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AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: December 9th, 2018

2019 World Fantasy Awards Judges
The 2019 World Fantasy Awards Judges have been announced. Nancy Holder (USA) Kathleen Jennings (Australia) Stephen Graham Jones (USA) Garry Douglas (United Kingdom) Tod McCoy (USA) The judges will be reading and considering eligible materials until June 1, 2019. All

The Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy: An Interview with Nancy Kress
By Carl Slaughter: Nancy Kress likes to write about hard science. Especially biotech. She likes to write about alien contact. She tends to populate her stories with scientists. Her recently completed Kin trilogy is a multi-generational first contact pandemic story.

SFWA Engages Complaints About Writers of the Future Contest, Delists Anthology as Qualifying Market
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which delisted the Writers of the Future anthology as a qualifying market in August, today publicly stated they are also addressing WotF contest finalists’ complaints and concerns — “SFWA Statement on Complaints/Concerns Regarding

Holmberg Wins Swedish Translation Prize
John-Henri Holmberg, a Worldcon 75 guest of honor, is among the 2018 winners of De Nios översättarpris, the translation prize given by Sweden’s Samfundet De Nio (The Nine Society.) The winners were announced at the literary society’s awards meeting on

2019 Grammy Awards Nominees
The Recording Academy™ announced the 2019 Grammy nominees on December 7. The complete list across 84 categories is available at the link. Below are items of genre interest I recognized (and if you spot others, call them out in comments.) That

Pixel Scroll 12/7/18 Baby, It’s Scrolled Outside
CARRYING ON. Pat Cadigan continues her series of Dispatches from Cancerland” with “Two Years Of Borrowed Time & I’m Still Not Dead”: I’d love to write a lot of inspirational entries about still being alive but Buffy the Vampire

Busiek and Ross Back for 25th Anniversary of MARVELS
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series that changed the way fans look at super heroes, the landmark MARVELS is back. In the year 1939, young photojournalist Phil Sheldon attends the sensational unveiling of the fiery android Human Torch —

2018 Galaxy Awards
The 2018 Galaxy Awards were presented at the third China Science Fiction Conference in Shenzhen, China on November 23. BEST SHORT STORY “Tian Tu” (“The Painting of Sky”) by Wang Jinkang “Amorville” by Bella Han “An Account of the Sky

Marvel Studios’ Avengers – Official Trailer
Marvel didn’t take the advice in yesterday’s Scroll to skip the trailer altogether…. Part of the journey is the end. [Thanks to Rev. Bob for the story.]

Pixel Scroll 12/6/18 By Grabthar’s Pixel, By The Scrolls Of Warvan, You Shall Be File’d
SNAPPY JACKETS. BookRiot lists its choices for “The Best Book Covers of 2018”. Lots of genre book covers here. Two examples: I love a cover with a flipped image, this one showing a well-dressed man and woman on one

2019 GUFF Voting Begins
The Get-Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) ballot for the 2019 race is now available online. Voters will choose an Australasian delegate to attend Dublin 2019 in Ireland (August 15-19). There is an option for the delegate to also attend the Eurocon

2019 Golden Globe Awards Nominations
The nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globes were announced December 6. The categories with items of genre interested are listed below. See all 25 categories here [PDF file]. Best Motion Picture – Drama “Black Panther” “BlacKkKlansman” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “If

Pixel Scroll 12/5/18 Dear Pixel Of Mine, You Are My First And Fifth Love
F&SF COVER. Gordon Van Gelder revealed The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’s Jan/Feb. 2019 cover by artist Jill Bauman. (2) ROLL ‘EM. Deadline blabbed that the Amazing Stories TV show has gone into production: “‘Amazing Stories’: Edward Burns

Pixel Scroll 12/4/18 You Miss 100 Percent Of The Pixels You Don’t Scroll
WRITING IDENTITY. Lara Elena Donnelly discusses the challenges to a writer in an industry with entrenched genre labels and sublabels. Thread starts here. As I wrote it, I felt ashamed for playing that game. Why couldn’t I just say

How Laser Weapons Stopped Being Science Fiction
By Jeff Hecht. Author of Lasers, Death Rays, and the Long, Strange Quest for the Ultimate Weapon, (Prometheus Books January 2019): Pulp science fiction invented a host of directed-energy weapons: heat rays, death rays, blasters, ray guns and disintegrator rays.

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel – Trailer 2
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel comes to theaters March 8, 2019. Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 Winners
The voters have spoken: here are the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 winners. Goodreads also has posted the voting figures for the 20 top vote-getters in each category. BEST SCIENCE FICTION Vengeful by V.E. Schwab Pierce Brown’s Iron Gold came in

Pixel Scroll 12/3/18 If You Can’t Handle Me At My Pixel, You Don’t Deserve Me At My Scroll
GIFT WARPING. James Covenant posted a pair of seasonal musical mashups: Captain Picard sings “Let it Snow!” Not quite up to the same standard — The Avengers Sing Christmas Carols (2) EREWHON LIT SALON. Liz Gorinsky’s Erewhon Books has

Remembering Ray Milland
By Steve Vertlieb: My brother Erwin and I with the wonderful Oscar-winning actor Ray Milland during a not dissimilar “Lost Weekend” way back in 1967. Ray was appearing locally in Philadelphia, appearing live on stage during a national tour of

Pixel Scroll 12/2/18 One Of Our Pixels Is Scrolling
CHOP SHOP. Derrick Boden shares the secret of “The Revision Machete” on the Odyssey Workhops blog. …It has become so helpful to me that I’ve permanently integrated it into my revision process, and every story I’ve written since has

Loscon Statement from Isabel Schechter
[Since LASFS distributed a statement by Gregory Benford as its determination about the code of conduct issues at Loscon 45, published here as part of a report about the incident, I have agreed to host Isabel Schechter’s statement about the

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