Pixel Scroll 10/21/17 Stars in My Pocket Like Scrolls of Pixels.
HEART SURGERY. Vulture grilled Kirkus’s editor-in-chief Claiborne Smith about changes made to a review in the face of a swarm of critics: “Kirkus Editor-in-Chief Explains Why They Altered That American Heart Review“. Kirkus was well-aware from the start that

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions — #18
#Me Too By Chris M. Barkley “Disregard for the past will never do us any good. Without it we cannot know truly who we are.” ? Syd Moore When I was a young boy of nine years old, I liked

Amazing and NBC Kiss and Make Up
Only 10 days ago Steve Davidson was telling Amazing Stories readers, in “More NBC Bullshit” — It’s not gonna happen. I want nothing to do with NBC and I want them to have nothing to do with Amazing Stories. If

Steven M. Frischer (1955-2014)
[An appreciation for someone whose passing went unnoted by the fan press at the time,] By David K.M. Klaus: Steven M. Frischer, just Steve Frischer to his friends (1955-2014), St. Louis, Mo. Heart attack. Attended his first convention, St. Louiscon,

Oh, The Inhumanity!
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: Everyone is weighing in on Marvel’s Inhumans and everyone is weighing heavy.

Pixel Scroll 10/20/17 The Fan In The High Pixel
WELCH’S STAR WARS VINTAGES. Collect and swill ’em all! “Sparkling Red 100% Grape Juice – Star Wars” The Force is strong with these ones! Welch’s new Star Wars™ themed Sparkling Red 100% Grape Juice is the perfect addition to

A Baker’s Dozen Questions for Jacey Bedford
By Carl Slaughter: Nimbus, the final book in Jacey Bedford’s Psi-Tech trilogy came out on October 3, and she’s already at work on the third book in the Rowankind trilogy – this time simply called Rowankind. CARL SLAUGHTER: First, let’s

Pixel Scroll 10/19/17 Don’t Know Much About Psycho-History, Don’t Know What A Slide Rule Is
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2017 Inkshares & Launch Pad Contest Results
The 2017 Inkshares & Launch Pad Contest winners have been announced. The first- and third-place books are of genre interest.

Cat Rambo’s Follow-Up to “Learning From Fireside Fiction’s #BlackSpecFic Reports”
SFWA President Cat Rambo follows yesterday’s roundtable with notes and action items in “Talking About Fireside Fiction’s #BlackSpecFic Report, Part 2 of 2”. What’s Happened So Far When the original 2015 report came out, we discussed it on the SFWA

James Patrick Kelly & Jennifer Marie Brissett Read at the KGB Bar
By Mark L. Blackman: On the lovely autumn evening of Wednesday, October 18 (and as the Yankees were winning in the Bronx), the monthly Fantastic Fiction Readings Series hosted authors James Patrick Kelly and Jennifer Marie Brissett at its longtime

Umberto Lenzi (1931-2017)
By Steve Green: Umberto Lenzi (1931-2017): Italian film director, screenwriter and novelist, died October 19, aged 84. Genre work includes Messalina Vs the Son of Hercules (1964), Spasmo (1974), Eaten Alive!, Nightmare City (both 1980), Cannibal Ferox (1981), Ironmaster (1983), Ghosthouse (1988),

Star Trek News and Analysis
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: (1) Star Trek scandals. ScreenRant lists “Star Trek: 15 Dark Behind-The-Scenes Secrets You Never Knew”. The series creator tried to ruin Wrath of Khan Star Trek: The Motion Picture was over-budget and underwhelming. In response, Paramount removed

Full of Quotations
By John Hertz: I’m not sure if it’s a classic of science fiction. But it reminds me of the fellow (in 1875?) who said Shakespeare was full of quotations. By the time I got to Stephen Vincent Benét’s “By the

Pixel Scroll 10/18/17 You Can Get Anything You Want From Alice’s Restaurant At The End Of The Universe (Excepting Neutrinos)
JAILHOUSE ROCK. Brian Lee Durfee says “The First Ever in the History of the World Prison Comic Con Is in the Books!”: James Dashner (Maze Runner) and I put on a fun event at the Utah State Prison last

Atwood Accepts Franz Kafka Prize
Margaret Atwood was presented with the Franz Kafka Prize at a ceremony in the Old Town Hall of Prague, Czech Republic, on October 17. Atwood received a small statue of Kafka by Czech artist Jaroslav Rona and a cash prize

“Lincoln in the Bardo” Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is the winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He is the second American author to win the prize in its 49-year history. U.S. authors became eligible in 2014. He was

Learning From Fireside Fiction’s #BlackSpecFic Reports
SFWA President Cat Rambo, in “Talking About Fireside Fiction’s #BlackSpecFic Reports, Part 1 of 2”, is joined by Steven Barnes, Maurice Broaddus, Tananarive Due, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Tonya Liburd, and Nisi Shawl for a roundtable discussion of Fireside Fiction’s reports on

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By Kevin Hogan: THE TEASER My esteemed compatriots and I desperately need your help. We have a problem that requires your input. All alone in the dark — maybe lost in the woods, or trapped in an abandoned mineshaft —

Pixel Scroll 10/17/17 If I Have Scrolled Further Than Others, It Is Because I Stood On The Pixels Of Filers
NOW YOU KNOW. Ron Howard says the movie will be called Solo: A Star Wars Story. Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here’s a special message #StarWars — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017 (2) ATOMIC AGE

2017 BookNest Fantasy Awards Finalists
The finalists for the BookNest Fantasy Awards, hosted by the blog, were announced October 14. Open public voting for the winners continues until October 31 — to vote, click here. AWARDS PROCESS. The BookNest Fantasy Awards process is ruled

Octocon 2017
By James Bacon: After the ceol and the craic of Friday night at Irish DiscWorldcon, I slept well and made an early breakfast with Vanessa, before heading to Kent Station, Cork for the 10.40 departure, but as we go we

Star Wars To Forget
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: Never mind the prequels. These are the three Star Wars movies George Lucas wishes he had never made and wishes you had never watched. Star Wars Holiday Special Caravan of Courage Battle for Endor

Pixel Scroll 10/16/17 Three Times Pixel Filer Dreamed Of The Marvellous Scroll
CORE FOR RAVENCLAWS. At BookRiot, Rachel Brittain offers “A Hogwarts House Reading List: 20 Books for Ravenclaws”. It’s also about creativity and individuality, originality and acceptance. All Ravenclaws value learning and curiosity, but not all Ravenclaws are traditionally book

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther – Official Trailer
Long live the king. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, in theaters February 16.

Roy Dotrice (1923-2017)
By Steve Green: Roy Dotrice, British actor, died October 16, aged 94. In his best-known genre role he played Jacob “Father” Wells in Beauty and the Beast (55 episodes, 1987-90). Other genre appearances include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1959), Late

2017 Sunburst Award Winners
The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the 2017 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in the Adult, Young Adult, and Short Story categories. Adult Award The winner of the 2017 Sunburst Award for

Sci-Fi Video Roundup for October 16
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: (1) The case for Gul Dukat (2) Honest Trailers: Next Generation series (3) Discovery: Spore travel technology explained (4) Disc

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