Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #42
Neil Armstrong and First Man – A Personal Review By Chris M. Barkley: Meeting Neil Armstrong was one of the most memorable moments in my life. From the fall of 1974 through the spring of 1975, I was employed as

Pixel Scroll 7/20/19 Several Species Of Small Furry Pixels Gathered Together In A File And Scrolling With A Churl
THE ORVILLE DOCKS AT HULU. You didn’t know it was moving? I guess Fox was surprised, too — “‘The Orville’ Is Moving To Hulu For Season 3”. During today’s The Orville panel at San Diego Comic-Con, show creator and

ISFiC Writers Contest Open for Submissions
By Tracy Townsend: As coordinator of the Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago (ISFiC) Writers Contest for 2019, it’s my pleasure to announce we are open for submissions! If you are a writer currently living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan,

New Picard Trailer Unveiled at SDCC
An extended Star Trek: Picard trailer debuted today at San Diego Comic-Con during the “Star Trek: Universe” panel in Hall H. Joining Patrick Stewart as Picard, and the show’s new cast members, were other familiar faces. Brent Spiner’s Data appears

Journey Planet Has a Moon
Journey Planet 46 marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. Editors, Chris Garcia and James Bacon welcomed Steven H Silver as guest editor on this special issue. Download the 144-page fanzine here. With contributions from Regina Kanyu Wang, Allen

2019 Scribe Awards
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers announced the 2019 Scribe Award winners at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 19. The IAMTW’s Scribe Awards honor licensed works that tie in with other media such as television, movies, gaming, or

2019 Eisner Awards
Comic-Con International presented the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2019 in a ceremony held July 19. Best Short Story “The Talk of the Saints,” by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC) Best Single Issue/One-Shot Peter

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NOVEL IDEA: READ THE WORDS. Audible’s new program to run text along side its audiobooks is now in beta testing — “Audible’s Captions Program Stirs Fears, Frustration Among Publishers”. Publishers Weekly posts quotes from those questioning whether Audible has

2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
The winner of the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year was announced at the on July 18. Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh – Hachette The prize celebrates the very best in crime fiction — UK and Irish crime authors

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DUBLIN 2019 MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE. They say no at-the-door memberships or day passes will be sold, so join now. (2) COMPLAINT ABOUT DUBLIN 2019 POLICY REVEAL. KerenL tweeted: (3) CATS MUSICAL. Ready or not, coming to theaters this Christimas: “‘Cats’

Spikecon Art Show Awards
By John Hertz: Spikecon was held on July 4-7, 2019, at Layton, Utah, combining Westercon LXXII (yearly; regional), the 13th NASFiC (North America Science Fiction Convention, held when the Worldcon is not in North America), Manticon 2019 (yearly; fans of

Pixel Scroll 7/17/19 By The Time I Get To Pixel, She’ll Be Scrolling
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Christopher J. Garcia and Chuck Serface are co-editing an issue of The Drink Tank dedicated to science-fiction comics of the 1950s and 1960s! Any critical articles, fanfic, personal remembrances, artwork, and any media we can publish

Tade Thompson Wins 33rd Arthur C. Clarke Award
The winner of the 33rd Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature was announced on July 17. Rosewater – Tade Thompson (Orbit) The members of the judging panel were: Kris Black, British Science Fiction Association Andrew Wallace, British Science

Wandering Through the Public Domain #16
A regular exploration of public domain genre works available through Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, and Librivox. By Colleen McMahon: This week I found a likely forgotten gem that might be of use for anyone interested in tracking down and reading

2019 BooktubeSFF Winners
The 2019 BooktubeSFF Awards winners were revealed during the #BooktubeSFF Awards Liveshow on July 13. Booktube is the segment of YouTube dominated by booklovers who use the platform to discuss and share our love of reading. SFF stands for Science

2019 ITW Thriller Awards
The winners of the 2019 International Thriller Writers Awards were presented at ThrillerFest XIV on July 13, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt, New York City. BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL Jennifer Hillier — JAR OF HEARTS (Minotaur Books) BEST FIRST NOVEL C.

Pixel Scroll 7/16/19 Abe Said, Where Do You Want This Filing Done? God Said, Out On Scrollway Pixel-One
ABOUT “FANDOM”. Impressive piece on the meanings of “fandom” by Elise Matthesen: “A bit of musing on where fandom/fandoms communication has oft gone awry”. I’m  only going to excerpt the preamble, and save the best parts for you to

WOOF in the Spirit of Shibano Takumi?
By John Hertz: WOOF (World Order of Faneditors) is the apa collated annually, since 1976, at the World Science Fiction Convention. It’s another Bruce Pelz invention. As Suford Lewis said, he had a fruitful imagination. Legend says he called it

Game of Thrones Leads 2019 Emmy Nominees Field
Game of Thrones set a new record for most nominations received by a show in a single year (32) when the 71st Emmy Awards nominees were announced today. Game of Thrones was nominated for Best Drama Series, a category it

2019 Diana Jones Award Shortlist
Four nominees for the 2019 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming have been announced — three games and a book. Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana, a book by Mike Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Sam Witwer, published

Editors Lynne & Michael Thomas Kickstarting Year Six of Their Uncanny Magazine
Uncanny Magazine’s Hugo-winning editors Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are launching a Kickstarter for Year Six of their – also Hugo Award-winning — professional online sff magazine: “Uncanny Magazine Year 6: Raise the Roof, Raise the Rates!” Each

2019 Deutsche Science Fiction Preis Shortlist
The nominees for the Deutsche Science Fiction Preis 2019 were announced May 27. The juried award for the best short story and best novel written in the German language is sponsored by the SFCD, Germany´s largest science-fiction club. Each winner

2019 Saturn Awards Nomination
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has announced the 2019 nominees for the Saturn Awards. (The full list follows the jump.) The awards will be presented on September 13, 2019 at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood,

Pixel Scroll 7/15/19 There Are More Scrolls In Heaven And Earth, Horatio, Than Are Dreamt Of In Your Pixelology
OLD HOME PLANET WEEK. reports “LeVar Burton Expects Geordi La Forge To Pop Up On ‘Star Trek: Picard’”. LeVar Burton says that he expects to be invited to appear as Geordi La Forge on the upcoming CBS All

2019 Manly Wade Wellman Award
The winner of the 2019 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Fiction and Fantasy was announced at ConGregate on July 12. Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio (DAW) Given by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation, the award recognizes outstanding

Dublin 2019 Gives Details Of Flight Plan With One Month To Liftoff
Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon will have more than 700 separate program events over five days from 15 to 19 August, making it one of the summer’s largest arts gatherings of any kind. More than 60 authors will give

Pixel Scroll 7/14/19 Scroll On, Pixel Off
NEXT BOND. Metro reports “Lashana Lynch will be ‘introduced to Bond 25 audiences as the new 007’”. Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch’s role in Bond 25 will reportedly have audiences dropping their popcorn in shock. Lashana’s role has been

ReaderCon 30 Photos
By Daniel Dern: [In addition to his photos taken onsite this weekend, Dern offered this “quotable tidbit” from ReaderCon 30 — ] The “Remembering Gene Wolfe” session was amazing and wonderful. Howard Waldrop opened with what could easily have been

NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeanette Epps to Speak at Dublin 2019
NASA astronaut Dr. Jeanette Epps will be a Special Guest at Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon, discussing the challenges of space exploration in lectures and panels. Dr. Epps will appear on panels on space commercialization, the Apollo moon shot

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