AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 7/5/15

Boy, that Tin Man/Ultron mashup is turning up everywhere!

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Stephen Kennedy (1945-2015)

Art dealer and pulp enthusiast Stephen Kennedy has passed away reports Ed Hulse, whose appreciation of his friend is posted here. Before he fell ill in recent years, Kennedy was an art dealer in historic American paintings with an emphasis … Continue reading →

Danielle Wolverton Found
Dave Farland (aka Dave Wolverton) announced on Facebook July 4 that his daughter is no longer missing. Danielle Wolverton was contacted by police today for a bit, but I don’t really know much more. He had launched an appeal on … Continue reading →

puppyAtlas Barked 7/4
aka Time Enough To Read Even The Puppy Nominees Today roundup hors d’ouerve includes Tim Hall, Adam-Troy Castro, Vox Day, Patrick McCulley and John Zeigler. (Title credit goes out to File 770 contributing editors of the day Will Reichard and Daniel … Continue reading →

For Tonight, the Fourth
By James H. Burns: I’ll put the blame, or really, that’s credit, on File 770, for getting me more ready than even usual to think about fireworks. I was reading the Ray Bradbury “Fire Balloons” piece, a few hours ago, … Continue reading →

Bradbury’s Nostalgic July 4 Memory
Ray Bradbury’s Fourth of July reminiscence from The New Yorker (2012). …While I remained earthbound, I would time-travel, listening to the grownups, who on warm nights gathered outside on the lawns and porches to talk and reminisce. At the end … Continue reading →

Signal Boost For Danielle Wolverton Search
Kevin J. Anderson is helping get out the word: The daughter of my very close friend David Farland (Dave Wolverton) is missing. Dave is a well-known, bestselling author of epic fantasy and Star Wars. Please help us get a signal … Continue reading →

Recommended Genre Work with Mature/Older Protagonists
Compiled by Dawn Sabados: When Bruce Baugh requested recommendations of sf, fantasy and horror with mature/older protagonists (“Sing, o muse, of stories about people in their forties and beyond”) the harvest was plentiful. Dawn Sabados has turned the lot into … Continue reading →

puppyAyes Wide Mutt 7/3
aka The Doxxer Rebellion In today’s roundup: Malcolm ‘f.’ Cross, Tom Knighton, Dorothy Grant, Adam-Troy Castro, David Gerrold, Mike Resnick, Lawrence Person, John C. Wright, Nicholas Whyte, and Patrick May. (Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editors of the day … Continue reading →

Mike Resnick’s Galaxy’s Edge Editorial
By Mike Resnick: Thanks to all the stink raised by both sides at Worldcon, I have an editorial, “The End of Worldcon as We Know It”, in the just published issue of Galaxy’s Edge. It’s accessable online for free…and if … Continue reading →

puppyWith Six You Get Sleigh Dogs 7/2
aka My Enemy, My Alpo Today’s roundup ropes and brands Peter Grant, Mike Glyer, Anonymous, John Seavey, Adam-Troy Castro, Lou Antonelli, Shaun Duke, Sarah A. Hoyt, Duncan Mitchel, John C. Wright, Larry Correia, Gef Fox, Laura “Tegan” Gjovaag, and Brian … Continue reading →

CLANKY!
By James H. Burns: You can keep your Robby, and Gort, and even your C-3PO… Because the first robot of my childhood appeared as a chocolate syrup container: CLANKY. Beginning sometime around 1963, Clanky was a product from Family Foods … Continue reading →

Celebrate George Clayton Johnson’s 86th Birthday at Mystery & Imagination
George Clayton Johnson celebrates his 86th birthday on July 11 at Mystery & Imagination Bookshop in Glendale. Johnson wrote the first aired Star Trek episode, had multiple Twilight Zone credits, co-authored the novel Logan’s Run, and the script for the … Continue reading →

Alex Irvine Wins on Jeopardy!
By Tom Galloway: SF/fantasy/comics writer Alex Irvine won Wednesday’s episode of Jeopardy! with a whopping $26,000, and will defend his championship today. While he obviously did well, he made a horrible Daily Double wager. He got the final Daily Double … Continue reading →

2015 World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards for Campbell, Tepper
Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper have been selected to receive World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards. Ramsey Campbell: S. T. Joshi predicts “future generations will regard him as the leading horror writer of our generation, every bit the equal of … Continue reading →

Asimov’s Laws Violated
“A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker has said,” reports the Guardian, spinning an industrial accident into an internet sensation. The 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up … Continue reading →

Sasquan Membership Keeps On Rising
Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, picked up 460 members over the last three weeks of June. Supporting memberships, which continue to sell at a tremendous pace, account for 58% of the latest tally. As of June 30, Sasquan had 9,776 members, including 3,945 attending and 5,410 supporting members. A $40 supporting membership is the … Continue reading →

2016 DeepSouthCon Website Goes Live
ABC Deep South Con 54 has launched its new Web home page and PayPal portal. Fans can now register for ABC DSC at the price of $50 for adults or $25 for children under 12. That price will increase later, … Continue reading →

