Awards, the continued return of the Pixel Scroll and lots of fannish stuff

2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award
Congratulations to @Shawn_Snider for winning the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award with his story “The Lavender Paladin!” — Baen Books (@BaenBooks) August 8, 2016 Shawn Snider won the 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award with his short story “The Lavender Paladin.” … Continue reading →

Heinlein Society News
By Keith Kato, President: The Heinlein Exhibit for the Hall of Famous Missourians was unveiled at the MidAmeriCon II Art Show. After the Worldcon, about 30 (!!) Heinlein fans travelled to the Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City for the … Continue reading →

Alasdair Stuart on the Growth of SFF Podcasting
By Carl Slaughter: Alasdair Stuart is the CEO of Escape Artists, the parent company of the Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Podcastle, and Cast of Wonders podcasts, and most recently the Mothership Zeta magazine. He shares at length about the people, history, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/24/16 The Scroll Glows White On The Mountain Tonight, Not A Pixel To Be Seen
(1) INTERNMENT DRAMA. Courtesy of Fathom Events, “Broadway Musical ‘Allegiance’ Starring George Takei to Screen in Cinemas”. “Allegiance,” the Broadway musical that starred George Takei in a four-month run last season, will come to movie theaters around the country in a … Continue reading →

Thank You to the Sponsors of Park 770
On April 24, it was proposed that Filers, as a group, sponsor a park bench in the MidAmeriCon II Fan Village. Response was so tremendous that we ended up sponsoring two parks, decorated with foliage and exotic miscellanea and benches with … Continue reading →

2016 Gemmell Awards
Good turn out for the Gemmell Awards 2016 #fcon2016 #nervous — Phil Lunt (@phil_lunt) September 24, 2016 The 2015 David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy were presented at FantasyCon in Scarborough, UK on September 24. RAVENHEART AWARD (Best cover art) … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/23/16 Is There In Pixel No Scrolling?
(1) WOKING UNVEILS WELLS STATUE. H. G. Wells only lived in Woking for 18 months, but the city’s theory is the time there had a big impact on his work, so they’ve put up a statue. This week saw the … Continue reading →

Chuck Wendig’s Zeroes
By Carl Slaughter: Chuck Wendig’s Zeroes came out in May in paperback. An Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll are each offered a choice: go to prison or help … Continue reading →

Joshua Palmatier’s Alien Artifacts Anthology
By Carl Slaughter. Alien Artifacts. Published September 13, by Zombies Need Brains, a new small press specializing in Kickstarter-funded, themed anthologies. ZNB was founded by Compton Crook finalist and DAW trilogist Joshua Palmatier. What might we run into as we … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/22/16 Little Old Lady Got Pixelated Late Last Night
(1) SHINY. What’s the latest at Young People Read Old SF? Curator James Davis Nicoll has assigned them Arthur C. Clarke’s “Superiority”. I knew I would be offering my subjects a Clarke story at some point, not because he is … Continue reading →

Fantastic Fiction at KGB Reading Series Presents Barron and Wong
By Mark L. Blackman: On the evening of Wednesday, September 21 – the last day of summer – the monthly Fantastic Fiction Readings Series hosted readings by authors Laird Barron and Alyssa Wong at its venue, the Red Room at … Continue reading →

Ellison Bio “A Lit Fuse” Available for Pre-Order
The NESFA Press will release a limited edition of A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, An Exploration by Nat Segaloff in late Fall 2016, followed by a general hardcover edition in early Spring 2017. Written over the … Continue reading →

Ben Winters’ Underground Airlines
By Carl Slaughter: UNDERGROUND AIRLINES by Ben Winters genre: alternate history It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred. A gifted … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/21/16 “Repent, Pixels”, Said The Box-Tick Man
(1) STATHOPOULOS WINS MAJOR ART PRIZE. Although the critics gave their prize to Louise Herman’s portrait of Barry Humphries, the people have voted the 2016 Archibald Prize People’s Choice award to a fine artist with fannish roots. In Nick Stathopoulos’s commanding portrait … Continue reading →

Jim Johnson: Star Trek, and Paranormal Fantasy
By Carl Slaughter: The first time Jim Johnson wrote Star Trek, he worked with the legendary Dean Wesley Smith. Now he’s writing for the new Star Trek: Adventures roleplaying game by Modiphius. Then he wrote his own series, Pistols & … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/20/16 Grow Scrolled Along With Me, The Pixel Is Yet To Be
(1) SUMMER IN ORCUS HAS LAUNCHED. A certain T. Kingfisher has released the first chapter of a new serial, Summer in Orcus. Also known as Ursula Vernon, and RedWombat, Kingfisher filled readers in on the schedule…: I will be posting … Continue reading →

Joseph Lallo, Time and Redemption
By Carl Slaughter: Joseph Lallo is a busy guy. In March, he came out with Temporal Contingency, the latest in his Big Sigma series. In May, he released The Redemption of Desmeres, latest in his Book of Deacon series. In … Continue reading →

Passengers Trailer
Due in theaters December 21. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years … Continue reading →

Fiction Philosophy
By Carl Slaughter: For several years, me and Mike Resnick went back and forth about premise versus character. I insisted a science fiction story required a valid science premise well-integrated into the story. He insisted the characters were the only … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/19/16 Scroll Like A Pixel Day
(1) OUT OF STEAM. Southern California will be without one of its Halloween traditions this year, and probably for the future. “Ghost Train Cancelled by Los Angeles Live Steamers Board of Directors”. The Griffith Park model steam railroad center will … Continue reading →

2016 Rosny-Aîné Award Winners
The winners of 2016 Rosny-Aîné (The Elder) Awards were announced at the announced at the 43rd French National Science Fiction Convention held August 26-28 in Gradignan (France). The award is given in two categories, novels and short stories. 2016 Best … Continue reading →

Michael Martinez: Cold Wars and Alternate Napoleonic Wars
By Carl Slaughter: Michael Martinez is a busy author. This summer, he wrapped up his Daedalus Incident series with Enceladus Crisis in May and Venusian Gambit in July. On September he launched a new series, Majestic 12. The first novel … Continue reading →

Wen Spencer’s Elfhome Series
By Carl Slaughter: Project Elfhome, the latest installment of Wen Spencer’s Elfhome series, came out September 6 from Baen. Tinker, the first story in the series, won the Sapphire Award for Best Science Fiction Romance Novel. Spencer won the Campbell … Continue reading →

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