their favorite comics and graphic novels. Here are the results: “Let’s Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels”. We assembled an amazing team of critics and creators to help winnow down … Continue reading →

Hampus Eckerman’s Cabinets of Curiosities
Filer taking home collection to Worldcon 75 By Hampus Eckerman: It was a simple tweet from Worldcon 75. They were looking for exhibits or fan projects to display. And with no impulse control, I found that I had volunteered about … Continue reading →

2017 Rhysling Awards
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association has announced the 2017 Rhysling Award winners. Short Poem Winner “George Tecumseh Sherman’s Ghosts” by Marge Simon • Silver Blade 32 2nd: “Build a Rocketship Contest: Alternative Class A Instructions and Suggestions” by Wendy Rathbone … Continue reading →

The Tick: Season 1 Trailer
Amazon’s series The Tick streams August 25. From creator Ben Edlund comes the hero you’ve been waiting for. In a world where heroes and villains have existed for decades, a mild-mannered accountant named Arthur has his life turned upside down … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/11/17 Be Kind To Your Scroll-Footed Friends, For A Duck May Be Somebody’s Pixel!
NEW WFA TROPHIES ON THE WAY. Kim Williams, chair of the 2016 World Fantasy Con, told readers of WFC’s Facebook page that last year’s WFA winners, given certificates at the 2016 award ceremony in Columbus, OH will soon be receiving … Continue reading →

2017 Worldcon’s Fifth PR Available
Worldcon 75 has posted Progress Report 5 [PDFfile], the last one before the convention in August. The A4 version is the first to be posted. Many items in the PR explain aspects of Finnish conrunning that may seem out of … Continue reading →

Who Fears Erasure?
Yesterday Nnedi Okorafor announced HBO is developing her novel Who Fears Death as a series. My World Fantasy Award winning novel WHO FEARS DEATH has been optioned by HBO and is now in early development as a TV series with … Continue reading →

Oldies Goldies
Curated by Carl Slaughter: Sci-fi oldies, but definitely not sci-fi goldies: (1) How can a sci-fi television show fail with the likes of Vincent Price, Earnest Borgnine, Lorne Greene, and a hunk from Dallas? Fail they did. Future Cop Time … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/10/17 Humor Is A Thing With Feathers, Or Maybe Pixels
HEATING UP AND COOLING OFF. The current edition of WNYC’s On the Media talks extensively on SF and climate change: Science fiction has always been an outlet for our greatest anxieties. This week, we delve into how the genre … Continue reading →

2016 Australian Shadows Awards
The 2016 Australian Shadows Awards winners were announced by the Australian Horror Writers Asssociation on March 29. The awards honor “the best published works of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian/New Zealand/Oceania resident in the previous calendar year.” … Continue reading →

The Dark Tower – International Trailer #2
The Dark Tower, in theaters August 4. There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last … Continue reading →

Secret Identities: A Sci-Fi Video Roundup
Curated by Carl Slaughter: (1) JaBatman: Batman helps bring the smile back to disaster stricken Japanese people. (2) This old unsold Superboy pilot starts and ends with a lot of discussion of social issues. In between, plenty of superhero… Continue reading →

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