First – Cats. If you need another reason to read – Horton’s Best SF 2020, John Bangsund, Ringo awards, Pegasus awards, video game Hall of Fame, Marvel & Fortnite, and more

Sic transit gloria mundi
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1409) Muscular delicacy John Clute and David Langford, of Lord Dunsany – o O o – Roberta Pournelle left our stage on August 3rd (1935-2020). She survived her husband Jerry (1933-2017) by three years. There was no public

Horror Writers Association Creates Diversity Grants
The Horror Writers Association will accept applications for its new Diversity Grants from September 1 through December 1. Membership in the HWA is not a requirement for application. Four grants will be awarded in 2020; the number available in the

I Had A Lovely Visit This Morning
By John King Tarpinian: I am lucky enough to be able to visit Ray on his birthdays, always leaving him a gift or two. The cake had to be quickly removed because there were ants that appeared to be interested

Marvel Heroes Team Up With Fortnite Characters On Covers This Fall
The worlds of Marvel and the Island collide in Nexus War in Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 4. This new season will feature Marvel heroes crossing over with the world of the Fortnite via character skins, weapons, comics – and

2020 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees
Four games have been added to The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame in 2020: Bejeweled Centipede King’s Quest Minecraft Announced June 28, they emerged from a field of 12 finalists that also included Frogger, GoldenEye 007, Guitar Hero, NBA Jam, Nokia

Pixel Scroll 8/28/20 Maslow’s Filerarchy Of Pixels
GARCIAGATE GOFUNDME. Chris Garcia, Vanessa and the boys had to evacuate from their Northern California home because of the fires. So far their house has survived, but there’s no telling when they will be able to return. Til then,

2020 Pegasus Award Nominees
The 2020 Pegasus Award finalists were announced on August 27. The Pegasus Award is presented by the Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF) for excellence in filking. The convention has been cancelled due to the pandemic, but the awards will still be given. Anyone

Pixel Scroll 8/27/20 Don’t Pixel Me, ’Cause I’m Scrolled To The Edge, I’m Trying Not To Get Outraged
PAPERS PLEASE? Here in the future, an unpredictable surge in demand for books on paper has run afoul of a world-threatening pandemic: “Printer Jam: Serious Supply Issues Disrupt the Book Industry’s Fall Season” reports the New York Times. This

SFWA Creates Anti-Email-Harvesting Policy for Membership List
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have notified members that they will be subject to discipline if they violate a new policy against abuse of the SFWA Member Directory. Last month, one of our members used the membership

Brian Keene Terminates The Horror Show Podcast
The Horror Show with Brian Keene is ending with next week’s episode the host announced today in “Curtain Call”. He’s still going to do some video interviews with authors on YouTube, but the podcast is ending. ..I’ll focus ONLY on

Pixel Scroll 8/26/20 Down To Starseeds And STEM Again
ROFCON 2020. Eric Flint and Ring of Fire Press will host the inaugural Ring of Fire Con (RoFCon I), a virtual convention, from September 11-13, with panels, guests, and signing opportunities. Attendance is free – register at the link.

Retro-Hugos: The Past and Future of Passed Future Nostalgia
By Hampus Eckerman: When I was a kid, I learned to read early or to be more truthful, was taught to read early. When my brother started school, two years earlier than me, he taught me how to read at

2020 Ringo Awards Final Ballot
The 2020 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards nominees were revealed August 26. The Ringo Awards nomination process was inclusive of fans and comic book professionals alike. However, voting on the 2020 Final Ballot is restricted to comic book industry creative community —

Pixel Scroll 8/25/20 Headless Pixel
NEW BEOWULF. Maria Dahvana Headley’s “new, feminist translation of Beowulf“ was released today by Macmillan. Nearly twenty years after Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf—and fifty years after the translation that continues to torment high-school students around the world—there is a radical

Selections Announced for Horton’s 2020 Year’s Best SF & F
Editor Rich Horton has released the list of stories in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2020 Edition. The collection will be released by Prime Books in December. “The Savannah Problem” by Adam-Troy Castro (Analog, 1-2/19) “Love in the Time

Cats Sleep on SFF: Biology and Manners
Robin Anne Reid’s cat is taking in the lessons of a new book: I think I’ve probably talked about this project on File 770, and some filers might be interested (though pre-emptive apologies for cost of it, alas)! Hild sleeping on

Pixel Scroll 8/24/20 The Word For Scroll Is Pixel
CULTURE CANCEL. Andrew Liptak tells readers “Amazon’s Culture TV Series No Longer in the Works”. He also reports, “Ringworld doesn’t seem to be moving forward.” His source is Den of Geek, which has it from Utopia creator Dennis Kelly who said: “In the

John Bangsund (1939-2020)
One of Australia’s foremost fans, John Bangsund, died August 22 of COVID-19 at the age of 81. It was his idea to have a Worldcon in Australia, and he served as Toastmaster when Aussiecon was held in 1975. Bangsund got

Uncanny Magazine Issue 36 Launches September 1
The 36th issue of Uncanny Magazine, winner of five Hugos and a British Fantasy Award, will be available on September 1. Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to

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