AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 01/16/22: Join the SPMSFSG & the ACL today! Edition

New sub-genres purportedly on the horizon; awards, Amazon author dispute continues, World Fantasy Con and far too many obituaries!

*Join the SPMSFSG & the ACL today! and help fight against the dilution of our genre. (Society for the Prevention of More Science Fiction Sub Genres and the Anti-Commodification League, UKLG Chapter)




Ron Goulart (1933-2022)
Ron Goulart died January 14, the day after his 89th birthday. A science fiction and mystery author, he published more than 180 books under his own and other different names, including the house names Kenneth Robeson and Con Steffanson, and personal pseudonyms such as

Dave Wolverton (1952-2022)
By Dave Doering: What a challenge! How do I capture almost 40 years of working with Dave Wolverton here? He was the rarest of gems–a titan in tale-telling, an articulate teacher, a riveting writer, a major mentor–and the kindest man you

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SLF ILLUSTRATION OF THE YEAR. Michelle Feng is the winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s search for their 2022 Illustration of the Year. Hoping to translate theory into policy and practice, Michelle’s experience revolves around working directly with traditionally

Review: The Hammond Conjecture
By Mike Glyer: Hugh Hammond thinks he has been swapped to another timeline. Or else he’s insane. He’s trying to figure it out. Martin Reed’s alternate history tale The Hammond Conjecture finds Hugh regaining consciousness in an isolation ward of

“Don’t Look Up” …Down …Or Around
By Steve Vertlieb: (Beware spoilers.) The frenzy of joyous controversy swirling over director Adam McKay’s new film Don’t Look Up has stirred a healthy, if frenetic debate over the meaning and symbology of this bonkers dramedy. On its surface a

Pixel Scroll 1/13/22 If Pluto Is Not A Planet, Then Mickey Mouse Is Not A Star
DAVE FARLAND MEDICAL UPDATE. Dave Farland’s son, Spencer, has corrected reports of his father’s death, but Farland remains on life support after a fall. This Dave’s Son Spencer. Thank you for all the messages and people reaching out.

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki Hears from Amazon; GoFundMe Is Successful
The GoFundMe launched after Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki reported Amazon KDP shut down his account and took his royalties raised $5,568 in one day. In the meantime, his author page and books have since been restored on Jason Sanford, who

Chicon 8 Hugo Nominations Open Soon; Forms Will Be Solely in English
All the fans who bought supporting memberships in DisCon III so they would be eligible to vote for Chengdu in 2023 also acquired the right to cast nominating ballots for the 2022 Hugo Awards, creating an opportunity that the Hugo Book

Terry Whittier Has Died
[Terry Whittier recently passed away. Not many details are known at this time. He had been a fan photographer since 1972, taking pictures of costumes at Westercons, NASFiCs, Worldcons and many other conventions. And a decade ago he regularly wrote

Pixel Scroll 1/12/22 Asking Only Filer’s Pixels, I Come Looking For A Scroll
BIPOC WRITERS INVITED. Editor Jonathan Strahan is reserving up to three spots in his upcoming anthology The Book of Witches for new BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Colour) writers. “Open submission period for BIPOC* writers for The Book

World Fantasy Convention 2022 in New Orleans
World Fantasy Convention 2022 has named its Guests of Honor: Ginjer Buchanan, Victor LaValle, Jo Walton, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Andrei Codrescu. The Toastmaster is Ursula Vernon. An artist Guest of Honor will be named later. Chaired by Tom Hanlon, the convention

Update on Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and His Amazon Account
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki’s Amazon author page is live again and his books are for sale there, however, he reports that the royalties in his account have not yet been restored. This development occurred after Jason Sanford had launched a “Fundraiser

DisCon III Final Covid Report Has One New Case
DisCon III emailed members on January 12 the last report from the Covid team about positive test results among attendees of the convention which ended over three weeks ago on December 19. There is only one new case. They also

MWA’s 2022 Grand Master Is Laurie R. King
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced several special awards today. They have selected Laurie R. King as the 2022 Grand Master. The Raven Award recipient is book reviewer Lesa Holstine. And the Ellery Queen Award has been given to publisher Juliet

Bill Mills (1952-2022)
Las Vegas fan Bill Mills died January 9 at the age of 69, less than a week after coming home from the hospital. Mills was a musician, filker, collector of sf movie props, and a masquerader. He was a prolific maker of videos

Pixel Scroll 1/11/22 Look At My Fingers: Four Pixels, Four Scrolls. Zero Pixels, Zero Scrolls!
COSINE. COSine is going ahead this weekend (January 14-16) in Colorado Springs, CO. In their latest publicity email, co-chairs Morland Gonsoulin and Arlen Feldman repeated their Covid policy — Just a reminder – we have had a lot of

File 770 Questionnaire
By JJ: I’ve seen this meme a lot in recent years, and it seems like a good subject for discussion: If you were only allowed to listen to only one song for the rest of your life, what would it

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HIPY PAPY BTHUTHDTH THUTHDA CTHULHU. Scott Lynch noticed that Pooh entered the public domain on New Year’s Day. Thread starts here. He’s not the only creator to hit the ground running: “’Winnie-the-Pooh’ just entered the public domain. Here’s what

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki Calls Out Amazon KDP For Shutting Down His Account
[Here’s another instance of Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) terminating a writer’s account and impounding their royalties – and this one hits closer to home. A week ago the Scroll covered what three romance authors said happened to them (see


2022 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced
The six works nominated for the 2022 Philip K. Dick Award were announced by the judges and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust on January 11. Defekt by Nino Cipri (Tordotcom Publishing) Plague Birds

2022 Writers Guild Awards: Television Writing Nominations Announced
Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2021. Winners will be revealed on March 20. Genre shows with

2022 SAG Award Nominees
The nominees for the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced, and only a few genre productions made the ballot. In the Ensemble Cast categories, the film Don’t Look Up and two television series, The Handmaid’s Tale and Squid

2020 Dwayne McDuffie Award
They Called Us Enemy, George Takei’s graphic memoir about his internment as a child during World War II, is the winner of the for Diversity. The book, written with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, and illustrated

2022 Golden Globes Winners
The 2022 Golden Globes recipients were announced through social media tonight because the controversy-plagued awards event went untelevised this year. Last May, rights-holder NBC decided that it would not air the 2022

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