Bob Madle Turns 100 Today
Happy one hundredth birthday, Bob Madle! We’re celebrating the date with the help of Rich Lynch, John L. Coker III, and Jon D. Swartz, plus highlights of interviews conducted over the years with the birthday boy himself! Bob Madle: A

Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore GoFundMe Approved
Don Blyly, owner of Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore in Minneapolis, told Facebook readers today they have taken over the GoFundMe originally announced by Alexi Vandenberg and it is now the authorized fundraiser. Straight from Don: The guy from New

2020 Eugie Award Finalists
The shortlist for the 2020 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction was revealed on June 4. The Eugie Award “honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain.” We will be looking for stories that are beautiful, thoughtful, and passionate,

Pixel Scroll 6/6/20 You Get A File, I’ll Get A Troll, We’ll Head Down To The Pixel Scroll, Honey, Enemy Mine
CUTTING OFF THEIR AIR. Connie Willis starts her Facebook post by comparing recent tragedies with the Salem witch trials: “On The Surreal Situation We Find Ourselves In”. The first thing I thought of when I saw the horrific police

2020 Dagger Awards Longlists
The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) of the United Kingdom today announced the longlist for the 2020 Dagger Awards. The Daggers were first given in 1955, but for the first five years CWA called its top honor the Crossed Red Herring Award. The

2019 Peabody Awards Nominees
The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has selected 60 nominees that “represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019.” The complete list of nominees is here. Below are all the nominees in categories

Pixel Scroll 6/5/20 I’ve Got A File, You Can Comment If You Like, It’s Got A Pixel, A Scroll That Rhymes
OFF SCRIPT, ON POINT. Cat Rambo was profiled by The Seattle Times today: “Fresh off a Nebula Award and kicking off a book deal, West Seattle writer Cat Rambo speaks about craft, George Floyd protests and more” … Though

Best of British SF 2019 Table of Contents
Newcon Press has released the table of contents for Best of British Science Fiction 2019 edited by Donna Scott. The book will be published July 14. In this volume you will encounter tales in which creatures are cut off from

Masked Filers Don’t Sleep on SFF: Physicians of Vilnoc
It’s not easy to come up with a pet photo that isn’t qualified for either of File 770’s meme series but Contrarius rose to the challenge: Doesn’t fit your pet series because no sff AND no mask, but I couldn’t

2020 Shamus Award Nominees
The Private Eye Writers of America announced the 2020 Shamus Awards finalists on June 3. The juried award is given for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2019. Best PI Hardcover The Tower

Pixel Scroll 6/4/20 You Put The File In The Pixel Scroll And Drank It All Up? And Pinged The Glyer And Woke Him Up?
ANOTHER AGENCY MELTDOWN. After Marisa Corvisiero’s tweet provoked several agents to resign from her agency — Corvisiero fired the rest. Book & Film Globe supplies the background: Literary Twitter has responded in all manner of ways to the death

DreamHaven Launches GoFundMe
Greg Ketter, owner of DreamHaven Books & Comics in Minneapolis, today set up a GoFundMe to help his business recover from the damage done by vandals in the early hours of May 30. In the first six hours, his “DreamHaven

2020 Eisner Award Nominations
Comic-Con International has announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2020, chosen by a panel of judges. The 2020 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of graphic novel reviewer Martha Cornog (Library Journal), comics journalist Jamie Coville (, academic/author

Don Blyly Interviewed About Uncle Hugo’s Fire
Don Blyly shared a lot of new information about the future prospects of Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore in an interview with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: “His bookstores burned. Don Blyly wants to keep selling”. The amount of loss: “The

AudioFile Magazine Honors Five with Golden Voice Lifetime Achievement Awards
AudioFile Magazine has honored Julia Whelan, Ramón de Ocampo, JD Jackson, Arthur Morey, and Emily Woo Zeller, with its highest accolade, the Golden Voice Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 1992, AudioFile has bestowed the Golden Voice prize on only 24 voice

Pixel Scroll 6/3/20 Listen To The Pixel Sing Sweet Songs To Rock My Scroll
STILL OVERCOMING. Tananarive Due expresses decades of experience in “Can We Live?” in Vanity Fair. Tagline: “The daughter of civil rights activists on the question that’s haunted her for decades.” … . I was only a little older than

Wandering Star: Virtual NYRSF Readings Go Down Under with Jack Dann
By Mark L. Blackman: On the evening of Tuesday, June 2nd (the morning of Wednesday, June 3rd in Australia), the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series, having shifted to being a virtual event in the face of shelter-in-place

