AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 8/23/20

Worldcon bid news, awards, Bradbury Centennial

Cats Sleep on SFF: Catfishing on CatNet
Rose Embolism ended a reading drought with Naomi Kritzer’s book: I finally finally FINALLY got to the library, after nearly 5 months! And I got a book! I was so happy I showed it to my cat Dorothy Parker… Photos

2020 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Winners
The winners of the 2020 Silver Falchion award given by the Killer Nashville Writers Conference in Franklin, Tennessee were announced on August 22. The Silver Falchion award categories cover the spectrum of popular literature. The conference was cancelled this year, but the

Three from Me
By John Hertz: It’s not that I have nothing to do (sing rickety-tickety-tin). But I thought you might like these. Our Gracious Host once said I had the heart of a poet – yes, I know the Bob Bloch joke. * * * The

2020 Prix Rosny Aîné
The winners of the Prix Rosny Aîné 2020 for French science fiction were announced on August 20. There are two categories, novels and short stories. The winners were decided by a vote of the members of the French national SF

Pixel Scroll 8/22/20 Unobtainium Glistens Like Chrome In All Of The Federation Parsecs
BRADBURY CENTENNIAL. Here are a few more of the many entries about Ray Bradbury today. John Scalzi: “On the Occasion of Ray Bradbury’s 100th Birthday: ‘Meeting the Wizard’” at Whatever. …The Martian Chronicles is not a child’s book, but it

I Had A Lovely Visit This Morning
By John King Tarpinian: I am lucky enough to be able to visit Ray on his birthdays, always leaving him a gift or two. The cake had to be quickly removed because there were ants that appeared to be interested

2020 Seiun Awards
The 2020 Seiun Award winners were announced August 22 by the Japan Science Fiction Convention “F-con”. The presentation ceremony will be held at the convention, now postponed to March 13-14, 2021 because of COVID-19. The award has nine categories. The English titles

2020 Chesley Nominations
Today during the Virtual Columbus NASFiC, the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA) unveiled the finalists for the 2020 Chesley Awards. The Chesley is named for astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell. The winners will be voted by ASFA members. 2020 Chesley

Dyer-Bennet Creates Words Over Windows Photo Book
By David Dyer-Bennet: I’ve committed art. Documentary art, in the form of a book and a website (plus I will be offering prints of some of the photos for sale). I got caught by the fascinating things people were writing

100 Years
By Steve Vertlieb: As I remember what would have been his 100th birthday on August 22nd, my memories drift back to a time not that long ago when I was proud to think of one of the greatest writers of

Rethinking the Retro-Hugos: How Should We Honor Past SFF?
[Editor’s Introduction: Dave Wallace left a thoughtful comment today about what he sees as the problems with the Retro-Hugos periodically given by Worldcons, and offered several proposals for change. He gave permission to republish the text as a post, which

Pixel Scroll 8/21/20 Pounded In The Scroll By The Anthropomorphic Concept Of Pixels
COLUMBUS NASFIC OPENING CEREMONIES. [Item by David Doering.] Watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Columbus NASFiC, I noted the number of apologies for lack of the in-person meetings. However, I also think we should celebrate that we are LIVING

Bradbury Centennial Weekend Is Here at Last
Get ready for Ray Bradbury’s hundred candle blowout on Saturday! (1) FIRED UP FOR THE READ-A-THON. The “First Annual Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon” is a national reading of Fahrenheit 451 that begins at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on August 22, 2020 to

The Huntington Will Host Virtual “Inspired by Octavia E. Butler” Event with Author Lynell George
Lynell George discusses her forthcoming book, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, and her experience in The Huntington archives, on August 26 from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Free: register here. The Zoom link will

Marvel Honors Indigenous History with Native American Heritage Tribute Covers by Jeffrey Veregge
Yesterday, Marvel announced Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, a landmark special written and drawn by renowned Indigenous talent including celebrated artist and writer Jeffrey Veregge. Veregge, who just wrapped up his exhibition Jeffrey Veregge: Of Gods and Heroes at the Smithsonian’s National

Pixel Scroll 8/20/20 The Pixel Came Back From Nothing At Scroll
NASFIC FAN FUND AUCTION. Michael J. Lowrey makes a last-minute appeal: We still need items for auction pretty desperately: books, fanzines, tuckerizations, fannish memorabilia, whatever, for the Virtual FanFund Auction at the virtual NASFIC on Facebook.” Post items there.

This Is Horror Awards 2019
This Is Horror, the UK website announced the winners of its annual awards on August 20. NOVEL OF THE YEAR Winner: The Bone Weaver’s Orchard by Sarah ReadRunner-up: The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz NOVELLA OF THE YEAR Winner: The Pale White by

Inaugural Gollancz Announces BAME SFF Award Winners
Gollancz and Ben Aaronovitch have announced the first, second, and runners up places for the inaugural Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award: FIRST PLACE The Principles of Moments by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson SECOND PLACE The Reeves’ Guild by Kyla

2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award
Sisters in Crime (SinC) announced the winner of the : Yasmin McClinton of Columbia, SC The award, which honors the memory of pioneering African-American crime fiction author Eleanor Taylor Bland with a

2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards Finalists
The finalists for the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards, the New Zealand crime fiction awards, were announced August 9. The finalists for the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards are: BEST NOVEL Whatever it Takes by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press) Girl from the

Pixel Scroll 8/19/20 The Fandom Raspberry Blower Of Old Pixel Town
MARVEL’S VOICES EXPANDS. This November, Marvel celebrates Indigenous history with a landmark special, Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, written and drawn by some of the industry’s most renowned Indigenous talent along with talents making their Marvel Comics debut.

