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Coronavirus Threat Causes Some Conventions to Cancel or Reschedule
Book fairs and sff conventions, like all public events, were already making decisions whether to proceed in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, but today’s World Health Organization announcement will step up the level of concern even higher. From the

Earl Kemp Dies
Past Worldcon chair and Hugo-winning fanzine editor Earl Kemp (1929-2020) died February 6 at the age of 90. The news was only recently shared by his son, Erik Kemp. Earl died from injuries suffered in a fall: after getting up

Norwescon 43 Cancelled
Norwescon, which had been planned for April 9-12 in SeaTac, WA was cancelled today due to the coronavirus outbreak. Gordon VanGelder will announce alternate plans for presenting the Philip K. Dick Award, which was to have happened at the convention.

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BUTTIGIEG INTERVIEWS SIR PAT. “Recently unemployed” Mayor Pete Buttigieg guest-hosted The Jimmy Kimmel Show. Due to public health concerns over the coronavirus, they cancelled their studio audience. Sir Patrick Stewart was a guest on the show. Sir Patrick talks

Hugo Nomination Deadline Today
In case you didn’t already have enough on your plate — this is the last day to submit online nominations for the 2020 Hugo Awatds. Eligible members of the 2019 and 2020 Worldcons can make up to five nominations in

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MORE SFF EVENTS AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS. The annual L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future awards ceremony, planned for April 3 in Hollywood, has been cancelled. The 2020 Williamson Lectureship, scheduled for April 3 at Eastern New

Philip K. Dick Award Judges Announced
The five Philip K. Dick Award judges for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original format in the United States in the 2020 award year are: F. Brett Cox, P.O. Box 333, Roxbury VT 05669-0333 Brendan A. DuBois, 12 Juniper

Convention Cancellations Accelerate as Public Health Restrictions Announced
With the effects of the coronavirus outbreak expanding, and authorities all over the world responding with policies that attempt to limit large gatherings, many more sff events have cancelled or postponed. Some are shielded from contractual penalties because the actions

Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award To Be Presented to Julia Rios
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) has announced that the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service Award will be presented to Julia Rios at the 55th Annual SFWA Nebula Awards. The Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award

Shredded Orange TAFFeta: A Journal of the Plague Year
By Michael J. “Orange Mike” Lowrey: As the 2020 TAFF delegate, I was booked to begin next week with Fantastika 2020, the Swecon (Swedish national SF/F convention), then going on to Turku and Helsinki in Finland; Warsaw, Katowice and Krakow in

2020 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Winners
The 2020 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the award winners for its 8th annual event which featured a lineup of screenings, premieres, panels, virtual reality demonstrations, and the launch of a new screenplay competition held in

Classic Movies With Ron MacCloskey and Steve Vertlieb
By Steve Vertlieb: Ron MacCloskey’s Classic Movies television program has been airing on New Jersey Public Access TV since 2013. Ron is a delightful conversationalist, actor, and comedian whose affectionate weekly look at movie history has become a beloved staple

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CORONAVIRUS IMPACT. Eric Flint told Facebook readers today he has cancelled his upcoming trip to Los Angeles for the annual Writers of the Future award ceremony due to the coronavirus threat. I’m one of the judges for the contest

2020 Jack Williamson Lectureship
The 44th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship will take place Friday, April 3, 2020 at Eastern New Mexico University with Guests of Honor James Patrick Kelly and Rebecca Roanhorse along with other writers, friends and fans from across the region. Connie Willis returns as Mistress of Ceremonies. James

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BULLISH ON JOCK. PropStore is holding an auction of alternate movie posters by Jock. In “Poster Boy”, “Mondo artist Jock talks us through five of his most impressive posters, all of which are part of the Prop Store Movie

Abby Has Died
By Mark L. Blackman: New York fan Ariel Makepeace Julienne Winterbreuke – also known as I Abra Cinii, Ariel Cinii and simply Abby – was found dead in her “Upstate Manhattan” apartment on Sunday, March 8. She was 66. Neighbor

2020 Lambda Literary Awards Finalists
The finalsts for the 32nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced March 10. The finalists were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 1,000 book submissions from over 300 publishers. The winners will be announced

Picacio, Gaughran To Receive SFWA’s Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) has announced that the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award will be presented to John Picacio and David Gaughran at the 55th Annual SFWA Nebula Awards. The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is

Best Editor Short Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2019
By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the editors of short form works published for the first time in 2019. These credits have been accumulated from Acknowledgments sections and copyright pages in works, eligibility posts, and other sources

2020 Colorado Book Awards Finalists
The finalists for the 2020 Colorado Book Awards have been announced. Awards are presented in 16 categories by Colorado Humanities to celebrate the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers. The winners will be announced on May 30,

2019 Australian Romance Readers Awards
The were presented March 7 in Sydney. The winners in the categories of genre interest were: Favourite Paranormal Romance 2019 Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance 2019 Wicked Wings

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HOPE IS ON THE WAY. There’s a brand new podcast, If This Goes On (Don’t Panic), themed around hopepunk. The first episode is hosted by Cat Rambo and Alan Bailey, interviewing Alexandra Rowland, who coined the term “hopepunk.” In

4th Annual HWA Librarians Day Program Announced
The Horror Writers Association and Adult Reading Round Table (ARRT) will present the “4th Annual HWA Librarian’s Day” on May 7 at the Naperville, IL Public Library, a day-long continuing education event featuring authors, reviewers, publishers, and librarians from all

The Kitschies 2019 Shortlists
The 2019 Kitschies Award shortlists have been revealed. The prize, sponsored by Blackwell’s, is given to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.” This year’s shortlisted books were winnowed down from

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. tells how some fans are watching as they celebrate the day: “Star Wars Releases Women of the Galaxy Video for International Women’s Day”. Today is International Women’s

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  1. I regard virtually all “moral gestures” as attempts to bully and dominate. As two philosophers put it, “There are no moral phenomenon, only moral interpretations of phenomenon” and “a claim to truth is a claim to power, neither more nor less”.

    And in a social sense, they’re also attempts to personally demonstrate “virtue” as a signal of group identity.

    In no case are they to be taken seriously on their own terms.

    So yeah, let’s put Roman Polanski in jail, if we can catch him — and watch his movies with innocent calm.

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