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Hugo Awards 2020 Finalists
CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, announced the finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards today. As previously reported, CoNZealand received Hugo Awards nominations from 1,584 members. The webcast announcing the finalists is available for viewing on the CoNZealand YouTube

Where To Find The 2020 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
By JJ: CoNZealand has announced the 2020 Hugo Award Finalists. Since the Hugo Voter’s packet will take awhile to arrive, if you’d like to get a head start on your reading, you can use this handy guide to find material

2020 Philip K. Dick Award
The winner was announced April 10 in a livestreamed ceremony hosted on YouTube by Norwescon. WINNER: Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories by Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer Press) SPECIAL CITATION The Little Animals by Sarah

Pixel Scroll 4/11/20 And The Auld Scrollangle Went Pixel Jangle All Along The Files Of The Royal Canal
ONE WORD: PLASTIC! Cora Buhlert’s latest Galactic Journey contribution is: “[APRIL 10, 1965] FURNISHING THE HOME OF THE FUTURE: INTERIOR DESIGN FOR THE SPACE AGE”. …But while the International Style may excel at furnishing office buildings, its minimalist purism

1944 Retro Hugo Fan Category Reading Resources at
The Fan History Project ( is pleased to assist voters for CoNZealand’s Retro Hugo Awards by placing as many issues of the relevant 1944 fanzines online as possible. Their webmaster, Edie Stern, has created a page on with all the links

Akwaeke Emezi Wins 2019 Otherwise Award
The winner of the 2019 Otherwise Award is Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Press 2018). The Otherwise Award (formerly known as the Tiptree Award) celebrates science fiction, fantasy, and other forms of speculative narrative that expand and explore the understanding of gender.

Pixel Scroll 4/10/20 A Tribble Standing On Top Of A Roomba Isn’t Meaningfully Taller Than A Tribble Laying On The Floor 
LIBERTYCON CANCELLED. The Chattanooga, Tennessee convention has been called off for this year. They announced on their website: Sadly, we recieved the news from the convention center that we will be unable to have LibertyCon this year. Brandy, LC

All In Color For A Zorkmid – (More) Free (Or Cheap) Digital Versions of Comic Books!
By Daniel Dern: “Temporarily Free Comics,” Item 12 in yesterday’s Scroll, notes that Dark Horse is providing free access to some of their digital issues. Want more/others? Here ya go! ComiXology has hundreds — possibly close to a thousand —

Levar Burton Reads Cat Rambo Tonight
LeVar Burton Reads is featuring Cat Rambo’s ”Magnificent Pigs” as its “Friday Evenings for Adults” story. Visit LeVar’s Twitter page for the link at 6 p.m. Pacific / 9 p.m. Eastern: Or catch up later via podcast.

“Us in Flux” Project from Center for Science and the Imagination
Us in Flux, a new series of stories and virtual live events about community, collaboration, and collective imagination in times of transformative change, has been launched by The Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. They will

Pixel Scroll 4/9/20 I Had Too Much To Stream Last Night
UNDERESTIMATED CRISIS. Kristine Kathryn Rusch sounds overwhelmed in “Business Musings: A Crisis Like No Other (A Process Blog)” where she discusses her daily challenges and struggles as a writer. Well, I was wrong. A month or so ago, I

Memories of “Rondo”
By Steve Vertlieb: With the excitement this week regarding the announcement of this year’s marvelous crop of deserving new winners of the prestigious annual Rondo Awards, I’m happily reminded of my own encounter with the announcement and subsequent award ceremony

NASA Award to Advance Stem Cell Therapies in New Space Station Lab
A three-year, nearly $5 million award from NASA will allow researchers at the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, and their partners at Space

Pixel Scroll 4/8/20 Why The Pixel Shudders When It Perceives The Scroll
The Sad Puppies always predicted, for their own vindictive reasons, that the time would come when the internet fell on me. I never disagreed. I knew they were right. Today was that day. (1) SAVING BOOKSTORES. In his latest e-newsletter

