Nice in 2023 Worldcon Bid Folds
The Nice in 2023 committee has ended their bid to bring the Worldcon to France for now, with hope of renewing their efforts in the future. After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our bid for

Writers Of The Purple Page: The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein
[Editor’s note: This review originally appeared in the July issue of the Denver clubzine DASFAx. Reprinted by permission. You can find issues of DASFAx at this link.] By Sourdough Jackson: Normally, I don’t read doctoral dissertations, nor any later academic works

Dern — File 770’s Dublin 2019 Coverage
BY DANIEL DERN: Between September 2017 and mid-July 2020 (when I very-belatedly filed my own final Dublin 2019 report), File770 had, according to my searches and calculations, roughly 90 “Scrolls” (posts) either completely about, or with “Items” (sections) relating to

2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
The winner of the 2020 Theakston old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award is Belfast-born Adrian McKinty for his thriller The Chain, that sees parents forced to abduct children to save the lives of their own. The prize celebrates the very best in crime

2020 Strand Critics Award Nominees
The Strand Magazine has announced the nominees for its 2020 Strand Critics Awards recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing. Best Mystery Novel (2019) Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown and Co.) The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Flatiron

2020 Davitt Awards Shortlist
Twenty-four books crime and mystery books by Australian women are battling it out for Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards. The Davitts are named after Ellen Davitt, the author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in 1865. 2020 Davitt Shortlist

Pixel Scroll 7/24/20 Khrushchev’s Due At Tralfamadore. File 770, Where Are You?
COMIC-CON STREAM IS LEGAL, GETS BLOCKED ANYWAY. “Cartoon Network and Star Trek Panels at San Diego Comic-Con Were Blocked by Youtube’s ContentID” – which reminded The Digital Reader of what happened to the Hugo Awards livestream in 2012. Alas,

Bradbury Roundup Redux
A new collection of links and clippings as part of File 770’s commitment to be “All Bradbury all the time.” (1) BRADBURY MATERIAL IN THE GREAT AMERICAN BROADCAST. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] Leonard Maltin interviewed Ray Bradbury for his

Pixel Scroll 7/23/20 Flat Scrolls And Geocentric Pixels
HIS DARK MATERIALS TRAILER. Decider has eyeballs on Comic-Con@Home where this new trailer was aired today. HBO is celebrating Comic-Con@Home with a first look at Season 2 of His Dark Materials. During today’s virtual panel for the show, HBO unveiled the trailer for the

Marvel Masterworks #300 Stars… Howard the Duck!
For over thirty years, the Marvel’s Masterworks line has collected the most seminal stories of fans’ favorite Marvel heroes. Across 299 volumes, the iconic tales of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Woman, Dazzler, and more have been presented in this

Pixel Scroll 7/22/20 Will No One Rid Me Of This Turbulent Pixel?
HUGO VOTING LYRICS. The midnight (Pacific) deadline is imminent, inspiring 770’s reference to “I’m Getting Married in the Morning” in a post today — which Goobergunch celebrated by creating new words for the song. There’s books and ‘zines all

CoNZealand Programme Guide Available
CoNZealand’s initial programme guide for the virtual Worldcon is now available to view on its programme partner site, Grenadine. CoNZealand Chairs Kelly Buehler and Norman Cates say, “We’re pleased to unveil the initial programme and invite members to take a

The Art and Artistry of Dublin 2019
By Sara Felix, Iain Clark, and James Bacon: The Dublin 2019 team have continued to work on a number of matters, even though the Worldcon is now a fond memory, and one of the projects that captured their imagination was

Just A Few More Hours, That’s All The Time We’ve Got
That’s a lyric from “I’m Getting Married in the Morning,” and the fate of your 2020 Hugo vote will be equally permanent at 11:59 p.m. Pacific tonight (in New Zealand, 6:59 p.m on July 23.) The CoNZealand committee notified members:

Virtual Congoing
[Editor’s note: This report tells how one fan navigated the new experience of attending a virtual Balticon. It was originally posted at España Sheriff’s Futuriana blog on May 29. Reprinted by permission.] By España Sheriff: Last weekend was a

2020 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
The recipients were named on July 21 by Comic-Con International: Hero Initiative, creators4comics, and Comicbook United Fund. The official presentation will be part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Ceremony on July 24. Bob Clampett’s daughter, Ruth Clampett, will

Pixel Scroll 7/21/20 Slexip Was I Ere I Saw Pixels
AN EXPERIMENT. Samuel R. Delany has written a novel called Shoat Rumblin, His Sensations and Ideas. Not sff, but it is Delany. …At one point, Vladimir Nabakov said that Madame Bovary was really just an extremely well-written fairytale. There’s

Apex Magazine Starts Relaunch Kickstarter
Apex Magazine is coming out of hiatus in January of 2021. Returning are editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore and managing editor Lesley Conner. Maurice Broaddus joins Apex special fiction editor and Shana DuBois is their new nonfiction editor. They launched a Kickstarter

CoNZealand Chairs Offer Hugo Finalists Full Passes and Partial Refunds
CoNZealand Chairs Kelly Buehler and Norman Cates today announced: “We apologise that Hugo Finalists were not treated equally. It was never our intention to treat any Hugo finalists different from any other Hugo finalists. Unfortunately, the way some technology issues

Pixel Scroll 7/20/20 Please, Friend, Could I Have A Pixel For My Uintatherium?
MEET YOUR BEST FAN WRITER FINALISTS. With the deadline imminent, Alasdair Stuart has condensed the overview into a very full lid: “The Full Lid 2020 Hugo Awards Best Fan Writers Spotlight”. In a special issue produced with the full

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award 2020 Finalists
Here are the five finalists for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award 2020. The Award is given out yearly to retailers who have done an outstanding job of supporting the comic art medium both in the industry at

Double Check your Hugo Ballot!
Tammy Coxen, CoNZealand Hugo Adminstrator, reports a problem with online voting — and if you did not receive an email confirmation after voting you may be affected. Coxen explains: We have discovered a bug in the Hugo voting interface that

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