AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 3-21-21

Truly, award season is upon us from the Grammy’s to the Anlabs.

SFWA Announces the 56th Annual Nebula Awards® Finalists
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) announced the finalists for the 56th Annual Nebula Awards® on March 15. NOVEL Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK) The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US & UK) Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia

2020 Australian Romance Readers Awards
The winners were named on March 20. The winners in the categories of genre interest are: Favourite Paranormal Romance 2020 Alpha Night by Nalini Singh Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance 2020 Blackbird Rising by Keri Arthur

Snag Tights Offer A Fantasy Range
By James Bacon: Fans love clothing that is related to SFnal elements, and I have a number of garments that I adore, wear too much and are absolutely wearing my fandom on my sleeve, literally. So when I saw this,

Pixel Scroll 3/20/21 The Pixels Are Already Here — They’re Just Not Very Evenly Scrolled
HOTROOTING. Eddie Kim tells why he looks forward to the production, and shares a Redwall-inspired recipe: “’Redwall’ Netflix TV Series: The Best Food Porn Ever Written” at Mel Magazine. (“GRRM wept,” says N., who sent the link.) The world

Good Names for Bad Guys
By John Hertz: During 1937-1956 a radio program called “The Answer Man” was broadcast over the Mutual Broadcasting System. People sent in some 2,500 questions a day, a million questions a year. The program’s offices were across the street from the New York Public

Pixel Scroll 3/19/21 Scroll The Night, There’s Files Enough Here For Two
EVERYBODY COMPLAINS ABOUT THE WEATHER. And they complain even more if somebody does something about it. Sierra Garcia points to research about “How Early Sci-Fi Authors Imagined Climate Change” at JSTOR Daily. More than a century before melting polar

2021 Analog AnLab Readers’ Award Finalists
Analog magazine has posted the works from 2020 that finished in the top slots in each category of the Analog Analytical Laboratory. The winners will be revealed in Analog’s July/August issue. There are links to PDF files (where provided) that

World Video Game Hall of Fame Announces 2021 Finalists
Which video games will make it into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this May? Can Carmen Sandiego find the way? Will Call of Duty battle to victory? The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, has announced 12

2021 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Finalists
The top choices for Asimov’s 35th Annual Readers’ Awards Poll are online. There are links that will allow you to read all the finalists. The winners chosen by readers will be revealed at a later date. BEST NOVELLA Maelstrom by

Pixel Scroll 3/18/21 The Zack Pixel Cut
THAT LESSON DOESN’T MEAN WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS. Charlie Jane Anders breaks down the “7 Wrong Lessons That Creators Learned From Game of Thrones” for Tor.com readers. 2. Viewers still love the “smartest guy in the room” Superficially,

March 19 Is Last Day To Nominate for the Hugos
Tomorrow is the deadline to submit a Hugo nominating ballot — Friday, March 19, 11:59 p.m. Pacific. DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, reminds everyone that all CoNZealand members (2020 Worldcon), and DisCon III members who registered by December 31, 2020,

CILIP Carnegie And Kate Greenaway Medals 2021 Shortlists Announced
The shortlists 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 March 18. CILIP is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Sixteen titles have been

Debut of the New X-Men Team
“Humans of planet Earth. While you slept, the world changed.” The now iconic opening line from House of X #1, the start of writer Jonathan Hickman’s radical transformation of the X-Men franchise, foretold the incredible plans that mutantkind was about to unleash

James Bacon Reviews “Proteus Vex Volume 1”
Proteus Vex Volume 1 ‘Another Dawn’ Mike Carroll, Henry Flint, Simon Bowland. By James Bacon: Today, Thursday, March 18 in the UK, Proteus Vex Volume 2 ‘The Shadow Councilor’ has just come to a close in Prog 2223 of 2000AD, yet this

Pixel Scroll 3/17/21 Seriously, Dude! Don’t Scroll It!
THE SEAWEED OF CRIME. BBC America has begun airing “Fury from the Deep”, another lost Doctor Who story arc reconstructed as an animated miniseries. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria find themselves on the east coast of England where a

James Bacon Reviews “Noughts and Crosses”
Noughts and Crosses BBC and NBC ‘In a world divided by colour, love is never black and white’ By James Bacon: Based on the YA novel Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman, this is a brilliantly conceived alternative history set in a

Four Thoughts from Coleridge
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1432) We know Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) mainly as a poet. There’s The Rhyme (he spelled it Rime) of the Ancient Mariner, and for SF-lovers in particular there’s the sublime fragment “Kubla Khan”, to which SF has paid tribute in “The Person from

HWA’s Third Annual Summer Scares Reading List
The Horror Writers Association (HWA), in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Booklist, has announced the third annual Summer Scares Reading List, with titles selected by a panel of authors and librarians and designed to promote horror as

Pixel Scroll 3/16/21 I Want To Be In The Scroll Where It Pixels
HUGO NOMINATING DEADLINE IMMINENT. DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, told Facebook readers yesterday that 674 people have submitted Hugo Awards nominations so far. Don’t miss out! The deadline to cast your nominating ballot is this Friday March 19 at 11:59

2020 Cóyotl Award Nominees
The Furry Writers’ Guild posted the nominees for the 2020 Cóyotl Awards on March 1. The awards are given for the best anthropomorphic fiction of the past year. BEST NOVEL Love Match (Book 3) by Kyell Gold Ritual of the Ancients (Changing Bodies: Book 1) by

Where To Find The 2020 Nebula Finalists For Free Online
To help propel you into your awards season reading, here are links to excerpts or complete works from the 2020 Nebula Award finalists. Novel Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK) (Excerpt – Audio Excerpt) The City We Became

Pixel Scroll 3/15/21 Over 165 Days Without A Godstalk-Themed Scroll Title – Oops!
ARKHAM ITEMS FOR SALE. John W. Knott, Jr. Bookseller is asking $415,000 for “AN ARKHAM HOUSE ARCHIVE: An important archive of material from the from the files of August Derleth, publisher and editor”. …The Arkham House Archive contains over

2021 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award Finalists
The finalists for the 2021 Jim Baen Memorial Award competition have been announced. The Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest has been held annually since 2007 and is focused on stories of space exploration and discovery, with an optimistic spin

2021 Oscar Nominees
The 2021 Oscar nominees were announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on March 15. Soul, Tenet, Mulan and Pinocchio, four sff films, received multiple nominations. The awards will be presented in a televised ceremony on April

2021 Lambda Literary Awards Finalists
The shortlists for the 33rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced March 15. These finalists in 24 categories were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 1,000 book submissions from over 300 publishers. The winners

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #59
Top Recommendations for the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Part Two – Stand Alone Films By Chris M. Barkley: Decisions, decisions, decisions…and time is running out. In Part One of my Recommendations for the 2021 Hugo Award for

James Bacon Reviews “The Seeds”
The Seeds by Ann Nocenti and David Aja from Berger Books Review By James Bacon: This comic started at the end of Summer in 2019, with the second issue being somewhat delayed, and then the third and fourth issues being

2021 GRAMMY Winners
The 2021 GRAMMY Awards were presented in a ceremony that aired March 14. The complete list of winners is at the link. These are the winners I recognized as being of genre interest. If you sift through the mu

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