Brian Aldiss (1925-2017)
Brian Aldiss, who marked the start of his career with a nomination for the Best New Writer Hugo (1959), gained a place in the SF Hall of Fame (2004), and received honors from the Queen (2005), died in his sleep … Continue reading →

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited SPECTACLES! — #14
SPECIAL REPORT for File 770 THE GREATEST SHOW OFF EARTH – The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 By Chris M. Barkley: My journey to Monday’s total solar eclipse actually began back on Saturday, March 7, 1970. The eclipse began in … Continue reading →

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars Review
I was determined to see Fathom Events one-night showing of Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, for reasons that were not fully clear before I went, and are practically, um, unfathomable now. Maybe it was to compensate for having viewed the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/26/17 M. Glyer’s Classic Tale Of Wretched Hives And High Tsundokus
CAN’T STOP THE BLEEDING. Have comic cons reached a saturation point, or is it a problem with this company in particular, which turned over CEOs last year? ICv2 says gateshow runner Wizard World continues to tank — “Wizard World … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/25/17 He’s a Pak Protector, She’s a Kzin — They’re Cops
DELISTED. Entertainment Weekly, after rehearsing at length the facts about the controversy linked in yesterday’s Scroll, reports “Handbook for Mortals pulled from New York Times YA best-seller list”. While that mystery remains unsolved for now, Book Twitter’s sleuthing was not … Continue reading →

Star Power Couldn’t Save This Sci-Fi Series
By Carl Slaughter: Threshold is a much-overlooked science fiction alien bio-invasion mystery drama. Threshold was produced by Star Trek producer Brannon Braga and starred Data actor Brent Spiner, Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage, and A-lister Carla Gugino. Burn Notice’s Jeffrey … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/24/17 Is The Grisly Pixel Scrolling?
THE GREAT UNREAD. James Davis Nicoll fesses up – now you can, too: “Twenty Core Speculative Fiction Works It May Surprise You To Learn I Have Not Yet Read Every True SF Fan Should Have On Their Shelves”. Who … Continue reading →

Sci-Fi Videos: Versus
Curated by Carl Slaughter: (1) Elektra versus Alexandra (2) Tormund versus the Hound (3) Queen of the Dragons versus King of the Whites (4) Blue-eyed dragaon (5) Inhumans royal family (6) Best Game of Thrones swordsmen (7) James Cameron on … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/23/17 Best Pixel Scroll Title Ever
EVERYBODY NEEDS A HOBBY. They look like inanimate objects auditioning for parts in an N.K. Jemisin novel. What they really are is more easily explained: “How stone poses became a surreal project”. “Sometimes people assume they must be Photoshopped, … Continue reading →

Sci-Fi Satire Roundup
Curated by Carl Slaughter: (1) A Game of Thrones fan with character insight, writing talent, and a sense of humor gives us a preview of the season 7 finale. (2) Sneak peek at opening episode of Game of Thrones season … Continue reading →

Folly from a Loon
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1260) Nineteen books after The Fall of the Dutch Republic (1913), The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom (1915), and The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators (1916), which incidentally had three different publishers, he … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/22/17 One Pixel Makes You Larger, And One Pixel Makes You Scroll
CHILDHOOD’S BEGINNING. When people finally stop sending letters, here’s the kind of thing we’ll be missing: “UK toys celebrated on Royal Mail stamps”. The UK’s favourite toys from the past 100 years are being celebrated in a new set … Continue reading →

ST:TNG First and Last Seasons
Curated by Carl Slaughter: (1) Next Generation cast on what they took and tried to take from the set after the series wrapped. (2) Denise Crosby on why she left Next Generation after one season. (3) Gates McFadden on why … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/21/17 Rishathra Ain’t Nothing But Love Mispronounced
HELP COMING FOR INDIE AUTHORS. Brian Keene, in the August 17 episode of his podcast The Horror Show, mentioned a new resource for librarians. Dann explains: Small press and indie authors face the double problems of getting bookstores to … Continue reading →

2017 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists
The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) has announced the finalists for the 2017 WSFA Small Press Award: “Foxfire, Foxfire,” by Yoon Ha Lee, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016); “Jupiter or Bust,” by Brad … Continue reading →

How To Add Identifications to Jay Kay Klein’s Digitized Photos
Since last week, when the California Digital Library and the UC Riverside Library made available online nearly 6,000 photos taken by Jay Kay Klein at eight Worldcons in the Sixties, fans have voiced concerns that the names of the people… Continue reading →

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