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FAAN awards, Agatha nominees, Booker long list, Aurealis, Laswitz, Tolkein Society, Royal Society and SFWA statement on Asian diaspora communities (more as well)

Kurt Busiek Introduces Mysterious New Marvel Villains and Heroes in The Marvels #1
This April, The Marvels #1 written by Kurt Busiek with art by Yildiray Çinar, will kick off a new saga set in the spectacular 616 that spans decades and ranges from grand adventure to intense human drama, from street-level to

Serial Box Relaunches As Realm
Audio entertainment company Serial Box is becoming Realm, expanding beyond its roots in immersive audio fiction to become a globally distributed podcast network. Among the shows launching this month as free podcasts are Orphan Black: The Next Chapter written by Malka Older and

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #60
Short Takes: Zack Snyder’s Justice League, 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, the Discon III Update and the Georgia/Dragoncon Situation By Chris M. Barkley: Zach Synder’s Justice League ( Warner Brothers/DC Comics, 4 hours 2 minutes) with Ben

Pixel Scroll 4/3/21 Oh, Dear, One Of My Cats Just Brought Me Half A Pixel
BSFA AWARDS LINK CHANGE. Use this link instead of the one posted yesterday to view the BSFA Awards ceremony on April 4. BSFA chair Allen Stroud says, “Apologies for the alteration. Owing to a case of deleting a scheduled

2021 Philip K. Dick Award
The winner was announced online by Norwescon 43 on April 2: Road Out Of Winter by Alison Stine (Mira) A special citation was given to: The Book Of Koli by M. R. Carey (Orbit) The

Opening Lines Rewritten for a Pandemic — By Filers
Eli Grober’s “Opening Lines Rewritten for a Pandemic” in The New Yorker humorously changes the beginnings of famous books to suit life as we knew it in the plague year of 2020. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle It was a dark

Pixel Scroll 4/2/21 Vorkosigan-Wagen, The Flying Car Of The Future
BSFA AWARDS CEREMONY. The British Science Fiction Association will present the BSFA Awards in a live YouTube broadcast on Sunday, April 4 at 5 p.m. (9 a.m. Pacific). View here. (See the finalists on BSFA Awards 2020 Shortlist.) (2) RETURN

SFWA Issues a Statement and Plan of Support for the Asian Diaspora Communities
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America today distributed “A Statement and Plan of Support for the Asian Diaspora Communities”: SFWA offers its condolences and support to the Asian diaspora communities, both in the US and worldwide. According to

The Tolkien Society Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced
The Trustees of The Tolkien Society have released the shortlist for The Tolkien Society Awards 2021. Members have until April 9 to cast their votes. The shortlist for the Awards is as follows: BEST ARTWORK “A Year at Bag End” by

2020 Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize
Cats React to Science Facts by Izzi Howell has been chosen by children as the winning book for the . The prize was awarded during a virtual ceremony on the Royal Society’s YouTube channel, and hosted by Lindsey

Pixel Scroll 4/1/21 I’ve Been Pixeled, Been Misfiled, When Will I Be Scrolled
PLAY ALONG AT HOME. Eli Grober offers these “Opening Lines Rewritten for a Pandemic” in The New Yorker. “A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeleine L’Engle “It was a dark and stormy night, so we stayed inside, just like we’d

2020 Booknest Fantasy Awards
The winners of the were announced March 31. AWARDS PROCESS. The BookNest Fantasy Awards are selected by a hybrid process. The longlist of nominees was assembled with recommendations by the blogs Fantasy Faction, Fantasy Book Critic, Fantasy

Top 10 Posts for March 2021
Sometimes the news is good! Peter S. Beagle and his ownership group got back control of much of his IP after years of delay caused by his ex-manager resorting to bankruptcy proceedings. The result was enthusiastically welcomed by social media.

Pixel Scroll 3/31/21 Run Back To The Shelter Of Her Pixel’s Scrolling Helper
A DAY FOR VISIBILITY. On International Transgender Day of Visibility, one fan talks about the way Star Trek fandom helped her feel safe and seen as her full self: “Coming Out to My Star Trek Family”. In October 2012,

Kurd Laßwitz Preis 2021 Finalists
The finalists for the 2021 Kurd Laßwitz Preis were announced on March 30. The award, named after German author Kurd Laßwitz, is given to works written in or translated into the German language and published during the previous year. The German language

2020 Aurealis Awards Shortlists
The shortlists for the 2020 Aurealis Awards were announced March 31 by the Continuum Foundation (ConFound). The award recognizes the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. The panelists considered nearly 850 entries across the 15 categories to determine the

Pixel Scroll 3/30/21 Give Me A Long Enough Pixel And A Place To Scroll
CHEN QUIFAN. Yi-Ling Liu has a profile of Chen Qiufan in the April WIRED. The article has a wealth of detail about what it is like being a sf writer in China, including the news that if The Three-Body

BSFS Shares Outcome of Investigation Into Harassment Complaints
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has released the results of an outside investigation into four allegations that Balticon 54 committee member and forthcoming Balticon 55 chair Eric Gasior violated the club’s Code of Conduct. (See also “BSFS Opens New Investigation

Mourlevat Wins 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
The 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award laureate is French author Jean-Claude Mourlevat. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is given annually

2021 International Booker Prize Longlist
The 13-title 2021 International Booker Prize longlist includes The Employees written by Olga Ravn, a Dane and a 2019 Niels Klim Award winner, and five other works of genre interest — I Live in the Slums by Can Xue, translated

Pixel Scroll 3/29/21 Listen, Billy Pixel’s Come Unscrolled In File
WOOKIEEPEDIA CONTROVERSY RESOLVED. The Wookieepedia editors’ vote on an “Amendment to naming policy for real-world transgender individuals” discussed in yesterday’s Scroll (Item #2) has been rendered moot by management’s decision that the status quo – using deadnames from production credits –

A Conflict Over Applying the #OwnVoices Hashtag to Works
[Editor’s note: #OwnVoices is a term coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective.] By rcade: Last year, Dark Matter Zine managing editor

2020 Agatha Award Nominees
Malice Domestic announced the 2020 Agatha Award nominees on March 26. The Agatha Awards honor the “traditional mystery,” books typified by the works of Agatha Christie and others. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore

Pixel Scroll 3/28/21 The Pixel On The Edge Of Scrollever
HOME ON THE CIMMERIAN RANGE. Horror author Stephen Graham Jones shares his love for the Conan stories and how he identifies both with Conan and with his creator Robert E. Howard in “My Life With Conan the Barbarian” in

2021 FAAN Awards
The 2021 FAAn Award winners were announced today in an online ceremony presided over by Jerry Kaufman. The full voting results are available from administrator Nic Farey here at eFanzines. GENZINE Portable Storage edited by William Breiding PERZINE This Here…

 

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