Merv Binns (1934-2020)
By Bruce Gillespie: Mervyn R. Binns, best known to everybody as Merv Binns, died April 7 at the Kingston Centre, Monash Health, Melbourne. Born July 8, 1934, he was 85 years old. Merv had suffered serious heart problems during the last

Tell the Truth and Run
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1389) Dan Goodman (1943-2020) was active in New York, San Francisco, L.A., and Minneapolis fandom. In New York he was in FISTFA (Fannish & Insurgent Scientifictional Association; scientifiction the coinage of Hugo Gernsback 1884-1967); FISTFA started APA-F, the first weekly fannish

Journey Planet Crew Says Thanks
By James Bacon: Journey Planet, editors James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Alissa McKersie, Ann Gry, Chuck Serface, John Coxon and Steven H Silver are incredibly proud and pleased to have been considered by fans to be worthy of being nominated as

Pixel Scroll 4/7/20 Files In My Pocket Like Pixels Of Scrolls
S.P. SOMTOW RETURNS TO SFF. Somtow Sucharitkul celebrated the appearance of his new novel with these retrospective thoughts — My first novel was published in 1981 by Simon and Schuster. It cost $2.50 and I got 20¢ a copy.

Retro Hugo Awards 1945 Finalists
CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, announced the finalists for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards today. As previously reported, CoNZealand received Retro Hugo Awards nominations from 120 members. Best Novel The Golden Fleece, by Robert Graves (Cassell) Land of

Aydrea Walden Will Be SFWA Nebula Awards Toastmaster
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) has named Aydrea Walden as the toastmaster for the 55th Annual Nebula Awards on May 30, an online ceremony. Walden has written for the series Yin Yang Yo! and created, written, and starred

2019 Kitschies Awards
The 2019 Kitschies Award winners were announced in a virtual ceremony on April 6. The Kitschies, sponsored by Blackwell’s, are “fiction’s prize for the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining novels containing elements of the speculative and the fantastic. The winners receive

The Tolkien Society Awards 2020 Shortlist Announced
The Trustees of The Tolkien Society have released the shortlist for The Tolkien Society Awards 2020. Members have until April 17 to cast their votes. The shortlist for the Awards is as follows: Best Artwork “Great Gate at Minas Tirith” by

Hugo Finalist Livestream Announcement
CoNZealand will livestream the finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards and 1945 Retro Hugo Awards today. The starting time is 1:00 p.m. Pacific 4:00 p.m. Eastern 9:00 p.m. British 8:00 a.m. New Zealand (Wednesday, April 8) The committee says they

Pixel Scroll 4/6/20 Distraction Is Great
SHOUT OUTS FOR SHUT INS. [Item by Daniel Dern.] Mask-makers and other Good News shout-outs. (You’ll want to stick with this through to minute 11, trust me — at which point you WILL want to keep watching, I bet.)

2020 Rondo Awards
As Rondo Awards administrator David Colton puts it — “A monster in green hair and red lips dancing on the steps. A baby Yoda discovering the Force for the first time. A cool, cruel Dracula charming his soon-to-be dinner guests.

Cats Sleep on SFF: The Cats of Ulthar
Ken Richards’ cat can’t sleep – no wonder, look what he’s reading! Here is our elderly Birman Ruskin, boning up on his HP Lovecraft on a wintry day in self-isolation. He has chosen an appropriate story at least, whilst he

Online Ceremony Planned for 2020 Philip K. Dick Award
Norwescon, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, invites fans to view online the presentation of the 2020 Philip K. Dick Award on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. PST. The restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic

Pixel Scroll 4/5/20 Tonight, We’re Secretly Replacing Glyer’s Regular Pixel Scroll With Dark, Sparkling, Decaffeinated Folgers Crystals
TREADING THE BOARDS. Should things go better than seems likely right now, the Bloomington Playwrights Project, “the only professional theatre in the entire state of Indiana focused solely on new plays,” will be putting on a genre

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