AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 9/6/20: Post August Edition

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Pixel Scroll 9/5/20 Astronauts In The Weightlessness Of Pixelated Space
BSFS MAKES GRANT TO 2020 WORLD FANTASY CON. The membership of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society has granted $1000 to the 2020 World Fantasy Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah, which will be held virtually this year. The grant may

Two Fritz Favorites
By John Hertz: It’s the death-anniversary of Fritz Leiber (1910-1992). He wrote both fantasy and science fiction – all strange; if I may quote a Robert Louis Stevenson story, “Desire of strange things swept him on” (“The Isle of Voices”, 1893). Actually that’s

2020 Harvey Awards Nominees
Finalists for the Harvey Awards, honoring the life and work of comics creator Harvey Kurtzman,(1924-1993), cartoonist, writer, editor and founder of Mad Magazine, have been revealed. Voting is now open to eligible industry professionals. The awards are presented under the auspices of

2020 Strand Critics Awards
The Strand Magazine has announced the winners of its recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing. Best Mystery Novel (2019) The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (Harper) Best Debut Novel (2019) Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (Sarah

Pixel Scroll 9/4/20 When The Scroll Comes A Filing, The Pixel Turn It Back, First From The Circle, Fifth From The Track
FREE WOLVES. The first episode of Raised By Wolves is free on YouTube – SYFY Wire has the story: Those interested in blasting off to a distant world filled with strife and android parents are in luck: HBO Max

Media Birthday Bonus for September 4
By Cat Eldridge: THE SHADOW’S “BLACK BUDDHA” On this evening in 1938, The Shadow’s “Black Buddha” first aired on Mutual Radio. It starred Orson Welles as The Shadow (Lamont Cranston) and Margot Stevenson as Margot Lane. “A shop owner will

Like a Wide Road
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1410) I hadn’t read Mencius for a while, so was glad to find in a used-book shop the 1970 translation by D.C. Lau for Penguin Classics. Dr. Lau (1921-2010) writes, Only two Chinese philosophers have the distinction of

Pixel Scroll 9/3/20 This Is Not The Pixel Scroll You Are Looking For
POWERFUL RECOMMENDATION. Innocent Chizaram Ilo writes a guest feature for Sarah Gailey’s series: “Personal Canons: Lesley Nneka Arimah”. “They are the winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (African Region). …They live in Lagos but dream of vast

2020 Horror Writers Association Scholarship Winners
The Horror Writers Association announced their 2020 Scholarship recipients on September 3. The Horror Writers Association Scholarship The scholarship, open to all horror writers (HWA membership is not required), is worth $2500, which may be spent on approved writing education

In Conversation with Dirk Maggs, Producer of The Sandman
The Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine podcast recently featured a conversation between host Jo Reed and producer, director, and writer Dirk Maggs. In a career spanning 30 years, Maggs has won many national and international awards. He first made

McIlvanney Prize 2020 Shortlist
The shortlist was unveiled for the 2020 McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year on September 1. Whirligig by Andrew James Greig A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry Pine by

2020 Ned Kelly Awards Shortlists
The Australian Crime Writing Association announced the shortlists for the 2020 Ned Kelly Awards on August 25. The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious prizes for crime fiction and true crime writing, established in 1995. This year, for

Pixel Scroll 9/2/20 He’s Just A Poor Scroll From A Poor Pixelry, Spare Him Comments From This File 770
MARGINALIZED BY STAR WARS. “John Boyega: ‘I’m the only cast member whose experience of Star Wars was based on their race’” – a British GQ interview. With the Lucasfilm-branded elephant in the room acknowledged, it is even harder to

Apply for 2020 Otherwise Fellowships by October 1
For the sixth year, the Otherwise Award (formerly known as the Tiptree Award) is welcoming applications for Otherwise Fellowships: $500 grants for “emerging creators who are changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative.” If you think that description could apply

Ring of Fire Con Rescheduled to October
The inaugural virtual Ring of Fire Convention (ROFCON) has been rescheduled to October 8-11. The change from the originally announced mid-September dates has also allowed the organizers to add a day to the virtual event. Walt Boyes, Editor, Grantville Gazette and Ring

Pixel Scroll 9/1/20 Senpai Noticed Me!
GAME OF THRONGS. Netflix has ordered a series covering all three books in Liu Cixin’s trilogy — The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, and Death’s End — reports Variety: “‘Three-Body Problem’ Series From David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Alexander Woo

Broaddus Wins 2020 Indiana Authors Award
Maurice Broaddus is the Genre winner of the 2020 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards, which recognize works with Indiana connections in eight categories published in the previous two years (2018 and 2019). GENRE Pimp My Airship, by Maurice

Top 10 Stories for August 2020
The 2020 Hugo Winners post would have been widely read even under normal circumstances, however, once George R.R. Martin left a comment on the post seeking to explain his performance as toastmaster of CoNZealand’s Hugo Ceremony, a huge amount of

BooktubeSFF Awards 2020 Winners
The 2020 BooktubeSFF Awards winners were revealed during the #BooktubeSFF Awards Liveshow on August 30. Booktube is the segment of YouTube dominated by booklovers who use the platform to discuss and share our love of reading. SFF stands for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and

Prix Bob Morane 2020
The 2020 Prix Bob Morane winners were announced on August 29. The Prix Bob Morane is a French literary prize named for a fictional adventurer created by Belgian writer Henri Vernes in the 1950s. Romans francophones / French Novels Catherine Dufour : Danse avec les lutins,

Pixel Scroll 8/31/20 Inspired By Cordwainer Smith And Seeing A Sign Backwards
THE BROTHERS STRUGATSKY. “Striving to become: how a former officer changed Russian science fiction” at Pledge Times. ,,,,But it was Arkady Strugatsky who was the first to understand that if they really want to “break out, break through, ah,”

Final CoNZealand Progress Report Available
CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon, has published a post-convention roundup of awards and other official announcements in Progress Report #4. It includes recaps of the Masquerade, Big Heart, First Fandom, Sir Julius Vogel Awards and Hugo and Retro Hugo Awards winners,

2020 Sunburst Award Winners
The Sunburst Award Committee announced the winners of the 2020 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in Adult, Young Adult, and ShortStory categories on August 31. ADULT AWARD The winner of the 2020 Sunburst Award for

New Collection of Aldiss Essays from Ansible Editions
The Jonbar Point: Essays from SF Horizons by Brian Aldiss will be released by Ansible Editions on September 1, with a new introduction by Christopher Priest. The Jonbar Point collects, for the first time, two major essays on science fiction which

2020 Gamescom Awards
Gamescom, the world’s largest event for computer and video games, announced the winners of the in two virtual ceremonies over the weekend. This year the Best Of Gamescom Award went to Cyberpunk 2077, an RPG developed by

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