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2019 Ursa Major Awards
The winners were announced May 23 (in a video that confusingly labels them the 2020 awards.) More than 1100 fans nominated and voted this year. Best Motion PictureLive-action or animated feature-length movies. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Directed by

2020 Neffy Nominees
The National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F) distributed the Neffy Award ballot in the May issue of TNFF. N3F President George Phillies told members voting will take place in June. And when it’s over, “Recalling strange events of days gone by with

Masked Filers Reading SFF: The Green Hornet
Chris Barkley says, “Let’s roll, Kato!” So, when I first started wearing a mask a few weeks ago, I could not stop thinking about one of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s best known compositions, “The Flight of the Bumblebee”, which was also adapted and famously

Pixel Scroll 5/23/20 Extraordinary Pixellated Derisions And The Madness Of Scrolls
DOCTOR’S ORDERS. Mark Oshiro is winding down his Mark Reads videos for medical reasons: vocal cord damage. He’ll still be doing the reviews, just not the live readings. Oshiro is a two-time Best Fan Writer Hugo nominee (2013, 2014).

Pixel Scroll 5/22/20 Is A Palindrone An Unmanned Craft That Can Fly Backwards As Well As Forwards?
LETTING THE GENE OUT OF THE BOTTLE. One of the field’s most esteemed writers delivers Whatever’s recurring feature today: “The Big Idea: Nancy Kress”. At parties in my city—environmentally conscious, crunchy-granola, high-tech and socially activist Seattle—it is easy to

Australian Shadows Awards 2019 Finalists
The Australasian Horror Writers Association announced the shortlists for the Australian Shadows Awards 2019 today. The juried award is given in seven categories for work by an Australasian author that has horror/dark fiction content either as a focal point or an

RWA Retires RITA Award, Announces Replacement, “The Vivian”
The new board of Romance Writers of America, still trying to recover from the backlash of mass resignations of officers and loss of members following their predecessors’ attempt to censure Courtney Milan, hopes to signal their changing vision for the

Pixel Scroll 5/21/20 Six Out Of 14 Duchies Vote OK To Release The Dragons In Two Weeks
CALIFORNIA GETTING BACK IN BUSINESS – CASE BY (BOOK) CASE. “For booksellers in L.A., a partial reopening brings hope and anxiety” – the LA Times has the story. On a recent Saturday afternoon, Hillary McMahon pulled up into a

2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award Winners
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has named author Jacqueline Woodson (USA) and illustrator Albertine (Switzerland) winners of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Awards. Given every other year by IBBY, the awards recognize lifelong achievement and are presented to

Pixel Scroll 5/20/20 Don’t Wait To Get Filed, There Are Pixels To Scroll And Boxes To Tick
TAP INTO THE COMMUNITY. Cat Rambo gives writers a list of tips about “How to Ask for Things” at the SFWA Blog. One thing that can really boost a writer in their early career is getting help from a

Strangest of All, A Free Read
Strangest of All, an anthology of astrobiological science fiction, edited by Julie Nováková, is now available as a free download. The book was created for the European Astrobiology Institute’s BEACON 2020 conference, cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. The collected

Authorities Unexpectedly Greenlight Florida Con; Elsewhere Cancellations Mount
With at least 200 comic, sff and pop culture conventions having cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA’s report today that “Tampa Bay Comic Con gets green light to go on in July” was an

Pixel Scroll 5/19/20 Rated Restricted By The Motion Pixel Association For Gratuitous Treks And Filings
ITALCON: FATE UNKNOWN. The winners of Italy’s Premio Italia are known – what’s unknown Is when they can be revealed. There were 438 voters, compared to last year, when 500 was reached. The award ceremony was due to take

Who Was That Masked Man?
The Waukegan Public Library posted a picture on Facebook showing that in the spirit of the times statue of Ray Bradbury has been outfitted with a mask. They say: Thank you to Waukegan High School soon to be graduate, Austin Cantu,

Pixel Scroll 5/18/20 “Look, Gracious Host! A Scroll In A Pixel!” “Fan Mail From Some Filer?”
MISKATONIC SCHOLARSHIP. Scott Gray is the 2020 winner of George R. R. Martin’s Miskatonic Scholarship, which supports a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror attending the Odyssey Writing Workshop. As a boy, Martin came across his first story

More 2020 Crime Fiction Awards Finalists
The longlists or shortlists for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, Glass Key Award and Margery Allingham Short Story Competition have been announced. HARPER LEE PRIZE. The finalists for the 2020 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction have been

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