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Pixel Scroll 11/20/21 Down Slupps The Pixel-Ma-Phone To Your Ear
NAVIGATING LITERATURE. The Huntington Library’s “Mapping Fiction” exhibit will run January 15-May 2. The Pasadena, CA institution timed the event to coincide with the centennial of the publication of James Joyce’s groundbreaking 1922 modernist novel, Ulysses. Maps from J.R.R. Tolkien,

Fourth Annual Psychedelic Film and Music Festival Screenings Announced
The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival has announced the program for its fourth annual event, with a lineup of music videos and science fiction, horror, and fantasy films. Featuring 88 official selections, virtual screenings will be held from December 9-10, with in-person

Remembering John Farnham Scott, A Cherished Friend
By Steve Vertlieb: I just saw a tribute to an old friend at Dick Klemensen’s Facebook page. Dick, the editor and publisher of Little Shoppe of Horrors Magazine, is seated to the left of frame, next to Don Kraar, wearing

Pixel Scroll 11/19/21 Now We Know How Many Holes It Takes To Fill A Pixel Scroll
REFUTING FOUNDATION. Who cares if a brutal autocracy is destroyed? Why would anyone want to make another one? The Atlantic’s Zachary D. Carter says “’Foundation’ Has an Imperialism Problem”. Beware spoilers. … Foundation is a grand sci-fi adventure, sure, but

RIP Dave Frishberg
By Daniel Dern: Songwriter, singer and pianist Dave Frishberg has passed away at 88, leaving behind him many sad fans but also many wonderful songs and records of them. Frishberg was, to lots of us, best known for his song

Comic Hugos – The View From The Gutter
[Editor’s note: At the eleventh hour, James wanted to encourage Hugo voters to get involved in the Best Graphic Story or Comics category.] By James Bacon: [Reprinted from Journey Planet.] Well I have to say it’s an incredible year for

AAI Announces the Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and the Speculative Imagination
The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas today announced its newest center, the Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and Speculative Imagination. Led by Director Chris McKitterick, the Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and the Speculative Imagination brings writers,

Pixel Scroll 11/18/21 Always Pixeling And Never Scrollmas
DOUBLE-BARRELLED VOTING DEADLINE. November 19 is the deadline for DisCon III members to vote for the Hugos, and ASFA members to vote for the Chesley Awards! (2) HOW THE NYT BESTSELLER LISTS WORK. John Scalzi stepped in to set

Dublin 2019 Makes Convention Videos Available
Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon has made a series of video recordings available, including the 2019 Hugo Awards Ceremony. Chair James Bacon announced them with these comments: I would like to apologize for the delay in making these videos available.

DisCon III Maintains Covid Policy as Con Approaches
Two days ago a fan sent File 770 a link to the Associated Press story about Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s announcement “DC to drop most indoor mask requirements next week” because they were under the impression it would impact

Pixel Scroll 11/17/21 Our Shelves Shall Not Be Emptied, From Birth Until Life Closes
EVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET. A genre novel, The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, has won the 2021 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award. The award ceremony will be held in person December 1 at the

SFWA Asks New Grand Master Mercedes Lackey to Clarify Past Statement on Writing Trans Characters
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Board has responded to members about an issue raised after they named Mercedes Lackey the 38th Damon Knight Grand Master earlier this month: After we announced Mercedes Lackey as SFWA’s next Grand Master on


Amazon Best Books of 2021: Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Amazon editors have announced their picks for the Best Books of the Year, and named Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary as the best science fiction and fantasy book of 2021. Both Weir’s book and Klara and the Sun: A

Pixel Scroll 11/16/21 Filefjonk, Scrollmaiden, And Other Moominpixels
SFF HISTORY. Jaroslav Olsa Jr., Consul General at the Czech Consulate in Los Angeles, will lecture on forgotten Czech-American science fiction writer Miles / Miloslav J. Breuer during the November 18 LASFS meeting. After publishing a small booklet and

Fan or Spy?
By Sultana Raza: Virginia Woolf used to say that she could hear birds speaking to her in ancient Greek when she was having one of her depressive episodes. She used to be incarcerated from time to time, because it’s supposed


Chicon 8 Publishes Second Progress Report
Chicon 8, the 2022 Worldcon in Chicago, has posted Progress Report #2 [PDF file] (also available to nonmembers). GUEST OF HONOR FEATURES. The Progress Report spotlights Guests of Honor Charles de Lint and the late Erle Korshak. It also introduces three new

Pixel Scroll 11/15/21 The Ones Who Stalk Away From Scrollmelas
GOT THAT RIGHT. The imminent Hugo voting deadline – November 19 – caused Camestros Felapton to call forth a special GIF: “Deep from within the sarcophagi of time, a preternatural force awakens!” Remember what the Robot on the original

Emails From Lake Woe-Is-Me — Fit the Fourteenth
[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 is available through Candlemark &



Premios Ignotus 2021 Winners
The Premio Ignotus 2021 (2021 Ignotus Awards) winners have been announced by Spain’s Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror. They include works in Spanish translation by Ursula K. Le Guin, Becky Chambers, and Ted Chiang. Novela / Best Novel Se

2021 Prix Actusf De L’uchronie Winners
The winners of the 2021 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie were announced November 19. It is a juried award for work in a specialized segment of sff field, described in the Wikipedia: Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast

Nommo Awards to be Presented at DisCon III; Sheree Reneé Thomas Will Host Ceremony
The Nommo Awards are Africa’s leading science fiction and fantasy awards. For the first time in their five-year history, the Nommos ceremony will be held at the World Science Fiction Convention, as File 770 reported in October. This year’s Worldcon is being held in

Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour 2021 Shortlist
The Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour announced its 2021 shortlist on November 18. The eight stories are (in alphabetical order by author surname): “A Shadow in Chains” by M H Ayinde “The Sawling” by

The Game Awards 2021 Finalists
The Game Awards 2021 nominees include 107 different games, individuals, teams and events spanning across a multitude of gaming genres and platforms. This year, the newly combined Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda is the most nominated publisher with 20 nominations

Nyabola Prize Shortlist
The shortlist for the inaugural Nyabola Prize in Science and Speculative Fiction in Kiswahili, given in partnership with the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature, was announced November 17. The prize, founded by writer and political analyst, Nanjala Nyabola, is

Goodreads Choice Awards 2021 Opening Round Nominees
Voting has begun in the first round of the Goodreads Choice Awards: The Best Books 2021 and will continue through November 28. There are 17 categories overall, down from 20 last year. They have dropped Historical Fiction, Science & Technology, and Food

Anne Wattel Wins Prix Joël-Champetier
The sixth annual Prix Joël-Champetier has been awarded to Anne Wattel for her short story “Les Yeuses de Noire-Épine.” The award, named for the late editor of Solaris, recognizes non-Canadian short story authors who write in French, in the fields

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