Memphis Worldcon Bidders: Won’t Run Retros If They Win; Address Diversity and Inclusion Policies
The Memphis in 2023 Worldcon bid chairs Kate Secor and Cliff Dunn have posted a statement about their plans for averting some of the high profile controversies that overshadowed the recently completed Worldcon: “Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion”. The

Cats Sleep on SFF: Snuff
Vicki Rosenzweig’s cat sleeps darned near sff: I was going through old photos and found this one, of my late cat Julian sleeping with a Pratchett novel. Photos of your felines resting on genre works are welcome. Send to mikeglyer

What Fred Said
By John Hertz: I’ve been trying to give Cat Eldridge a hand with birthday notices. As an SF character whose name rhymes with grok used to say, fascinating. A few weeks ago was the birthday of a graphic artist who gave us Cheech Wizard and lizards. What a

In Memoriam – CoNZealand 2020
[Editor’s Note: This list is no longer available at the original site, however, JJ was able to retrieve a copy and with Steven H Silver’s permission we are hosting it here.] A tribute to the genre fans and creators we

Pixel Scroll 8/18/20 It’s A World Of Cats On To Be Read Piles, It’s A Scroll, Scroll World!
STATE GUIDANCE ISSUED FOR SF IN CHINA. Variety reports“China Issues Guidelines on Developing a Sci-Fi Film Sector”. Chinese film authorities issued a new document outlining policy measures to boost the country’s production of science fiction movies. Entitled “Several Opinions on Promoting

Book Anniversary: The Year’s Best Fantasy First Annual Collection
By Cat Eldridge: In honor of Ellen Datlow sharing the cover for Best Horror of the Year, Volume Twelve, let’s note that the first volume in what would be the long-running award-winning Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthology series was published in August

2020 Long List Anthology Kickstarter
David Steffen has launched a Kickstarter appeal to publish Long List Anthology Volume 6, designed to celebrate more of the fiction loved by the Hugo Award voting audience. Every year, science fiction and fantasy fans vote for their favorite works for

Cats Sleep on SFF: West of the Sun
Mark R. Kelly has been probing for books to consider for his next Black Gate column. For Edgar Pangborn, I thought to start with his first, West Of The Sun, which I have a copy of, now sitting on my

Carrie Callahan Receives SLF’s 2019 Working Class Grant
The Speculative Literature Foundation has awarded its 2019 Working Class Writers Grant to Carrie Callahan. The $1,000 Working Class Grant is intended to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction due to the

Pixel Scroll 8/17/20 Unlikely To Not Have Been Used Before
BUSIEK LIVE. Filer Kurt Busiek will be interviewed by Mark Evanier. The livestream starts August 18 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific. Just two comic book writers sitting around, hundreds of miles apart, talking about comics. Mark Evanier chats with his

2021 Worldcon Launches Capitalize! The DisCon III Fan Fund
DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon in Washington, D.C., has created the Capitalize! Fan Fund as the first step in their overall diversity and inclusivity initiatives. It will help fans, staff, and program participants from marginalized communities to attend DisCon III.

Datlow Shares Cover for Best Horror of the Year Volume Twelve
Editor Ellen Datlow has unveiled the cover for The Best Horror of the Year volume Twelve. With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of

Horror Writers Association Officer Elections
The Horror Writers Association posted the results of their 2020 officer elections on August 16. John Palisano has been re-elected as President after running unopposed. Becky Spratford has been re-elected as Secretary after running unopposed. Linda Addison, James Chambers, and

2020 Ignyte Awards Finalists
FIYAH Literary Magazine announced the inaugural Ignyte Awards finalists on August 17. The Awards seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts

Silver: The Novels I Didn’t Write
By Steven H Silver: “There are no correct alternate histories; there are only plausible alternate histories.” —Will Shetterly After Hastings is an alternate history that branches off from one of the most pivotal moments of English history, the Norman Conquest

Pixel Scroll 8/16/20 I Holler As I Overturn Mike’s BBQ And Turn The Pixel Of Scroll Into, Uh, Something Something
THE POSTMAN RINGS FIRST. David Brin can be good at thinking things up – and he’s put his creative powers to work to support the US Postal Service: “Going Postal? And the ‘TOC’ you want… the book no one

Irene Adler Features in Latest Manga Adaptation of BBC Sherlock Series
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia Part One goes on sale September 15. Sherlock meets his match in Irene Adler and has to recover compromising photographs of the royal family. This is Titan Comics’ ongoing manga adaption of the BBC’s seminal Sherlock series

Pixel Scroll 8/15/20 To Clickfinity And Beyond!
RECONVENE REPORT. [Item by Cat Eldridge.] ReCONvene, the one-day virtual con of NESFA, was this afternoon, so I paid my ten dollars and attended via Zoom. It was worth devoting much of the afternoon to it for just one

2020 Aurora Awards
The winners were announced during a livestreamed awards ceremony on August 15 as part of the virtual When Words Collide convention. The award winners were chosen by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and

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