NEWS FROM FANDOM: 02-21-21

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Jeffrey Veregge Brings His Iconic Art To Heroes Reborn Covers
This May, fans will be presented with a new vision of the Marvel Universe in Heroes Reborn. Crafted by super hero masterminds writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuiness, this series will present a world without the Avengers where the

Marvel’s Stormbreakers Create Black Panther #25 Covers
The final issue of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ groundbreaking run on Black Panther will have Fine Arts variant covers by Marvel’s exclusive Stormbreakers group of elite artists. Since last year, the inaugural class of Marvel’s Stormbreakers have showcased their artistic visions not

Don Lundry Dies
Don Lundry, chair of the 1977 Worldcon, died February 14 after a long illness. The family obituary is here at Legacy.com. In his last days he was cared for by his wife of 12 years, Peggy Davis Lundry. Previously, Don

Pixel Scroll 2/20/21 (I’m Picking Up) Good Vibraniums
A CELEBRATION. N. K. Jemisin and Walter Mosley will be among the participants in “A Celebration of Octavia E. Butler”, a live virtual event at Symphony Space on February 24 starting at 7 p.m. (Eastern). Tickets sold at the

Remembering Ed Kemmer … Commander Buzz Corry Of The “Space Patrol”
By Steve Vertlieb: In the early days of television, my boyhood was enchanted by the weekly adventures of Commander Buzz Corry and Cadet Happy aboard the spaceship “Terra V” of the inter galactic Space Patrol. The series, written by Norman

2021 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire First Round Nominations
The nominations for the 2021 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire have been announced. This is in effect a longlist, and in a few weeks the jurors will issue their shorter second round of nominees. The awards will be presented on May 31 at the Étonnants Voyageurs festival

Pixel Scroll 2/19/21 Why, I Sweep My Scroll With A Geiger Counter Every Day, And Nary A Pixel!
DISCON III REACTIONS. Today’s decision by the 2021 Worldcon committee to remove Toni Weisskopf as a GoH (“DisCon III Removes Weisskopf as a Guest of Honor”) is being widely discussed. Toni Weisskopf posted a concise response on Facebook. The

Walt Boyes on the Consequences of Taking Down Baen’s Bar
[Editor’s Introduction: Walt Boyes, Editor, the Grantville Gazette and Editor in Chief, Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press, emailed this letter of comment on February 17. I did not realize it was intended for publication until I saw his comment

DisCon III Removes Weisskopf as a Guest of Honor
DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, announced today in an “Update on Editor Guest of Honor” that Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf has been removed as one of the convention’s GoHs. They published the following statement in explanation: DisCon III condemns

2020 Australian Romance Readers Awards Shortlist
The finalists for the 2020 Australian Romance Readers Awards were revealed on February 15. ARRA members will now vote for their favorite in each category. The winners will be announced at an online awards ceremony on March 20. Here are the finalists

2021 Zsoldos Péter Award Finalists
By Bence Pintér: The shortlist for this year’s Zsoldos Péter Award was published this week. (Last year’s shortlist was also announced few weeks ago). The Zsoldos Award is Hungary’s oldest sci-fi award, which went through a major reform last year. Formerly it was organized

Pixel Scroll 2/18/21 I’d Gladly Scroll On Tuesday, For A Pixel Today
MORE REACTIONS TO JASON SANFORD’S REPORT ABOUT BAEN’S BAR AND RELATED ISSUES. Cat Rambo draws on her decades of experience moderating online forums, including SFWA’s private discussion forum, in “Opinion: On Baen Books, Moderating Discussion Boards, & Political Expression”.

Longlists Announced For 2021 CILIP Carnegie And Kate Greenaway Medals
The longlists for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, were announced on February 18. CILIP is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Selected by volunteer Youth

The 2020 IFMCA Awards
By Steven Vertlieb: As ever, I am proud to be a voting member of The International Film Music Critics Association. Here are this year’s most worthy winners. I am particularly proud to announce that Tadlow’s stunning new recording of Samuel

BSFA Awards 2020 Shortlist
The British Science Fiction Association has released the BSFA Awards 2020 shortlist. The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the

2020 Otherwise Fellowship Recipients Announced
The Otherwise Award (originally called the Tiptree Award) has selected three new Fellows: speculative fiction writer Shreya Ila Anusuya, independent filmmaker Eleyna Sara Haroun, and poet FS Hurston. The administrators commented: Usually, the Award presents Fellowships to only two emerging creators

