AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 1-21-18

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Somtow’s Star Wars Concert
Somtow Sucharitkul will conduct the Siam Sinfonietta in The Ultimate Star Wars Symphony Concert with music from all nine already-released Star Wars films on March 15 in Bangkok at the Cultural Center, Thailand’s prestige auditorium. Author Alan Dean Foster will

Pixel Scroll 1/20/18 Where All The Pixels Are Strong, All The Files Are Good Looking, And The Scrolls Are Above Average
EPPS HELD BACK. BBC reports U.S. astronaut Jeanette Epps, who was a guest at the 2015 Worldcon, has been taken off her assigned mission to the ISS: “Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission” The US astronaut Jeanette Epps

Science Fiction & Fantasy Creators Guild Launches Prematurely
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Creators Guild may someday be a group, however, it seems author Richard Paolinelli is the only man behind the curtain right now. The SF&FCG founder says the publicity came prematurely — Well, since we haven’t officially

SFWA Denies A Membership Application
The SFWA Blog today posted a “Statement from the SFWA Membership Credentials Committee” about an unidentifed writer: Recently, a science fiction writer made a very public announcement of his application to join SFWA. SFWA Bylaws section VI.1.c.i gives discretion to the

More and More To Evermore
By David Doering: I had a chance to walk around the fantasy-themed Evermore Park on construction here in Utah. The park is scheduled to debut later this year (I could see work continuing feverishly on the site even though it

Cats Sleep on SFF: F&SF Winter/Spring 1950 Issue
Von Dimpleheimer’s cat nods off on a highly collectible prozine: I recently inherited a cat originally named Paulette, who was called Pooter by her second owner. Since she acts like a 19th century schoolmarm, I realized her true name is

Alternate and Non-canonical Star Trek Roundup
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: (1) Deadline reports “Quinton Tarantino’s Star Trek will be R rated”: After Deadline this week revealed that Quentin Tarantino pitched a Star Trek film to JJ Abrams and Paramount, the whole thing is moving at warp speed.

Pixel Scroll 1/19/18 The Scroll Pixel Wagon Is A-‘Comin Down The Street, Oh Please Let It Be For Me
WASHINGTONIAN WOMBAT. The Washington Post’s Mary Quattlebaum profiles Ursula Vernon, whose comic five-volume Hamster Princess series retells “fairy tales with a strong female hero,” in “Ursula Vernon elevates a rodent to royalty”. The latest, Whiskerella, retells Cinderella but with

2018 Edgar Awards Nominees
The Mystery Writers of America have revealed the nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners on

2018 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Contest
The fifth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest opens this month. Entries will be accepted from January 22 to April 30. We’re looking for blood-pounding, heart-stopping action with heroes you want to root for and villains you love to hate.

Both Sides Seek to Overturn Verdict in San Diego Comic-Con v Salt Lake Comic Con Lawsuit
Following a jury verdict that left the San Diego Comic-Con (the nominal winner) and Salt Lake Comic Con dissatisfied, both have filed post-trial motions seeking to have the result set aside. A federal jury ruled in December that Salt Lake

Pixel Scroll 1/18/18 It’s Pixels All the Way Down!
ADAPTING L’ENGLE. “Realizing A Wrinkle in Time” behind-the-scenes featurette. Opens in theatres on March 9. From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across

2017 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has released the Preliminary Ballot for the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards®. This is not the list of finalists, nor are they called nominees: it is the list which HWA members will choose from when they vote

Peter Wyngarde (1927-2018)
British actor Peter Wyngarde died January 15, aged 90. Genre work included The Innocents (1961), Night of the Eagle (1962), and Flash Gordon (1980). He was announced as a guest at last October’s Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester, but

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions — #23
The Orville – A Season One Review By Chris M. Barkley The Orville (Twelve Episodes, Rating **1/2 out of four stars) created by Seth MacFarlane with MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J Lee,

