NEWS FROM FANDOM: 01-03-2021

Michael Swanswick becomes the first US author to win the Russian Aelita Award; new issues of Uncanny and Journey Planet. And, as always, the irrepressible Pixel Scroll, now in MORE flavors!

2020 Stabby Award Nominees
Reddit’s r/Fantasy group has chosen the nominees for the Best of /r/Fantasy 2020 — the Stabby Awards. The group has over 1.2 million members, although last year just 903 votes were cast. Voting continues until January 4. The winners will

2020 Cybils Shortlists
The 2020 finalists for the Cybils (Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards) were announced on January 1. The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.

Crime Fiction Awards Updates
Here is another trio of crime fiction awards whose winners were revealed during December 2020. WOLFE PACK The winners of the 2020 Nero and Black Orchid Novella Awards were announced December 5. This is a crime fiction award given out

Pixel Scroll 1/2/21 You Put The Mime In The Tesseract And Drink Them Both Together
DAVID WEBER STATUS. Word of this alarming news went out last night: After the Turtledove tweet was reposted to David Weber’s author page on Facebook, his wife, Sharon Rice-Weber commented: He’s doing better right now. I’ll try and keep

Speaking of Alexander
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1424) The man to whom one half … credited everything good in the country and to whom the other half attributed all the bad. Alexandre Dumas, Le Chevalier de Sainte-Hermine ch. 31 (1870, unfinished

Journey Planet 56: The Mandalorian Issue
By James Bacon: John Coxon and Alissa McKersie joined Chris and James on a Journey Planet with a focus on The Mandalorian and Star Wars. Originally John suggested a Star Wars issue focusing on the sequel trilogy to James and

Pixel Scroll 1/1/21 I’ve Scrolled Pixels You People Wouldn’t Believe
NEW BANNER. Thanks to Taral Wayne for creating the new header art! It’s based on the famous Prague astronomical clock face. (2) ALL ABOARD. Deadline introduces another companion: “’Doctor Who’: John Bishop Joins The TARDIS In Season 13”. Actor

Top 10 Posts for December 2020
Were a lot of people interested in reading the list of 2020 Stabby Award nominees picked by readers of Reddit’s r/Fantasy forum? Why yes, they were. Especially people who are nominated. It only took 18 hours for the list to

Start 2021 Right with Two Free Books from TAFF
Atom Abroad by Arthur Thomson and The Harpy Stateside by Ella Parker and others are available today in multiple formats at the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund’s website, where they hope you’ll make a little donation to the fund if you please.

File 770’s Twenty Most-Read Posts of the Year
“2020 Hugo Awards” got more traffic than any other post this year, although not because people wanted to know who won the Hugos. George R.R. Martin left a comment on that post alternately explaining, defending, and apologizing for his choices

Pixel Scroll 12/31/20 It’s Shuffled Off Its Mortal Scroll, Run Down The Curtain And Joined The Bleedin’ File Invisible! This Is An Ex-Pixel!
The title is longer than today’s Scroll! (1) REGRESS REPORT. Michael Dirda says his heaps are still sparking joy: “Clutter, says who? College essays, letters from Stephen King and Tucker Carlson: I’m keeping (almost) all of it” in the Washington

International Union of Writers Announces New Literary Award
The International Union of Writers has announced the finalists for the newly created London Literary Awards, a five-yearly award given in six categories to writers in the Russian and English literary communities. The International Union of Writers (IUW), established in

Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2020
By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, this post provides information on the artists and designers of nearly 700 works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2020. These

Pixel Scroll 12/30/20 Is There Nothing I Can Take? Doctor! To Relieve This TARDIS-Quake?
ALL IN THE FAMILY. Cora Buhlert has announced the winner of the 2020 Darth Vader Parenthood Award for Outstandingly Horrible Fictional Parents. This year, she has a Retro Darth Vader Parenthood Award winner as well. … This year also marks

Journey Planet 55: Russian Space — a Free Download
By James Bacon: This unique issue of Journey Planet comes in two languages in parallel text, Russian and English. With bilingual text on every page we look at the Science, Engineering, Science Fiction, Films, Comics and poetry that the theme

Pixel Scroll 12/29/20 A Mime In A Tesseract Still Has Ways To Get Out
BRADBURY’S CHAMPION. The Los Angeles Review of Books hosts “Ray Bradbury at 100: A Conversation Between Sam Weller and Dana Gioia”. COMMEMORATING THE CENTENNIAL of the great Ray Bradbury, biographer Sam Weller sat down with former California poet laureate

Pixel Scroll 12/28/20 This Irrepixel-Able, Trantor ‘Original’, This Mule-Produced Crime
FRONT AND CENTER. Octavia Butler is on the cover of Huntington Frontiers, published by the Huntington Library in Pasadena. Read the cover article here: “A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky” by Lynell George. When I last encountered

SFWA Grand Master Wishlist
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) honors one living writer each year with the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. The recent deaths of two distinguished sf writers have drawn attention to the award. The late Ben

Uncanny Magazine Issue 38 Launches January 5
The 38th issue of Uncanny Magazine, winner of five Hugos and a British Fantasy Award, will be available on January 5. Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 38th issue of their five-time Hugo Award-winning online

Swanwick Wins Aelita Award
Michael Swanwick is the first U.S. writer to win the Aelita Award. Swanwick explained the award’s history to old readers of his blog: The Aelita was named after the 1923 science fiction novel Aelita by Alexei Tolstoy and is presented at Aelita, (also named

Pixel Scroll 12/27/20 The Right To Scroll Pixels Is The Right To Be Filed
EVADING DUTIES. Richard Garriott’s announcement that he secretly hid some of James Doohan’s ashes on the ISS inspired Steven H Silver’s post “A Brief History of Space Smuggling” for Amazing Stories. …The first mission to orbit the moon was

Pixel Scroll 12/26/20 Wenn Ist Das Pixel Git Und Slotermayer? Nein! Beiherhund Die Oder Das Flipperwald Gescrollt!
THE DEAD BODY PROBLEM. Lin Qi, producer of the upcoming Three-Body Problem adaptation, has died following an alleged poisoning by a colleague: “Lin Qi, Yoozoo CEO and Producer on Netflix’s ‘Three-Body

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