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Rondos, Classic Monsters, Octavia Butler, Producers Guild, BAFTA, Klein Bottles, but no moebius loops….

Worldcon 76 Filings for Summary Judgment in Del Arroz Defamation Suit Now Online
San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (Worldcon 76) last month filed a motion for summary judgment in the defamation suit brought by Jon Del Arroz (see “Worldcon 76 Moves for Summary Judgment in Del Arroz’ Defamation Suit”.) The court finished

56th Annual Nebula Awards® Finalists to be Announced in March 15 Livestream
On Monday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. PDT / 8:30 p.m. EDT, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) will livestream the announcement naming the finalists for the 56th Annual Nebula Awards®. The evening will be hosted

Marvel Comics Honors Pride Month With Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1
This June, Marvel Comics honors Pride Month with a historic celebration of LGBTQ+ characters and creators in Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1, Marvel’s first-ever queer-centered special spotlighting Marvel’s growing tapestry of LGBTQ+ characters. These stories of inspiration and empowerment will be

Pixel Scroll 3/12/21 All Unshielded Surfaces
2021 FAAN VOTING DEADLINE. FAAn Awards Administrator Nic Farey reminds everyone that today is the last day of voting – it closes tonight — March 12 — at midnight Pacific time. Guidelines and the ballot are available in The

Pixel Scroll 3/11/21 Pixels Are Reactionaries, And The Scrolls Are Missionaries
IT’S TIME. Kristian Macaron analyzes “Why I Love Time Travel Stories” on From the Earth to the Stars, the Asimov’s SF blog. Time travel is never only about the science, rather, the impossibilities. The science and whimsy of time

Scarlet Witch, Magik, And More Get The Spotlight On Newly Revealed Women Of Marvel #1 Covers
This April, Women Of Marvel #1 will spotlight iconic characters from the X-Men to the Avengers in a collection of tales by a talented all-female lineup from throughout the entertainment industry. On International Women’s Day Marvel revealed these new variant

Final Jeffrey Veregge Heroes Reborn Covers Revealed
Starting in May, fans will be presented with a new vision of the Marvel Universe in Heroes Reborn. Crafted by writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuiness, this series will present a world without the Avengers where the Squadron Supreme

Pixel Scroll 3/10/21 If I Could Save Time In A Jay Kay Klein Bottle
A SECOND MEOW. Geoff Carter, in “Inside Meow Wolf’s immersive Omega Mart art installation in Las Vegas” at the Las Vegas Weekly, reports on the second Meow Wolf installation, “Omega Mart,” which opened last month in Las Vegas. It

Nintendo Direct Trailer Park
The Nintendo Direct February 17 edition provided fans with trailers and sneak peeks of video games, especially those that are playable on the Nintendo Switch. Highlight videos follows the jump. (We may be a little late here, and this might

Playwriting Shortlist for 2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards
Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science has announced the playwriting shortlist for the 2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards. 2021 Neukom Awards Shortlist for Playwriting: “Some of Us Exist in the Future” by Nkenna Akunna “Roll Play” by Julia Blauvelt “Omen

BAFTA Awards 2021 Nominations
The 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards nominations were posted on March 9. The shortlisted Animated Films are Onward, Soul, and Wolfwalkers. Soul is also up for Original Score (Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross) and Sound (Coya Elliott, Ren

2021 DGA Awards Film and TV Nominations
The Directors Guild of America unveiled its TV, commercials and documentary nominees on March 8 and its film nominees on March 9. The complete lists of nominees are at the links. No genre production directors made the finalists in the film category.

Pixel Scroll 3/9/21 Forty And Twenty Novels Added To The To-Read Piles
MONSTROUS EMOTION. Sonny Bunch, in a Washington Post opinion piece, says “‘WandaVision’ punted on its most interesting idea about grief”. BEWARE SPOILERS. In the eighth episode of “WandaVision,” the Disney Plus series featuring Marvel Cinematic Universe witch Wanda Maximoff

2021 Romantic Novel Awards
The Romantic Novelists Association presented the in an online ceremony March 8. The sff category honoree is — The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award(for the best romantic novel that includes paranormal or speculative elements) Christina Courtenay, Echoes of

Trigger Snowflake and the Dessert
By Ingvar: Trigger arrived back at his combined Sheriff’s Office and home, after a productive day of patrolling Fort Corallium. All the citizens seemed happy, and he was looking forward to a nice, relaxing evening in the company of his

Producers Guild Awards 2021 Nominations
The Producers Guild of America has announced the 2021 nominees for the Producers Guild Awards. The finalists of genre interest follow. The complete list is here. Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures The Croods: A New Age

Pixel Scroll 3/8/21 Tick Two Pixels And Scroll Me In The Morning
UNAUTHORIZED. Marina Lostetter illustrates her points about authorship with ancient and contemporary examples in “Le Morte d’Author: on Aggregate Storytelling and Authorial Hope” at Stone Soup. …When aggregate storytelling is done unofficially, we call it “transformative work,” of which fan

Octavia Butler and “Hidden Figures” Katherine Johnson Among 2021 Inductees to National Women’s Hall of Fame
Today, on International Women’s Day, the 2021 Inductees to the National Women’s Hall of Fame were announced. They include sff author Octavia Butler and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, both inducted posthumously. The full list of 2021 inductees is: Octavia Butler, Author

Classic Monsters Unleashed Kickstarter Starts Today
A Kickstarter appeal launches today to help fund editor James Aquilone’s Classic Monsters Unleashed anthology from Crystal Lake Publishing. Readers will see monsters and villains reimagined and subverted by a diverse roster of authors. Seanan McGuire has a story about a female

2021 Rondo Award Nominees
Online voting has begun for the 19th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. You’re invited to vote for your favorites in any or all 28 categories. Click the link for instructions and the complete ballot. The deadline to participate is midnight

2021 Critics Choice Awards
The Critics Choice Association (CCA) tonight announced the winners. In the film categories three genre productions took awards: Palm Springs for Best Comedy; Tenet for Best Visual Effects; and composers Trent Reznor, Atticus

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