NEWS FROM FANDOM: April 14, 2019

Seiuns, Ditmars, Derringers and Peabodys. Plus – Pixel Scroll (think of it as an spring roll for your brain); Jim Hines, cats sleeping on SF, Lee Martindale recognized by SFWA and more

Martindale Wins 2019 Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service Award will be presented to Lee Martindale during the SFWA Nebula Conference awards ceremony on May 18. Lee Martindale has been a member of SFWA since 1999 and

Star Wars Episode IX – Teaser
“Every generation has a legend.” The studio has dropped a teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX.

2019 Seiun Award Nominees
The 2019 Seiun Award nominees were announced April 7. The award has nine categories. Below are the categories for translated works, and a few other categories of international interest. The awards will be presented July 27 at the 57th national

Clean-up On Planet 3:Jim C. Hines’ Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse
Humor. It is a difficult concept. – Saavik, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan By JJ: A couple of centuries ago, a plague destroyed the human race as it existed on Earth, turning them into mindless, carnivorous zombies and destroying

2018 Ditmar Awards Preliminary Ballot
The preliminary ballot for the Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards for 2019 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

Pixel Scroll 4/12/19 Been A Scroll Title. Twice.
STAR WARS TRAILER UNVEILED AT CHICAGO CON. The Hollywood Reporter was at the Star Wars Celebration when the Episode IX trailer was screened. After a year’s worth of speculation, emcee Colbert, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and filmmaker J.J. Abrams

Ellison Tribute “The Unquiet Dreamer” ToC Announced
Editor Preston Grassmann has revealed the table for contents for The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan Ellison, an anthology forthcoming from PS Publishing in August 2019. It was sometime in the mid-nineties at Dangerous Visions Bookstore in Sherman Oaks,

2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Finalists
The 2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire finalists have been announced, winnowed from the jurors’ first round longlist. Congratulations to everyone whose works in French translations made the shortlist — Marie Brennan, Ian McDonald, Neal Stephenson, Jodi Taylor, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and

Pixel Scroll 4/11/19 Oh The Snark Has Pixel’d Teeth, Dear
NEBULA CONFERENCE. SFWA President Cat Rambo says, “I know the Nebula programming isn’t complete yet but looking it over moved me to think about how far it’s come and who’s responsible for that” — “What I’m Looking Forward to

Extending the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
Few people have had the chance to see Arwen Curry’s documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, which began making the rounds of film festivals in June 2018 but won’t be available to a mass audience until it airs on

Cats Sleep on SFF: Avram Davidson
Lela Buis sends along a new picture of Spot, wide awake on Avram Davidson’s The Enemy of My Enemy. Sorry, Spot’s not sleepy again. She’s suspicious about that camera. Note that the price on this paperback is $.60. There’s been

CLFA 2019 Book of the Year Shortlist
The finalists for the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance’s 2019 Book of the Year award have been announced. Novels of any genre published in the previous calendar year are eligible for the award. Daniel Humphreys – Night’s Black Agents David Dubrow et

Pixel Scroll 4/10/19 Got A Ride With A Filer And The Pixel Scroll Man To A Town Down By The Sea
NEGATIVE EXPOSED. The Hawaii Tribune Herald invites you to “Meet Powehi, the first black hole ever witnessed”: The first image of a black hole, taken with the help of two Hawaii telescopes, was released today. The supermassive black hole

Hugos There?
This year Dublin 2019 released the Hugo finalists on a Tuesday, leading to renewed fannish discussion of John Scalzi’s 2014 claim that announcing the finalists during the week would get the Hugo Awards more media attention than announcements made at

Pixel Scroll 4/9/19 In The Comments The Filers Come And Go Scrolling Pixelangelo
MISSING SUPERHEROES FORMATION. The Wrap tells how “‘Avengers: Endgame’ Press Conference Leaves Seats Empty for Thanos’ Victims”. In a cheeky nod to the end of “Infinity War,” Sunday’s press conference for the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame” left several seats empty

2019 Peabody Awards Nominations
The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have announced the 60 nominees for its 2019 awards. Over the next several weeks, 30 winners from among these nominees will be announced by category: Documentary on April 16; Entertainment/Children’s & Youth on April

Two Remarkable Books We Hardly Know
By John Hertz: (reprinted from No Direction Home 5) Fred Waitzkin’s Mortal Games (1993) is about Garry Kasparov (1963- ), particularly his 1990 World Championship match with Anatoly Karpov (1951- ) – their fifth and last – which Kasparov won

Pixel Scroll 4/8/19 File The Scroll Ashore, Pixellujah
MOST READ NOMINEES. Nicholas Whyte blogs the numbers of people who report owning copies of the Hugo nominees in various categories to see if it helps predict who will win: “Hugo finalists – Goodreads/LibraryThing statistics”. Once again I’m running

2019 Brave New Words Award Shortlist Announced
Starburst Magazine has announced the shortlist for its Brave New Words Award. The winner will be announced at Edge Lit 2019. The nominees are: Aliya Whiteley – The Loosening Skin (Unsung Stories) Tasha Suri – Empire of Sand (Orbit /

2019 Derringer Awards Finalists
The Short Mystery Fiction Society unveiled the 2019 Derringer Awards shortlist on April 4. The results of membership voting will be posted May 1. For Best Flash Story (ranges up to 1,000 words) “The Bicycle Thief” by James Blakey,

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