Del Arroz Not Allowed To Attend Worldcon 76
The 2018 Worldcon committee has notified author Jon Del Arroz that his right to attend Worldcon 76 in person has been revoked. He will still be allowed to retain a supporting membership with Hugo voting rights. They made the announcement

Two Doors
By John Hertz: In our calendar – there are others – the first month, January, is named after the Latin word for a door (ianua), since it is the door of the year. Its birthstone is the garnet, symbol of

SPFBO 2017 Finalists
Mark Lawrence has posted the ten Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2017 finalists. SPFBO began with a 300-book longlist, and every finalist was the top pick out of 30 reviewed by the bloggers named in parentheses. Crimson Queen by Alec Hutson (Fantasy

Pixel Scroll 1/6/18 First You Get The Files, Then You Get The Pixels, Then You Get The Scrolls
ZILLIONS OF YEARS AGO. College Humor shows that “If Jurassic Park Were In Different Geological Eras,” we’d be staying away from the box office in droves…. (2) FINDER. Silvia Moreno-Garcia will be hosting a list of Latino SFF in

Fortieth Anniversary of File 770
It was 40 years ago today Sgt. Saturn taught the band to play… Okay, never mind the rest of that… but on January 6, 1978 File 770 began life as a paperzine with issue #1. Several friends have been along

Cochran Files Bankruptcy on Eve of Trial
Connor Cochran and his companies filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 4, one day before trial was scheduled to begin in Peter S. Beagle’s lawsuit against his former manager. Beagle sued Cochran in 2015 for $52 million in damages, disgorgement

Star Wars Video Roundup
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: (1) Last Jedi Easter eggs (2) New Hope – deleted Scenes (3) Empire Strikes Back – deleted scenes (4) 45,000 signatures on a petition to remove Last Jedi from the canon. (5) John Williams recruited for

Pixel Scroll 1/5/18 A Scroll By Any Other Name Would Pixelate Just As Adequately
SETTING A VISION. Author Fonda Lee explains her approach to storytelling in a thread that begins here — If you write speculative fiction, do you write the world as it is, or the world as you wish it to

Black Panther: From Page To Screen
Producer Kevin Feige, actor Chadwick Boseman, Stan Lee, and director Ryan Coogler help share how Black Panther was translated from page to screen. The film comes to theaters February 16.

Linda Addison Wins Horror Writers Association 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
The Horror Writers Association has recognized Linda Addison with their 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for her “many years of dedicated commitment to HWA and the writing and publishing industry.” Addison will accept the award at StokerCon 2018® held March 1–4

Call For 2018 Rhysling Award Nominations
The Science Fiction Poetry Association members have until February 15 to nominate eligible poems for addition to the Rhysling Award longlist. Poems already recommended are listed here. (None at this writing; keep checking back.) The Rhyslings were first established in

Pixel Scroll 1/4/18 By Klono’s Scintillating Scrolls And Prismatic Pixels!
SPACED OUT LIBRARY. The Toronto Star remembers how it all began — “Sci-fi author Judith Merril and the very real story of Toronto’s Spaced Out Library”. As the Vietnam War raged on, science-fiction author and editor Judith Merril —

Second Round of BSFA Awards Nominations Begins
British Science Fiction Association members have until January 31 to help choose the BSFA Awards shortlist for works published in 2017. In the first round of voting members nominated a longlist of 48 novels, 41 short stories, 20 items of nonfiction, and 28

Pixel Scroll 1/3/18 Scroll Out Wild Pixels, To The Sci Fi
P STEW’S COWBOY CLASSICS. Where was I when this came out in 2016? Patrick Stewart did a fundraiser album of cowboy songs for International Rescue Committee (IRC). The album itself is sold out now, but they will still sell

2018 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists
The 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists have been announced. Spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essays, science writing, sports writing, and translation, this year’s awards will confer nearly $315,000 to writers and translators whose literary works were published in 2017.

Pixel Scroll 2018-01-02 The Scroll Awakens the Last Pixel
By JJ: (1) INSPIRING THE RIGHT STUFF. reports that American Girl’s latest entry in their doll line is an aspiring astronaut created with advice from NASA. An 11-year-old aspiring astronaut who dreams of being the first person to go

How Special Are THESE Effects?
Here are two exhibits of effects, each special in its own way. (1) What does it mean to be a child? (2) Mark Hamill USES The Force! Daisy Ridley & John Boyega are clearly impressed! [Thanks to David K.M. Klaus for

Get Ready for File 770’s 10/40 Anniversary
File 770 reaches two big milestones in January 2018, the 40th anniversary of the fanzine (January 6), and the 10th anniversary of this blog (January 15). Would you like to get in on the celebration by writing a guest post,

Pixel Scroll 1/1/18 Scrolled Lang Syne
By JJ: (1) MORE DESTRUCTION AHEAD. Uncanny Magazine has announced that the special Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction issue will be open for submissions soon: Reading period: January 15th, 2018 to February 15th, 2018. Please do not submit anything until

2017 Parsec Awards
The Parsec Awards committee has announced the 2017 awardees for excellence in speculative fiction podcasting. Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast Winner: Star Wars Best in Galaxy Season 3 by Mark Restuccia & Patch Hyde Finalists Kakos Industries by Conrad Miszuk

Top 20 Posts of 2017
Happy New Year! Here are the most-viewed posts from the past year with notes explaining what helped make them so. 1. 2017 Hugo Award Finalists The shortlist announcement. 2. Steven Brust’s Fourth Street Fantasy Remarks

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