Baen Strikes Back; Sanford Under Growing Storm of Harassment
A series of Baen authors and editors have mounted a coordinated response to Jason Sanford’s February 15 article “Baen Books Forum Being Used to Advocate for Political Violence”, a public post on Patreon. Eric Flint’s 4,800-word “The Controversy About Baen’s Bar” recites

Pixel Scroll 2/17/21 Oh Scroll, Won’t You Scry Me An Einstein-Lorentz
A LEGEND REMEMBERED. Russell Seitz reigned in 1970s fandom as “the world’s sixth nuclear power,” having bought all the parts needed to build a Titan II missile for under a thousand dollars from junkyards on the East Coast. At

2021 Splatterpunk Award Nominees
Best-selling authors and Splatterpunk Award founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene have announced the nominees for the 2021 Splatterpunk Awards, honoring superior achievement for works published in 2020 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror. The nominees are

Connie Willis to Receive Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) will present the 2021 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award to Connie Willis at the 56th Annual SFWA Nebula Awards® for her outstanding work on behalf of the organization.

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2021 Shortlist
The Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award finalists have been posted. The award, sponsored by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year. The nominees were selected by a jury composed of journalist

Pixel Scroll 2/16/21 We Seem To Be Living In A Golden Age Of Pixel Scroll Titles At The Moment
F&SF. The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction’s Mar/Apr 2021 cover art is by Mondolithic Studios. Available at www.fandsf.com. (2) MAKE READERS FEEL. Melinda Snodgrass has posted the text of her speech at the 2021 Life the Universe and Everything conference:

Weisskopf, Correia, Weber Defend Baen’s Bar; Jason Sanford Subjected to Harassment Over His Report
In the wake of reaction to Jason Sanford’s February 15 article “Baen Books Forum Being Used to Advocate for Political Violence”, a public post on Patreon, Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf announced a hiatus for the Baen’s Bar forum. Toni Weisskopf today replaced

Baltimore Science Fiction Society Announces 2021 Compton Crook Finalists
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) released the names of the six finalists for its 2021 Compton Crook Award for best first novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. The finalists are: • Architects of Memory by Karen

Weisskopf Announces Hiatus for Baen’s Bar
Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf told participants that the company’s online forum Baen’s Bar will be “taking a break” as of midday February 16. The announcement came in the aftermath of Jason Sanford’s February 15 article “Baen Books Forum Being

2021 Writers Guild Awards Nominees
Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2020. Winners will be honored at a joint 2021 Writers Guild

Pixel Scroll 2/15/21 A Hit! A Palpatine Hit!
INVESTIGATION OF BAEN’S BAR. [Item by rcade.] Jason Sanford has published an investigative report on the disturbing number of right-wing users calling for political violence on Baen’s Bar, the private message board of the SF/F publisher Baen Books. “Baen

Yvonne Rousseau (1945–2021)
By Bruce Gillespie: With great sorrow we learn that Yvonne Rousseau died on Saturday, 13 February, in the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne, from Parkinson’s disease. She had suffered from Parkinson’s from before she returned to Melbourne from Adelaide four years

Uncanny Magazine 2020 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll Results
The Uncanny Magazine 2020 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll results were announced February 15. The top story is: The Salt Witch by Martha Wells The rest of the top vote-getting stories are: 2. Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse by Rae Carson 3. (Tie) My

Cosmic Bradbury Writing Contest Winner Named
The winner of the Waukegan (IL) Public Library’s Cosmic Bradbury Writing Contest is Orton (Orty) Ortwein, age 46, a Midwestern writer currently residing in Pewaukee, WI. The judge says his short story, The Unidentified U.F.O., “provides an interesting twist on the

Pixel Scroll 2/14/21 Oh Mandalorian, You Came And You Gave Without Taking That Too-Cute Baby Yoda
UNBOXING DAY. Juliette Wade’s copies have arrived! (2) IF IT WASN’T FOR THE HONOR OF THE THING. John Scalzi unpacks his “General Unstructured Thoughts On ‘Being Cancelled’” at Whatever. …2. ‘Canceling’ is certain people discovering that capitalism doesn’t love

2020 Cybils Winners
The 2020 Cybils Awards winners (Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards) were announced on February 14. 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. If

2020 Mythopoeic Awards Winners Announced
The 2020 Mythopoeic Awards winners were posted February 14. The Mythopoeic Awards are chosen from books nominated by individual members of the Mythopoeic Society, and selected by a committee of Society members.

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