Prix Bob Morane 2020 Finalists
The 2020 Prix Bob Morane shortlist was announced on May 31. The Prix Bob Morane is a French literary prize named for a fictional adventurer created by Belgian writer Henri Vernes in the 1950s. Romans francophones / French Novels Gwenn Ael : Les mutilés, Évidence Éditions

2020 CrimeFest Awards Nominees
The 2020 CrimeFest Awards nominees were announced June 2. The awards would have been presented during CrimeFest in Bristol, U.K. this weekend, but the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The winners now will be announced online July

Pixel Scroll 6/2/20 The Pixel-Hinged File
WOULD YOU BUY IT FOR A QUARTER? “Royal Mint launches first-ever augmented reality dinosaur coins”. Royal Mint have released some very special dino coins.Not only do they have amazing pictures of dinosaurs on them but they also are the

Remembering Jim Burns
By Steve Vertlieb: It was four years ago on June 2nd, 2016, that I lost one of my dearest, most cherished friends. What would normally have been among the happiest nights of my life … receiving a cherished life achievement

Bob Madle Birthday Cards Rolling In
By Curt Phillips: I just had a long phone call with birthday boy Bob Madle and he sounds like he’s doing great! He says about 200 cards and letters have arrived thus far (and of course we here know that

2020 Munsey Award Nominees
The PulpFest Organizing Committee has announced the fourteen 2020 Munsey Award nominees. Named for Frank A. Munsey, publisher of the first pulp magazine, the award recognizes someone who has contributed to the betterment of the pulp community through disseminating knowledge, publishing, or

2020 SFPA Poetry Contest
The 2020 Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) Poetry Contest opened today. Entries are being accepted through August 31 from all poets, including non-members of the SFPA. Poets may enter in three categories: Dwarf (poems 1-10 lines [prose poems

Pixel Scroll 6/1/20 Do Pixels File Of Electric Scrolls
LOOTERS HIT MORE SFF BUSINESSES. Bleeding Cool has a roundup about genre businesses struck by vandals: “8 Comic Stores Hit By Looting Across the USA”. They include: Los Angeles County: Golden Apple Comics, Hi De Hi Comics, JapanLA,

2020 Lambda Literary Awards
The 32nd Annual Lambda Literary Award (“Lammys”) winners were announced online June 1. The awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing. The winners were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than

World Fantasy Convention 2020 Goes Virtual
World Fantasy Convention 2020 has joined the ranks of virtual sff events. The convention had been planned for October 29–November 1 in Salt Lake City, but last week their hotel cancelled all in-person meetings for the rest of 2020, forcing

When Bob Madle Named The Hugos
By Mike Glyer: It’s Bob Madle’s 100th birthday tomorrow, when File 770 will have more to say about his days in fandom. One contribution I’d like to discuss right now is his naming of the Hugo Awards, first conceived in

Top 10 Posts for May 2020
Heated discussion of news stories about and government responses to the pandemic generated over 180 comments on the May 3 Scroll, the most-read post last month. However, File 770’s report about the heartbreaking destruction of a famed Minneapolis sff bookstore,

HWA Scholarship Applications Accepted Through 8/1
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is accepting applications for five scholarships offered to those pursuing careers as writers of horror fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, and also an endowment program for libraries. The Horror Writers Association Scholarship The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship The Dark Poetry

Pixel Scroll 5/31/20 All I Want Is A Scroll Somewhere, Filed Away From The Covid Air
THE TOP OF THE WORLD. Rachel S. Cordasco is dedicating June to “Nordic SF in Translation” on her SF in Translation site and on FB and Twitter: “SFT From The Nordic Countries” . She’s looking for on-topic contributions, too.

2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award Longlist
The 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy longlist was revealed during ConCarolinas’ closing ceremonies today. Last year’s winner, Christopher Ruocchio, announced the 18 titles on behalf of the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation. Masks & Malevolence / Time &

2020 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Winners
The 2020 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire winners were announced May 30. Congratulations to the authors whose works in French translations won awards, Ada Palmer, Tade Thompson, Marina and Sergueï Diatchenko, and Neal Shusterman. The jurors for the award were Joëlle Wintrebert (president),

2020 Colorado Book Awards
The winners of the were announced May 30 in Denver. Awards are presented in 16 categories by Colorado Humanities to celebrate the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers. The

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