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Sheree Renée Thomas Is F&SF’s New Editor
Sheree Renée Thomas has been named the new editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, taking over with the March/April 2021 issue. She replaces C.C. Finlay, who will be stepping down to devote more time to writing. Gordon Van

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #55
Remain In Light By Chris M. Barkley: (Author’s Note: I had originally wanted to write a three part retrospective history on the past four years, with the first two parts cleverly titled “Stop Making Sense” and “Life During Wartime”. But,

2020 Royal Society Science Book Prize
Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us about Life, Love and Relationships by postdoctoral scientist and debut author Dr. Camilla Pang is the 2020 winner of the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. The result was revealed in a virtual

Register for Odyssey’s Winter 2021 Online Classes
The Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust has announced its Winter 2021 online classes: One Brick at a Time: Crafting Compelling Scenes, taught by award-winning novelist Barbara Ashford; Emotional Truth: Making Character Emotions Real, Powerful, and Immediate to Readers, taught by award-winning

Pixel Scroll 11/6/20 On My Screen, Words In Ether, Written Like Zine
EATING THE FANTASTIC. Scott Edelman invites listeners to share Sachertorte with Steve Toase in Episode 131 of the Eating the Fantastic podcast. My guest this time around for a conversation which couldn’t happen earlier this year but which we’re

Cats Sleep on SFF: Starsight
Simon Bisson pushes the envelope in his contribution to the series. (And who doesn’t?) Well, not exactly sleeping, as our two recent arrivals, the literary calico Maine Coons Lyra and Phryne, are very very active indeed… And not entirely sff,

National Toy Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees
The groundbreaking doll Baby Nancy, classic sidewalk chalk, and family favorite game Jenga were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame on November 5. The honorees were chosen from a field of 12 finalists that also included bingo,

Pixel Scroll 11/5/20 007 Of Nine
TO PATREON, OR NOT TO PATREON. Artist Emily Hare gives creators a lot to think about in “Should You Start A Patreon Page?” Where To Start Here are some questions I think would be useful for someone starting their Patreon

World Fantasy Con 2020 Report
By Cat Eldridge: I spent four days at the virtual World Fantasy Convention having a really enjoyable time. From my viewpoint, it worked damn near perfect, being homebound because of the multiple knee surgeries, so having lots of time to

Pixel Scroll 11/4/20 With A Goldfinger In My Eye
JEMISIN FEATURED. “2020 National Book Festival Highlights: N.K. Jemisin” has a video of her talk with a companion post by Guy Lamolinara, communications officer in the Center for the Book. (The video is also available on YouTube.) Although N.K.

Whovian Review
By Cat Eldridge: Jodi Houser’s Doctor Who: A Tale of Two Time Lords, Vol. 1: A Little Help From My Friends This graphic novel from Titans Comics involves my two favorite Doctors from the modern era, the Tenth and Thirteen Doctors.

Pixel Scroll 11/3/20 I Sing The Pixel Electric, The Files Of Those I Love Scroll Me And I Scroll Them
UK LOCKDOWN BEGINS. “England is going into a month (at least) of hard lockdown,” says Jonathan Cowie – see details at SF2 Concatenation. About that sff/science news publication Cowie reassures: We have enough articles in and thirty or so

Geeks Bearing Gifts
By John Hertz: Yesterday being Don Fitch’s 92nd birthday, I wanted to bring him something; as the saying goes, a token but not a measure of my esteem. I consulted Geri Sullivan in Wales – Wales, Massachusetts. She confirmed DF was still living assistedly

Prix Joel-Champetier 2020
The fifth annual Prix Joel-Champetier has been awarded to Christian Léourier for his short story “Ismaël, Elstramadur et la destin.” The award recognizes non-Canadian short story authors who write in French, in the fields of sf and fantasy. The winner

Pixel Scroll 11/2/20 Come And Listen To The Scroll Of An Earthsea Wizard Named Ged
FOUR CENTURIES OF ANSIBLE. Congratulations to David Langford on publishing his four hundredth issue of Ansible. In addition to all the sff news in every issue, there’s always a grateful balance provided by departments like “Thog’s Masterclass.” One of

Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book Of The Year 2020 Shortlist
The shortlist for the Irish Independent Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book Of The Year 2020 has been announced. After the Silence by Louise O’Neill Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent The Cutting Place by Jane

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