Awards, Astronauts, Announcements

CLFA Book of the Year 2017
The Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance’s Book of the Year 2017 is Peter Grant’s Bring the Lightning, published by Castalia House. The CLFA Book of the Year recognizes “the best in freedom-friendly fiction.” The winner was determined by a public vote … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 4/1/17 The Ones That Mike Rates As A 5 Get Used Twice
APRIL FOOL. First in our cavalcade of April Fools stunts is George R.R. Martin’s announcement “WILD CARDS Comes to Broadway!!” Perhaps most critically, Lin-Manuel and I are still looking for our Jetboy… or should be it be Jetgirl? No, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/29/17 “Scrolls! They Were Inwented By A Little Old Lady From Pixelgrad!”
GEMMELL LONGLIST VOTING DEADLINE. First round balloting on The Gemmell Awards longlist closes March 31. It is free and open to the public. Click here to cast your vote for the Ravenheart Award (best cover art), Morning Star Award … Continue reading →

Hugo Finalists Will be Revealed April 4
Worldcon 75 has set the date: The countdown begins. We will announce the finalists for the 2017 #HugoAwards on Tuesday 4 April at 17:00 Finnish time; 10:00 EDT. Be there! — Worldcon 75 (@worldcon75) April 1, 2017… Continue reading →

Ruined, Ruined by Mike Resnick’s Columns
By Carl Slaughter: Every issue of Asimov’s, I try to read Sheila Williams’ or Robert Silverberg’s column. Every issue of Galaxy’s Edge, I try to read Barry Malzberg’s column. I can’t do it. Same for any other columnist, no matter … Continue reading →

2017 Derringer Awards Shorlist
Congratulations to Bruce D. Arthurs whose story in the December Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, “Beks and the Second Note”, is a 2017 Derringer Awards finalist. The Derringer Awards have been given out annually since 1998 by the Short Mystery Fiction … Continue reading →

Top 10 Posts for March 2017
We only need one list this time around because four news posts broke the Scroll’s customary monopoly on the Top 10. And I assure you none of these items are April Fools, improbable as that may seem from the story lines. Fans … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/31/17 Once The Pixel Is Scrolled, Mr. File Is No Longer Your Friend
SOMETHING EXTRA FOR YOUR STOCKING. Fans associate Doctor Who and Christmas because of the annual specials. But do you remember the Max Headroom Christmas episode? No, you don’t, because it was never produced…. Until now. George R.R. Martin, who … Continue reading →

Resnick To Receive Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award
Mike Resnick will receive the L. Ron Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award during the Writers and Illustrators of the Future awards ceremony on April 2. John Goodwin, President and Publisher of Galaxy Press, publishers of the fiction works of author L. … Continue reading →

2017 Tolkien Society Awards Shortlist
The ballot for the fourth annual Tolkien Society Awards is now online and members have until April 8 to vote. The Tolkien Society Awards recognize excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom. The winners will be announced April … Continue reading →

2017 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards Preliminary Ballot
The longlist for the 2017 REH Foundation Awards has been announced. The awards honor achievement in Howard scholarship and in the promotion of Howard’s life and works. The Foundation’s Legacy Circle members will select the finalists, and the shortlist will be … Continue reading →

A Close Encounter With John Wayne
By Steve Vertlieb: My brother Erwin and I had been listening to the “Red” Benson Show late one night in 1962 over WPEN Radio here in Philadelphia when Paramount Pictures was promoting its then new release from director Howard Hawks, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/30/17 Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Scroll
WAX TREK. The Orange County Register’s Keith Sharon should get a Pulitzer Prize for the first line of his article “$80,000 later, why this trio gave up their ‘Star Trek’ wax figures, Enterprise replica”: Mr. Spock’s head cooled in … Continue reading →

War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer
The apes are now…winter soldiers? In theaters July 14, 2017. In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army … Continue reading →

Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren Named Nebula Conference Toastmaster
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced that Dr. Kjell Lindgren will serve as the Toastmaster for the 52nd Nebula Award Ceremony. Dr. Lindgren flew to the International Space Station on Soyuz TMA-17M in 2015 to … Continue reading →

Ackerman, Bradbury & Harryhausen at Bookfellows in 2008
Those were the days, my friends. Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury and Forrest J Ackerman made a joint appearance at Bookfellows in Glendale in 2008. Not only are they all gone now, but so is the bookstore. Fortunately, the video lingers on!… Continue reading →

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets — Teaser Trailer 2
Here is the latest trailer for the new adventure film from Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) coming to theaters July 21, 2017. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged … Continue reading →

Science Fiction Theater
By Carl Slaughter: Mike Resnick, in his latest column for Galaxy’s Edge, reminisces about the 1950s science fiction television series Science Fiction Theater. This is significant since Resnick is famous for giving up on television when he started writing award-winning speculative … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/28/17 Nevertheless, She Pixelisted
EXPANSE FREAKOUT PREMATURE. James S. A. Corey says to settle down. Hey guys, love the enthusiasm, I really do, but maybe let us actually write season 3 before people lose their minds over 4th renewal. — James S.A. Corey … Continue reading →

Oh Captain, My Captain – Jim Kirk, Flash Gordon, Buzz Corey
By Steve Vertlieb: William Shatner, the iconic actor who first sailed the Star Ship Enterprise through three intergalactic seasons on NBC Television beginning September 8th, 1966, and starred in six Star Trek feature-length motion pictures, turned eighty-six years young recently. … Continue reading →

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Trailer 2
Does the suit make the man? Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives in theaters July 7.… Continue reading →

SFPA’S 2017 Grand Master Candidates
Voting continues as Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) members decide who will be honored as Grand Master this year. Four candidates are under consideration, Ruth Berman is a long-time (since at least 1983) and award-winning member of the Science … Continue reading →

2017 IAFA Awards
Awards presented at the 38th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Florida on March 19 included: William L. Crawford Fantasy Award All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Other books making the Crawford … Continue reading →

Apex Magazine Reboots Annual Funding Campaign
Apex Publications’ Revive the Drive subscription campaign has begun, and through April 17 they’ll be working to raise $10,000 to fund Apex Magazine this year. There are new reward tiers to unlock, original fiction to add to the January 2018 … Continue reading →

2017 Prometheus Best Novel Award Finalists
The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced five finalists in the Best Novel category of the 37th annual Prometheus Awards: The Corporation Wars: Dissidence by Ken MacLeod (Orbit) The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, by Ken MacLeod (Orbit) The Mandibles: A Family, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 3/27/17 On The Gripping Hand Of Darkness
SPACE, THE INITIAL FRONTIER. In a profile published in the October 17 New Yorker, Julie Phillips reveals why Ursula Le Guin’s name has a space in it. Her husband’s birth name was Charles LeGuin. They were married in France, … Continue reading →

2017 Compton Crook Award Finalists
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the novels up for the 2017 Compton Crook Award: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee, Solaris Arabella of Mars (the Adventures of Arabella Ashby) by David D. Levine, Tor Books Sword and Verse by … Continue reading →

Stage Review: Back To Met
By Martin Morse Wooster: Like most cities of its size, Washington has theatres for every taste. You have your edgy theatres, your really edgy theatres, your commercial theaters for Broadway tours, and the Shakespeare Theatre. We even… Continue reading →

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