AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 9-27-20

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Montreal SMOFCon Postponed, Portugal Steps In
Due to the increasing impracticality of holding Smofcon 38 in Montreal as originally scheduled in 2020, SMOFCon 38 has been postponed until December 2-4, 2022. The only known bid for SMOFCon 39, SMOFCon Europe, will host SMOFCon in Lisboa, Portugal

The Legislative Body Problem: GOP Senators Criticize Netflix Plan to Adapt Liu Cixin Hugo-Winner
Five Republican senators sent a letter to Netflix challenging the company’s plans to produce a series based on Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem because the author, in a 2019 New Yorker interview, defended Chinese repression against the Uighurs. The letter

Knull Overtakes These Marvel Heroes In December Covers
Knull is coming. The God of Symbiotes will make his long-dreaded arrival this December in King In Black, the Marvel Comics event that delivers on everything Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman have built up in their groundbreaking run on Venom. To

Pixel Scroll 9/26/20 The File Goes Around The Scroll, The Scroll Goes Around The Pixel: It All Goes Around
TIME 100. Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 includes a sff writer and two astronauts. Tomi Adeyemi was praised by actor John Boyega. When someone told me about Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, describing it as

2020 Davitt Awards
Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards winners were announced September 26. 2020 Davitt Winners Adult crime novels The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (University of Queensland Press) Young Adult crime novels Four Dead Queens, Astrid Scholte (Allen & Unwin) Children’s crime novels The Girl

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GUIDING LIGHTS. “Personal Canons: Young Wizards” is Erin Maier’s guest post in a series at Sarah Gailey’s blog. …Here Young Wizards says: it’s never too late to change. Diane Duane comes back to this idea again and again throughout the series.

2020 SFPA Poetry Contest Winners
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association has announced the winners of its 2020 Poetry Contest. This year’s contest offered prizes in three divisions: Dwarf (poems 1-10 lines [prose poems 0-100 words]) Short (11-49 lines [prose poems 101-499 words]) Long (50 lines and more

Superstar Artists Celebrate The Return Of The Eternals With Extraordinary Covers
Mastermind creators Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) join forces this November to redefine one of Marvel’s most fascinating mythologies in Eternals #1. Readers will experience Jack Kirby’s classic creation in an

Pixel Scroll 9/24/20 Doo-Be-Doo-Be-Dune!
GET READY TO REFLECT. A new free SF/F e-zine is launching in October, Departure Mirror Quarterly. Editor Art Tracy says – Our first issue features stories by Kyle Aisteach, Cécile Cristofari, and Evergreen Lee. Readers will be able to

2020 Elgin Awards
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the for best collections of speculative poetry published in the previous two years. Named after SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, awards are given in two categories:

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SURPRISE ENDING. [Item by PhilRM.] Here’s another very interesting piece by Nina Allan discussing the books on this year’s Clarke Award shortlist: “Clarke Award shortlist 2020 – the reckoning”. There’s a bit of irony in that it was written

Namwali Serpell Wins 34th Clarke Award
The winner of the 34th Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature was announced on September 23. The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth/Vintage) Announcing this year’s prize, author and 2019 winner Tade Thompson (Rosewater) said: “The Old Drift is, to

2020 Royal Society Science Book Prize Shortlist
The Royal Society revealed the shortlist for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2020 on September 22. This year’s shortlisted books, chosen from over 172 submissions, are the judges’ choices as the very best in popular science writing from around

The Knights of Heliopolis Coming from Titan Comics in April 2021
Titan Comics will make the latest release from acclaimed creator Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Incal, Technopriests, Metabarons) available for the first time in English in April 2020. The 18th century. In a monastery in the North of Spain hides the sacred temple of the Knights

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YOU HAVEN’T MISSED FUTURECON SF. View sessions from this past weekend’s FutureCon SF on their YouTube channel. For a list of the topics, check the schedule. William Gibson once said that the future is already here, it’s just not

Tomorrow Prize for LA County Student SF Writers Now Accepting Submissions
The Tomorrow Prize sf writing contest is taking entries from students attending high school in Los Angeles County. The deadline to submit is February 1, 2021. The Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction, by an L.A. County high school student, showcases the

Sixth Annual Roswell Award Contest Taking Entries
The Roswell Award contest for short science fiction by ages 16 and older is accepting submissions through December 15. Run by Sci-Fest L.A. and the Light Bringer Project, the Roswell Award was created in 2014 to foster emerging science fiction writing talent

IAFA 2021 Will Be A Virtual Event
Caution in the face of the pandemic is forcing meeting planners to give up hopes of holding in-person events in the early part of next year. Dale Knickerbocker, President of International Association For The Fantastic In The Arts, announced September

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TOP TARDIS OWNER DECIDED AT BALLOT BOX. Radio Times counted 50,000 votes and the result was close — “Doctor Who fans vote David Tennant best Doctor, narrowly beating Jodie Whittaker”. …Both actors took 21 per cent of the overall

Starburst Hero Award Launched
Starburst Magazine has created a new award, The Starburst Hero Award For Literature, “to be given to a member of the genre literature community who has gone above and beyond to serve the genre literature community.” The inaugural award has

How Seeds of Dystopia in the Present Make a Novel Set in the Future: A Guest Post by Chris Panatier
Chris Panatier lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, daughter, and a fluctuating herd of animals resembling dogs (one is almost certainly a goat). He writes short stories and novels, “plays” the drums, and draws album covers for metal bands.

2020 Emmy Winners
Tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast ended the week-long series of presentations that comprised the 72nd Emmy Awards. The complete lists of winners can be downloaded here. Watchmen was named Best Limited Series. Cast members Regina King won Best Actress and

Pixel Scroll 9/20/20 I Have Come Here To Chew Bubblegum And Scroll Pixels… And I’m All Out Of Bubblegum
UP AND COMERS. In the Washington Post, Christian Davenport surveys the new class of astronauts (chosen from 18,000 applicants) and says while some traditions haven’t changed (the process of picking an astronaut remains mysterious) the new astronauts will now

2020 Unleash Imagination Awards
The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation has announced the 2020 Unleash Imagination Award winners. 2020 Imagination in Service to Society Ted Chiang The Hugo and Nebula award-winning writer of fiction that stretches our imaginations in profound and empathetic ways. Stories of Your

Virtual Tour of Comic-Con Museum Plans
The “Comic-Con Museum Long-Range Comprehensive Plan Reveal” shows what visitors can expect when the San Diego facility opens in 2021. The museum is located in the area of Balboa Park known as the South Palisades,

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