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AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 1-14-18

40 Years?
By Michael Bracken: Forty years of File 770? Who knew back in the beginning that it could last so long? I was there, early on, swapping my fanzine (Knights of the Paper Space Ship [later, just Knights]) for yours, but

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions — #22
The Doctor Who Christmas Special – Twice Upon A Time [BEWARE SPOILERS] By Chris M. Barkley: Twice Upon a Time, (****) with Peter Capaldi, David Bradley, Pearl Mackie, Mark Gattis, Matt Lucas, Nikki-Amuka Bird, Lily Travers and Jared Garfield. (Also

Marvel and DC Roundup
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: MARVEL (1) Dark Phoenix – first photo — “X-Men: Dark Phoenix heats up EW’s First Look Issue”. This Phoenix has risen… again. On Nov. 2, 2018, Dark Phoenix will arrive in theaters and finally deliver the

Pixel Scroll 1/13/18 The Man Who Scrolled Christopher Columbus Ashore
THE FIRE THIS TIME. The Paris Review tells about “Staging Octavia Butler in Abu Dhabi”. This really is the best article about the opera I’ve seen so far. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel, opened in November

Cats Sleep on SFF: Aera
Nina Horvath’s cat, May, snoozing on a copy of Aera by Markus Heitz. (Photo taken in 2016.) Photos of other felines napping on genre works are welcome.

2018 FAAn Awards Voting Opens
Nic Farey, 2018 FAAn Awards Administrator has distributed The Incompleat Register, which serves as an eligibility guide to 2017 fanzines and fanwriters, and includes the 2018 FAAn awards ballot and procedures. Says Nic — This is being sent out to

The Flogsta Scream
By Hampus Eckerman: When Mike asked for Filers to write something for one of the anniversaries of File 770, I first thought I should write something of SFFnal character. Maybe something about books I’ve read, films I’ve seen or weird

Star Trek: The Superior Franchise
By Carl Slaughter: Star Wars fans get a lot of enjoyment from their favorite franchise’s movies, TV shows, books, merchandise, cosplay, and conventions. But they don’t seriously imagine themselves slicing through bad guys and beasts with a light saber in

Stephen King To Receive PEN America Literary Service Award
At the 2018 PEN America Literary Gala, Stephen King will receive the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award. The award is presented annually to a critically-acclaimed author whose work embodies PEN America’s mission to oppose repression in any form and to

Pixel Scroll 1/12/18 If You’ll Be My Pixel, I Can Be Your Long Lost Scroll
TERRAN AWARD. George R.R. Martin, in “Aliens In Taos”, announces he has created a scholarship to bring an sf writer from a non-English speaking country to Taos Toolbox. When astronauts look down on Earth from orbit, they don’t see

Baen Short Story Contest Deadline 2/1
Entries in the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award writing contest are being accepted through February 1, 2017. See rules and specifications at the site. Judging will be by Baen Books editors Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel, David Afsharirad,

Odyssey Writing Workshop Taking Applications
Each year, writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror from all over the world apply to the Odyssey Writing Workshop for fantasy, science fiction, and horror, which this year will be held June 4 to July 13 at Saint Anselm

Cats Sleep on SF: The Goblin Emperor
Today Hampus Eckerman helps launch the new File 770 feature he suggested, Cats Sleep on SF. Hampus Eckerman says: “I cheated a bit, but he was sleepy. Vladimir Arkady Vasechkin sleeping on The Goblin Emperor.” Photos of other felines napping

2018 WSFA Small Press Award Seeks Nominees
SF authors, small press publishers and WSFA members have until April 8 to nominate stories for the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award. Eligible nominees are English-language works of short fiction up to 17,500 words long in the sf,

On The Occasion of Your Anniversary
By Steve Davidson: Where was I in 1978, the year that File 770 (the fanzine, not the room) was born? I was in college in northern New Jersey. Which made it very easy for me to continue my engagement with

Superman in the Cereals
Not a typo – this trio of commercials dates back to the days when George Reeves played Superman/Clark Kent on TV. [Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]

2018 Critics’ Choice Awards
The Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced the 2018 Critics’ Choice Award winners in a ceremony at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. Here are the winners of genre interest: FILM BEST PICTURE The Shape of

Pixel Scroll 1/11/18 Agent 770, With A License To Scroll
YOUNG PEOPLE. James Davis Nicoll asked the crew at Young People Read Old SFF their response to Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild”. Two of the four readers said it was their first experience with the author. (The others didn’t say one

