AMAZING NEWS OF FANDOM: 12/21/14

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This Day In History 12/21

December 21, 1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Hollywood, California. It was the first animated feature-length film with sound and color. The Carthay Circle Theater hosted the premieres of many major films, … Continue reading →
George R.R. Martin Offers To Screen “The Interview” at His Theater

Outraged by what he calls “a stunning display of corporate cowardice”, George R.R. Martin complained on his blog that “Regal, AMC, and every other major theatre chain in the United States have cancelled their plans to show the new Seth … Continue reading →
Dublin 2019 Worldcon Bid Proposes Code of Conduct

Recent Worldcons have had antiharassment policies but the Dublin in 2019 Worldcon bid believes they are the first to establish a Code of Conduct for a bid campaign. “It’s very important to us that we make the Dublin in 2019 … Continue reading →

Craig Ferguson’s Relative Dimensions in Time and Space

By James H. Burns: There’s even more genre musical fun in this opening from Friday’s last broadcast of Craig Ferguson’s late night CBS talk show. (Throughout the evening, Ferguson had a Tardis on his desk, and the night before, mentioned … Continue reading →

Jerry Pournelle Progress Report
Jerry Pournelle is gaining ground four days after being hospitalized with a stroke. His son Alex told Facebook readers “He’s already doing much better in a day. Mom is doing better, too.” An official update on Chaos Manor said: Jerry … Continue reading →

Roy Scarfo (1926-2014)
Roy Scarfo, a pioneer in space art, died December 8 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 88. Many people who knew his art didn’t necessarily know his name because his work was used in commcerce and mass media. Scarfo went to … Continue reading →

Colbert Farewell Number Doesn’t Bomb
George Lucas, Sir Patrick Stewart, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Elijah Wood, J.J. Abrams and Smaug represented sf and fantasy in the musical finale of The Colbert Report , coming to an end so its host can replace Letterman on CBS. An army of … Continue reading →

This Day in History

December 19, 1972: The splashdown of Apollo 17 marks the end of the United States’ manned moon exploration program. The Apollo 17 spacecraft landed in the Pacific Ocean at 2:25 p.m. and soon after Commander Eugene Cernan, Command Module Pilot … Continue reading →

2015 World Fantasy Judges Selected
The World Fantasy Awards Association has announced that the judges for the 2015 awards are: Gemma Files (Canada) Nina K. Hoffman (US) Bénédicte Lombardo (France) Bruce McAllister (US) Robert Shearman (UK) World Fantasy Con 2015 will be held November 5-8 … Continue reading →

Holiday Cheers! at the KGB Bar with Steven Gould and Rajan Khanna
By Mark L. Blackman: On the evening of Wednesday, December 17, the Fantastic Fiction Readings Series hosted readings by authors Steven Gould and Rajan Khanna in the Red Room at the KGB Bar in Manhattan’s East Village. The Bar, up … Continue reading →

HWA Announces Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has created the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship in honor of the organization’s late president, who passed away on December 1 as a result of complications from ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Wood, a two-time recipient … Continue reading →

Top 50 Sales of 2014 at AbeBooks
AbeBooks’ 50 Most Expensive Sales of 2014 included five books from the sf and fantasy genres — two of them copies of the same edition of Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dali. However, the highest price paid in 2014 was … Continue reading →

National Film Registry Adds Genre Movies
Three fantasy and horror films are among the 25 films selected in 2014 by the Library of Congress to be preserved as part of the National Film Registry, House of Wax (1953), Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate … Continue reading →

Jerry Pournelle Suffers Stroke
Jerry Pournelle was hospitalized on Tuesday, December 16 after experiencing “a small stroke”. Alex Pournelle told Chaos Manor readers: He is recovering well at a local hospital. Prognosis is good, though they’re running more tests and he’s expected to stay … Continue reading →

The Yoda of Oz
Yoda will be in an episode of Star Wars Rebels airing January 5 on Disney XD. Though Rebels takes place between the two Star Wars movie trilogies — a time when the few surviving Jedis are in hiding from the … Continue reading →

Today’s Birthday Boys 12/16
The astrological sign for those born this day, December 16, is the Rocket in the constellation of Hugo. 1917 – Arthur C. Clarke Four Hugo-nominated novels: A Fall of Moondust, Rendezvous with Rama (won 1984), The Fountains of Paradise (won … Continue reading →

2014 Rhysling Awards
The winners of the 2014 Rhysling Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. The recipients were selected by a vote of 57 SFPA members. Short Poem Category First Place “Turning the Leaves” by Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine, … Continue reading →

One Grand Christmas Gift
Marc Scott Zicree is willing to let you have the shirt first season Babylon 5 jacket off his back if you’re willing to let him have a thousand dollars out of your wallet. This item was never sold commercially, only … Continue reading →

Pizza Ninjas in NYC
New York City fans can be on fhe lookout Tuesday for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles van giving out FREE pizza, in the culmination of multi-city tour publicizing the release of the recent movie’s DVD… [Thanks to James H. Burns … Continue reading →

Gandalf Auditions For Terrible Bosses 3?
Martin Freeman appeared on Saturday Night Live December 13 in a skit that melded two of his best known roles, Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbit trilogy and Tim Canterbury from BBC’s The Office. He plays a sly prankster working at The … Continue reading →

IDW’s Bradbury Tribute
In November three Ray Bradbury themed “Shadow Show” comics were released by IDW Publishing. Shadow Show #1 offered “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” written by Joe Hill (Locke & Key) and adapted by Jason Ciaramella (The Cape) with … Continue reading →

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Added Taral Wayne’s Lost Toys #9, which really really completes the run.
Added Opuntia #293, edited by Dale Speirs
Added Kurt Erichsen’s Here Are Tales That Will Send You to an MD (1974)Added Christopher J. Garcia’s The Drink Tank #391, 392, 393, 394
Added Bill Plott’s Sporadic #25, 26, 28 and Remembering Pittcon (1960)

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