Sasquan, DUFF, GUFF, and more.

On the Wing

By John Hertz: I’ve learned, as you have, that Adrienne Martine-Barnes (1942-2015) left our stage, a woman I loved. Platonically. She was a philosopher and had been a queen. Her powers were substantial. She had a Hispanic heart — she … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/1 Scroll forth, my song, like the rushing river

Ten stories, three videos and a partridge in a pear tree. (1) It’s a privilege to be included in this Sasquan program item: Writing About Controversies M. J. Locke [Laura Mixon] , John Scalzi , Mike Glyer , William Frank … Continue reading →


Trailer for “Chaos on the Bridge”

William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge is available as a $7.99 rental / $12.99 download. If this documentary about ST:TNG lives up the trailer, it might be worth it.… Continue reading →

2015 ENnies Presented at Gen Con

The 2015 Gen Con EN World RPG Awards were announced July 31 in Indianapolis. Best Adventure Silver: A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess) Gold: Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium) Best Aid/Accessory Silver: Black Green Call … Continue reading →

Top 10 Posts for July 2015

Never can say goodbye love…. The Hugo controversy roundups ended with the July 6 edition but you all kept the party going by adding comments to that post for another three weeks. Thanks to Kyra’s book brackets, the community finally migrated to the … Continue reading →

Sasquan Program Now Online

The program for Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, has been posted online at [Thanks to JJ for the story.]… Continue reading →

W.O.O. F. Collation at Sasquan

W.O.O.F, the World Organization Of Faneditors, created by Bruce Pelz for the 1976 Worldcon, will hold its annual collation at Sasquan. Andy Hooper has set the copy count at 73, and he will accept zines by mail up to the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/31 Happy Hour at Paulk’s Tavern

Lions roar, kittens tweet, and other animals make noise in today’s Scroll. (1) Recommended – Gregory Benford reviews Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora in “Envision Starflight Failing”. Aurora depicts a starship on a long voyage to Tau Ceti four centuries from now. … Continue reading →

Adrienne Martine-Barnes (1942-2015)

Popular Darkover author Adrienne Martine-Barnes died July 20 in Portland, OR. Born in Los Angeles, she joined LASFS in 1961 at the age of 19. She attended the University of Redlands for a year and UCLA for another. She married … Continue reading →

Renee Alper MP3 Files Online

Tim Ryan has made available several short recordings of Renee Alper at InConjuction (July 4, 1992). [Thanks to Lee Gold for the story.]… Continue reading →

Social Media Stars Picked for Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

A pair of YouTube phenomenons with a combined total of 10 million subscribers have been cast in an updated version of Sid & Marty Krofft’s 1970s TV series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. The show follows the two superheroes, played by Grace … Continue reading →

Comic Book America on ConTV

By James H. Burns: There has been an abundance of shows trying to take on the success of Pawn Stars and American Pickers, the series where essentially folks can turn their collectables to cash, and in the case of the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/30 Gonna Scroll the Bones

A lot of material out there because of the Hugo voting deadline tomorrow but if you want more than the three items I included in today’s Scroll then Google is your friend. (1) Today in History! 1932: Walt Disney released … Continue reading →

Voting Opens for 2016 GUFF Delegate

GUFF voting has begun and will continue until September 30. Known as the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which direction it’s running, GUFF exists to provide funds to enable well-known fans from Europe … Continue reading →

2015 APF Awards for Most Significant Futures Works

The Association of Professional Futurists has named the winners of its Most Significant Futures Works Awards. The award is given for the “purpose of identifying and rewarding the work of professional futurists and others whose work illuminates aspects of the future.” Category … Continue reading →

Preorder Apex Book of World SF 4

Coming at the end of August is the fourth volume in Apex Publications’ World SF series, The Apex Book of World SF 4. The stories are the selections of debut editor Mahvesh Murad, with series editor Lavie Tidhar. Mahvesh Murad writes … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/29 To Scroll in Italbar