David Fisher (1929-2018)
By Steve Green: David Fisher, a British writer who scripted four Doctor Who serials, died January 10, aged 88. He wrote “The Stones of Blood” and “The Androids of Tara”, both 1978; “The Creature from the Pit”, 1979; “The Leisure

2018 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced
The judges of the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia SF Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust, have announced the seven nominated works that comprise the final ballot for the award: The Book of Etta by

Another Rejection Letter Story, More Or Less orHow Barry Malzberg Got His F&SF Special Issue
By Daniel Dern: First, a disclaimer: This isn’t quite the anecdotal story I intended to write… because it wasn’t until after finishing what would otherwise have been a clean draft that got the relevant folder from its file cabinet drawer,

Pixel Scroll 1/10/18 Learning To File, By Tom Pixel And The Scrollbreakers
THE REFERENCE-SPANGLED BANNER. Artist Taral Wayne has updated his File 770 banner artwork to 2018, with the help of Sherman and Peabody, and the Wayback Machine. (2) NOM DE CON. The “Phoenix Comicon Is Now Phoenix Comic Fest” reports

An Interviewer’s Journey: From Battery Power to Warp 9
By Carl Slaughter: I didn’t set out to become an interviewer. Or a muse for that matter. Video compilations, never conceived it. I just wanted some feedback about the first 10 chapters of a novel I intended to write. To

10/40 Anniversary Haiku
Mike Kennedy, who edits the news-filled NASFA Shuttle for the Huntsville, Alabama club, joins the dual anniversary celebration with this haiku — Centrally placed—zine of record. All must read File Seven-Seventy.

Pixel Scroll 1/9/18 Scrolled Pixel’s Book Of Practical SJW Credentials
CLASSIC KETTLE. True Rat: The Beast of Leroy Kettle collects and preserves the humorous writing of British fan Leroy Kettle. Edited by Rob Hansen, it’s available as a free download in the usual ebook formats plus PDF from Ansible

2018 BAFTA Film Awards Shortlist
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the 2018 BAFTA Film Awards. Here are the contenders of genre interest: Best film The Shape Of Water Outstanding British film Paddington 2 Director Blade Runner 2049

Forty Years? That’s Not Too Many
By John Purcell: Sometimes it is hard to believe how long you have been involved with science fiction fandom, or how many issues of a fanzine you have produced, how many conventions you have attended… The list goes on. Whenever

Star Trek Interviews
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: Troi, Kira, and Dax talk about their action figures Jeri Ryan talks about 3 the flaws of Seven of Nine Seven and the Doctor talk about their characters Alice Krieg talks about portraying the Borg queen

Pixel Scroll 1/8/18 Calculating Witticisms And Generating Sarcastic Comebacks At The Algorithm Round Table
BRAM STOKER AWARDS. Horror Writers Association President Lisa Morton reminds members they have until January 15 to recommend works for the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards. – ALL members may recommend works, including Supporting. – ALL members may recommend works

Read Every Mountain: Books For Your Mount To-Be-Read
By Daniel Dern: It seems a shame to have the topic of “what’re we reading, what do we recommend” as a late-comer thread (some starting some 400 comments in, give or take) to an existing page (# 39769), which is

Octavia Butler Presentation at Altadena Library on 2/12
A special presentation, “Octavia Butler’s Story”, will be hosted by the Altadena (CA) Library on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. as part of their program centered around one of her novels, “One Community, One Book: ‘Kindred’”. Join Altadena

The Golden Age of Science Fiction is Twelve: 1983-4, in genre, for me and the field
By Paul Weimer: “The Golden Age of science fiction is twelve” – Peter Graham, 1957 (and requoted many times since) With the anniversary of File 770, I thought I would revisit that quote from Peter Graham, that the Golden Age

MacFarlane, Stewart, Lee Interviews
Curated by Carl Slaughter: SETH MACFARLANE Wall to wall carpet, wood, leather, house plants. “It looked like a really plush corporate office. That makes it the most realistic portrayal what it’s like in space. If you’re out there for years

Pixel Scroll 1/7/18 Your Majesty Is Like A Scroll With Pixels On Top
BOOK SMUGGLERS AT 10. Happy birthday to The Book Smugglers. They celebrated their tenth anniversary today: Welcome to Smugglivus 2017: A Year In Review. Today, January 7, 2017, is our bloggoversary–and it’s a big one. Today we officially turn

2018 Golden Globes
The 2018 Golden Globe Awards were presented January 7 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Here are the winners of genre interest: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama Elisabeth Moss, The

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