Crime Fiction Awards News Update
STAUNCH BOOK PRIZE The Staunch Book Prize — the award for thrillers without violence against women — has announced its 2020 shortlist and winner for novels and short stories in one fell swoop: WINNER Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke (Serpent’s

Phyllis Eisenstein (1946-2020)
Nebula and Hugo nominated author Phyllis Eisenstein died December 7 at the age of 74 after a year-long struggle with serious neurological problems. The family obituary, which will appear in the Chicago Tribune, is here. Eisenstein was born in Chicago

Journey Planet 52: Pen and ink.
Sara Felix joins Chris Garcia and James Bacon this issue as the focus of journey planet turns to the artistic and communicative uses of ink. Available here to download: Journey Planet issue 52. James Bacon comments: With a strongly visual theme,

Pixel Scroll 12/12/20 The Self-Pixeling Scroll
By JJ: Today it’s a Do-It-Yourself Scroll. Please post in comments links to items which you feel would be of interest to Filers.

Deadpool Will Be 30 and Marvel Is Celebrating
The Merc with a Mouth is turning 30, but Marvel doesn’t celebrate with candles, they celebrate with comics and variant covers – more money in that, you know! Three decades ago, Deadpool first appeared in New Mutants #98 by Rob

Titan Comics Latest Issue of Doctor Who
Doctor Who returns in Issue #2 with the comic debut of iconic Seventies TV villain. After narrowly escaping the Weeping Angels and the Autons in 1960s London, the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor must team-up once again to save present-day Earth

Justin Clement Wins SLF 2020 Gulliver Travel Grant
Justin Clement is the winner of the 2020 Gulliver Travel Grant awarded by the Speculative Literature Foundation. The Gulliver Travel Grant, worth $1,000, is intended to assist writers of speculative fiction in research, and can be used to cover airfare,

Pixel Scroll 12/11/20 In And Around The Scroll, Pixels Come Out Of The File And They Stand There
HUGO VOTING REQUIREMENT. You can nominate and vote in the 2021 Hugo Awards if you hold a supporting or attending membership in DisCon III by December 31st, 2020. Membership information is here. (2) AVALANCHE AT THE MOUSE HOUSE. During

How DisCon III Memberships Match Up To Other Recent Worldcons
After DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, shared their membership update last month it seemed reasonable to guess that the coronavirus pandemic is creating a lot of suspense and having a dampening effect on fans joining DC. Just how true is

The Game Awards 2020
The Last of Us Part II was named Game of the Year tonight at . Produced by Canadian games journalist Geoff Keighley, the awards were presented December 10 in a ceremony livestreamed from studios in Los Angeles,

Pixel Scroll 12/10/20 LSMFP – Lucky Scrolls Mean Filed Pipeweed
TAG TEAM. YouTuber Morganeua, a fourth year PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies, uses Stephen King and Toni Morrison to beat Isaac Asimov into the ground in “Asimov’s Adverbs.” (Think of it as a homage to “Fenimore Cooper’s

The Wolves of Elantra: A Guest Post by Michelle Sagara
Michelle Sagara lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs. Reading is one of her life-long passions, and she is sometimes paid for her opinions about what she’s read by the Names Best Audiobooks of 2020
The editors at have selected The Best Audiobooks of 2020. The complete list of winners in all categories is here. One genre work made the overall Top 10, the top pick in the Fantasy category — FANTASY WINNER: The Sandman

Pixel Scroll 12/9/20 Hokey Pixels And Ancient Scrolls Are No Match For A Good Filer At Your Side, Kid
NOTE: The latest WordPress “improvement” has eliminated the default quote format I have been using for years. I have to decide on a workaround, but for today quotes will be LARGE. (1) F&SF COVER REVEALED. The Magazine of Fantasy &

Inaugural VanderMeer Creative Spotlight Award Winners Are Martha Grover and Kai Ashante Wilson
Ann and Jeff VanderMeer launched the VanderMeer Creative Spotlight Award today, selecting Martha Grover and Kai Ashante Wilson as the first winners. The award was created by the VanderMeers because they “consider it vital, as part of the literary community,

A. Bertram Chandler Award 2020 Goes to Gillian Polack
The Australian Science Fiction Foundation has given the A. Bertram Chandler Award for 2020 to Dr. Gillian Polack. The A. Bertram Chandler Award, established in 1991, is Australia’s premier award for lifetime achievement in science fiction. Polack discovered fandom in

2020 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists Announced
The 2020 Mythopoeic Awards finalists were posted December 8. The Mythopoeic Awards are chosen from books nominated by individual members of the Mythopoeic Society, and selected by a committee of Society members. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in early

Pixel Scroll 12/8/20 Who’s Going To Sing If You Don’t Have Emperors?
PRESCIENT PANDEMIC PROSE PRAISED. [Item by Olav Rokne.] In a thoughtful and in-depth piece about plague-related fiction, Joelle Renstrom (@couldthishappen) of Slate Magazine explores how Connie Willis’ 1992 Hugo Winner Doomsday Book seems particularly relevant in 2020. “Doomsday Book, the 1992 time-travel

Review: Fleet Elements by Walter Jon Williams
By Mike Glyer: Walter Jon Williams’ Fleet Elements – out today — is set in the same universe as his Dread Empire’s Fall series, where the demise of the ruling Shaa created a power vacuum which their subject species – including the

Goodreads Choice Awards 2020 Winners
The voters have spoken: here are the Best Books 2020 — Goodreads Choice Awards winners. Goodreads also has posted the vote totals for the top 20 finishers in each category. There were in aggregate 5,674,480 votes cast in all rounds.

Pixel Scroll 12/7/20 When All You Have Is A Scroll, Everything Looks Like A Pixel
WHERE THE BLOOD STILL PULSES – SO TO SPEAK. R.S. Benedict’s article for Blood Knife “How Horror Makes Itself Ungovernable” says that horror alone resists the corporatization of geek culture. …Geek culture—comic books, video games, sci-fi, fantasy—is mainstream now,

Inaugural Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction Will Be Given in 2021
Laura Resnick announced on Facebook today that Shahid Mahmud, publisher of Galaxy’s Edge and Arc Manor Books, is launching the Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction. “In keeping with Mike’s philosophy of helping new writers, the award will be

Flegal and Mohrbacher Respond to Accusations in Video
Sam Flegal and his business partner Pete Mohrbacher who run One Fantastic Workshop uploaded a video to YouTube in late October titled “Accusations Addressed,” responding to charges such as those included in File 770’s roundup of social media, “Artists Corroborate

2021 Prometheus Hall of Fame Finalists
The Libertarian Futurist Society has selected five finalists for the 2021 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for Best Classic Fiction. The Winter of the World, a 1975 novel by Poul Anderson “As Easy as A.B.C.,” a 1912 novelette by Rudyard Kipling

Pixel Scroll 12/6/20 Tell Me About The Rest Of The Robots, Geordi
MACHINE AGAINST THE RAGE. Get your Murderbot fix from Twitter’s MurderBotBot. (2) KEEP THE ARMOR ON THE SHELF. The Society for Creative Anachronism has extended its suspension to the end of May 2021: “Resolution to Suspend In-Person SCA Activity

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