Dragon nominations open; Smofcon 2021, PKD Film Festival awards, Shatner and Sutherland honored by Canada, more

Gahan Wilson (1930-2019)
Cartoonist Gahan Wilson, known for his macabre humor, died November 21 at the age of 89. Paul Winters, Wilson’s stepson who had recently organized a GoFundMe for the artist, made the announcement: The world has lost a legend. One of

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #46
2019 Windycon Fan Guest of Honor Speech: An Apocryphal Story, 43 Things I Learned Being In Fandom and Mean Comments From File 770 Readers By Chris M. Barkley: Good Morning. I’m Chris Barkley. A word of warning: At one point

World Fantasy Convention 2021 in Montreal
World Fantasy Convention 2021, to be held in Montreal, Canada, has named its Guests of Honor: Author GoH: Nisi Shawl; Artist GoH: John Picacio; Editor GoH: André-François Ruaud; and Special Guests: Owl Goingback, and Yves Meynard, The Toastmaster is Christine

Pixel Scroll 11/23/19 Any Sufficiently Interesting Typo Is Indistinguishable From A Commenting Prompt
WHO’S ON FIRST. The Mirror (UK) reports “No Doctor Who special this Christmas – but new series will start New Year’s Day”. Doctor Who fans face a Christmas without their favourite show, with no festive special planned – for

Doctor Who Series 12 Trailer
The next season of Doctor Who is coming “early 2020.” The trailer dropped today and Radio Times deciphered what we’ve learn from it: “The Cybermen attack and bow ties reign in Doctor Who first-look trailer”. [Thanks to Kathryn Sullivan for

Clio Entertainment Awards 2019
Ad campaigns for genre TV and movies dominated the Clio Entertainment Awards presentation on November 22 as Joker, Us, Game of Thrones and Legion all won big. The jury for the award which recognizes entertainment marketing campaigns included Amazon Studios’

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NYT’S PICKS OF THE YEAR. The editors of The NY Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year in “The 10 Best Books of 2019”. Ted Chiang’s collection Exhalation is one of them: Many of

Shatner, Sutherland Receive Order of Canada
Actors William Shatner and Donald Sutherland were back in the spotlight as recipients of the Order of Canada, among a group of 39 honored at a ceremony in Ottawa on November 21. Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, conducted the

Streetlights on a Local Centenary
By John Hertz: (reprinted from No Direction Home 38) Of course a wood ear Grows on that trunk, city boy. Learning’s everywhere. California in November 1919 became the 18th State ratifying the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Congress

Pixel Scroll 11/21/19 Because The Scroll Belongs To Pixels
CHENGDU ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET. An international array of visiting writers and Worldcon runners will attend the 5th China (Chengdu) International Science Fiction Conference this weekend. China Daily previewed the event in an English-language article “Sci-fi conference to

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LOTS OF PLOTS. Vanity Fair’s Anthony Breznican gets Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to share secrets about how the biggest film in history was assembled—including alternate and abandoned story lines that might have been: “How the Avengers: Endgame Writers

2019 Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival Award Winners
The Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the award winners for its sixth annual event. The gathering saluted the legacy of novelist Philip K. Dick with a slate of independent science fiction films, six of which

Nominations Open for 2020 Dragon Awards
The Dragon Awards website has reset and is now taking nominations for the 2020 awards. I tested the site and was informed my nomination had been accepted — Eligible works are those first released between 7/1/2019 and 6/30/2020. The deadline

Pixel Scroll 11/19/19 Bleary-Eyed Pixeling, Bah
KING OF FUNKO. Entertainment Weekly rejoices: “Bloody Hell! Stephen King (finally) gets his own Funko figure”. In fact, two of them. Countless characters from Stephen King‘s lexicon of horror works have shrunk down to Funko Pop! vinyl form, from

Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 Final Round
Final round voting has begun in the Goodreads Choice Awards: The Best Books 2019 and will continue through December 2. There are 21 categories overall. The winners will be announced December 10. Of the 15 write-ins added to Best Fantasy,

Pixel Scroll 11/18/19 Timeo Filers Et Dona Pixeles
OUT OF THE BAG. Spies in Disguise just had a “super-secret” drop. Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is … not. But

Pixel Scroll 11/17/19 Maybe Quality Time With the Cats Would Be Better
XKCD ANSWERS. A New York Times interviewer learned that “Randall Munroe Loves Outdated Views of the Future”. Your web comic XKCD counts a lot of science fiction fans among its audience. Are you a science fiction fan yourself? I

Trip to Lisboa
An international team of fans are looking at Lisboa (Lisbon), Portugal as a venue for Smofcon 2021. This weekend saw Vincent Docherty and James Bacon enjoying a tremendous amount of local fannish Portuguese hospitality.

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