AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 4-19-20

Bradbury; SDCC; GUFF; CoNZealand rates, awards and more

“A Night To Remember” The Original 1956 Kraft Theater Television Program
By Steve Vertlieb: One hundred eight years ago tonight, at 11:40 p.m., RMS Titanic fulfilled its terrifying date with history as innumerable heroic souls perished beneath the icy waters of The Atlantic. (RMS Titanic hits iceberg – Apr 14, 1912.)

Los Angeles Times 2019 Book Prizes
Marlon James won the new Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, and Walter Mosley was honored with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement when the 40th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded today on The Times’

2020 Compton Crook Award
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced that the winner is A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. The award is given for best first novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Martine will receive

Pixel Scroll 4/17/20 We Go Scrolling Through The Park, Goosing Pixels In The Dark
ON BOARD. Tim Pratt’s space opera The Fractured Void will kick off a new series of books from Aconyte based on the Twilight Imperium strategic boardgame. Pratt does a Q&A here about his novel, coming in November. How do

2020 SDCC Cancelled
San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) organizers announced today that for the first time in its 50-year history the event has been cancelled. They explained on their website: Recognizing that countless attendees save and plan for its conventions each year, and how

2020 GUFF Race Decided
The winner of the GUFF 2020 race is Alison Scott of the UK. GUFF, the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which direction it’s running, exists to provide funds to enable well-known fans from

Bradbury In All His Glory
A new post to reacquaint File 770 readers with our mottos. No, not the one about the hive! This one — “All Bradbury, All the Time.” (1) OUT ON A LIMB. Jonathan Stone, in “7 Transformational Books To Read in

Pixel Scroll 4/16/20 And Faintly Falling, Like The Descent Of Their Last End, Upon All The Scrolling And The Filed
STUCK INSIDE. BBC’s Doctor Who site has posted a new short story by Paul Cornell, “The Shadow Passes”. The setup is — … She’d been thinking that when Graham had found the sign. It had said, the letters wobbling

Pixel Scroll 4/15/20 The Scroll Won’t Roll Because The Mxyzptlks Took The Pxl-Klickms
IMAGINARY PAPERS. The second issue of Imaginary Papers, a quarterly newsletter on science fiction worldbuilding, futures thinking, and imagination from the Center for Science and the Imagination, features writing from SF author Indrapramit Das and ecologist Jessie Rack. Here

2020 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Finalists
The 2020 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire finalists were announced April 14, winnowed from the jurors’ first round longlist. Congratulations to everyone whose works in French translations made the shortlist, including Ada Palmer, John Scalzi, Carmen Maria Machado, Tade Thompson, and Peter

CoNZealand Virtual Worldcon Plans and New Membership Rates
CoNZealand announced today they will collaborate with The Fantasy Network to bring the 78th Worldcon to an interactive, virtual platform. Chairs Norman Cates and Kelly Buehler said: From panels and streaming video to informal hangouts and late-night networking, the virtual convention aims

Pixel Scroll 4/14/20 You’re The Nosferatu, On The Grave’d Durante
TOPICAL TV IDEAS. The Vulture asked TV’s idle talent to take up the challenge: “If I Wrote a Coronavirus Episode”. Tagline: “Tina Fey, Mike Schur, and 35 more TV writers on what their characters would do in a pandemic.”

Cats Sleep on SFF: James Worrad
Anne-Marie Czajkowski writes: My cat just fell asleep cuddling James Worrad’s The Scalpel. Photos of your felines resting on genre works are welcome. Send to mikeglyer (at) cs (dot) com

Pixel Scroll 4/13/20 Pixels, Get Ready, There’s A Scroll A’comin’
PRESSING IN. Cat Rambo’s video “Why Small Press Books Don’t Almost Always Suck” challenges negativity about small presses with examples from her own career. Cat talks about some of the small press books she’s appeared in or worked with,

Nell Brinkley and E. Simms Campbell Selected to Eisner Hall of Fame
The Eisner Awards judges have selected two people to be automatically inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame for 2020. These inductees are pioneering newspaper cartoonist Nell Brinkley (creator of the Brinkley Girl)

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