A Documentary About “Tolkien’s Great War”
Today marks the start of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916. The Wade Center at Wheaton College took the occasion to post a link to a half-hour documentary released last year about J.R.R. Tolkien’s experiences in World … Continue reading →

puppyThe Muttrix 7/1
aka Mongrel in a Mange Land Today’s roundup includes Abigail Nussbaum, Vox Day, David Dubrow, Peter Grant, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Doctor Science, Jennifer Brozek, Noah Ward, Laura “Tegan” Gjovaag, Aaron Pound and cryptic others. (Title credit belongs to File 770 … Continue reading →

The Jurassic Is Where Money Is Made
CollegeHumor’s silly video “If Jurassic Park Were In Different Geological Eras” shows Michael Crichton made the right choice … Continue reading →

This Will Ring Your Chimes
The magnificent series of mashups in yesterday’s comments deserves to be collected in a post. Thanks to the incandescent Kyra and the sublime RedWombat, Simon Bisson, Jim Henley, and Camestros Felapton. Kyra “Dr. Suess’ Lord of the Rings” I am … Continue reading →

A Hot Time In The Old Fandom Tonight
File 770 has a Clipping Service category, however, this may be the first time it has ever featured a literal clipping. David Doering’s fanhistory searches on Google yielded the newspaper article reproduced below, which inspired him to comment — First, gone are the days of such colorful … Continue reading →

2015 Elgin Award Candidates
The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the candidates for the Elgin Award. Named for SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, the awards are presented in two categories, Chapbook and Book. To be considered, chapbooks must contain 10-39 pages of poetry … Continue reading →

2015 Rhysling Awards
The winners of the 2015 Rhysling Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. The recipients were selected by a vote of 68 SFPA members. Short Poem Category First Place “Shutdown” by Marge Simon in Qualia Nous, ed. … Continue reading →

Top 10 Posts For June 2015
Activity in June was so intense that 19 of last month’s posts now rank among this blog’s 25 most-viewed of all-time. The reason is the huge amount of dialogue in the comments section. Five posts drew over 1,000 comments. “Lord Foul’s Baying,” the June 14 roundup, … Continue reading →

puppyThe Wind’s Hind Quarters 6/30
aka Quit Zoomin’ Those Paws Through The Air Starring in today’s roundup: Charlie Jane Anders, Jon F. Zeigler, Arianne, Melina D, Paul Kincaid, Martin Wisse, Justin Howe, Lou Antonelli, Doctor Strangelove, Terry Weyna, Spacefaring Kitten, Laura “Tegan” Gjovaag, Grac and … Continue reading →

Phoenix TARDIS Convention Cancelled
TARDIS Conventions has cancelled the Phoenix TARDIS event planned for July 10-14. This represents Alien Entertainment’s second failure in 2015 to replicate the success of its flagship con Chicago TARDIS in another city. Earlier, the firm cancelled Boston TARDIS 2015 that had been … Continue reading →

ENnies Fill Vacancies Left By Disqualifications
ENnies Award judges have named three nominees to replace the Mass Effect RPG in the three categories where it has been disqualified: Best Free Product Valiant RPG Digital Initiative (Catalyst Game Labs) Best Electronic Book Dragon Age Core RuleBook (Green Ronin Publishing) Product of … Continue reading →

Mass Effect Removed as ENnie Nominee
The administrators of Gen Con’s ENnie Awards have disqualified and removed Mass Effect from the ballot in the three categories where it was nominated because of IP violations: This is a brand new situation for the ENnies – we’ve never … Continue reading →

2015 ENnie Award Nominees and Spotlight Winners
Nominees for the ENnies, the Gen Con EN World RPG Awards, and Judges Spotlight Winners have been announced. The ENnies celebrate excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. Voting runs from July 4 to July 14. The winners will be presented July … Continue reading →

Order Extra Candles For Today’s Birthday Roll-Call 6/29
Six birthday boys. Fire up the cake! (1) Composer Bernard Hermann was born today in 1911. His very first film score, for Citizen Kane (1941), was an Oscar nominee. But it lost — to Hermann’s other nominated film score, for … Continue reading →

puppyThe Leader of the Packet 6/29
aka “These are the times that try dogs’s souls: The summer sheep dog and the sunshine puppy will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks … Continue reading →

Carrolling
By John Hertz: Somehow this apothegm of Lewis Carroll’s seemed worth quoting. Misunderstandings (1850) If such a thing had been my thought, I should have told you so before, But as I didn’t, then you ought To ask for such … Continue reading →

Taral on the Late Doug Winger
Taral Wayne has posted “Doug Winger: Fallen Sparrow”, a long and thoughtful appreciation of the late fanartist. I can’t help feel that Doug was a rara avis whose wings had been broken by misfortune, and who never properly learned to … Continue reading →

Mini Trailer Park
Three new trailers on YouTube that caught my eye. Ant-Man Official Japanese Trailer #1 The final trailer for Dai Gyakuten Saiban, a game in the Ace Attorney series, before its release on July 9th, 2015. The Pixels character trailer for … Continue reading →

Oil Me!
Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man has gotten a million views in two days…Continue reading →

puppySweeny Terrier: The Demon Nominator of Slate Street 6/28
aka Dandelion Whine In the roundup today: Vox Day, Gary Denton, Spacefaring Kitten, Alexander Case, Leonie Rogers, D. Douglas Fratz, S.C. Flynn, A.J. Blakemont, Kary English, Damnien G. Walter, Mark Ciocco and Declan Finn. (Title credit belongs to File 770 … Continue reading →

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