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Harassment of Sanford continues (big surprise, right?) Somtow in symphonic horror; CJ Cherryh wins Heinlein Award, more

Remembering Jack Klugman
By Steve Vertlieb: I grew up with television in the 1950s. The little box sitting in my living room, brightly lit from within, became a lifelong companion. During those most impressionable years, I came to recognize a variety of character

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #57
Top Recommendations for the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Part One By Chris M. Barkley: The end of January marked the beginning of the nomination period for the 2021 Hugo Awards, which will remain open until March 19th

NASA Names Perseverance Rover Touchdown Site “Octavia E. Butler Landing”
NASA has named the Perseverance rover’s landing place on Mars the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Landing Site, just as they had earlier named the Curiosity site for Ray Bradbury (Bradbury Landing). The location is marked with a star in the

Pixel Scroll 3/5/21 Mr. Pixel, Can Scroll! How Droll!
BUTLER HONORED. GeekWire, a site with roots in Seattle, took a strong interest in today’s news of a “Mars rover landing site named after Octavia E. Butler” because Butler spent her last years living in the Seattle area. Alan

Clarion West’s Class of 2021
Clarion West is returning as a virtual workshop in 2021. The faculty for the Clarion West Six-Week Summer Workshop will be Andy Duncan, Eileen Gunn, Tina Connolly, Caroline Yoachim, Nalo Hopkinson, Sheree Renée Thomas, and Ted Chiang. Following the postponement

The History of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Is Reborn in New Variant Covers by Carlos Pacheco
From creators Jason Aaron and Ed McGuiness comes Heroes Reborn, a bold new vision of the Marvel Universe where the Avengers never assembled and the Squadron Supreme took their place. But what happened to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? The answers await

Jodorowsky’s “The Knights of Heliopolis” Arrives on April 13
The next graphic novel from acclaimed film-maker, playwright, actor, author, musician and comics writer Alejandro Jodorowsky, with illustrations from artist Jérémy — The Knights Of Heliopolis — puts a supernatural spin on The Man in the Iron Mask. All four volumes are published together in

Pixel Scroll 3/4/21 And All The Scrolls Are Full Of Pix
SPACE OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY. The virtual Tucson Festival of Books will include a panel “Galactic Empires, Murderbots and More!” with Tochi Onyebuchi, John Scalzi, and Martha Wells on Saturday March 6 at 11:00 a.m. Mountain time. Registration info

Somtow Sucharitkul Collaborates on Film Thriller
Somtow Sucharitkul’s new film The Maestro: Symphony of Terror is now in post-production. Somtow and filmmaker Paul Spurrier, director of award-winning films like The Forest, having endured the pandemic shutting off their usual creative avenues for months, decided to break

2023 Worldcon Bid Filing Documents Online
DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, has now posted the filing documents from the two committees bidding for the right to hold the 2023 Worldcon, Chengdu, China and Memphis, Tennessee. These documents are (1) an announcement of intent to bid;

2021 IAFA Crawford Award
The winner of the 2021 William L. Crawford Fantasy Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for a first book of fantasy, is Nghi Vo for The Empress of Salt and Fortune (Tordotcom). Award administrator Gary K.

Pixel Scroll 3/3/21 The Pixels Are Due On Scroll Street
TERRY AND THE WIZARD. [Item by rcade.] Twitter user Edgar Allen Doe shares the tale of the day he went to Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, California, and met the fantasy author Terry Prachett, who met a wizard. Thread starts

2021 Annie Awards Nominees
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 48th Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. This year’s Best Animated Feature nominations include: Onward (Pixar Animation Studios), Soul (Pixar Animation Studios), The

2021 VES Awards Nominees
The Visual Effects Society released the nominations for the 2021 VES Awards on March 2. The VES Awards recognize VFX artistry in 25 categories spanning film, TV, animation, commercials and video games. Disney+’s The Mandalorian outpaced all TV shows and films with 13 nominations.

Pixel Scroll 3/2/21 What Is Pixel, But Scroll Persevering
A PEEK AT APEX. Apex Magazine Issue 122 has been released. The link below takes you to the new issue page where you’ll find fiction by Sam J. Miller, Sheree Renée Thomas, A.C. Wise, Annie Neugebauer, Barton Aikman, Sabrina

2021 British Academy Games Awards Nominees
BAFTA announced the nominees for the British Academy Games Awards 2021 on March 2. The Last of Us Part II has received a record-setting 13 nominations, beating last year’s record of 11 by Control and Death Stranding. The awards presentations

2021 Jack Williamson Lectureship
The 44th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship, hosted by Eastern New Mexico University, will be held online April 22-24, with guests of honor James Patrick Kelly and Rebecca Roanhorse, and emcee Connie Willis. There will be readings and panels, interspersed with film

Ray Bradbury Prize, Other LA Times Book Prize Finalists Announced
The Los Angeles Times today unveiled the finalists for the 41st annual Book Prizes. Winners will be announced virtually on Friday, April 16 in a prologue to the Festival of Books, Stories and Ideas. Traditionally the nation’s largest in-person literary event, the festival will

C. J. Cherryh Wins 2021 Robert A. Heinlein Award
C. J. Cherryh is the 2021 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. This award is in recognition of

Motion Picture Sound Editors 68th Annual Golden Reel Awards Nominees
The Motion Picture Sound Editors released the nominees for the 68th annual Golden Reel Awards on March 1. Half of the films up for the marquee award Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Underscore category are genre: The Invisible Man,

Pixel Scroll 3/1/21 Second Pixel On The Left, Scroll On Till Morning
A KIND OF HOUSING CRISIS. In “Jonathan Lethem on Robert Heinlein and Other Influences” at The New Yorker, Lethem answers questions about his story in this week’s issue, “The Crooked House.” The story’s protagonist, Mull, has found himself living

New Round of Harassment Against Jason Sanford
The initial round of Baen authors and editors counter-attacking Jason Sanford’s February 15 article “Baen Books Forum Being Used to Advocate for Political Violence” was followed by a hardly unexpected wave of their fans expressing resentment and abuse against him. But

The Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2021 Nominees
The Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2021 is another set of honors from a collection of book critics, in this case – Adri, from Nerds of a Feather. Anna, from There’s Always Room for One More. Arina, from The Bookwyrm’s Guide to

Chengdu, Memphis Officially File 2023 Worldcon Bids
The DisCon III committee announced today that two bidders for the 2023 Worldcon filed by the deadline to appear on the mail ballot: Chengdu, China (@chengduworldcon) and Memphis, Tennessee (@MemphisIn2023). The committee tweeted that the bid filings will be available

Clarkesworld 2020 Reader’s Poll Winners
Editor Neil Clarke announced the winners of the 2020 Clarkesworld Magazine Reader’s Poll for best story and cover art in the March issue. Best Story of 2020 Winner: “AirBody” by Sameem Siddiqui (Short Story, April) 2nd Place: “The Translator, at Low Tide” by Vajra Chandrasekera

Top 10 Posts for February 2021
News about Jason Sanford’s expose of the Baen’s Bar forum, and about Baen publisher and now-former Worldcon GoH Toni Weisskopf dominated the Top 10 in February. A month after the January 6 insurrection in Washington

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