AMAZING NEWS OF FANDOM: 02-08-2015

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J. K. Rowling Explains It All To You

Fairy godmothers are not a thing in Harry Potter, but J.K. Rowling sometimes plays one on her Twitter account. Today she answered three readers’ questions about magical loose ends in her famous series. .@CharlsEC A Black ancestor coveted the beautiful … Continue reading →

Larry Correia Channels His Inner Dogberry
Yesterday, when Larry Correia wrote “I Need Your Help (gathering links to SJW attacks in sci-fi for a news reporter)”, seeking negative remarks about himself to pass on to a pair of Breitbart.com writers, readers flocked to his aid. I mentioned … Continue reading →

Kameron Hurley’s Further Comments on the Relationship Between Awards and Sales
Kameron Hurley, winner of Hugos in 2014 for Best Related Work and Best Fanwriter, recently blogged — So when people tell me that Hugos don’t matter, awards don’t matter, and promotion don’t matter, you can imagine the $13,000 face I … … Continue reading →

Ice Cream and Chainsaws Together At Last

Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream’s “Flavor of the Month” for March will be — Snacknado. Ian Ziering, star of Syfy’s Sharknado movies, spent Friday scooping samples for publicity photos. According to the Burbank Leader — Ziering was at the Baskin-Robbins on South … Continue reading →

Author Dave Creek Declines Sad Puppydom
Dave Creek, whose novella “The Jenregar and the Light” (Analog, Oct. 2014) was part of Brad Torgersen’s original Sad Puppies 3 slate, has posted a public statement on Facebook that he doesn’t want to be associated with Sad Puppies. The story … Continue reading →

Patten’s History of Furry Publishing

Genre historian Fred Patten has posted two fine articles about furry fandom and today’s top furry art and fiction publishers at Dogpatch Press. “The History of Furry Publishing, Part One: Beginnings” dates the creation of furry fandom to the mid-1970s: … Continue reading →

A Bigger Better Sci-Fest LA
Sci-Fest, the annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival has started an Indiegogo crowdfunding appeal to raise $100,000 by March 18. Last year, we raised an impressive $81,000.00 on Kickstarter and produced a groundbreaking month-long Festival. Luckily, our … Continue reading →

Clifton’s Cafeteria Lights The Way
New Clifton’s Brookdale owner Andrew Meieran started rehabbing LA’s oldest surviving cafeteria in 2010. Last week he turned on its neon lights for the first time in decades as part of the celebration of Night on Broadway. The result is … Continue reading →

2015 Corflu Rate Hike on 3/1
Tynecon III: The Corflu (Corflu 2015) will raise its attending membership rate on March 1 to £60 ($100), so join soon to get the current rate of £50 or US$85. Day membership rates for Corflu 32 have been set at … Continue reading →

Marvel’s Daredevil Teaser Trailer
All 13 episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil will be released by Netflix on April 10. … Continue reading →

Gaiman Wins BBC Audio Drama Award
The BBC Audio Drama Awards 2015 winners were announced February 1. The results of interest to fans include — Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama Neil Gaiman (Video acceptance speech here.) Best Actor in an Audio Drama Ian McKellen in Eugenie Grandet … Continue reading →

SFWA Now Accepting Self-Published and Small Press Members … Continue reading →

Baltimore SF Club Hosts State of SF Roundtable 2/21
A free, public roundtable on “The State of Short Fiction” will be held by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society on February 21 featuring editors Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld), Scott Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Sheila Williams (Asimov’s), Lesley Connor (Apex), and writer … Continue reading →

Minions Trailer Drops
Minions, with Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Allison Janney, Sandra Bullock, and Jon Hamm, is due in theaters July 10, 2015. … Continue reading →

2015 ALSC Youth Book Awards

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, announced its array of annual awards on February 2. Although sf, fantasy and horror were shut out of the 2015 Newbery Medal, unrepresented among the medal winner or the … Continue reading →

Smofcon 2015 Website Updated
Smofcon 33 will be held December 4-6 at the Sheraton Ft. Worth Hotel and Spa in Fort Worth, Texas. The annual convention for sf conrunners is chaired this year by Tim Miller. His committee includes Robert Jinks (Vice Chairman), Steven … Continue reading →

Keeping Up With Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury makes news every day, even when his house isn’t being demolished — though one of these three stories involves that melancholy topic. (1) UCLA has remodeled the Charles E. Young Research Library and endowed it with a new eatery called Cafe … Continue reading →

Sad Puppies Wag Their Tales

Brad Torgersen has released the Sad Puppies 3 Hugo slate containing about 62 endorsements, and Vox Day has posted his largely similar “Rabid Puppies” list with 68 recommendations. Ladies and gentlemen – your 2015 Hugo final ballot! Or it will … Continue reading →

2015 Locus Recommended Reading List Appears

The highly influential Locus Recommended Reading List has been posted by Locus Online. The 2014 list is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers with some input by others — Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Graham … Continue reading →

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