American exceptionalism, Madeleine L’Engle, sci-fi music, and another trailer about a movie you’re likely to skip, all in today’s Scroll. (1) Did an American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? While Superman was fictional, a super-manhole-cover may actually have flown “faster … Continue reading →

Canopus Award Accepting Entries

The Canopus Award for Interstellar Writing has been established by 100 Year Starship. The award will recognize “the finest fiction and non-fiction works that contribute to the excitement, knowledge, and understanding of interstellar space exploration and travel.” 100 Year Starship, … Continue reading →

Margaret Ford Keifer (1921-2015)

Margaret Ford Keifer, longtime member of the Cincinnati Fantasy Group, passed away July 28. She was 94, and had attended all 66 Midwestcons held since the con was founded in 1950. She was predeceased by her first husband, Don Ford … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/28 Pixels in My Pocket Like Scrolls of Sand

War, Famine, Conquest, Death, and a Puppy make up today’s Scroll. (1) The headline reads “Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking Want to Save the World From Killer Robots” – more euphemistically called autonomous weapons. Along with 1,000 other signatories, Musk and … Continue reading →

Windycon To Sponsor Fluxx Tournament

By Steven H Silver: On August 15, 2015 Windycon is sponsoring a Fluxx tournament at Geek Bar Beta in Chicago. Fluxx is a card game, played with a specially designed deck published by Looney Labs, Windycon’s gaming Guests of Honor … Continue reading →

“God Is An Iron” Funds, Will Play Sasquan

Black Box Montreal, an independent theatre company, has succeeded in crowdfunding a production of Spider Robinson’s story God is an Iron and will perform it at Sasquan. We’re very excited about going to WorldCon in August! We’ve secured our plane tickets, bought our passes, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/27 Riffing on AD&D

A long-eared geezer, eight stories and an embarrassing admission in today’s Scroll. (1) Today’s birthday boy is… Bugs Bunny. He’s 75 years old. (2) David Steffen answers “Why Do I Value The Hugos?” on Diabolical Plots. [Excerpt is the second … Continue reading →

I Dreamed I Saw Grace Slick Last Night

By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1154) In fact I’ve met Grace Slick, alive as you or me. She was born in the Year of the Rabbit, she’s been painting, and her birth surname was Wing. I’ve met Joan Baez, … Continue reading →

Renee Alper (1957-2015)

Gifted filker Renee Alper died July 27 from an infection. She was 58. Alper discovered Tolkien while in the fifth grade, an interest which in time led her to fandom. She developed severe arthritis after starting college and was forced … Continue reading →

More on the Bradbury Building

At the Worldcon in 2006, Forrest J Ackerman gave a talk entitled “My Life Inside a Time Machine” in which he mentioned the Bradbury Building. Fanhistorian John L. Coker III recorded and later transcribed his remarks, and included them in his … Continue reading →
by Mike Glyer / 6d

Pixel Scroll 7/26 – The Answer, My Friend, is Scrollin’ in the Wind

Rants, disenchants, and Peter Grant, in today’s Scroll. (1) “The Taffeta Darling,” a guest brought in by the Dallas Gaming Expo to help direct games, says the whole thing was run so badly she quit and wrote “Where’s The Ball Pit? Or … Continue reading →

2016 ABC DeepSouthCon Canceled

Chairman M. Lee Rogers has announced the ABC Deep South Con scheduled for 2016 will not be held. After a recent meeting of the ABC Deep South Con committee and a review of the convention’s financial standing, the committee decided … Continue reading →

Last Minute Reminder About Sasquan Tours

Several pre- and post-Worldcon tours of the Inland Northwest are offered by Sasquan but if they don’t make their minimum numbers by July 28 the tours will be canceled. Come early or stay late and let the locals take you … Continue reading →

File 770 Goes To The Ballpark

By James H. Burns: I tend to write backwards, nowadays, in that I’ll write a piece I want to write, or suddenly write one of those mini-memoirs many of you have been kind enough to read here, and then look … Continue reading →

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