AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM – 10-4-2015

Awards; resurrected conventions; Martian spoilers; Assault at SDCC, more

NEWS HEADER FOR FILE 770
Pixel Scroll 10/1 The Other Blog of Phileas Fogg
(1) Sir Terry Pratchett’s estate has announced the endowment of the Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship at the University of South Australia. The $100,000 scholarship recipient will also have the opportunity to conduct their research both at University of South Australia. and … Continue reading →

James Sallis Quits as College Instructor Over Arizona Loyalty Oath
James Sallis quit as an adjunct professor at Phoenix College in the middle of the semester when called on to sign the state of Arizona’s loyalty oath. Sallis’ name first became familiar to fans as a New Wave author who had two … Continue reading →

WisCon Memories in 40×40
WisCon is turning 40 and has begun a retrospective series about the con that created a home for those interested in science fiction and feminism. WisCon: 40×40 will reminisce about one or two past conventions each week. Chris Wallish of the SF3 … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 10/3 The Red Scroll of Westmarch
(1) Harry Potter fans taking the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London have been trying to “free” Dobby the house elf by leaving socks beside his display case. People have been trying to free Dobby at the WB Studio Tour … Continue reading →

Pilots Planned for New DC and Marvel Series
DC and Marvel are developing new TV sitcoms involving ordinary people who work in a world of superheroes. Powerless, based on characters from DC Comics, has a pilot production commitment from NBC reports Deadline.com. The project evokes NBC’s signature comedy series The Office, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 10/2 The Roads Must Roll Over
(1) Shea Serrano at Grantland asks “Which Movie Astronauts Would You Want To Be Stranded With In Outer Space?” And which ones would you definitely not want to be with in outer space? This doesn’t necessarily presume that you and … Continue reading →

Royal Mail To Issue Star Wars Stamps
On the day Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released the Royal Mail will be issuing first day covers of the commemorative stamp sets that will be on sale October 20. The Royal Mail is already taking preorders. The character … Continue reading →

YA Doctor Who Spinoff Announced
Class, an 8-episode Doctor Who spinoff, has been announced by BBC Three. Executive produced by Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin, the YA series will set in contemporary London around the Coal Hill secondary school. On his first television … Continue reading →

Gernsback Writing Contest Winners
Amazing Stories’ Steve Davidson has announced the finalists in the publication’s inaugural Gernsback Writing Contest. The top three finalists are: Stuart Barton – Lost Phoenixes Matthew Downer – Size of the Fight Sean Monaghan – Penny of Tharsis Montes These … Continue reading →

Sexual Assault Reported at SDCC
Scott Allie, until recently Editor-in-Chief of Dark Horse Comics, assaulted two people during a party at San Diego Comic-Con reports Janelle M. Asselin in “Enough is Enough: Dark Horse’s Scott Allie’s Assaulting Behavior” at Graphic Policy. We all know at … Continue reading →

Larry Smith Back in Hospital; Funding Target Increased
Bookseller Larry Smith, who spent several days in a hospital after rolling his van on the way back from Dragon Con, has “had some complication since returning home, which have put him back in the hospital,” reports Marcia Kelly Illingworth. … Continue reading →

The Martian, Spoiled
By popular demand! Comments on this post will cover anything people want to say about the movie. SPOILER WARNING! And to fill up this post, JJ has contributed a set of links to trailers and interviews about The Martian. Ares 3: … Continue reading →

Top 10 Posts for September 2015
Post-Worldcon roundups of links to commentary about Sasquan and the Hugos found a large following. So did Sasquan’s controversial announcement that the Hugo nominating data might not be released as expected, or at least not immediately. A new award proposal also … Continue reading →

Reasons to Remember Bradbury
Born today in 1924: Truman Capote John King Tarpinian tells the story: Truman Capote was a copyboy (along with Harper Lee who was also known for a book or two and a neighbor in New Orleans of Truman’s) at Mademoiselle … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/30 Bite Cycles
(1) Product placement. Would you like to guess what product is featured in The Martian? Aston Martin, Omega, and Burberry will be among the brands proud to be associated with Spectre, the latest James Bond movie when it opens next … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/29 What Color is Your Parvo Shot?
(1) Today’s birthdays — 1547 – Miguel de Cervantes, author of that famous tome about the old windmill tilter 1942 – Madeline Kahn, a signature comedic actress of the 1970s, who appeared in Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, High … Continue reading →

Kressel and Bolander Headline NYRSF Readings on October 6
The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings 25th Anniversary Season continues with Brooke Bolander and Matthew Kressel as guests. The location is The Commons Café at 388 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $7 suggested donation. Brooke … Continue reading →

Hallmark Has Been Naughty and Nice This Year
Hallmark’s 2015 line of science fictional Keepsake Ornaments includes one of the most grotesque ever offered. It’s the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan™ Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk The Needs of the Many Ornament goes for $29.95. The … Continue reading →

Return Now To The Thrilling Days of the Early Twenty-First Century
By John Hertz: While looking for something else I came across Vanamonde 469 (May 7, 2002) with these notes of the Millennium Philcon (59th World Science Fiction Convention, August 30 – September 3, 2001, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). You might like to see them. Some … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/28 One Scroll To Live
(1) If film criticism ever becomes a duel to the death, people will say, never bet against David Gerrold when cinematic science fiction is on the line…. See his new review on Facebook. All right, so let’s talk about SNOWPIERCER, … Continue reading →

2015 Harvey Award Winners
The 2015 Harvey Awards were presented at the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 27. The Harvey Awards are given annually to the creators and publications receiving the most votes from the industry’s comics professionals and publishers. The award is named for Harvey … Continue reading →

Ditto Reborn!
By R. Graeme Cameron: The fanzine fan’s relaxacon, Ditto 20, will be held Friday, September 30 to October 2, 2016 in conjunction with VCON 41, in a site to be announced in the Vancouver Lower Mainland Region in British Columbia, … Continue reading →

NASA Announces Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars
New findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen … Continue reading →

2015 Copper Cylinder Award
The winners of the fourth annual Copper Cylinder Awards have been announced by the Sunburst Award Society. The Copper Cylinder is an annual members’ choice award for Canadian literature of the fantastic. Adult Award The Back of the Turtle by … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/27 Puppy Horror Pixel Scroll
(1) George R.R. Martin in “The First Emmys” on Not A Blog. Andy Samberg’s joke about my attending the first Emmy Awards ceremony made me curious about Emmy history. This year was the 67th Emmy Awards, and I turned 67 … Continue reading →

D. West Passes Away
Artist D. West died September 25 reports SF Site News. … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 9/26 10 Things I Slate About You
(1) Pablo Vazquez has identified himself as another San Juan in 2017 NASFiC bid committee member — he is one of the bid chairs — so you can add his name to the list. The formal launch is at ContraFlow/DSC in New … Continue reading →

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