AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 12/12/21

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NEWS

TAFF 2022 Race Begins 12/15
Beginning December 15, you can help decide which European fan is going to attend the 2022 Worldcon in Chicago as the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegate. The candidates are: Anders Holmström (Sweden), Fia Karlsson (Sweden), Miko?aj Kowalewski (Poland), and Julie Faith

Schedules for DisCon III GoHs and Special Guests
The daily schedules have been released for DisCon III’s Guest of Honor Nancy Kress; Fan Guest of Honor Ben Yalow; and Special Guests Sheree Renée Thomas, Malka Older, and Andrea Hairston. Following each of their names is a day-by-day list

Pixel Scroll 12/10/21 That’s No Moon – It’s A Harsh Scrollstress
FOR US, THE LIVING. The announcement that Cowboy Bebop won’t get a second season prompted Ryan Proffer to start a “Save the live action cowboy bebop” petition at Change.org. “For those people who want a second (or more) of

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir to Perform During Opening Ceremonies at DisCon III
Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir of Washington DC will perform at 4:00 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, December 15, during the Opening Ceremonies at DisCon III at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC. Ellington students will also learn

All Variant Covers of V. E. Schwab’s Extraordinary, Plus Sample Interiors
V. E. Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, launches her incredible world of super beings with this dazzlingly illustrated graphic novel set in the five years between Vicious and Vengeful. ExtraOrdinary follows the tale of a teenage

Pixel Scroll 12/9/21 They’d Rather Be Scrolled
DIANA RIGG ESTATE. Bonhams is auctioning the Estate of the Late Dame Diana Rigg on December 14 starting at 10:00 GMT . You can inspect items online by using the search in this link: “Bonhams : Collections: Including: The

Should the Best Series Hugo Category Be Kept?
The Best Series Hugo category was added to the WSFS Constitution in 2017 with a sunset clause requiring a future re-ratification vote to remain part of the Worldcon Constitution. That vote happens next week at the DisCon III Business Meeting.

Pixel Scroll 12/8/21 I’m Shocked To Find Scrolling Going On In Here
IF YOU CAN MAKE IT THERE. In the New York Times, Amal El-Mohtar names “The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2021”. Here’s one of her picks: In the gray fog of an uncertain year, these books stand

Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra Will Perform Video Game Music at Discon III
The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO) will perform an evening of music from popular video games at DisCon III on Thursday, December 16. The event begins at 8:00 p.m. “Video Game Music is the soundtrack of our lives, it

DisCon III Daily Schedules
DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon being held December 15-19, sent out a series of press releases with the convention’s daily schedule. The program will present hundreds of hours of discussion panels, presentations, workshops, and classes on subjects covering all kinds

Apex Magazine’s International Futurists Issue
Apex Magazine issue 128, focused on international futurists, is guest-edited by Francesco Verso, Italian author and publisher. Issue 128 contains the following short stories, essays, reviews, and interviews: EDITORIAL From the Sense of Wonder to the Sense of Wander by

New African Program Stream Distinguishes DisConIII/World Science Fiction Convention
DisCon III (December 15-19) will be the first World Science Fiction Convention to have a substantial program stream devoted to speculative fiction by Africans. The stream was organized by authors Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and Nick Wood. It features panels on many

Pixel Scroll 12/7/21 Darfstelllllllaaaaa!
Think of this as the Emergency Holographic Scroll. I spent six hours today accompanying my mother to her eye doctor appointment. No problems out of the ordinary for a 95-year-old, but we were in the office for three of those

DisCon III Current Membership Totals
DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, has shared its latest membership figures. The convention starts next week on December 15. Membership purchase information is available here. ATTENDING 2764 SUPPORTING 2874 VIRTUAL 778 TOTAL 6416 The following table shows membership totals by country.

Worldcon 76 Spent Over $100K Defending Suit by Jon Del Arroz
Worldcon 76’s financial report to the DisCon III business meeting agenda shows that the 2018 Worldcon incurred another $91,565.00 of legal fees this past year defending the suit brought by author Jon Del Arroz. And the cumulative cost? “Counsel has

Pixel Scroll 12/6/21 A Pixel Is About The Most Massively Useful Thing An Interscroller Hitchfiler Can Have
SPECTRUM FANTASTIC ART QUARTERLY. Cathy and Arnie Fenner have finished the first volume: “Spectrum Fantastic Art Quarterly *Update*” at Muddy Colors. It will be released December 20. Meantime, Arnie explains they are still at work on changes to the

Emails from Lake Woe-Is-Me — Fit the Sixteenth
[Introduction: Melanie Stormm continues her humorous series of posts about the misdirected emails she’s been getting. Stormm is a multiracial writer who writes fiction, poetry, and audio theatre. Her novella, Last Poet of Wyrld’s En

AWARDS

The Game Awards 2021
The winners of were announced in a televised ceremony on December 9. The online game It Takes Two was honored as Game of the year. Game of the Year It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA) Best Game

Goodreads Choice Awards 2021 Winners
The Goodreads Choice Awards – Best Books 2021 winners have been posted. There were 4,756,261 votes cast (but since one could vote in every category, the number of individual voters must have been substantially smaller.) Here are the results of

2022 Prometheus Hall Of Fame Award Finalists
The Libertarian Futurist Society has selected four finalists for the 2022 Hall of Fame Award. Citizen of the Galaxy, a 1957 novel by Robert Heinlein, and arguably the best of his “juveniles,” that strongly dramatizes an anti-slavery theme while exploring the

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