AMAZING NEWS OF FANDOM 8-9-15

NEWS HEADER FOR FILE 770Pixel Scroll 8/8 Midnight at the Well of Scrolls

I’m late, I’m late, to claim this is a post on August the Eight(h). (1) Remember: Jo Walton receives her Tiptree Award for My Real Children in a ceremony at Borderlands Books, San Francisco at 3 p.m. Sunday. Borderlands Books … Continue reading →

David Gerrold on Lou Antonelli’s Apology

After Lou Antonelli posted his apology I asked for a comment from David Gerrold and he replied: The convention has a strong anti-harassment policy. I expect they will investigate fairly and proceed from there. I’m not going to say anything … Continue reading →

The 2015 Hugo Awards – Perspectives

By Chris M. Barkley HATE: it has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet. –Maya Angelou In the waning hours of July 31, my partner Juli Marr and I submitted our ballots … Continue reading →

Lou Antonelli’s BOLO Story

This BOLO story is not about sentient tanks. Those who listened to last week’s Superversive SF Hugo livestream already know, but the rest of the world has just learned that online discussion featured Lou Antonelli’s claim to have written a … Continue reading →

Sense8 Renewed

Sense8, the Netflix series from the Wachowskis and writer J. Michael Straczynski, will get another season. The announcement was made in on Twitter by the show’s cast. Birthdays are just the beginning. #sense8 is reborn. https://t.co/tmMV66gKhm — Netflix US (@netflix) August … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/7 The Men Who Murdered Aristotle

The future is almost here, in today’s Scroll. (1) SFWA will be selling fame at Sasquan. If you’ve ever wanted to be Tuckerized, the SFWA auction at Sasquan is going to have some amazing opportunities. — Cat Rambo (@Catrambo) August … Continue reading →

Apex Magazine #75 Released

Apex Magazine Issue 75 features original fiction by Mehitobel Wilson (“Brisé”), Alexis A. Hunter (“Coming Undone”), Sunny Moraine (“It is Healing, It is Never Whole”), and Damien Angelica Walters (“Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys: The Elephant’s Tale”), plus poetry by Levi … Continue reading →

Sasquan Agenda Finalized

Yesterday was the deadline to submit new motions to the Sasquan business meeting. Kevin Standlee says the agenda in its essentially final form will include ratification votes on four constitutional amendments initially passed at LonCon 3, eight proposed amendments to the WSFS Constitution, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/6 Even Robots Get the Blues

The A-Train, EPH, and AI make up the alphabet soup that is today’s Scroll. (1) An effort to get sf writers on postage stamps fizzled a couple of years ago. A new effort to might wind up putting a fanzine … Continue reading →

Women in Sci-Fi Storybundle Available

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has organized a Women in Sci-Fi Storybundle. Pay what you like and get five books. Pay more than $15 and unlock five more books. Rusch is justly proud – The women writers in this bundle have written … Continue reading →

George Cole (1925-2015)

British actor George Cole died August 5, aged 90. Genre appearances include episodes of Out of the Unknown (“The Last Lonely Man”, 1969) and UFO (“Flight Path”, 1971), as well as The Vampire Lovers (1970), The Blue Bird (1976) and The … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/5 Closing Bracket

Four is fantastic, two is good, but two divided by one can only be sad, all in today’s Scroll. (1) The quartet’s comic book shut down in April. They have a movie but do they have a future? Alex Pappademas … Continue reading →

SFWA Events at Sasquan

Let SFWA President Cat Rambo, SFWA Operations Manager Kate Baker, Ellen Klages, and The Great Blue Dot Steven H Silver explain how members of Science Fiction Writers of America can connect and volunteer at this year’s Worldcon. That includes the SFWA … Continue reading →

Robert Conquest (1917-2015)

Historian and sf anthologist Robert Conquest, famous for his groundbreaking studies of Stalinist purges and mass murders in the Soviet Union, died August 3 at the age of 98. Conquest had wide-ranging literary interests. A love of poetry led him … Continue reading →

Worldcon Site Selection Vote Count in 1966

‘Tis the season to count ballots, inspiring Andrew Porter to send along a photo of site selection votes being counted on stage at Tricon, the 1966 Worldcon. Fans had to choose between four competitive bids seeking to host the 1967 Worldcon. New York won, defeating rivals … Continue reading →

Jef Murray (1960-2015)

Artist Jef Murray, known for his illustrations of works by Tolkien and Lewis, died unexpectedly August 3 at the age of 55. Carl Hostetter announced his passing on The Mythopoeic Society’s Facebook page. He is survived by his wife Lorraine. … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/4 The Dead Wallaby of Clown Town

