AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 3-29-20

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Pixel Scroll 3/28/20 No, For The Comte De La Scroll It Is Too Little; For Pixel, Too Much.
TURNING THE TABLE. Scott Edelman volunteers to be the next interviewee on the Eating the Fantastic podcast if you’ll think of up questions. Thread starts here. (2) BALTICON MOVES ONLINE. Michael Rafferty, now Chair, Virtual Balticon 54, and the

IAFA 2020 Award Winners
The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts has reported the 2020 winners of the various awards usually presented at their annual conference, which was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. THE CRAWFORD AWARD [Presented annually by

Fanziners Too Convene
By John Hertz: The only current annual fanziners’ convention I know of is Corflu. Another called Ditto having run two decades, not always annually, fell asleep. An attempt at another called Toner lasted, if memory serves, two years. Corflu is mimeograph correction fluid, once

Cats Self-Isolate on SFF: Mazes of Power
JJ’s cat in a topical pose – room for one, only! — with a well-chosen book. Penwiper takes a break from the hard, hard job of self-isolating in Jabba II with Juliette Wade’s Mazes of Power. Photos of your felines resting

Pixel Scroll 3/27/20 The Software Responsible For The Captions Has Been Sacked
GRANTS AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR CREATIVES. Jason Sanford’s updated “COVID-19 resources, info, and assistance for the science fiction, fantasy, & horror communities” includes a number of emergency funds open to writers and artists, along with info on genre conventions,

SFWA Names New Managing Editor, Art Director, and Volunteer Coordinator
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has added three staff members: Kevin Wabaunsee has been named as the new SFWA Managing Editor, Lauren Raye Snow has been named as the new SFWA Art Director, and Beth Dawkins has been named the new SFWA Volunteer Coordinator. The

Brave New Words Award 2020 Announced
STARBURST Magazine has released the shortlist for its Brave New Words Award. The winner will be announced on July 11. The nominees are: Evan Winter – Rage of Dragons (Orbit Books) Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar – This is How You Lose the Time War (Quercus

Pixel Scroll 3/26/20 The Chloroquine Of The Conciliator
An abbreviated Scroll today. You might want to add your own items of interest in comments. (1) INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT. [Item by Daniel Dern.] The Social Distancing Festival — This is a site for celebrating art from all over the world,

Pixel Scroll 3/25/20 Captain COVIDeo And His Pixel Scrollers
BLAST FROM THE PRESENT. Gideon Marcus reports: “Good news! Literally — Galactic Journey (me, Lorelei, Janice, etc.) was featured in the Times of Israel (though the bit about Kaua’i is now up in the air!).” “Historian and family live in groovy 1965

2019 Aurealis Awards Finalists
The finalists for the 2019 Aurealis Awards were announced March 25 by the Continuum Foundation (ConFound). The award recognizes the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION Scorch Dragons by Amie Kaufman (HarperCollins Publishers) Race

2020 Lefty Awards
Left Coast Crime 2020 announced the winners of the Lefty Awards for mystery fiction on March 23. The votes, which are usually cast by members at the convention, had to be submitted online because this year’s event in San Diego was abruptly

CoNZealand To Become First Virtual Worldcon
Kelly Buehler and Norman Cates, co-chairs of the 2020 Worldcon, have announced that, due to worldwide concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, they are taking CoNZealand online: Another week, and another paradigm shift. The changes are still coming fast and furious

Pixel Scroll 3/24/20 A Robot Shall Not Stand Less Than Six Feet From A Human, Nor, Through Inaction, Let One Get That Close
MAKE IT SO. Entertainment Weekly brings word that “All episodes of Star Trek: Picard are now free to non-subscribers”. More entertainment fodder for your shelter-in-place: Star Trek: Picard is now free to non-subscribers to CBS All Access. Or, put more

That’s the Spirit
By John Hertz: The other day I passed a Catholic church that had a sign out “Masses and services temporarily postponed. Church open for adoration and prayer.” I thought, That’s the spirit. Pun intended. Here in California the Governor on account of the pandemic

2020 Deutsche Science Fiction Preis Shortlist
The nominees for the Deutsche Science Fiction Preis 2020 were announced March 24. The juried award for the best short story and best novel written in the German language is sponsored by the SFCD, Germany´s largest science-fiction club. Each winner will receive €1000.

Pixel Scroll 3/23/20 So Tomorrow We Are Heading Up That Scrolly Road, Rocks And All. Got Any Dragons You Need Pixeled?
WORTH YOUR WHILE. Having seen what shoppers are lined up for, James Davis Nicoll tracked down five highly time-absorbent novels — “Five Massive SFF Books to Read While You’re Social-Distancing” at Tor.com. Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle Clocking

Telepathic? Telekinetic? We’re Hiring!
By Daniel Dern: If you’ve got mutant, meta-, super, magic, fae or other powers and abilities, be sure you’ve listed them at the top of your resume (and LinkedIn page, under SKILLS)… because, fueled by the responses to COVID-19, healthcare,

View Siam Sinfonietta Performances Free
The Siam Sinfonietta’s Somtow Sucharitkul tells how to view archival recordings of their performances free online. Since our concerts are all postponed for a while, I’ve thought up a way to continue to bring classical music into the homes of

Pixel Scroll 3/22/20 He Learned Almost Too Late That Man Is A Scrolling Pixel
RELUCTANT MONSTER. “Patton Oswalt Is the Greatest Kaiju in This Goofy Short Film” — io9 points the way. This is, honestly, a whole ton of fun. Made with an obvious love for Japanese game shows and humiliating Patton Oswalt,

2020 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award
M.T. Reiten has won the grand prize in the 2020 Jim Baen Memorial Short story Award competition with his short story “Bagala Devi Objective.” Persistence paid off — it’s Reiten’s first win, after twice placing third in previous years (2017

2020 Nebula Conference Going Virtual
SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal sent a message to members about the fate of the 2020 Nebula Conference after the Los Angeles Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills started issuing cancellation notices today. The organization had intended to make a statement

You’re Wise, Here’s Your Word
By John Hertz: As you probably know, a word can be a whole utterance or one of its building blocks – a molecule or an atom. In the famous story about Calvin Coolidge, that a Society matron accosted him with “Oh, Mr.

Reflections of a Loss of Innocence
By Steve Vertlieb: As I awaken to a frightening new world of ever altering concepts of normality, and challenges to our health and prosperity, I can’t help thinking back to a simpler time when goodness and tranquility seemed self assured,

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