Amazing News From Fandom: 5/17/20

Pursuing Pankeras, masked Filers, awards, awards, awards, Zelazny, Bradbury, Apex magazine, more

Masked Filers Reading SFF: The Last Hero
Anthony proudly explains: I have a new 3d printer and time on my hands! While he reads Terry Pratchett’s The Last Hero, his dual-purpose mask filters air and makes people want to maintain their social distance (at least). If you

Premios Kelvin 505 – 2020 Finalists
Spain’s Festival Celsius 232 committee revealed the 2020 shortlists for its Premios Kelvin 505 on May 8. Congratulations to authors including Johanna Sinisalo, Nnedi Okorafor, Marlon James, whose works in Spanish translation made the finals. The winners selected by the award

A Bradbury Avalanche
Thanks to bloggers’ outpouring of interest in his work we again can celebrate “all Bradbury all the time” here at File 770. (1) SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. First Fandom Experience has announced a remarkable project: “Coming Soon: The Earliest

Pixel Scroll 5/16/20 The Diversity Of Pixels Prove That Scrolls Evolved From Files
BEFORE GENESIS. Kim Huett begins a deep dive into Hugo history in “A Different View of the Early Hugo Awards (Part 1.)” at Doctor Strangemind. …First of all the Eleventh World Science Fiction Convention committee called them the First

Pixel Scroll 5/15/20 Hey, Scrollers! Watch Me Pull a Pixel Out of My Hat!
NEXT TREK. CBS All Access dropped a trailer for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a spinoff from Star Trek; Discovery that stars Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn. Fans spoke, Star Trek listened, and a new series aboard the U.S.S.

This Is Horror Awards 2019 Voting Opens
This Is Horror, the UK website, is taking votes for its annual awards through 12:01 a.m. BST on May 30. Anyone can vote — click through for instructions. Here is the shortlist. Novel of the Year Carnivorous Lunar Activities by Max Booth

2020 Prix Imaginales Finalists
The 2020 Prix Imaginales finalists were announced on May 2. The Prix Imaginales recognize the best works of fantasy of the year published in France in six categories, with a prize of 1,000 euros for the first five categories and 500

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2020
The Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award winner was posted on May 13. The award, given by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year. Margaret Atwood: Testamentit. (Otavan Kirjasto) Translated into Finnish

Pixel Scroll 5/14/20 You Will Scroll Eternal, Shiny And Chrome
MOOT COURT. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] This is from Robert Barnes’ Washington Post report of a Supreme Court hearing an argument about whether states have the right to punish “faithless electors” who cast a vote in the Electoral

2020 Nommo Awards Shortlists
The African Speculative Fiction Society has unveiled the shortlists for the 2020 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans. Voting for the winners by members of the ASFS will start on May 30 and end August 30. 2020 Ilube Nommo

Apex Magazine Is Coming Back in 2021
Apex Magzine today announced plans for a January 2021 relaunch. Editor Jason Sizemore, who put it on hiatus in April 2019, says when the three-time Hugo nominee comes back it will shift to a bi-monthly publication schedule. There are plans

Columbus 2020 NASFiC Cancelled
Lisa Garrison, Chair of the Columbus 2020 NASFiC, announced their con, too, has fallen victim to the coronavirus outbreak, but they intend to have a virtual event over the same weekend: This is the statement I have been hoping we would

About Zelazny
By John Hertz: Cat Eldridge and I are just getting used to doing these birthday notices together. So far we seem to be coöperating well. Hope you like the results. In case your equipment doesn’t show it, there should be two side-by-side

Writers Of The Purple Page: The Pursuit of the Pankera: Solution Unsatisfactory?
[Editor’s note: This review originally appeared in the April issue of the Denver clubzine DASFAx. Reprinted by permission. You can find issues of DASFAx at this link.] By Sourdough Jackson: In March, a new Heinlein novel came out, assembled from

Pixel Scroll 5/13/20 You Can’t Sleep ’Cause The World’s On Fire, Don’t Read Me If You’d Prefer The Shire, Techno Thriller
FLIP THE SCRIPT. “James McAvoy to Lead ‘Sandman’ Audible Drama” says The Hollywood Reporter. Wait a second – Michael Sheen is going to be Lucifer? James McAvoy is stepping into a dream role. The actor will voice star as Dream

Masked Filers’ Cats Sleep on SFF: Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall
JJ’s cat does all the memes alongside a copy of Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall. With everyone cooped up at home, people are coming up with novel ways of amusing themselves, and I’m no exception. I’m sure that you can

Pixel Scroll 5/12/20 If Pixels Be The Scroll Of Life, File On
DRAWING A LINE IN THE SILICON. Tor author S.L. Huang, in “Genre Labels: What Makes A Book More Thriller Than Sci-Fi?” on CrimeReads, says “I’ve been a science fiction and fantasy nerd for as long as I can remember,”

I Am Going To Mouse My Shot: Hamilton Flick Comes to Disney+ on July 3
By Daniel Dern: “‘Hamilton’ Coming To Disney+ On July 3, Bypassing 2021 Theatrical Release” – NPR spreads the news — Cue the Hamilton quotes: Soon the room where it happens will be your living room! Shout it to the rooftops that the

Sixth Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off Will Take Entries on May 23
Mark Lawrence is getting ready for SPFBO 6. His fifth Self-Published Fantasy Blog-off just named its 2020 winner in April — M.L. Wang‘s The Sword of Kaigen. Now it’s time to start the next cycle. He tweeted: “The SPFBO 6 will

Masked Filers Reading SFF: Nickpheas
Nickpheas, who looks like he can keep out vermin of all sizes with this one, says: Should probably get a better mask, and perhaps get one for Harriet. He is reading A Memory Called Empire. If you want to see

Pixel Scroll 5/11/20 My Chief Pixel Has Told Me To Scroll And Fifth This File
BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARDS FICTION FINALISTS. One work of genre interest survived the cut to make the finals for the 2020 Best Translated Book Awards, The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder (Japan, Pantheon). The complete shortlist

2020 Tähtifantasia Award Shortlist
The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has chosen the nominees for the 2020 Tähtifantasia Award, given for the best fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year. This year, for the first time, Finnish works are also included in addition to

2020 Glass Bell Award Shortlist
The six titles shortlisted for the 2020 Glass Bell Award, announced May 11, include two works of genre interest: Anita Frank’s The Lost Ones, and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. The complete list is at the link. The Glass Bell Award was established

Finalists for the 11th Xingyun (Nebula) Awards for Global Chinese Science Fiction
The finalists for the 11th Xingyun (Nebula) Awards for Global Chinese Science Fiction have been announced by the World Chinese Science Fiction Society. The winners of this juried award will be revealed at the Xingyun Weekend to be held in

Times Are Booming for Archive of Our Own
What else have people to do during the lockdown but read fanfic? Or so it seems. Not only have AO3’s readership numbers gone through the roof, they’ve been able to raise plenty of money to keep the site healthy. “For

Masked Filers Reading SFF: Murderbot
Lorien reading Martha Wells’ Network Effect I’m taking a break from Hugo reading to adventure with Murderbot while wearing a Doctor Who themed mask. If you want to see this series continue, send photos of your mask and social distancing

Pixel Scroll 5/10/20 She Scrolls Like A Pixel, Dances Like A Nipped Out Cat
SOUND CHOICES. AudioFile’s Candace Levy helps listeners “Discover 5 New Fantasy Audiobook Series”. Feeling down because you’re all caught up with your current fantasy series? Be sad no more, because 2020 is overflowing with new characters and new adventures … Continue readin

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