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Pixel Scroll 8/20/22 When I Scroll Alone, I Prefer To Be By Myself
CON CELEBRITY GUEST CHARGED. Yahoo! reports “Gary Busey Charged for Two Counts of Criminal Sexual Contact in New Jersey”. Last weekend the actor was a celebrity guest at the Monster-Mania Convention in Cherry Hill. Gary Busey is facing four

Uncle Hugo’s Is Back!
Don Blyly’s Uncle Hugo’s and Uncle Edgar’s Bookstores held a successful soft opening of their new location at 2716 E. 31st St. in Minneapolis on August 14. David Dyer-Bennet took photos and shared them on Facebook. He has generously given

Kampcon 2028 Bids for a Worldcon in Uganda
The Kampcon 2028 bid to hold a Worldcon in Kampala, Uganda stepped up its publicity this week. Full information about the group is at their website: Kampcon 2028 – Connect to fiction & fantasy fans, talent and stories in Africa. Micheal

New Variant Covers Take Your Favorite Marvel Heroes to the X-Treme!
This November, return to the days of over-the-top excess with X-Treme Marvel Variant Covers! Celebrating the upcoming launch of Chris Claremont and Salvador Larocca’s X-Treme X-Men, see your favorite heroes reimagined by some of the industry’s leading artists as their

Pixel Scroll 8/19/22 One Sturgeon, One Spock, One Bierce
F&SF COVER REVEAL. Bob Eggleton created the art on the cover of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction’s Sept/Oct 2022 issue. (2) B&N. Barnes & Noble seems to be shifting away from hardcovers and promoting paperbacks, and Middle-Grade /

Pixel Scroll 8/18/22 I’ve Been Scrolling On The Fileroad, All The Pixelled Day
TOLKIEN MANUSCRIPT EXHIBIT. [Item by Michael “Orange Mike” Lowrey.] “J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript” opens August 19 in Milwaukee, with material not just from Marquette University’s collection but items on loan from England which will probably not

US Embassy in Nigeria Denies Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki Visa Application; Won’t Get to Attend Worldcon
Nigerian sff author Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, a 2022 Hugo finalist, will not be able to attend Chicon 8 because the U.S. Embassy in Lagos denied him a visa during an appointment where, he says, they spent only a minute on

Pixel Scroll 8/17/22 Tell Me Of Your Homescroll, Pixel
SECRETS OF PKD’S SUCCESS. David Samuels bids you “Welcome to Philip K. Dick’s dystopia” at UnHerd. …What made Dick a literary genius, then, was not any special talent for predicting hand-held personal devices or atom bombs the size of

Pixel Scroll 8/16/22 Faraway Pixels With Strange-Sounding Scrolls
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON ACTOR RECEIVES RACIAL ABUSE. “Steve Toussaint reveals racist abuse after being cast in House of the Dragon” – the Guardian has the story. Steve Toussaint has revealed he received racist abuse online after he

Ring Of Fire Press Shutting Down
A consequence of Eric Flint’s death on July 17 is that his publishing businesses will have to shut down. His wife, Lucille Robbins, made the announcement today on the Ring of Fire Press website. Our Fellow Members of the Ring

Scoring the 2022 Dragon Awards Nominees
The 2022 Dragon Award Ballot came out this week, and it was interesting to see that collectively the nominees are keeping up the trend toward becoming more organic year by year – books that are widely talked about, and may even be

Pixel Scroll 8/15/22 Pixel Scrolling to the Faraway Towns
WHO IS NUMBER ONE? At The Splintered Mind, Eric Schwitzgebel continues his annual ratings with the “Top Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines 2022”. The scoring is done in the following way: (2.) I gave each magazine one point for

Chicon 8 Publishes Progress Report #5
Chicon 8, the 2022 Worldcon, has posted Progress Report #5, which is available for the public to download from their website. It contains detailed information from many departments. Here are a few excerpts. VOLUNTEERS. Hundreds of in-person volunteers are needed –

Chengdu Worldcon 2023 Redirects Passalong Funds to Support Chicon 8 (Alternate Title: Corrupt Regime Attempts to Use Donations to Fanwash Genocide)
Chicon 8, the 2022 World Science Fiction Convention, and Chengdu Worldcon 2023, the 2023 World Science Fiction Convention, are delighted to announce that Chengdu has redirected over $57,000 of its Passalong entitlement to support Chicon 8 as Worldcon continues to recover

