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2020 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists
The Washington (DC) Science Fiction Association (WSFA) has announced the finalists for the 2020 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction: “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H” by Beth Cato, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue 268 (January 3, 2019) ed. By Scott H.

Reaction to 2020 Dragon Award Ballot
Yesterday the 2020 Dragon Awards ballot dropped, pleasantly surprising many by being loaded with genuinely popular books. (As Cora Buhlert put it, “The 2020 Dragon Award Finalists Go Full Tilt Towards Mainstream Respectability”). But not everyone is pleased. Tommy Lasorda

2020 Dragon Award Ballot
The 2020 Dragon Awards Ballot was posted August 11. Registered voters should expect to receive notice in email. It’s not too late to get involved. The Dragon Awards voter registration page states, “You may register to receive a ballot until 11:59 (EDT)

CoNZealand Announces Availability of Sir Julius Vogel Award Voter Packet
CoNZealand has announced that the Sir Julius Vogel Awards Nominee Voter Packet has been made available to CoNZealand members via their website: If you missed out on the Sir Julius Vogel Award voting packet the first time, we are pleased

Cats Sleep on SFF: Critical Point
Karen Babich shares a snapshot of a cat using a genre book for a pillow: I live with some cats who are very fine creatures. One of them, Finn, recently rested on my library copy of the newest Cas Russell

Two New Pages
While looking for something in issues of Marty Cantor’s Holier Than Thou at, I came across several columns I wrote for him. I’ve added as “pages” two of them that Filers might find entertaining. ”And In The Darkness Bind

Pixel Scroll 8/14/20 An Unexpected Afternoon Nap
BIG MONEY IS WATCHING. NPR shows how “Fortnite Uses Apple’s Own ‘1984’ Ad Against It In Dispute Over Payments” — includes both videos for comparison. Epic Games, the video game developer behind the mega popular online game Fortnite, just

Marvel Heroes Emerge as Hosts of the Phoenix Force In Fiery Covers
“I Am Phoenix!” are words that will take on new life this December when Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s next Avengers epic, “Enter The Phoenix,” begins. To anticipate the return of the cosmic chaos-bringer, your favorite Marvel characters will be

Pixel Scroll 8/13/20 There’s A Right Way To Pixel, A Wrong Way To Pixel, And There’s The Scroll Way To Pixel
BLYLY IN STAR-TRIBUNE AGAIN. Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore owner Don Blyly, who made the front page in Minneapolis yesterday, was back in the news today when the city announced it has reversed a policy that has made it hard to

Uncle Hugo’s Don Blyly Makes the Front Page
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune ran a photo of Don Blyly standing amid the ruins of Uncle Hugo’s bookstore in the August 12 issue to highlight its story “Mpls. keeps landscape of rubble as city wants taxes before permit”. Blyly’s predicament shows

Judge Who Was Kramer’s Co-Defendant Loses Election
Gwinnett County (GA) Superior Court Judge Kathryn Schrader, still awaiting retrial on charges of computer trespass, lost her bid for re-election in a runoff held August 11. Ed Kramer earlier this year took a plea bargain on charges of computer trespass and

Pixel Scroll 8/12/20 You Can Pixel Your Friends, And You Can Pixel Your Scroll, But You Can’t Pixel Your Friend’s Scroll
AIRCHECK. WNYC’s The Takeaway had a segment with Victor LaValle and Silvia Moreno-Garcia today: “New Generation of Writers of Color Reckon with H.P. Lovecraft’s Racism”. Both authors discuss their first encounters with Lovecraft and how later readings opened them

Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy Created
The inaugural Ray Bradbury Special Achievement Awards in Science Fiction & Fantasy will be given at an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall next May. Sponsored by the Ray Bradbury Foundation, the Award offers $1,000 scholarships for up to six students whose writing uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and

2020 Endeavour Award Finalists
Five novels by writers from the Pacific Northwest are finalists for the 22nd annual Endeavour Award. The Award comes with an honorarium of $1,000 and will be announced in November at OryCon. Because of Covid 19, Orycon will be held on-line. The finalists are:

Beagle Wins Jack Trevor Story Memorial Prize
Michael Moorcock, organizer of The Jack Trevor Story Memorial Prize/Prix du Goncourt, announced Peter S. Beagle as the recipient of the award. The Committee For The Jack Trevor Story Memorial Prize/Prix Du Goncourt For 2020 — Michael Moorcock (UK), Guy

Pixel Scroll 8/11/20 The Pixel Scrolls So Sweetly, It Lists The Links Completely
LODESTAR MEMENTO. Fran Wilde shows off her Lodestar finalist pin. The Instagram is a video of her unwrapping the box. Below is a screencap of the pin. (2) CAN’T TELL THE DC FROM THE DOA. A.V. Club reports “DC

No James White Award for 2020
James White Award administrator Martin McGrath announced today they will not be running a competition in 2020. We regret to announce that the James White Award will not be running a competition this year. Due to technical issues with the

Retro-Hugo Superman Correction
Nicholas Whyte, CoNZealand’s Deputy Hugo Administrator, announced today it has come to the attention of the CoNZealand Hugo Awards administrators that the winner of the 1945 Retro Hugo for Best Graphic Story has been misattributed. While Superman: “The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk”

Pixel Scroll 8/10/20 Ancillary Mustache
ADDING A HUGO CATEGORY. Speculative Fiction in Translation’s Rachel Cordasco renews her appeal that “major Anglophone SFF awards should include a separate translation category” in “SFT And The Awards”. …Really, all of this comes down to a naming problem. If the

Pixel Scroll 8/9/20 Pixel The Scroll That Makes You Happy
NEW NINTH DOCTOR STORIES COMING FROM BIG FINISH. Christopher Eccleston has finally come around to playing the Doctor again announces BBC Studios. Big Finish Productions, in association with BBC Studios announces the long-awaited return of Christopher Eccleston as the

New Zealand Fan Organization Comments on CoNZealand
Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand President John Toon released a statement criticizing CoNZealand for how the group’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards were featured, and saying that he hopes access to the

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