AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 3/22/20

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2020 Rhysling Award Nominees
The Science Fiction Poetry Association has finalized its 2020 Rhysling Award candidates, reports David C. Kopaska-Merkel. Eighty-four members nominated. The Rhysling Award is given in two categories. “Best Long Poem” is for poems of 50+ lines, or for prose poems, of

Lou Antonelli Seeks Write-In Support as SFWA Director-at-Large
When Lou Antonelli looked over the field of candidates running for SFWA office this spring he deduced there might be an unclaimed seat among the Directors-at-Large – and the temptation was too great to resist. Evidently SFWA members have until

Lyle Waggoner (1935-2020)
Actor Lyle Waggoner died March 17 at the age of 84. Although he narrowly missed genre fame in the Sixties — a finalist for the title role in the Batman TV series, he lost out to Adam West — in the

Pixel Scroll 3/21/20 Social Distancing Warriors
UK EASTERCON CANCELLED. Concentric, the 2020 Eastercon, was cancelled today. The con was to have been held April 10-13 in Birmingham, UK. Thread starts here. (2) SERLING’S BASEBALL DRAMA TO AIR. “Rod Serling’s lost baseball show to make return”

Trigger Snowflake and the Catchy Thing
By Ingvar: “Trigger, darling?”, said Coraline. “I just saw a really interesting, and disturbing, letter-of-comment.” “Hm?” “It’s from this Sean Massdriver, he’s on one of those terminator-chasing cities on Mercury.” “You mean the ones on rails? Just on the night-side,

Pixel Scroll 3/20/20 Four Feet Good — Six Feet Better!
STAR DATING. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter we have not missed these entries: “William Shatner Gives Captain’s Log Updates as Kirk Amid Coronavirus Standstill”. It would appear William Shatner is not quite through with Capt. James T. Kirk after

Filk in the Time of Plague
By Karl-Johan Norén: Blind Lemming Chiffon set up The Festival of the Living Rooms as a substitute for the cancelled Consonance this weekend: The Festival of the Living Rooms Among the performers there you can find John McDaid, TJ &

The Portal to Meredithia
By Daniel Dern: Items: • Happily, I’d picked up my library reserve for NESFA’s Zenna Henderson: Ingathering collection earlier in the week… before the library shut its doors for who knows who long. (The same announcement indicated our library would

Pixel Scroll 3/19/20 Using The Robotic Arm To Push The Mole
JEMISIN EVENT CONVERTED TO LIVESTREAM. N.K. Jemisin’s in-person appearance at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination has been converted to a virtual event, due to steps being taken to protect the health of the UC San Diego

2020 Recommended SF/F List
By JJ: This thread is for posts about 2020-published works, which people have read and recommend to other Filers. There will be no tallying of recommendations done in this thread; its purpose is to provide a source of recommendations for

2020 World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists
The Strong National Museum of Play announced the 2020 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists on March 19: Bejeweled Centipede Frogger GoldenEye 007 Guitar Hero King’s Quest Minecraft NBA Jam Nokia Snake Super Smash Brothers Melee Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

2020 CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists
The shortlists for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, were announced on March 19. CILIP is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Selected by volunteer

Pixel Scroll 3/18/20 How Many Files To Babylon? Fifth Score Files And Ten
BELATED RECOGNITION. BBC explores “Why Octavia E. Butler’s novels are so relevant today”. The visionary sci-fi author envisaged an alternate future that foresaw many aspects of life today, from big pharma to Trumpism. Now she has a cult following,

Salam Award Open for Submissions
The Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction, which recognizes emerging speculative fiction writers of Pakistani origin or residence, is taking submissions through July 31. Eligible for consideration are original, previously unpublished English-language stories of 10,000 words or less by persons residing in

Pixel Scroll 3/17/20 Let’s Build Robots With Genuine Pixel Personalities, They Said
SPRNG THAW. Book borrowers cheer as Publishers Weekly reports “Macmillan Abandons Library E-book Embargo”. In a surprise announcement today, Macmillan abandoned its controversial embargo on new release e-books in libraries, effective this week. “There are times in life when differences

2020 Razzies at Long Last
Razzie voters still can’t expunge their “Memory” of Cats judging by the way the film claimed half the 2020 Golden Raspberry awards when they were finally announced online today. But there were enough raspberries left over for deserving actors in

Pixel Scroll 3/16/20 The Pixels Are Best, I Wouldn’t Scroll Tuppence For All Of The Rest
Everyone would be happy for a diversion from coronavirus stories, I’m sure — I’ll try and strike a better balance tomorrow. (1) INTERRUPTING THE FLOW. John Scalzi shared some “Important News About The Last Emperox Tour” – it’s not happening.

Of All The Nerve!
Armageddon Expo was planned for April 10-12 in Wellington, New Zealand until the rapidly evolving coronavirus restrictions forced them to shift to a later date. And guess where they’ve landed? On the same date in the same city as CoNZealand,

Kate Hatcher (1974-2020)
By John Hertz: Bright-spirited – fool? wise?Bees from flowers and from weedsBring honey. Shall we? Who walks in where fools fear to tread? I can’t say Kate Hatcher was an angel; she was a human woman. Angels are something else. That much

Minicon Joins List of Cancelled Conventions
Minicon 55, planned for April 10-12 in Minneapolis, has been called off, although “if for any reason it is deemed safe to do so before that date” they will fulfill their agreement with the DoubleTree by holding a relaxacon. If

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