AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 4/26/20

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John Van Stry Wins Suit Against Book Pirate
Indie author John Van Stry has won his copyright infringement lawsuit against former Pirate Party of Canada leader Travis McCrea, whose Ebook.Bike platform offered free downloads of many writers’ work including a dozen novels by Van Stry. “The lawsuit is

ALA Lists the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2019
During National Library Week, April 19 – 25, the American Library Association (ALA) released its 2020 State of America’s Libraries report. The report found that the popularity of libraries in 2019 continues to soar. According to a recent Gallup poll,

Command the US Space Force (Or the Russian Space Agency!)
The Kickstarter for this set of “United States Space Force Action Figures” has already funded and is galloping through its early stretch goals. Now you can help win the Space Race with the United States Space Force action figures. Build

Pixel Scroll 4/25/20 Though It Was Scrolled A Long, Long Time Ago, Your Pixel Should Know
RIGHTS FIGHT. Publishers Weekly reports “Federal Appeals Court Declares Literacy a Constitutional Right”. In a potential landmark ruling, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held this week that access to a basic minimum education “that can plausibly impart

2020 Pulp Factory Awards
The 2020 Pulp Factory Award winners were named April 20. The announcement was made on YouTube instead of at the Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention as planned because the event is cancelled this year. The winners were chosen by

Pixel Scroll 4/24/20 Fillie And The Poor Gods Are Stalkin’, Bring A Pixel, Scroll Your Feet
MURDERBOT SPEAKS. Tor.com readies us for the May 5 release of Martha Wells’ next Murderbot book by hosting a dialog between two important characters: “Feelings REDACTED: What Happens When Murderbot and ART Talk to Instagram”. The pair talked love,

Pennsic War Postponed to 2021
The Pennsic War, the Society for Creative Anachronism’s largest event, has been cancelled and rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The annual medieval encampment draws more than 10,000 people from all over the world to witness the mock

Pixel Scroll 4/23/20 Send Me The Pixel That You Scroll On
THE TEN DOCTORS. The BBC’s Big Night In fundraising telethon broadcast April 23 included “The Doctors’ inspiring message to all frontline workers” delivered by regiment of actors who have played Doctor Who — Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith,

Pixel Scroll 4/22/20 Then Curl Up On The Pile And Sleep For A While, It’s The Scrolliest Thing, It’s The Pixel Dream
DRAGON CON STILL ON SCHEDULE. Dragon Con told Facebook readers today they are proceeding with plans for their Labor Day event. Many things in the world are uncertain right now. One thing isn’t: We are planning to throw one

PhiLunaBaltAutoBoskCon 2020
[Editor’s Note: Steve was inspired to create this piece by SF Concatenation’s call for fans to write about a con, but submitted it here because “I don’t like waiting.” Is this quick enough?] By Steve Davidson: It took a visionary

Pixel Scroll 4/21/20 If A Pixel Walks In Dressed Like A Click And Acting As If He Owns The File, He’s A Scrollman
TWO EVENTS SHUFFLED IN RESPONSE TO PANDEMIC. KU’s Gunn Center has announced these changes: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will likely move our Science Fiction Summer program to online offerings for 2020. We are also moving this year’s Gunn Center Conference

2020 Glass Bell Award Longlist
The twelve titles longlisted for the 2020 Glass Bell Award, announced April 6, include five works of genre interest: Robert Harris’ The Second Sleep, Anita Frank’s The Lost Ones, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, Stephen Chbosky’s Imaginary Friend, and

Pixel Scroll 4/20/20 Scrollcial Distancing
TOWER OF FABLE. Mark Lawrence promoted a new book release by challenging his readers to make towers of their books and send him photos — “The Girl And The Stars – contest!”. He has posted the entries — it’s

Best Translated Book Awards 2020 Longlist
In its 13th year of honoring literature in translation, the Best Translated Book Awards named their 2020 longlists for fiction and poetry on April 1. The complete longlists are at the link. The BTBA longlists feature a diverse group

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