I Sing Bradbury Electric: A Loving, Personal Remembrance
By Steve Vertlieb: He was a kindly, gentle soul who lived among us for a seeming eternity. But even eternity is finite. He was justifiably numbered among the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Among the limitless vistas of

Pixel Scroll 7/30/22 I Can Scroll Pixels From The Vasty File
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING. ALSO LISTENING, PHONE-STALKING, AND DNA TRACKING. “A New York Times analysis of over 100,000 government bidding documents found that China’s ambition to collect digital and biological data from its citizens is more expansive and invasive

Pixel Scroll 7/29/22 I Can Pixel All The Airs From That Credential’d Nonsense Scrollafore
I’ve been having a brutal time getting online all afternoon. And having suitably paranoid thoughts that my internet provider knows I spent the morning trying to replace its service (only to discover the company that had been sending me its

Chicon 8 Site Selection Update
With slightly more than a month remaining until the 2022 Worldcon begins, the Chicon 8 committee has not yet opened Site Selection voting. However, they announced today that there will be a Q&A session with the 2024 Worldcon and 2023

Apex Magazine 2023 Kickstarter Appeal
Apex Magazine has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their 2023 issues. The campaign continues until August 26, allowing backers to buy a single issue or a subscription for the year 2023 at a discounted price. Upon funding, Apex Magazine promises stories from a star-studded cast

Pixel Scroll 7/28/22 I Love Pixels. I Like The Whooshing Sound They Make As They Scroll By
GRRM HAS COVID. Yahoo! reports “George R.R. Martin Caught COVID at Comic-Con, Is Quarantined With Sniffles ‘In a Four-Star Hotel’”. Martin speaks about it in a nine-minute video below. The precautions he was taking, discussed before SDCC at Not

Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction 2022 Finalists
The finalists for the 2022 Mike Resnick Memorial Award for the best unpublished science fiction short story by a new author were announced on July 22. The award is sponsored by Galaxy’s Edge (published by Arc Manor) and Dragon Con, and will be presented at

Pixel Scroll 7/27/22 And Did Those Files, In Ancient Time, Scroll Upon England’s Pixels Green?
TODAY’S THING TO WORRY ABOUT. “Stranger Things is being edited retroactively by Netflix. Is this the beginning of a dangerous TV trend?” asks British GQ. It’s not a long article and these tweets have the gist of it. (2)

A World of Afrofuturism: Creating Nicole Michell’s “Xenogenesis Suite” (Part II)
Interview conducted by Rob Thornton: This is Part Two of an interview with avant-jazz composer and flutist Nicole Mitchell, who paid tribute to Octavia Butler in 2008 in her composition Xenogenesis Suite. For more information, see Part One. SPOILER WARNING:

2022 Dream Foundry Contests Open to Submissions August 8
The Dream Foundry’s contests for emerging writers and artists will be open to submissions from August 8 through October 8. There are no fees to submit. The mission of The Dream Foundry is “to bolster and sustain the nascent careers

Pixel Scroll 7/26/22 Pixel 54, Where Are You?
CALL FOR ATTITUDE CHANGE. Robert Zubrin and two associates discuss the search for life on Mars in the New Atlantis. “How to Search for Life on Mars” – “First, stop refusing to look.” … The search for life ought

WOOF at Chicon 8
By Chris Garcia: Dearly beloved, it is my charmed duty to announce that yes, there will be a – The Ocho! What’s WOOF, you ask? WOOF is the WorldCon Order of Faneds, an amateur press association

A World of Afrofuturism: Meet Nicole Michell’s “Xenogenesis Suite” (Part I)
Interview conducted by Rob Thornton: Critic Mark Dery created the term “Afrofuturism” in his influential essay “Black to the Future” (1993). In the essay, he included an extensive interview with Samuel R. Delany and pointed to Black visions of the

They Made a Little Mistake
Something not quite right in the San Diego Comic-Con International souvenir book caught Scott Edelman’s eye: “In the midst of getting verklempt reading the In Memoriam section, I spotted a major error on the page honoring the late Ron Goulart

Pixel Scroll 7/25/22 Pixel 10-10 Whose Gracious Presence Illuminates The File Like The EdgeScroll Of A Knife
BLACK MALE HEROES MIA. The Wakanda Forever trailer debuted at Comic-Con. Steven Barnes offered this reaction on Facebook. There are three different, easily observable facts that I cross reference for my comments on WAKANDA FOREVER: 1) At this point

Emails From Lake Woe-Is-Me — Fit the Fortieth
[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 End


2022 Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar Shortlist
The shortlist for 2022 Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar (Fantasy Award of the City of Wetzlar) has been announced. The prize has been awarded since 1984 and is worth € 4,000. Pantopia by Theresa Hannig (Fischer Tor) Athos 2643 by Nils

Inaugural Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction Shortlist
The Ursula K. Le Guin Trust today announced the Shortlist for the Inaugural Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction. The prize honors a book-length work of imaginative fiction with $25,000. The nine shortlisted books will be considered by a

2022 Macavity Awards Nominees
Mystery Readers International announced the finalists for the 2022 Macavity Awards on July 25. The Macavity Award is named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats). Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and

Booker Prize 2022 Longlist
The Booker Prize 2022 longlist includes four books of genre interest, titles shown in boldface. The list also includes the historical novel Booth by Karen Joy Fowler, a writer with a deep resume of sff works. Audrey Magee, The Colony (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Selby

British Fantasy Awards 2022 Shortlists
The shortlists for the 2022 British Fantasy Awards have been released, along with the names of the jurors who will decide the winners, which will be announced at FantasyCon in September. BEST NEWCOMER (THE SYDNEY J. BOUNDS AWARD) Jurors: Anna Agaronyan, Clara Cohen,

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