AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 10-11-20

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World Fantasy Con 2020 Apology for Program Draft Seeks to Stem Participant Attrition
After seeing the complaints voiced about the draft program for World Fantasy Convention 2020 (“Virtual WFC 2020 Program Attracts Criticism”), the WFC 2020 committee directed an apology at several writers on Twitter. We are sorry that our program caused hurt

Jemisin and Woodson Named MacArthur Fellows
N. K. Jemisin, four-time Hugo-winning sff author, and Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, are among the 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellows. (See the complete list here.) The MacArthur Fellowships, also

Three Share 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for Black Hole Discoveries
The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded, one half to Roger Penrose, University of Oxford, UK “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity,” and the other half jointly

Pixel Scroll 10/10/20 Schrödinger’s Box Remains Both Ticked And Unticked At The Same Time Until You Pixel It
A NOT-SO-LITTLE LIST. BookRiot concocted a way of assessing an interesting question: “How Do Readers Rate The New York Times Best-Selling Books?” …For their research, the organization pooled all titles on the NYT List from June 22, 2008 to March

Starburst Brave New Words Award, Starburst Hero Award Winners Named
STARBURST Magazine announced the winners of their Starburst Brave New Words Award and the Starburst Hero Award for Literature on October 9. The awards were given as part of the opening programming for Octocon 2020: The National Irish Science Fiction Convention via their Twitch stream.

AudioFile Magazine’s Best New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Audiobooks Autumn 2020
Six suggestions from AudioFile Magazine of new and classic sff audiobooks for fans to enjoy this fall. DON’T PANIC: Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Neil Gaiman | Read by Simon Jones, Neil Gaiman [Intro.] [Harper Audio]

Capclave, D.C.-Area Con, Celebrates 20 Years
The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) will virtually host the 20th Capclave online from October 17-18. Memberships are $10. This year’s Capclave will feature author and founding editor of FIYAH Magazine Troy L. Wiggins as Guest of Honor, and to celebrate the

2020 Harvey Awards
The winners of the , honoring the life and work of comics creator Harvey Kurtzman, (1924-1993), cartoonist, writer, editor and founder of Mad Magazine, were announced in a video ceremony on October 9 during the New York Comic-Con Metaverse.

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A REAL STEMWINDER. BBC America’s Pratchett-inspired series The Watch was teased during today’s virtual New York Comic Con. Welcome to Ankh-Morpork. Expect dragon sightings. ‘The Watch’, an all-new series inspired by characters created by Sir Terry Pratchett and starring

Pixel Scroll 10/8/20 It’s Time For The Retro-Dragon Awards
CATS MEOW, LIZARDS THUNDER, BOOK HAPPENS. Filers Charon Dunn and Sally Smith collaborated on a book that’s newly released! What’s it about? Rhonda Wray’s “favorite boy band is trapped on a dinosaur planet and it’s up to Rhonda to

2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards
Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute announced the winners of the for speculative fiction on October 8. 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction (Debut) Cadwell Turnbull, The Lesson (Blackstone Publishing, 2019) 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for

2020 British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition Winners
The British Fantasy Society has announced the results of its 2020 Short Story Competition. First place: “Thought Surgery” by Richard WebbSecond place: “Fairy Cattle” by Patrick CreekThird place: “One Direction” by Beverley Haddon The first-place winner receives £100 and a year’s

Capital Crime Reveals Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards Shortlists
The Capital Crime Festival is cancelled this year, however, through their social media the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards shortlist was announced. The crime fiction and media award sponsored by Amazon Publishing premiered last year at the Capital Crime event in

Pixel Scroll 10/7/20 Those Who Do Not Learn Pixel Scroll Title History Are Doomed To Repeat It
SF ENCYCLOPEDIA MILESTONES. John Clute regaled Facebook followers with the latest box score: SFE hubris moment again; we’re free online so hope we can intrude this way . We’ve just hit 75,000 titles listed with full context in Encyclopedia

John Joseph Adams Books SFF Imprint Discontinued
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is ending its John Joseph Adams Books sff imprint after five years. Adams told Facebook followers: Sad news, friends: HMH has decided to discontinue John Joseph Adams Books. We’ve still got several books forthcoming, and those will still

Hankera-Pankera: A Not-Quite-A-Review Of Heinlein’s Pursuit Of The
By Daniel Dern: I’m not sure this is, for the most part, so much a “review” of Robert Heinlein’s The Pursuit of the Pankera: A Parallel Novel About Parallel Universes as opposed to a bunch of statements about it. Your

No TAFF Race For 2021
Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund administrators Johan Anglemark, Geri Sullivan and Mike Lowrey say “After much thought and consideration, [we] have come to the conclusion that we need to postpone the 2021 TAFF race due to the coronavirus pandemic.” The TAFF race

Save Uncle Hugo’s: October Update
Don Blyly, owner of Uncle Hugo’s and Uncle Edgar’s bookstores, which were burned by vandals on May 30 while protests were happening elsewhere in Minneapolis, has sent another update to his subscribers. His son Sam Blyly-Strauss posted the full text to their GoFundMe campaign,

Pixel Scroll 10/6/20 Don’t Clickety, Don’t Call Me, Let Me Sit For A While, I’m Reading All The Books In My Tsundoku Pile
POWERFUL CANON. Amy Tenebrink shares the impact that stories by a leading sff author had on her: “Personal Canons: Nnedi Okorafor”. …Onyesonwu is one of those angry, defiant, adventurous heroines of my heart. But Who Fears Death isn’t just a story

Cats Sleep on SFF: The State of the Art
Photos of your felines (or whatever you’ve got!) resting on genre works are welcome. Send to mikeglyer (at) cs (dot) com Note: The opening sentences have been presented in an image file to work around WordPress’ failure to properly display

Pixel Scroll 10/5/20 Clem Kapixelscroller
LIBRARY EBOOKS. According to WIRED: “Publishers Worry as Ebooks Fly off Libraries’ Virtual Shelves”. BEFORE SARAH ADLER moved to Maryland last week, she used library cards from her Washington, DC, home and neighboring counties in Virginia and Maryland to read

Release of Virtual WFC 2020 Program Attracts Criticism
World Fantasy Con 2020 has added a Program page to its website with panel titles and descriptions, the times and participants to be added later. The virtual convention will be held October 29-November 1. The concepts of some panels and

Golden Joystick Awards 2020 Nominations
The Golden Joystick Awards 2020 nominations are in and GamesRadar+ has opened online voting. Cast a vote here. Given since 1983 for the very best computer and video games of the year, are significant because they’re mainly

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