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As Criticism Snowballs, RWA Keeps Trying to Justify Treatment of Courtney Milan
[This is the third update in a series which includes Courtney Milan Suspended by RWA, Banned from Leadership and Courtney Milan Controversy Decimates RWA Leadership.] Romance Writers of America’s remaining leadership and staff, under heavy criticism from members, today issued

Pixel Scroll 1/1/20 Old Pixel’s File Of Practical Scrolls
AFTER QUARTER CENTURY, GOMOLL STEPS DOWN. The Otherwise Award announced yesterday: “Jeanne Gomoll Retires from Motherboard”. Jeanne Gomoll, whose art, design, and organizing energy has propelled and sustained the Award for the last 25 years, is retiring from the

Arisia Launches Fundraising Campaign to Pay Hotel Cancellation Penalty Settlement
Arisia Inc. today signed agreements with the Westin Boston Waterfront and Aloft Boston Seaport District hotels to settle the charges from the cancellation of their hotel contracts for Arisia 2019, held this past January 18-21. The announcement distributed by Arisia

CoNZealand Opens 2020 Hugo Nominations
CoNZealand is in the process of notifying members that nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Hugo Awards, 1945 Retro Hugos, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer (formerly known as the

Pixel Scroll 1/4/20 A Combination Of Sagrazi And Prescience
NAME YOUR PRICE. John Varley realized this material should not go to waste — “And the Hugo Goes to … Introduction”. Earlier this year I was putting together an anthology project to be called And the Hugo Goes To

AbeBooks Most Expensive Sales of 2019
AbeBooks has posted a baker’s dozen of the most expensive items sold through their site in 2019. Topping the list is The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, $40,000, but genre works followed close behind. (2) Harry Potter Series, Deluxe Set

2020 FAAn Awards Ballot Online
The 2020 FAAn Awards ballot is available at Corflu.org. Voting is open until February 13, 2020. Corflu chair John Purcell said in Progress Report #3 — Anyone who is interested in science fiction fandom and its fanzines is welcome to

Pixel Scroll 1/3/20 Please Vasten Your Seatbelts
A CENTURY OF THE GOOD DOCTOR. This week Asimov would have been 100. James Gunn marked the occasion in an article for Science “Asimov at 100”. A case can be made that, like H. G. Wells, Asimov came along

Journey Planet 47 Presents a Poem by Ann Gry
The latest edition of Journey Planet is a departure for the team of Christopher J. Garcia and James Bacon as they focus on a single Russian poem, “Defying Integrity of Continuity,” accompanied by art by Ann Gry with a stunning cover by Sara

Pixel Scroll 1/2/20 Pixellate In Glorious Scrollovision
NETWORK ANALYSIS OF RWA/MILAN CONTROVERSY. Mikki Kendall did a breakdown for NBC News: “The Romance Writers of America racism row matters because the gatekeepers are watching”. …Let’s talk about the power of romance. There’s power in the written word,

Top 20 Stories of 2019
The subjects of 2019’s most-read posts ranged from the loss of one of the field’s most beloved writers to the legal triumph of another. There were revelations about a Canadian sff publisher, a strange row over a Hugo night party,

2019 Cybils Shortlists
The 2019 finalists for the Cybils (Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards) were announced on January 1. The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and

Top 10 Posts for December 2019
The rancor following Romance Writers of America’s decision to penalize Courtney Milan for Code of Ethics violations led to three of month’s most-read posts. The controversy has pulled back the curtain on what goes on inside a major writers’ organization

Thoreau Said It Wasn’t Indispensable
By John Hertz: (reprinted from No Direction Home 44, dated 24 Dec 19) Caring what befalls, Ardently helping, leading, Reaching what can be, Oh what fun it is to ride Love and laughter currently. It’s the International Year of the

Pixel Scroll 12/31/19 God Stalk Ye Merry Gentle Kzin
PREACH IT! As the decade comes to an end, Cat Rambo comments on the writers driving the changes she aspires to keep pace with — “The New Rude Masters of Fantasy & Science Fiction – and Romance”. One segment

Pixel Scroll 12/30/19 Code of the Headline-Maker by James Scrollgan
QUEEN’S NEW YEAR HONOURS. Over a thousand people are on the list. It is a very good New Year to be a musician with the surname “John” — both Olivia Newton-John and Elton John received honours. As for literature

Otherwise Fellowships Awarded to Devonix and Martha Riva Palacio Obón
The Otherwise Award (originally called the Tiptree Award) has selected two new Fellows: drag performer Devonix and writer/sound-and-media artist Martha Riva Palacio Obón. The Fellowships awarded to these artists will support projects that expand the boundaries and possibilities of the

Uncanny Magazine Issue 32 Launches 1/7
The 32nd issue of four-time Hugo winner Uncanny Magazine will be available on January 7. Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 32nd issue of their four-time Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Uncanny

Pixel Scroll 12/29/19 Who Sawed Courtney Milan’s Boat?
STABBY VOTING. Reddit’s r/Fantasy forum hasopened voting for the Stabby Awards. They’ve suffered voting shenanigans in the past, too, and here’s what they’ve done to stop them — It’s now time to vote for the /r/Fantasy Best of 2019

Pixel Scroll 12/28/19 Pixel Gadol Hayah Scroll
TINGLE. It was brought to Chuck Tingle’s attention yesterday that the incoming president of RWA, Damon Suede, made a claim about him in a 2018 interview. Chuck lit him up. (2) OPINIONS. [Item by Chip Hitchcock.] The staff of

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