Emails From Lake Woe-Is-Me — Fit the Forty-Second
[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 &

Pixel Scroll 8/14/22 I Am A Little Scroll Made Cunningly, Of Pixels, And An Angelic Sprite
AURORA AWARD STATS. The 2022 Aurora Award Results and Hall of Fame Inductees were announced last night, and the CSFFA website now has the voting statistics and nomination totals available here. It’s notable that in the Best Fan Writing

Pixel Scroll 8/13/22 Never Mind The Shoggoth, Here’s The Pixel Scroll
RUSHDIE MEDICAL UPDATE. “Agent: Rushdie off ventilator and talking, day after attack” reports SFGate. “The Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie was taken off a ventilator and able to talk Saturday, a day after he was stabbed as he prepared

Chicon 8 Adds Worldcon Bid Q&As
Four cities have answered Chicon 8’s call for Future Worldcon Bid FAQs. They are Seattle (2025), Cairo, Egypt (2026), Tel Aviv, Israel (2027), and Kampala, Uganda (2028). Now there’s a fascinating prospect — back-to-back Worldcons in Egypt and Israel. I’m

Datlow Shares Cover for Best Horror of the Year Volume Fourteen
Editor Ellen Datlow has unveiled the cover for The Best Horror of the Year volume Fourteen. With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier

Pixel Scroll 8/12/22 The Hamster, My Friend, Is Scrolling In The Solar Wind
RUSHDIE HOSPITALIZED AFTER ATTACK. Salman Ruhdie was attacked and stabbed at least twice while speaking onstage this morning in upstate New York. He was airlifted to a hospital and taken to surgery. The CNN story says: The suspect jumped

Chicon 8 and Tamora Pierce Join Forces to Bring Tamora’s Legends to Worldcon
Chicon 8 has partnered with Award Winning Fantasy Author Tamora Pierce to bring Tamora’s Legends to this year’s Worldcon. Pierce is sponsoring VIP ACCESS for 20 kids and teens ages 10-17 to Chicon 8: The 80th World Science Fiction Convention for the

Pixel Scroll 8/11/22 Pixel Scroller, Qu’est-Ce Que C’est?
UGANDA BID FOR 2028 WORLDCON. Starburst Magazine’s Ed Fortune reports “Uganda To Bid For Worldcon 2028”. …If successful, it will be the first time in the convention has ever been to the continent of Africa. The bid chair is

Call for Submissions: The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction Volume Two
By Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki: The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction Volume Two anthology is now open to submissions until the end of the year. This next volume of the series is a dual Year’s Best anthology, covering work published in

Tim Powers Makes Stolen Skies Sweet
By John Hertz (reprinted from Vanamonde 1506): We’re big on defiance these days in the speculative-fiction community. Indeed my saying that may provoke a response “What! We are not! I’ll show you —” Tim Powers in person may not seem

The Fugitive Doctor in Doctor Who Origins #3
A brand new, never-before-seen adventure featuring the Fugitive Doctor in her comics debut! Working for the mysterious division on a dangerous assignment, the Doctor uncovers something insidious afoot. Discover why this regeneration became known as the Fugitive! See variant covers

Pixel Scroll 8/10/22 Put Me In A Con, Hurry, Hurry, Hurry Before The Scroll Is Gone; I Can’t Control My Reading, I Can’t Control My Blog
WONDERS NEVER CEASE. The 1982 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegate Kevin Smith has finished his trip report: “I finally got a round tuit”. You can read it online here: “TAFF Trip”. 40 years ago, in September 1982, I went to

2022 Hugo Voting Deadline Only Hours Away
Online voting for the 2022 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer closes tomorrow, August 11, at 11:59 pm PDT (UTC-7) Chicon 8 members may access their online Hugo

Blyly Plans August 14 Opening for New Uncle Hugo’s Location
At Uncle Hugo’s Imagination stock’d corners, placeYour books, angels, and arise, ariseFrom death, those numberless infinitiesOf stories, and to your scattered bookshelves go… – Jeff Warner, with apologies to John Donne. Don Blyly told readers in the August 9 edition

