AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 9-23-18

Skiffy for the tree, Tiptree, Poppins, Dwarfstar, Long List anthology, Elgins, Sesame Street and FIYAH!

Record-Setting Oxonmoot
Three hundred Tolkien fans from around the world are meeting in Oxford this weekend to celebrate the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The event, taking place at St Antony’s College, Oxford from September 20-23, follows last month’s publication of

Goodreads Extinguishes FIYAH
FIYAH Executive Editor Justina Ireland discovered Goodreads has deleted the Series entry for her magazine: So, every single issue of FIYAH magazine was removed from @Goodreads, ostensibly because MAGAZINE, but Uncanny, Clarksworld, Fireside, and many others still remain. Wonder what

Goodreads v. FIYAH, Round 2
Brian J. White, founding editor of Fireside Magazine, today pursued Goodreads’ deletion of FIYAH’s Series listing in two different forums on Goodreads. (He screencapped the entire interaction.) Thread starts here. And there was heightened concern after Anathema Magazine, a “spec

Pixel Scroll 9/22/18 I’ll Scroll You Nine-O, Bright Glow The Pixels, Oh
BOARDS RIGHTS GRAB. [Item by Cora Buhlert.] KBoards is a forum for e-reader owners which eventually developed a vibrant self-publishing subforum. The owner died approximately a year ago, and now his widow has sold the forum to a company

A Sesame Street-style SFF Alphabet Song
[[Editor’s Note: I wanted more people to see Peer’s song, left in comments, and got his permission to run it as a front-page post.]] Peer: If there is Sesame Street, there should be an alphabet song: A is for Atreides,

Pixel Scroll 9/21/18 E.S. Means ‘Exemplia Scrolli’ And P.E. Means ‘Pixelus Est,’ Simple?
BARGE INTO LUNCH. Scott Edelman invites listeners to binge on sushi with award-winning author Pat Cadigan in episode 77 of Eating the Fantastic. The first of five meals recorded for my Eating the Fantastic podcast was a lunch with

Cats Sleep on SFF: Cat People
Chad Saxelid has a kitten with a sense of timing: I was looking forward to introducing Alexia Lefoux, our new kitten, to the Filers. Little did I know she would pick the best way possible: climbing into my lap and

2018 Elgin Awards
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Elgin Awards for best collections of speculative poetry published in the previous two years. Named after SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, awards are given in

Pixel Scroll 9/20/18 The Mad Pixels Have Kneed Us In The Scroll
SAN DIEGO 2049. The School of Global Policy and Strategy is celebrating its 30th anniversary by partnering with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination to produce San Diego 2049, “a series of programs through 2018-19 that will use the imagination and narrative tools of

Kickstarter Started to Fund Fourth Long List Anthology
David Steffen has launched a Kickstarter appeal to publish Long List Anthology Volume 4, designed to celebrate more of the fiction loved by the Hugo Award voting audience. Every year the Hugo Award administrators release a longer list of stories

Doctor Who: Series 11 Trailer #2
The new season of Doctor Who begins airing October 7. The official trailer is here! “I’m the Doctor, when people need help, I never refuse.”

2018 Dwarf Stars Award Winners
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the 2018 Dwarf Stars winner and other top finishers on September 16. Winner “The Green,” Kath Abela Wilson, Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, eds. Diane Frank, Lois P. Jones,

Pixel Scroll 9/19/18 Smells Like Teen Pixel
THE DOCTOR IS IN. Stylist got the Thirteenth Doctor to revisit social media about her casting: “Watch: Jodie Whittaker brilliantly responds to Twitter trolls”. Although the announcement regarding Whittaker being cast in the role was met with many sexist

Pixel Scroll 9/18/18 When Lessa Told Me To Do It, I Succumbed To Weyr Pressure
BIGFOOT’S POLITICAL OPINIONS. Registration is required to read Adweek’s article “Bigfoot Tries to Get Footage of an Elusive Congressman in This Enjoyably Odd Political Ad”. Fortunately, the commercial itself is available at YouTube. Congressional hopeful Dean Phillips, a Democrat

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel – Official Trailer
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, in theaters March 8, 2019. [Thanks to Paul Weimer for the story.]

2018 Primetime Emmy Awards
These are the genre winners of the 70th annual primetime Emmys. (A complete list is here.) Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special USS Callister (Black Mirror) Written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker Supporting Actor in a

Pixel Scroll 9/17/18 Rossum’s Universal Robocallers
MEET THE PASSENGER. Musk’s moonbound ticket buyer was introduced on a SpaceX webcast this evening. “Here’s What Elon Musk Is Charging Tourists to Fly Around the Moon”. One thing is almost certain: the unknown passenger is ridiculously wealthy. The

Mary Poppins Returns Official Trailer
Mary Poppins Returns is filled with fascinating casting decisions. Go ahead, tell me you drew a line for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s career from Hamilton to Bert Jack. Arrives in theaters December 19. In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original

Apply for 2018 Tiptree Fellowships
Applications are being taken for Tiptree Fellowships through October 31. Now in their fourth year, the fellowships provide $500 grants for “emerging creators who are changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative.” If you think that description

Pixel Scroll 9/16/18 Mother, Please! I’d Rather Scroll It Myself!
VISUALIZING LE GUIN. Andrew Liptak interviews artist David Lupton, who is responsible for the art in The Folio Society’s new edition of The Left Hand of Darkness – “Behind the gorgeous new illustrated edition of Ursula K Le Guin’s

Hallmark’s 2018 Sci-Fi Ornaments
One of the (pardon my use of the word) hallmarks of advancing age is remembering when Christmas merchandise wasn’t rolled out for sale until after some ever-shifting holiday (Thanksgiving? Halloween? Labor Day?) Well, forget

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