AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 12/8/19

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“The Thin White Line” Premiered 58 Years Ago Tonight
By Steve Vertlieb: The “Golden Age Of Television” lasted from the late 1940s until the early 1960s where it thrived and flourished, presenting mostly “live” dramatic and musical presentations that captured the exhilaration and essence of fresh theatrical Broadway productions,

Review: The Woman in Black
By Martin Morse Wooster: Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre has two stages to fill and produces about six plays a year on their own, so they’re happy to stage worthwhile travelling productions from Great Britain. Last year, they were the home for

My First Scary Movie
By Rich Lynch: Somewhere around 60 years ago I had the bejeezus scared out of me. I recently read in the File770.com newsblog that November 29th was the 60th anniversary of the premiere of the Cold War-era sci-fi movie The

Pixel Scroll 12/7/19 Why Do Belters Wear Red Suspenders?
F&SF COVER REVEAL. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’s Jan/Feb 2020 cover art is by Max Bertolini. (2) RECOMMENDATIONS. Andrew Liptak shares his list of “10 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out this December” at

Smofcon 37 Posts Worldcon, Westercon and Smofcon Bidder Questionnaires
Smofcon 37, the convention for conrunners, taking place December 6-8 in Albuquerque, NM, asked Worldcon, and Smofcon bidders, and seated Worldcon and Westercon committees to answer a questionnaire. The responses have been posted at Smofcon’s website under Fannish Inquisition. There

Nick Smith Wins LASFS Evans-Freehafer Award
By John Hertz: The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS; pronounced like “lahss fuss”) is the oldest SF club in the world, founded 1934. The Evans-Freehafer has been given since 1959 for service to the club. It is currently announced at the

Pixel Scroll 12/6/19 Sometimes Ups Outnumber The Downs, But Not In Pixlingsham
THREE AI’S AND A BABY. Carolyn Giardina’s story in The Hollywood Reporter, “Why Jon Favreau Chose Baby Yoda: ‘”We Don’t Know a Lot of Details About His Species’”, is a lengthy interview with Favreau, where he talks about all

Adler Teams with League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen
Irene Adler is on a mission to take down Sherlock’s greatest nemesis, Moriarty, in Adler #1, written by World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar, with art by Paul McCaffrey (TMNT, DC’s Men Of War). In Titan Comics’ new title, Adler

Pixel Scroll 12/5/19 As It Wheeled Its Scroll-Barrow, Through The Bands Broad And Narrow, Crying “Pixels And Scrolls Alive, Alive, Oh!”
DARK MARK WALKED BACK? Christine Feehan tweeted another update, saying that she “asked my trademark lawyer to withdraw all of the current single word applications that have been filed and are causing so much distress.” The statement, screencapped below,

Another Dern Minute: 3 Months of Kindle Unlimited for a Buck
By Daniel Dern: Amazon’s doing another round of Kindle Unlimited priced at 3 months for $0.99, versus the usual $9.99/month, at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/hz/subscribe/ku. The offer is good (available) through “11:59 p.m. (PST), December 31st, 2019.” (Reminder, your subscription will automatically convert

Blade Runner Blog Tour Visits File 770
Today File 770 presents an extract from Titan Comics’ graphic novel Blade Runner 2019 Vol. 1: Welcome to Los Angeles, the first original comic series set in the iconic neo-noir world of Blade Runner. Detective Ash is a veteran Blade

Peter Pan and Wendy
By Martin Morse Wooster: Perhaps the most interesting play I saw in 2018 was a revision of Macbeth done in 1664 by Sir William Davenant, which was performed at the Folger Theatre. Davenant wrote his revisions after theaters had been

Pixel Scroll 12/4/19 A Thousand Naked Scroll Files Screaming And Throwing Little Pixels At You
LEST MARKNESS FALL. Christine Feehan tweeted a justification of her application to trademark book series with the word “Dark” in the title. Penny Reid is one of many who still hopes someone will put a stop to the idea.

Magical Mystery Tour: NYRSF Readings Spotlight the Beatles Across Space and Time
By Mark L. Blackman: The Beatles entered my consciousness not through the bathroom window but with my brother telling me about a new singing group with “haircuts like Moe” of the Three Stooges. (Decades later, he watched Sir Paul perform

The Cat That Walked by Himself
By John Hertz: (reprinted from No Direction Home 39) John Paul Stevens (1920-2019) was the 101st Justice (as we call judges there) appointed to the United States Supreme Court (served 1975-2010), taking the seat vacated by the retirement of William

Crisis of Infinite Cameos: DC’s 2019 TV Cross-Over Event
By Daniel Dern: Starting December 9, 2019: The WB TV network’s annual “Arrowverse” cross-over event — this year, spanning five episodes across five WB shows — (“Crisis on Infinite Earths” at Arrowverse Wiki): Part 1 — Supergirl: “Crisis on Infinite

Pixel Scroll 12/3/19 The Three Things Fans Collected Most, The Pixel, File And Holy Scroll
NAVIGATING THE MAZES. Clarkesworld’s Arley Sorg interviews Juliette Wade — “Caste in Blood”. The Mazes of Power copy calls it “sociological science fiction.” What does this mean exactly, and how does this term apply to Mazes? What are a

2019 Prix ActuSF de l’Uchronie Winners
The 2019 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie were presented at the Rencontres de l’imaginaire 2019 on November 30. French publisher ActuSF gives the award in three categories: The Literary Prize, rewarding essays and novels. The Prix Graphisme, rewarding comics, covers and

D. C. Fontana (1939-2019)
by Mike Glyer / 3damed Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana has died at the age of 80. The American Film Institute announced today the news of Fontana’s passing. She gained fame for her work on the original Star Trek series and the 1970s animated

Writing The Other’s Financial Aid Program Renamed the “Vonda N. McIntyre Sentient Squid Scholarship”
Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford, administrators of Writing the Other online classes, have announced that their scholarship program, initiated in 2016, is being retitled the Vonda N. McIntyre Sentient Squid Scholarship. The name change, in honor of the award-winning

Pixel Scroll 12/2/19 There’s A Long, Long Scroll A-Winding Into The Land Of My Pixels
LISTEN UP. Here are works of genre interest picked for AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2019 beyond the Best Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror category announced at File 770. YOUNG ADULT Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor The Secret Commonwealth (Book

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2019 Finalists
Mark Lawrence has posted the ten Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2019 finalists. SPFBO began with a 300-book longlist, and every finalist was the top pick out of 30 reviewed by the blog named in brackets. Blood of Heirs by Alicia Wanstall-Burke

Thanksgiving at BSFS
By Dale S. Arnold: Thanksgiving of 2019 the Baltimore Science Fiction Society opened our building to all SF fans that fate has otherwise made the only practical family their fannish family. For some relatives live far away and for others

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #47
Who Watches The Watchmen? Part Two: Episodes 4-6 By Chris M. Barkley: BEWARE, SPOILERS AHOY! “I’m in. All the way! Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock…” – Will Reeves, Episode Four Episode 4: “If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own.” Written

Pixel Scroll 12/1/19 That Is How Pixels Scroll When They Are Excited
BRING ME THE HEAD OF C-3PO. Art Daily announces “Return of the auction: Sotheby’s announces second sale dedicated to Star Wars”. A ‘Return of the Jedi’, Promotional C-3PO helmet (1983) might bring £15,000-25,000.

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