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Mike Resnick (1942-2020)
Mike Resnick, who at his zenith was one of the most popular figures in the science fiction fan and pro community, died January 9. He was nominated for the Hugo Award 37 times, winning 5, and 11 Nebula nominations, with

An Auspicious Date in Comics History
Compiled by Cat Eldridge: I’ve no idea why three newspaper comic strips were first published on this date. Before you think that can’t be possible, I’ve double-checked and yes, they were. I think it has to do with traditional Christmas

As More Issues Raised, RWA President Resigns, RITA Awards Postponed, and Many Publishers Withdraw Sponsorship of RWA Conference
[This is the fifth update in a series which includes “Courtney Milan Suspended by RWA, Banned from Leadership”, “Courtney Milan Controversy Decimates RWA Leadership”, “As Criticism Snowballs, RWA Keeps Trying to Justify Treatment of Courtney Milan”, and “Kathryn Davis Says

Pixel Scroll 1/11/20 The Yellow Brick Road Must Roll
PROZINE REJOINS THE LIVING Compelling Science Fiction has been saved from the scrapheap of history. Editor Joe Stech explains how it happened: We’re back in business and will be open to submissions once again on Monday, January 13th! After

Trigger Snowflake and the Imploding Composers
By Ingvar: Trigger walked down the street, looking forward to a quiet morning of a grilled synthecheese and a cup of the new special down at the Coffee Emporium. Hoping nothing untoward would happen, he stepped through the doorway and

2020 D.I.C.E. Awards Finalists
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the nominees for its 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards on January 10. The winners will be revealed at the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony on February 13 in Las Vegas as the culmination of

Pixel Scroll 1/10/20 A Lighter Shade of Scroll
DROP INN. [Item by Errolwi.] Upside when your house gets covered in fire retardant, house probably doesn’t burn. Downside, it is now pink! Upside, you have a fun medium to present a message to the ‘fireys’. (2) #AUTHORSFORFIREYS. Check

Cats Sleep on SFF: Barry Malzberg
Who would expect to get a cat photo from Ben Bird Person? Much less two of them? Ben sends snapshots of — (1) Snow atop my @fandsf collection (2) and my Barry N. Malzberg set Photos of other cats (or

Pixel Scroll 1/9/20 Once Pixels Scroll Up Who Cares Where They Scroll Down
WRONG PRESCRIPTION? The Guardian covers a paradoxically different set of unhappy fans: “Too woke? Nope – Doctor Who is more offensive than ever”. Beware spoilers for the season opening episode (not quoted here). … Now, though, a different group

2020 VES Awards Nominees
The Visual Effects Society released the nominations for the 2020 VES Awards on January 7. The Lion King, Alita: Battle Angel, and Toy Story 4 lead all movie nominees with five apiece. The Mandalorian and the final season of HBO’s

Producers Guild of America 2020 Awards Nominees
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the Motion Pictures and Television nominees for the 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 7. Joker, Game of Thrones, Watchmen, and Black Mirror are among the nominees of genre interest. The winners

Pixel Scroll 1/8/20 That’s Only A Bit More Than Thirty Books A Day
EXPELLIARMUS. No wands, no dragon? Who snitched? “Community board says no to ‘Harry Potter’ dragon landing in Flatiron District” reports Crain’s New York Business. The enchanted world of Harry Potter has crashed broomstick-first into the less magical world of New York

Help Pick the 34th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Awards
Voting is open in the 34th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Award Ballot. The online ballot is at the link. The deadline to vote is February 1, 2020. From short stories and novellas to novelettes and poems – and even best covers!

BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020
The finalists for the have been revealed. In contrast with last year, few programs of genre interest have made the list. In the Best Director category, Mary Ward-Lowery is a contender for Talk to Me:

Cats Sleep on SFF: Fountain of Age
How can a cat sleep when there are so many books to choose from? Mark from Boston sees a cat in a quandary — Here is a photo of my weighty cat Dash sitting on an arrangement of my books.

2020 WSFA Small Press Award Taking Submissions
The Washington (DC) Science Fiction Association (WSFA) has announced that the submission period for the 2020 WSFA Small Press Award is open. Entries will be taken through March 31, 2020. The WSFA Small Press Award honors the efforts of small

Pixel Scroll 1/7/20 Who Flattened Tommy Tribble?
RETRO RESOURCES. Cora Buhlert has started a recommendation spreadsheet for the 1945 Retro Hugos similar to Renay’s Hugo Spreadsheet of Doom. The shortlink is bit.ly/RetroHugo1945 Cora hopes Filers will fill it in, “Especially since there are whole areas I know

Vernor Vinge Wins 2020 Robert A. Heinlein Award
Vernor S. Vinge, a four-time Hugo Award-winning science fiction author and retired mathematics and computer science professor, is the 2020 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical

2020 BAFTA Awards Nominees
Joker continued its surprising run of awards recognition by racking up 11 British Academy Film Awards nominations — more than any other work, including The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which each gathered 10. Nominees of genre

Lester H. Cole, Past Worldcon Co-Chair, Has Died
By John L. Coker III: Lester Hines Cole (1926–2019), the long-time beloved husband of Esther Cole, was a Bay Area SF fan who co-chaired SFCon, the 1954 Worldcon held in San Francisco that had John W. Campbell, Jr. as its

2019 Stabby Awards
Reddit’s r/Fantasy group has chosen the winners of the . There were 903 valid votes cast. The initial short fiction winner, “And They Were Never Heard From Again” by Benedict Patrick, was declared ineligible after the author clarified

Pixel Scroll 1/6/20 Forever Let Us Hold Our Appertainments High
RWA CANCELS RITA AWARDS. The “Status of the 2020 RITA Contest” announces the RITA awards are the latest casualties of the internecine strife that began when Romance Writers of America tried to impose penalties on Courtney Milan. Due to

Second Round of 2019 BSFA Awards Nominations Begins
British Science Fiction Association members have until January 31 to help choose the BSFA Awards shortlists for works published in 2019. The voting form is available to BSFA members here. In the first round, members nominated a longlist of 46 novels, 43 works

Pictures at an Exhibition
By John Hertz: Here are Kenn Bates’ photos from Loscon XLVI — The exhibit of Rotsler Award winners through 2018; The exhibit (in the Art Show) of the 2019 winner Alison Scott (follow the link to learn about the Award too); A close-up

Cats Sleep on SFF: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
James Wallace Harris says — Just won two bids on some old F&SFs from the 1950s and Ozzy finds them quite comfortable. A cat that stays on top of the latest collectibles is a welcome addition to the series! Photos

2020 Golden Globes Winners
The 2020 Golden Globes awards were presented at a ceremony in Hollywood on January 5. Of genre interest, in the motion picture categories, Joker’s Joaquin Phoenix won best actor, and Hildur Guðnadóttir won for best score. On

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