Gene Wolfe (1931-2019)
Gene Wolfe died April 14 after a long battle with heart disease. Acknowledged as one of the field’s finest writers, his honors included a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention in 1996, induction to the Science Fiction Hall

2019 Philip K. Dick Award
The 2019 Philip K. Dick Award was presented April 19 at Norwescon 42 in SeaTac, Washington. The winner is: THEORY OF BASTARDS by Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions) A Special Citation also was awarded to: 84K by Claire North (Orbit) The

Wandering Through the Public Domain #11
A regular exploration of public domain genre works available through Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, and Librivox. By Colleen McMahon: Andrew Lang (1844-1912) showed up on the birthday list for March 31, reminding me that I wanted to write about him

2018 BSFA Awards
The British Science Fiction Association have announced the winners of the BSFA Awards for works published in 2018. The Awards were presented on April 20 at Ytterbium, the 70th Eastercon in London. Best Novel Gareth L Powell – Embers of

Pixel Scroll 4/19/19 There’s A Broken Heart For Every Pixel On The Internet
THE OTHER SHOE DROPS. There are now two bids for the 2021 Westercon, with Phoenix, AZ having officially filed. Bid Location: Phoenix, AZ Venue: Hyatt Regency Phoenix Dates: 2nd to 5th July, 2021, with a preview night on the

2024 UK Worldcon Bid Picks Glasgow as Venue
It’s now called “Glasgow 2024 – a bid for the 2024 World Science Fiction Convention.” Today the committee announced that the venue they’ve chosen for the 2024 UK Worldcon bid will be the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow. Previously known

Prix Jeunesse des Univers Parallèles 2019
Quebec author Véronique Drouin is the winner of the Prix jeunesse des univers parallèles 2019 (the Parallel Universe Youth Award) for her fantastic novel Cassandra Mittens and the Divine Touch (Éditions Québec Amérique). Cassandra Mittens heroine of a story set

Pixel Scroll 4/18/19 Before The Pixels Return To Capiscrollo
A BIT MORE ON AO3. Polygon’s article “For AO3, the fanfiction haven, a Hugo nomination is a long time coming” includes quotes from Nicholas Whyte, Kevin Standlee, and Naomi Novik that may be of interest. “The shortlisting of AO3

2019 Peabody Awards
The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced the 2019 award winners in the Entertainment and Children’s & Youth categories on April 18. Two genre programs were among them, The Good Place (Entertainment) and Steven Universe (Children’s & Youth). Click the

2019 Prix Bob Morane
Winners of the 2019 Prix Bob Morane were announced on March 11. The Prix Bob Morane is a French literary prize named for a fictional adventurer created by Belgian writer Henri Vernes in the 1950s. The selections were made by a jury of

Prix Aurora-Boréal 2019 Finalists
Finalists for the Prix Aurora/Boréal 2019 were announced April 16. The awards will be presented at Congrès Boréal 2019 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Here are the works on the shortlist: Prix Aurora/Boréal – Meilleur roman (Best novel) Meynard, Yves :

Roswell Award 2019 Finalists
The finalists for the 2019 Roswell Award for short science fiction by adults have been posted. Also, Jennifer Delozier’s story “Dirge in D Minor” has been named the winner of the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award presented by

Pixel Scroll 4/17/19 Heroic Struggle Of The Little Guys To Finish The Scroll
SCRAMBLED WHO. “Neil Gaiman Shares That There Are Multiple ‘Doctor Who’ Easter Eggs In ‘Good Omens’” — has the story. So, what kind of Easter Eggs might we see appear on the screen? Gaiman chimed in and shared:

All Somtow All the Time
Somtow Sucharitkul has been lighting up the newswires… (1) FREE BOOKS. For a brief time you can download free two memoirs by Somtow Sucharitukul, praised by the Washington Post’s Michael Dirda in a year-end roundup: One, Nirvana Express, is a

Pixel Scroll 4/16/19 I Have No Clicks And I Must Swear Mightily Underneath My Breath
ORIGIN STORY. Rudy Rucker posted drafts of two presentations he’s giving at the IOHK Summit in Miami Beach on April 18. The first is — “Cyberpunk Use Cases”. …My best-known novel is Software, written in 1980. It was one

Terrible Jokes
By Danny Sichel [Reprinted from WARP 102, the zine of the Montreal Science Fiction / Fantasy Association] Q: Why did Vernor Vinge cross the road? A: I’m sorry, I could never explain it to you. You only have human-level intelligence.

Pixel Scroll 4/15/19 You Put Your Right File In, And You Scroll It All About
NOTRE DAME. Notre Dame cathedral suffered extensive fire damage today. A massive blaze…devastated large parts of the 850-year-old church. While the fire is now under control, the cathedral’s iconic spire fell during the hours it took to battle the

2018 Kitschies Announced
The recipients of the 2018 Kitschies were named in a ceremony sponsored by Blackwell’s on April 15. The awards are given to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.” The winners

2019 Compton Crook Award
R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War has won the 2019 Compton Crook Award for Best Debut Novel presented by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Members of BSFS chose The Poppy War by reading and rating debut novels published between Nov 1,

Quick Rec for The Tick Season 2, on Amazon Prime
By Daniel Dern: Since I have been buying my comic books at The Outer Limits in Waltham for the past 30+ years, rather than at New England Comics, I was not exposed to NEC’s newsletter mascot, the Tick, nor the

2019 Best Translated Book Awards Longlists
The Millions released the “Best Translated Book Awards Names 2019 Longlists” on April 10, containing 25 novels and 10 poetry collections. Listed novels tinged with sff (to a greater or lesser extent) are: Dézafi by Frankétienne, translated from the French

Pixel Scroll 4/14/19 Pixel Scroll Title Lacks Gravitas
PULL THE TRIGGER. NPR follows up on a recent Pixel: “‘Uncharted Waters’: Union Tells Hollywood Writers To Fire Their Agents.” Thousands of Hollywood writers have been told by the Writers Guild of America to fire their agents — a

2019 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees
The 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards nominees have been announced. The awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders. The winners will be decided by a vote of the members of SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy

2019 Prix Imaginales Finalists
The 2019 Prix Imaginales finalists have been announced. The awards will be given at Imaginales, the Festival of the Imaginary Worlds in Épinal, France, which will take place from May 23 to May 26, 2019. The Prix Imaginales recognize the

This Is Horror Awards 2018 Voting Opens
This Is Horror, the UK website, is taking votes for its annual awards through 12:01 a.m. GMT on April 29. Anyone can vote — click through for instructions. Here is the shortlist. Novel of the Year Coyote Songs by Gabino

Cats Sleep on SFF: And dream perhaps of transcendence
Ken Richards offers this photo as a memorial: Here is Butters, who we farewelled tonight, aged 15 and a bit, considering whether he should upload himself into Ken McLeod’s Corporation Wars. We will miss him. Photos of other cats (or

Pixel Scroll 4/13/19 No Matter Where You Scroll, There You Are
SCHOEN LEAVES SFWA BOARD. Earlier this week Lawrence M. Schoen announced he was “Resigning from the SFWA Board of Directors”: Effective as of 10am today, April 10th, 2019, I am resigning my position as a member of the

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