Gregory Benford Wins 2019 Robert A. Heinlein Award
Gregory Benford, science fiction author and astrophysicist, is the 2019 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. This award

Stackpole Resigns from GAMA Board
Michael A. Stackpole has resigned as an Emeritus Director of the Game Manufacturers Association. He published his resignation letter on his blog January 6: To the GAMA Board, It is my great pleasure to have been part of the gaming

Second Round of 2018 BSFA Awards Nominations Begins
British Science Fiction Association members have until January 31 to help choose the BSFA Awards shortlists for works published in 2018. In the first round of voting members nominated a longlist of 45 novels, 44 short stories, 15 items of nonfiction, and 27

Larry Correia Lies To His Fans About File 770
Larry Correia today told readers of his Facebook page that commenters here had said he wasn’t a “real” gamer, then devoted several hundred words to defending his gaming resume. The problem? No such comment was posted here. When called on

2018 Stabby Awards
Reddit’s r/Fantasy group has chosen the winners of the 2018 Stabby Awards. BEST NOVEL Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames BEST INDEPENDENT NOVEL Ghostwater by Will Wight BEST DEBUT The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang BEST ARTWORK Gardens of The Moon

Star Trek Personnel Files
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: From Certifiably Ingame’s Personnel Files of notable Star Trek characters. Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Personnel File Benjamin Sisko: Personnel File Kathryn Janeway: Personnel File Chief Miles O’Brien: Personnel File Micheal Burnham: Personnel File

Pixel Scroll 1/11/19 Scroll Around The Clock, Mix And A-Mingle In The Pixeling Feet
MORE ON NYC TOLKIEN EXHIBIT. The Tolkien Collector’s Guide site has shared a summary of all the announced scheduled events associated with the “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth” exhibit opening in New York on January 25, including what will (and

Ray Bradbury’s Childhood Home
Steven H Silver writes: “I had to run up to the county courthouse in Waukegan to file some paperwork. Since I was right there, I thought I’d swing by St. James Street and offer you a photo taken, earlier today,

Pixel Scroll 1/10/19 We Built this City on Pixel Scroll
A VALID GRIEVANCE. A message from Marko Kloos — “This post brought to you by the Superhero Writers Union.” I love writing for Wild Cards. It’s an amazingly detailed world that has been expanded by thirty-plus writers over thirty

2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominees
The Costume Designers Guild announced its 2019 awards nominees in film and television categories. Winners will be revealed at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 19. The full slate of nominees is at Variety. Those of genre

Dublin 2019 Opens Hugo Nominations, Names Award Designers
The nominating period has begun for the 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retro Hugo Awards to be presented at Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon. Worldcon members are encouraged to nominate up to five works/individuals that they believe are worthy

2019 BAFTA Film Awards Nominees
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards. The full list is at the link. Here are the contenders of genre interest: Animated Film Incredibles 2 Isle of Dogs Spider-man:

Is Nothing Always Absolutely So?
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1334) The s-f community knows Sturgeon’s Retort “90% of everything is [worthless]” (he’d been told “90% of s-f is [worthless]”). William Tenn reported hearing it from Theodore Sturgeon in 1951. I’ve mentioned the 80%

Pixel Scroll 1/9/19 The Scrolls of Our Teeth
YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION. Deadline says a TV series based on a Hugo-winning novel is in development: “‘Yiddish Policemen’s Union’ Alt-History Drama Set From Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman, PatMa, Keshet & CBS Studios”. What if Alaska is home of

Diamond Jubilation for Richard Bowes at NYRSF Readings
By Mark L. Blackman: On the evening of Tuesday, January 8, 2019, the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings Series held a Diamond Jubilee celebration for local writer Richard (Rick) Bowes on the occasion of his 75th Birthday. Richard Bowes is

Pixel Scroll 1/8/19 Hey, Babe, Take A Scroll On The File Side
PRINT HUGO NOMINATING BALLOT AVAILABLE. The print version of this year’s Hugo nomination form has been released as part of Dublin 2019 Progress Report 3 [PDF File]. (2) CAPTAIN MARVEL. A “special look” at the forthcoming Captain Marvel movie.

Wandering Through the Public Domain #5
A regular exploration of public domain genre works available through Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, and Librivox. By Colleen McMahon: We have passed the January 1 date and 1923 works have safely entered the public domain! There was a quite a

William Gibson Named SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) has named William Gibson the 35th Damon Knight Grand Master for his contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award recognizes “lifetime

Pixel Scroll 1/7/19 Pixels For My Men, Scrolls For My Horses
MARVEL AT 80. The company will be celebrating all year — Eighty years ago, the Marvel Universe roared into existence with the publication of the now-historic MARVEL COMICS #1. Over the years, the company expanded mightily under the guidance

Two Site Selection Votes to be Held at 2019 NASFiC
Voting for the location of the 2020 NASFiC and 2021 Westercon will be held at in July at Spikecon, which is the combined Westercon 72, 13th NASFiC (2019), and 1632 Minicon. Spikecon’s Westercon/NASFiC site selection administrator Ben Yalow has shared

2019 WSFA Small Press Award Taking Submissions
The Washington (DC) Science Fiction Association (WSFA) has announced that the submission period for the 2019 WSFA Small Press Award is open. Entries will be taken through April 7, 2019. The WSFA Small Press Award honors the efforts of small

2019 Golden Globe Awards
The winners of the 76th annual Golden Globes were announced January 6. Two genre finalists won Golden Globes. The Best Motion Picture Animated category was won by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, and recognition for the Best Original Score Motion Picture

Pixel Scroll 1/6/19 The Million-Year Teddy Bear Picnic
PICK AN SFF MAGAZINE. Rocket Stack Rank’s Gregory Hullender has a new tool for sff readers: “We just posted a detailed article aimed at helping people find SF/F magazines to subscribe to. The focus is on the eleven magazines

FANtastic Dublin Fund launched to diversify participation in Dublin Worldcon
Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon has opened the FANtastic Dublin Fund (FDF) to help diversify attendance and programme participation by groups including people of colour, people from marginalized communities such as Irish Travellers, people with limited financial means, and

Dublin 2019 Booking Link Goes Live January 9
Dublin 2019 members hotel booking link goes live January 9 at 2 p.m. Dublin Time (which in other time zones is 3 p.m. CET or 9 a.m. EST, for example.) The convention’s accommodation webpage says: We have been negotiating with

2018 Cybils Shortlists
The 2018 finalists for the Cybils (Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards) were announced on January 1. They were selected from 1,335 books nominated across all categories. The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors

Remembering Mike Raditz
[Regular contributor Steve Vertlieb suffered a family loss and wanted to share his memories.] By Steve Vertlieb: Mike (Michael) Raditz was one of the more colorful characters in the proverbial bark of my family tree. He was my first


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