Sanderson, Cochran, Beagle, Dragon Award nominations open, Nebula nominations, Lou Donato, Dr. Who X-Mas special

Pixel Scroll 11/18/17 It’s Beginning To Scroll A Lot Like Pixelmas
THE PHENOMENA BEHIND LEGENDS. Kim Huett has added two new posts to Doctor Strangemind. The first is about the Orson Welles War of the Worlds radio transmission: “The Great Radio Hoax”. As appealing as I find the idea of Wells’

Incredibles 2 Official Teaser Trailer
Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 opens in theatres June 15, 2018. Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at

New Patten Anthology Features Anthropomorphic Animals at War
Dogs of War II: Aftermath, edited by Fred Patten, is launching at Midwest FurFest 2017 in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois over the November 30-December 3 four-day weekend. The book can be pre-ordered from FurPlanet Productions. It will be for sale on

2017 Premio Ignotus Winners
The winners of the Premio Ignotus 2017 (2017 Ignotus Awards) announced November 18 include Liu Cixin for the Spanish translation of Three-Body Problem, and Ken Liu for “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species”. And author Guillem López won the Best Novel category for

2017 Endeavour Award
Two writers from the Pacific Northwest are winners of the 19th annual Endeavour Award, given for books published in 2016. Dreams of Distant Shores (Tachyon) by North Bend, OR, writer Patricia McKillip Lovecraft Country (Harper) by Seattle, WA, writer Matt

Pixel Scroll 11/17/17 No, I’m Never Gonna Tick A Box, Guilty Scrolls Have Got No Pixels
MARVEL CHOPS TOP. Newsweek reports “Marvel’s New Global-Minded Chief C.B. Cebulski Replaces Controversial Axel Alonso”. Marvel Entertainment announced Friday that it has a new Editor in Chief. C.B. Cebulski is a comic book editor who has worked in Marvel’s global

Berlin Sci-Fi Filmfest This Weekend
The first German film festival dedicated exclusively to the newest science fiction movies, short and long, from all around the world happens this weekend in Berlin says publicist Reggie Grünenberg. The Berlin Sci-Fi Filmfest. The Race of the Time Machines

The First Doctor Enters The Twelfth Doctor’s TARDIS – Christmas Special Preview
Via Doctor Who Official: A sneak peek of Twice Upon A Time, this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, David Bradley as the First Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and Mark Gatiss as the

Hey Amazon, How About Doing These Lord of the Rings TV Shows?
By Daniel Dern: According to a November 13 press release, will be doing one or more TV shows to based on Lord of the Rings and possibly other of J.R.R. Tolkien’s published and unpublished works — and thanks to

Sci-Fi Roundup for November 17
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: (1) Animated DC. (2) Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (3) Warner will micromanage DC films — “Warner Bros. Is Making This Important Change to the DC Film Universe” at CheatSheet. With an amazing line-up on The CW

Pixel Scroll 11/16/17 Pixel My Blue Suede Scrolls!
SERFS ERRANT. Gizmodo covers “Amazon’s Last Mile”, about the people who actually bring you the stuff. Near the very bottom of Amazon’s complicated machinery is a nearly invisible workforce over two years in the making tasked with getting those

Dragon Awards Category Changes
Today the Dragon Awards officially declared nominations are being taken for the 2018 awards. The site had already been updated and opened to participants some days ago. They also announced the creation of a new category, and the retirement of

2017 Nommo Awards
The inaugural Nommo Awards were presented November 16 during the AkeFest in Abeokuta, Nigeria. The awards are sponsored by the African Speculative Fiction Society of professional and semiprofessional African writers, editors, publishers, graphic artists and film maker. ASFS was founded

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald International – First Look
The Fantastic Beasts 2 teaser trailer is out. Variety has the cast details: The second film in the “Harry Potter” prequel franchise will be released on Nov. 16, 2018. The movie will see the return of stars Eddie Redmayne as

Lou Donato (1940-2017)
By Woody Bernardi: Lou Donato, longtime Las Vegas resident, sf con huckster, and co-founder, with his wife Myrna Donato, of Amber Unicorn Books, passed away November 8, 2017. I first met Lou and Myrna some 30 years ago when Amber

2017 Prix de l’Uchronie Winners
Congratulations to Jo Walton, who won a 2017 Prix de l’Uchronie for the French translation of her novel My Real Children. All the winners were announced November 13 by ActuSF. The award is given in three categories: The Literary Prize,

Bryan Talbot Exhibit at Orbital Comics in London
By James Bacon: I took the opportunity to visit the Grandville Art Exhibition at Orbital Comics, near to Leicester Square Tube Station, with fans Ian Stockdale and Andrea Carney. As Andrea commented a ‘very cool place’ and indeed, the shop

Tears, Winks, and Laughs — Mostly Laughs
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: (1) Dark Voyage. ScreenRant divulges “15 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets About Star Trek: Voyager”. Robert Beltran Blames Brannon Braga For Ruining Characters’ Potential Robert Beltran has never shied away from criticizing how Chakotay was underutilized on the show,

Pixel Scroll 11/15/17 Or All the Scrolls With Pixels
TURNOVER AT TOLKIEN ESTATE. Christopher Tolkien, 92, resigned as a director of the Tolkien Estate Limited on August 31, 2017 according to records at Companies House in the UK. Despite this having occurred over two months ago, the information

SFWA Taking Nebula Nominations
Nominations for the 2017 Nebula Awards are being accepted as of today and will be taken through February 15. SFWA members can access the online ballot here. (2017, because the Nebulas are referred to by the eligibility year.) A work

Deadpool’s “Wet on Wet” Teaser
Deadpool 2 comes to theaters June 1, 2018. After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense

Sanderson Draws Huge Crowd to Oathbringer Launch
By David Doering: Over 1300 fans turned out for the Oathbringer Midnight Release Party in Provo, Utah on November 13. To be accurate, Brandon Sanderson interpreted “midnight ” as meaning midnight at Tor in NYC. So he started distributing books

Nominations Open for 2018 Dragon Awards
The Dragon Awards site has been updated to accept nominations for the 2018 awards. Eligible works are those first released between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018. The deadline to make nominations is July 20, 2018. The initial batch of final ballots will be

Pixel Scroll 11/14/17 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Scrollbar And The Pixels From Mars
PRO TIP FROM SFWA. SFWA Director Kate Baker issued this word to the wise — Your friendly reminder now that we’re about to start awards season: Do not claim you are a Nebula Nominee if you are not on

Mari Brighe: Statement on Windycon 2017 and the “Tutti Frutti” controversy
[Reblogged from the author’s site by permission.] By Mari Brighe: As someone who writes about LGBTQ issues and feminism professionally, I’m fairly used to finding myself embroiled in controversy, whether in digital spaces or otherwise. Something I never expected, however,

Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 Final Round Nominees
Voting has begun in the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards: The Best Books 2017 and will continue through November 27. Here is what Goodreads voters picked to advance to the finals. VOTING SCHEDULE Final Round: Nov 14 –

Pixel Scroll 11/13/17 And So Pixels Made Of Sand Scroll Into The Sea, Eventually
TOWARDS ST. J.R.R. Supporters of sainthood for Tolkien have launched an appeal to crowdfund a 2018 conference in Oxford: We’re raising £50,000 to fund a Conference for the formal opening of the Cause for Canonisation of J. R. R.

Court Dismisses Cochran’s Countersuit Against Beagle
Peter S. Beagle won a round in his lawsuit against his former business manager, Connor Cochran, on November 7 when the Superior Court of Alameda County dismissed Cochran’s countersuit against Beagle. It was dismissed with prejudice,

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