Cats Sleep on SFF: Oathbringer
Matt Y’s cats make a pillow from Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer. However, warns Matt, “Don’t let them fool you, I left the couch for like a minute and they stole my spot.” The gray/white guy is Niko, the tan/white lady is

2017 Stabby Awards
Reddit’s r/Fantasy group has chosen the winners of the 2017 Stabby Awards. BEST NOVEL OF 2017 WINNER: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence Runner Up: Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb BEST SELF-PUBLISHED / INDEPENDENT NOVEL OF 2017 WINNER: Sufficiently Advanced Magic

Pixel Scroll 1/17/18 You’re A Little Short For A Pixel Scroll, Aren’t You?
STRACZYNSKI MEMOIR COMING. Harper Voyager US has acquired the imprint’s first memoir, written by J. Michael Straczynski. The book will be published in 2019. Straczynski is one of the most successful writers of comics, TV, graphic novels, and movies

2017 Tiptree Fellowships
The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has selected two new Tiptree Fellows: H. Pueyo and Ineke Chen-Meyer. The Tiptree Award celebrates voices that have always been talking — but haven’t always been heard by the wider science fiction community.

So some strange thoughts transcend our wonted themes, and into glory creep
By John Hertz: Happening to read D. Hoffman, The Billion-Dollar Spy (2015; Adolf Tolkachev 1927-1986), I came across this striking passage (p. 163) about the subject’s son in 1981. Oleg … a teenager [1966- ] … interests ran … toward

Trigger Snowflake and the No-Platformers
By Ingvar: Trigger Snowflake opened his clear, blue eyes. It smelled like a fine morning, heralding a great day. If nothing else, he would be taking lunch with his betrothed, Miss Coraline Hoyter. He quickly got dressed and walked to

Pixel Scroll 1/16/18 You Were Scrolling As A Pixel In A Sci-Fi File When I Met You
VAN GELDER AUCTION BENEFITS PKD AWARD. Norwescon announced that Gordon Van Gelder, administrator for the Philip K. Dick Award, has put 18 sff books up for auction on eBay, including several first editions and signed editions (and some signed

2017 RT Book Reviews Awards Nominees
RT Book Reviews has announced their 2017 Reviewers’ Choice award nominees. Here are the finalists in the categories of genre interest. PARANORMAL/URBAN FANTASY Urban Fantasy Novel The Ghoul Vendetta by Lisa Shearin Hungry Ghosts by Stephen Blackmoore Silence Fallen by Patricia

2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards Finalists
The 2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards shortlist includes these categories with works of genre interest — Best Single Drama Dangerous Visions: Culture by Al Smith, producer Sally Avens, BBC Radio Drama London The Music Lesson by Hannah Silva, producer Melanie

2018 Annie Awards Nominees
The finalists for the 45th Annie Awards have been announced The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. At the awards ceremony to be held February 3 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, the following special awards also will be presented: Winsor McCay Awards

Pixel Scroll 1/15/18 Scroll Down, You File Too Fast, You Got To Make The Pixels Last
KURT ERICHSEN’S RETIREMENT MAKES THE NEWS. The Toledo Blade has published a superb article about fanartist Kurt Erichsen, who is retiring from his day job as vice president of water quality planning for Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments

Serendipity
By JJ: After many years away from fandom, during which I was in a relationship with a mundane in which I pretty tragically lost myself and lost my way, I had made a new start and had found my way

Iainbanksian, Scandinavian Space Combat Rock
By Oskari Rantala: First off: Congratulations, Mike! 40 years is an awfully long time. File 770 was there before I was even born and I guess it had been around for almost 15 years until I learned to read —

Cats Sleep on SFF: Boneshaker
John Purcell’s cat Toulouse is asleep on Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker. (This photo was on the cover of Askance #34, August 2015.) Photos of other felines napping on genre works are welcome. Send to mikeglyer (at) cs (dot) com

Happy 10th Birthday, File 770 Blog
We’ve reached the second bookend of File 770’s 10/40 anniversary celebration. As I said about the zine in the first post here on the File 770 blog — You never know how long a fanzine will be around. When the first

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