NEWS FROM FANDOM: 5/1/16

NEWS HEADER FOR FILE 770Top 10 Posts For April 2016
Sure, the Hugos were the biggest story in April, and the impact of the slates was the biggest Hugo story. However, the new Dragon Awards, and David A. Riley’s reasons for leaving a Horror Writers of America awards jury, were … Continue reading →

Mark Twain Pixel Scroll 4/30/16 Never Mind The Scrollocks, Here’s The Sex Pixels
One hundred percent pure Scroll. (1) NOT QUITE FAILURE TO LAUNCH. “Nail-biting start for Russia’s new Vostochny space centre” – BBC has the story. “Oh please, darling, fly!” A technician standing behind me was really nervous during the launch countdown … Continue reading →

Were-anthology Table of Contents Released
Joshua Palmatier has announced the table of contents for the Were-anthology coming out in August 2016. The book was funded as part of last year’s Alien Artifacts & Were- SF&F Themed Anthologies Kickstarter. The cover art is by Justin Adams. … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 4/30/16 Pride and Prejudice and Puppies
Here is your Hugo-themed Scroll. (1) RIGHT IN THE EYE. These are beauties…. And I thought the Hugo Awards were cool. They are, but… pic.twitter.com/VB6LKakooE — Craig Glassner (@rangercraig) April 30, 2016 (2) STUBBORN. The G at Nerds of a … Continue reading →

Suggestion Box For File 770’s Entry in Hugo Voter Packet
In very short order I am expected to send File 770’s entry for the Hugo Voter Packet. It’s going to be a PDF, because you can’t just send them a page of links or something. It will include File 770 #165. … Continue reading →

2016 Edgar Awards
The Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2016 Edgar Awards on April 28. Among them is Stephen King’s “Obits,” which was just nominated for a Hugo in the Best Novelette category. Best Novel Let Me Die in His … Continue reading →

Your Emergency Holographic Backup Pixel Scroll 4/29/16 Second Pixel Scroll and Straight On Till Morning
(1) RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. One of the biggest news stories in the world today — “Large Hadron Collider: Weasel causes shutdown”. The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator at Cern is offline after a short circuit – caused by a … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 4/29/16 Dr. Strangelist
We’ll split the Scroll again today. Guess which part this is! (1) NOMINEE STATEMENT. For those who are interested, Cora Buhlert sent a link to “What Price Humanity?” author David VanDyke’s statement regarding his nomination at Kboards. Re: KBoarder David … Continue reading →

Space Age, on the Street
By James H. Burns: I saw Colonel Bleep on the streets in Brooklyn, yesterday. He was riding along, as I finished a mid-morning cup of coffee… Colonel Bleep, of course, was the syndicated science fiction cartoon series, each episode roughly … Continue reading →

SFWA Mass Autographing May 13 Register Now for Free Event
The SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago will host a free and open to the public mass autographing event sponsored by Tor Books. This event will feature many authors and professionals like SFWA’s newest Grand Master, C.J. Cherryh, the 2016 Toastmaster John … Continue reading →

Second Pixel Scroll 4/28/16 Scroll Up And File Right
Here’s a bonus Scroll, healthfully free of references to rocket-shaped awards. Well, except for that one. (1) THE DOCTOR. Vulture provided an introduction for this clip of David Tennant and Stephen Colbert doing their own version of “Who’s on First”. … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 4/28/16 All My Hugos
We’ll divide the Scrolls again today. This is the Hugo-oriented one. (1) PERMISSION GRANTED. Glenn Hauman, rebutting a post by John Scalzi, says creators should not be discouraged from withdrawing, in “Neil Gaiman Does Not Need A Pity Hugo” at … Continue reading →

X-Men: Apocalypse Official Trailer #3
X-Men: Apocalypse is coming to theaters May 27.… Continue reading →

Diversity, diversity
By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1193) William Shakespeare (1564-1616) died four hundred years ago, on 23 Apr 16, St. George’s Day, he was probably born on 23 Apr 64. He left three dozen plays, a hundred fifty sonnets, and … Continue reading →

Four Nominees’ Statements About Staying on the Ballot
Since Thomas A. Mays decided to withdraw his Hugo-nominated short story as his way of dealing with its having been on the Rabid Puppies slate, some Hugo and Campbell nominees in the same position have made statements to explain why … Continue reading →

Your Darn Near Hugo-Free Auxiliary Pixel Scroll 4/27/16 Scrolljira!
Gluten-free, too! (1) SF HALL OF FAME VOTING. The EMP Museum has opened public voting on the 2016 finalists for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The deadline to cast your vote is May 11. In honor of … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 4/27/16 One Pup, Two Pup, Mad Pup, Sad Pup.
I started this Scroll yesterday before taking off in my time machine, and have just kept on adding. While I don’t plan to divide the Hugo news from other Scroll topics very often, it makes sense to do it today. … Continue reading →

