The Orville, DAW Books, SMOFs, SFWA and more feature in this week’s fannish news roundup


Pixel Scroll 7/16/22 Files, Scrolls, Pixels From The Sea
SECOND ANNUAL SPSFC CONTEST TAKING SUBMISSIONS. Here’s the link for authors to submit their books to the next Self-Published Science Fiction Competition. (2) KEEPING UP. Lincoln Michel on sf epics at Esquire: “Genre-Bending Books: Everything Everywhere All in One

Pixel Scroll 7/15/22 The Pixels Come From The Scrollwork Out
VILLAINS DOING WORK. Max Gladstone on “The Villain, Considered as Safety Tool” in “Guard Rails Around the Bottomless Pit”. …To ask what makes a good villain, we should first ask what a villain does, so that we can understand what

Iron Truth is Self-Published Science Fiction Competition’s First Winner
S. A. Tholin’s military sf novel Iron Truth is the inaugural winner of the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition. (See Team File 770’s review by Mike Glyer here.) S.A Tholin is a Swedish author. Following a Fantastiknovelltävlingen victory in 2002, she

The New Spider-UK Debuts in Edge of Spider-Verse #2
Beginning on August 3, fans will see the Spider-Verse expand like never before in Edge of Spider-Verse, a new limited series that will introduce brand-new Spider-Heroes including Spider-UK and check in with iconic favorites such as Ghost-Spider. The series will

Pixel Scroll 7/14/22 You’ve Got To — Accentuate The Positronic
SMACK IN THE MIDDLE (EARTH) WITH YOU. Amazon Prime put out “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” main teaser today. Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings to screens for the

Francis Hamit Update
[Longtime File 770 contributor Francis Hamit brings us up to date, and shares an appeal.] By Francis Hamit: People in the fan community may have been wondering why I have not been heard from lately. Well, I’ve been very sick.

SFWA Launches Indie Pub 101 Resource Hub
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has launched the first wave of resources for Indie Pub 101, a new section of the website. Developed by the SFWA Independent Authors committee, Indie Pub 101 provides up-to-date resources for independent authors, so they can

Pixel Scroll 7/13/22 Read The Scrolls That They May Teach You, Take The Pixels That They May Reach You
KEEP WATCHING THE SKY WATCHER. At Heritage Auctions bidding is currently up to $62,500 (excluding Buyer’s Premium) on “Clyde Tombaugh’s Renowned Handmade 9″ Reflector Telescope”. Clyde Tombaugh’s Renowned Handmade 9″ Reflector Telescope [circa 1927]. Presented here is the most notable telescope

Astra Publishing House Acquires DAW Books
Astra Publishing House has acquired DAW Books. The deal was announced today in a press release run at Amazing Stories and elsewhere. DAW, although it has a distribution relationship with Penguin Group and is headquartered in Penguin USA’s offices in New York City,

Finding A More Complete (Little) Nemo — Upcoming Bargain Book Alert, Plus A Few Snakes-Hands And Rabbit-Holes
By Daniel Dern: (Note: I thought I was going to write a short-paragraph item, but it turns out that, once again, I was wrong, wrong, wrong – thrice, as in, in looking to address additional sub-topics, questions and such, this

Pixel Scroll 7/12/22 Pixels Come From Pixelvania
WEBB WEAVINGS. NASA hosts the “First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope” at the link. …Webb’s first observations were selected by a group of representatives from NASA, ESA, CSA, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. They reveal the

Smofcon 38 Update
SMOFCon 38, an in-person event, will be held at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, December 2-4, 2022. SMOFcon is an annual convention that focuses on the organization of science fiction conventions. This year’s theme will be “Cirque des Smofs — the three-ring circus

New Plan Puts FantasyCon 2022 Back on Calendar
The British Fantasy Society’s annual convention will be held after all despite a week ago Lee Harris having announced that FantasyCon 2022 would not be possible this year because of financial issues. The British Fantasy Society quickly ran a survey

Pixel Scroll 7/11/22 Properly-Grounded Electronic Sheep May Safely Graze
IT WON A HUGO; DOES THAT HELP? What does James Davis Nicoll’s Young People Read Old SFF panel think of C.J. Cherryh’s “Cassandra”? July 2022’s entry in Young People Read Old Hugo Finalists is C. J. Cherryh’s 1979​ “Cassandra”. C. J.

Seth Macfarlane and “The Orville: New Horizons”
By Steve Vertlieb: While I’ve spent much of my seventy-six years purchasing and perusing TV Guide Magazine, and subscribing to their editorial opinions as “industry gospel,” I must vehemently part company with the opinions of their editorial board and take

Emails From Lake Woe-Is-Me — Fit the Thirty-Eighth
[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 Kelvin 505 – 2022 Winners
Spain’s Festival Celsius 232 committee revealed the Premios Kelvin 505 winners on June 27. The trophies are scheduled for presentation at Festival Celsius 232 which takes place July 19-23 in Avilés, Spain. Mejor novela original en castellano publicada por primera vez

2022 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Finalists
The five finalists for this year’s Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award have been announced. The Award is given out yearly to retailers who have done an outstanding job of supporting the comic art medium both in the industry at

2022 Emmy Nominations
The 2022 Emmy Awards nominations were revealed July 12. Netflix’s Squid Game tied for second with 14 nominations, and made history as the first non-English language series to be nominated for an Emmy. Four members of Squid Game’s main cast

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