Jordan: 2022 Hugo Finalists for Best Novella
[Introduction: In Michaele Jordan’s overview, she comments on the novellas by Aliette de Bodard, Becky Chambers, Alix E. Harrow, Seanan McGuire, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Catherynne M. Valente that are up for the 2022 Hugo.] By Michaele Jordan: Fireheart Tiger, by

Pixel Scroll 8/9/22 Files Are A Glorious Pixel Of Scrolls, A Medley Of Fannish-Euphoria
THE SAGA OF SF ON TV. “David Gerrold Talks Television: A Conversation with Peter Wood” at “From the Earth to the Stars”, the Asimov’s author and editor blog. Wood expects one story; Gerrold generously gives him a vast number

Robert Self 1966-2022
By Arnie Fenner: Publisher, entrepreneur, and showman Robert “Bob” Self died as the result of an accident at Mono Lake in California August 3, 2022. Bob had a background in the entertainment industry and worked behind-the-scenes with a number of

Whyte: Comments on the 2022 Hugo Awards Study Committee Report
By Nicholas Whyte: Way back in 2017, my then Deputy Hugo Administrator and I proposed that a study committee should be set up by the WSFS Business Meeting to revise the Best Professional Artist and Best Fan Artist categories, which

Pixel Scroll 8/8/22 Cause Your Scrolling Lifts Me Higher, Like The Sweet Song Of A Choir
EYE ON THE PRIZE. Iron Truth author Sofie Tholin, winner of the first Self-Published Science Fiction Competition, has received her trophy from Hugh Howey. (2) FELICITATIONS! SJW’s assemble! It’s “International Cat Day”. (As opposed to National Cat Day, which

Chicon 8 Posts Updated Business Meeting Agenda
Chicon 8, the 2022 Worldcon, published an expanded draft of the Business Meeting agenda on August 7. It can be downloaded here. (Subsequent updates will be found on Chicon 8’s Business Meeting page.) The full text of the proposals plus supporting statements are at


2022 Ditmar Preliminary Ballot
The preliminary ballot for the Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards for 2022 has been made available for comment and correction before becoming final. The nominees are award-eligible works and persons first nominated by fans and members of the Australian NatCon which have been

2022 Davitt Awards Shortlist
Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the shortlists for the 2022 Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women. The winners will be announced in Melbourne on August 27. The shortlisted titles are: ADULT CRIME NOVEL Unforgiven (Sarah Barrie,

2022 Harvey Awards Nominees
Finalists for the 2022 Harvey Awards, honoring the life and work of comics creator Harvey Kurtzman,(1924-1993), cartoonist, writer, editor and founder of Mad Magazine, have been revealed. Nominees for this year’s awards were selected by a curated committee of diverse industry voices

2022 Splatterpunk Awards
Splatterpunk Award founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene announced the winners of the during Killercon on August 13. The duo founded the Splatterpunk Awards in 2017 to honor superior achievement in the literary subgenres of Splatterpunk and

2022 Aurora Awards
The were announced by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association on August 13 in a virtual ceremony during When Words Collide. BEST NOVEL Jade Legacy, Fonda Lee, Orbit BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL Walking in Two Worlds,

2022 Sir Julius Vogel Awards
The winners have been announced. The awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are administered by SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy

2022 Saturn Awards Nominations
The 2022 Saturn Award nominees were announced on August 12. Warner Bros/DC’s The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, leads all films with 12. Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley runs second with 10. Among television shows, AMC’s Better Call Saul tops the list with seven nominations.

2022 Dragon Awards Ballot
The was published on August 11. Registered voters should expect to receive notice by email. To be eligible for the 2022 Dragon Awards the book, comic, game, movie, must have been released between July 1, 2021, and

2022 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists
The Washington (DC) Science Fiction Association (WSFA) has announced the finalists for the 2022 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction: “The Birdsong Fossil” by DK Mok, Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban Futures, (April 2021) World Weaver Press ed. by Christoph Rupprecht, Deborah Cleland,

Crime Fiction Awards News for August 2022
BOUCHERCON GIVES ANTHONY AWARD PERMANENT DESIGN The Anthony Award trophy has been redesigned. Art Taylor posted a picture: “Anthony Award Design Reveal”. On Saturday, July 9, Bouchercon hosted the


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