Thomas A. Mays Withdraws His Hugo-Nominated Story
After learning during the official announcement that all the nominees in his category came from the Rabid Puppies slate, Thomas A. Mays says he has decided to withdraw his Hugo-nominated short story “The Commuter” from the ballot. He explained on … Continue reading →

Status Report
File 770 was conspicuously missing in action after posting the Hugo nominees yesterday. My internet service provider says there was no denial of service attack. Nor was it a bandwidth issue – the plan I was on had unlimited bandwidth. Frankly, … Continue reading →

Measuring The Rabid Puppies Slate’s Impact on the Final Hugo Ballot
“Puppies all the way down” one person said. Vox Day’s Rabid Puppies slate placed 64 of its 81 recommendations on the final ballot. (Withdrawals or items ruled ineligible will not be made known until the voting statistics are released at the … Continue reading →

2016 Hugo Award Finalists
The finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced on Tuesday, April 26. There were 4032 valid nominating ballots (4015 electronic and 17 paper) received and counted from the members of Sasquan, … Continue reading →

1941 Retro Hugo Award Finalists
The finalists for the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards were announced on Tuesday, April 26. There were 481 valid nominating ballots (475 electronic and 6 paper) received and counted from the members of Sasquan, MidAmeriCon II, and Worldcon 75. BEST NOVEL … Continue reading →

While You’re Waiting for the Hugo Announcement
The Guardian has set the table for the Hugo shortlist announcement with today’s article featuring quotes from George R.R. Martin, Vox Day, and Alastair Reynolds. The piece even tries to explain how Hugo voting works, and the benefits of the … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 4/25/16 That Which We Call A Pixel By Any Other Name Would Scroll As Sweet
(1) NORTH CAROLINA FAN EVENT AWAITS DEVELOPMENTS. Walker Stalker Con has announced that they are postponing their 2016 Charlotte, NC event until December to give the North Carolina state house a chance to repeal NC HB 2 (or the courts … Continue reading →

Lee Falk’s Phantom of Happy Memory — And Fellini and Falk’s Mandrake!
By James H. Burns: Recently, The Phantom, the great comic strip character created by Lee Falk in 1936, celebrated his 80th anniversary. The Phantom, of course, is “The Ghost Who Walks,” the legendary protector of the wild jungle domain of … Continue reading →

Sponsor a Bench at MidAmeriCon II
MidAmeriCon II’s Patty Wells and Melissa Morman are looking for help furnishing the exhibit hall at this year’s Worldcon in Kansas City. Here’s their pitch: One of the advantages of being favored with five acres of exhibit hall is that … Continue reading →

Ed Dravecky III (1968-2016)
Ed Dravecky III in 2009. Popular conrunning fan Ed Dravecky III died April 23 in Irving, TX while at Whofest, the convention he co-founded. His brother wrote on Facebook: When Eddy didn’t show up for an event, his longtime girlfriend … Continue reading →

No Time For Yeomen (Don’t Tell Janice Rand)
By James H. Burns: Haven’t our current military brass ever watched Star Trek? From the New York Times: “’Yeo-Person’? One Title Vexes Navy’s Push for Gender Neutrality” The Navy and the Marine Corps, Mr. Mabus said, had to come up … Continue reading →

2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist
The Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature revealed its 30th annual shortlist at the opening ceremony of the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. The annual award is presented for the best science fiction novel of the year, and selected by … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 4/24/16 The Three Laws of Scrollbotics
(1) EAVESDROPPING. “17 things the Arthur C. Clarke Award judges said when they thought no one was listening” – here are the first four… Quotes from behind the scenes at the 30th Arthur C. Clarke Award judging meeting: “You would … Continue reading →

Ed Dravecky III (1968-2016)
Popular conrunning fan Ed Dravecky III died April 23 in Irving, TX while at Whofest, the convention he co-founded. His brother wrote on Facebook: When Eddy didn’t show up for an event, his longtime girlfriend Robyn went to his hotel … Continue reading →

2016 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis Shortlist
The nominees for the 2016 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis have been announced. The juried award for the best short story and best novel written in the German language is sponsored by the SFCD, Germany´s largest science-fiction club. Each winner will receive €1000. … Continue reading →

2016 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Nominees
The shortlist for the 2016 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis, the best-known sf award in Germany, has been announced. The award, named after early sf author Kurd Laßwitz (1848–1910), has been given since 1981 to exceptional German sf works and translations. For more information … Continue reading →

*Featured image today from Craig Glassner

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