Money, money, money – we cover the spectrum from scarcity to infinite wealth in today’s Scroll. (1) David Pascoe (“Trekking With The Green-Eyed Monster” on According To Hoyt) knows something that nobody else knows. ‘Cause he made it up: It … Continue reading →

New Clip from The Martian — “Ares 3: The Right Stuff”

The latest preview from The Martian is framed as NASA offering “a declassified look at the psychological testing involved in preparing the ARES 3 crew for their journey to Mars.”… Continue reading →

Dublin in 2019 Plans Local Events in Ireland

The Dublin 2019 Bid Team will run a Site Selection Event for Worldcon at a popular cafe bar in Dublin called the Twisted Pepper on August 15. They recommend the tea and Guinness – there’s cake, too. Bid volunteers and … Continue reading →

Ada Initiative Announces Shutdown

The Ada Initiative leadership has announced the organization will end its activities in mid-October. The group, founded in 2011 to support women in open technology and culture by producing codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies, advocating for gender diversity, teaching … Continue reading →

Coleen Gray (1922-2015)

American actress Coleen Gray died August 3, aged 92. Screen appearances include genre films The Vampire (1957), The Leech Woman (1960) and The Phantom Planet (1961). [Thanks to Steve Green for the story.]Continue reading →

Sasquan Sets New Hugo Voting Record

Sasquan received a record­ 5,950 valid ballots for the 2015 Hugo Awards, surpassing the mark of 3,587 votes set last year at LonCon 3. Nearly all voters cast their ballots online – only 36 were mailed in. Sasquan had the highest level … Continue reading →

Straight to Ale Will Send You Into Orbit

Huntsville, Alabama is home to Redstone Arsenal, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center museum – and the Straight to Ale brewery which celebrates the city’s connection with space exploration in the names of its beers. … Continue reading →

Haffner Press Will Commemorate Brackett Centennial

The 100th birthday of Leigh Brackett arrives December 7, 2015 and publisher Stephen Haffner says that the Haffner Press plans something special to observe the occasion – though you’ll have to wait to find out what. Behind the scenes we’ve … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/3 Crisis in Infinite Victories

A Hollywood bomb that made money, a cable hit with a future, and the perpetual love feast that is the Worldcon, all in today’s Scroll. (1) James Earl Jones played B-52 bombardier Lt. Lothar Zogg in Dr. Strangelove. It was … Continue reading →

Connie Willis Eye Surgery Successful

Connie Willis, who required surgery to repair the fractured floor of her eye socket, has a good news update on her blog: Dear Everybody: I’m recovering nicely from the surgery (as witness the fact that I’m able to write my … Continue reading →

Unidentified Funny Objects Becomes SFWA’s First Anthology Qualifying Market

SFWA has designated Unidentified Funny Objects, edited and published by Alex Shvartsman, as a Qualifying Professional Market, the first anthology series ever to appear on the list. A SFWA Qualifying Professional Market has been determined by the SFWA Membership Committee to meet the SFWA … Continue reading →

Science Fiction Poetry Association Elevates Two Grand Masters

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has selected its first Grand Masters in five years – Marge Simon and Steve Sneyd. A SFPA Grand Master must be a living person “whose body of work reflects the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/2 Something Pixeled This Way Comes

It’s a party. It’s a dog party! But don’t drink the punch. That’s the advice in today’s Scroll. (1) Well, that was brutal. HitchBOT the hitchhiking robot met its fate in Philadelphia. Canada’s hitchhiking robot lasts just two weeks in … Continue reading →

2015 Mythopoeic Awards

The winners of the 2015 Mythopoeic Awards were announced August 2 at Mythcon 46 in Colorado Springs. Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Sarah Avery, Tales from Rugosa Coven (Dark Quest) Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature Natalie Lloyd, A … Continue reading →

Artist Gris Grimly Signs Halloween Tree

By John King Tarpinian: Creature Features in Burbank hosted a signing for a new illustrated edition of Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree, beautifully illustrated by Gris Grimly. No slight to Mr. Grimly but Ray can still bring in the crowds. My guess … Continue reading →

On the Wing

By John Hertz: I’ve learned, as you have, that Adrienne Martine-Barnes (1942-2015) left our stage, a woman I loved. Platonically. She was a philosopher and had been a queen. Her powers were substantial. She had a Hispanic heart — she … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 8/1 Scroll forth, my song, like the rushing river

Ten stories, three videos and a partridge in a pear tree. (1) It’s a privilege to be included in this Sasquan program item: Writing About Controversies M. J. Locke [Laura Mixon] , John Scalzi , Mike Glyer , William Frank … Continue reading →

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