Fireside Editor Apologizes for “Auditory Blackface” by Narrator of Essay in November Issue
Fireside Magazine has come under intense criticism because in the audio recording of one of its essays the white voice actor used an offensive stereotype of the American southern Black accent in his narration. “Da Art of Speculatin’” by Dr.

Fireside Follow-up
Mourning and efforts to find a way forward are both part of the ongoing discussion about Fireside Magazine since yesterday’s audio debacle and apology (see “Fireside Editor Apologizes for “Auditory Blackface” by Narrator of Essay in November Issue”). Ali Trotta

Amazon’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2020
Amazon released its picks for the twenty Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Year on November 23. N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became was named the best sff book of 2020. Here’s the complete list: Devolution: A

2021 FAAn Awards Information Announcement
Fanzine Activity Achievement (FAAn) Awards Administrator Nic Farey has released the “2021 FAAn Awards Voting and Announcement Ceremony Schedule (Plague Version)” with next year’s plans for fanzine fandom’s own honors. Nic says: Typically the awards have been announced after the

2020 Petrona Award Shortlist
The shortlist for the 2020 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year was announced November 24. The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl, Translated by Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway) Inborn by Thomas Enger, Translated by Kari

Pixel Scroll 11/27/20 Why Did Constantinpixel Get The Works?
BABY TALK. If you’re not watching The Mandalorian but still want all the latest spoileriffic information about Baby Yoda, read this episode recap at Variety — “’The Mandalorian’: Ahsoka Tano And Baby Yoda Reveal Their Secrets“. BEWARE SPOILERS. (Was

Philosophy of Spider-Man Blog Tour Visits File 770
File 770 today is celebrating one of the Twelve Days of Spider-Man on Titan Comics’ blog tour, featuring art highlights from The Philosophy of Spider-Man, including a page exclusively unveiled here. Swing into the marvelous mayhem of Spider-Man’s thoughts, wise-cracks, and

Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book Of The Year 2020
The winner of the has been announced. After the Silence by Louise O’Neill Irish Independent’s Nicola Anderson spoke to the winner: … And though we may have been reading alone – with libraries

Pixel Scroll 10/26/20 A Hard Pixel’s Gonna Scroll
WHOSE TABLE DO YOU WANT TO SIT AT? [Item by Mike Kennedy.] Writing for SYFY Wire, Brian Silliman runs down a dozen genre families (loosely defined) you might like to visit at Thanksgiving. The surviving members of LotR’s Fellowship

Pixel Scroll 11/25/20 Pixel To Elf Queen’s Midsummer Knight’s Four
CAPTAIN JACK SIGHTINGS. You’ll be seeing Captain Jack again soon — the question is, how often? Radio Times asks “Is John Barrowman’s Captain Jack in Doctor Who series 13?” It’s official – Captain Jack is back for the Doctor Who

Hollywood Icons Go on the Block December 18
Heritage Auction’s next Hollywood Auction on December 18 will feature Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch of the West” screen-worn flying hat from The Wizard of Oz. Among the other goodies you can bid on are — Elizabeth Taylor “Cleopatra” lavender gown and

Pixel Scroll 11/24/20 Do I Dare Disscroll The Pixelverse?
GRATING EXPECTATIONS. Piper J. Drake analyzes readers’ reactions based on default views of history in “Marginalized people living varied and fulfilled lives in genre fiction is historically accurate” at the SFWA Blog. Earlier this year, an author of color announced

2020 Prix ActuSF de l’Uchronie Winners
The 2020 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie jury announced the award winners on November 24. The award recognizes work in a specialized segment of sff field, described in the Wikipedia: Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether

2020 Costa Book Awards Finalists
By Cora Buhlert: The finalists for the 2020 Costa Book Awards, a UK literary prize sponsored by a coffee company, have been announced. Two of the four finalists in the Best Novel category are of genre interest, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke and The

Golden Joystick Awards 2020
The winners were announced in an online video ceremony on November 24. Given since 1983 for the very best computer and video games of the year, the awards are significant because they’re mainly voted for by

Check Out the Chinese Science Fiction Database
Guest Post by Feng Zhang: The beta version of Chinese Science Fiction Database (CSFDB) was just released. The database website is at CSFDB is the first and largest database for Chinese speculative fiction, containing information about 8600+ people, 24000+ titles, 7300+

Horizon Zero Dawn Blog Tour Visits File 770
Horizon Zero Dawn Vol 1: The Sunhawk, released November 24, is a fully authorized expansion of the world of the epic, game. It explores a new adventure with fan favorite characters Talanah and Aloy, and collects issues 1-4 of the single

MWA’s 2021 Grand Masters Are Charlaine Harris and Jeffery Deaver
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the recipients of two special awards on November 23. Charlaine Harris and Jeffery Deaver are the 2021 Grand Masters, and the 2020 Raven Award recipient is Malice Domestic, a mystery convention. The awards will be presented at the 75th Annual Edgar

Pixel Scroll 11/23/20 Not One Of These Pixels Will Scry For Me
YOU CONTROL THE HORIZONTAL, YOU CONTROL THE VERTICAL. Adam Whitehead has commentary on the newly announced 2021 Best Video Game Hugo in “Hugo Awards add a video game category for 2021” at The Wertzone. Includes a list of eligible

Ready Nominator One: Best Video Game Special Hugo Award Category Announced for 2021
DisCon III, the 79th Worldcon, announced today that a special Hugo Award category for “Best Video Game” will be included in the 2021 Hugo Awards. The Hugo Awards — the oldest and most prestigious awards in speculative fiction, presented first

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