AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 7/23/2017

Draft Resolution About Worldcon Publications Policies
Worldcon 75’s recent clarification of its publications policy – and the reason one was needed – has prompted Jo Van Ekeren, Chris Barkley, Seth Breidbart, Greg Machlin, Farah Mendlesohn, Rick Moen, and Steven Silver to submit for consideration by this … Continue reading →

More 2017 Comic-Con Trailers
Curated by Carl Slaughter. More trailers that have been tailored for San Diego Comic-Con 2017. JUSTICE LEAGUE Trailer #3 NEW EXTENDED Comic Con Thor: Ragnarok Comic-Con Trailer GOTHAM Season 4 Comic-Con Trailer ARROW Season 6 Comic-Con Trailer SUPERGIRL Season 3 … Continue reading →

John Heard (1945-2017)
By Steve Green: John Heard, American actor; died July 21, aged 72. Genre appearances include Cat People (1982), C.H.U.D. (1984), Tales from the Darkside (one episode, 1985), The Seventh Sign, Big (both 1988), The Outer Limits (one episode, 1995), Touched … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/22/17 On The Fifth Day She Scrolled Five Tidbits About Ray Bradbury
WHAT’S THAT SMELL? CNN’s Brian Lowry is not impressed: “‘Valerian’ turns French comic into epic mess”. A feast for the eyes and positively numbing on the brain, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” makes an early bid … Continue reading →

Star Trek: Discovery – Official Trailer
CBS All Access has dropped another trailer for Star Trek: Discovery, which premieres September 24. … Continue reading →

Trailers Shown at Comic-Con 2017
Curated by Carl Slaughter: The Flash, Black Lightning “Heroes Are Born” Trailer The Gifted Official SDCC 2017 Trailer The 100 Season 4 Trailer Gate of Thrones Season 7 Comic-Con Trailer Stargate Origins Marvel’s The Defenders Official Trailer 2 Fear the … Continue reading →

2017 Eisner Award Winners
The winners of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2017 were announced July 21 at San Diego Comic-Con International. Best Short Story “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1 (DC) Best Single Issue/One-Shot Beasts of … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/21/2017 It’s 1500 Miles To Helsinki, We’ve Got A Full Tank Of Pixels, Half A Pack Of Scrolls, It’s Dark, And We’re Wearing Peril-Sensitive Sunglasses. Hit It!
EATING THE FANTASTIC. Scott Edelman invites everyone to “Down drunken noodles with George R. R. Martin in Episode 43 of Eating the Fantastic”. Some of might know him from the superhero short stories such as “Manta Ray Meets the … Continue reading →

2017 Endeavour Award Finalists
Five books written by writers from the Pacific Northwest are finalists for the 19th annual Endeavour Award. The Award comes with an honorarium of $1,000. The winner will be announced November 17 at OryCon in Portland, Oregon. Arabella of Mars … Continue reading →

Authors Guild and SFWA Reach Agreement with Galaktika Magazine on Infringement Claims
The Authors Guild and Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced today that they collaboratively reached an agreement with a Hungarian science fiction magazine, Galaktika, which for years had been reprinting stories of American and British science fiction writers … Continue reading →

Worldcon 75 Draft Program Schedule Online
[Committee press release.] Worldcon 75 is pleased to release its preliminary schedule. The five-day event in Helsinki includes over 840 individual items and 800 hours of content. Some programme items will be held outside of the convention center, at the … Continue reading →

Doctor Who Companion Debbie Watling Dies
By Steve Green: Deborah (Debbie) Watling (1948-2017): British actress, died 21 July aged 69 Best-known for playing Patrick Troughton’s companion “Victoria” in Doctor Who (40 episodes, 1967-68), her other genre appearances included H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man (11 episodes, 1958-59), … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/20/17 Be Vewy Quiet – I’m Hunting Pixels
CORE DYSTOPIAS. James Davis Nicoll tempts fate every two weeks with a list of core sf. Today’s entry is “Twenty Core Dystopias Every True SF Fan Should Have On Their Shelves”. The first four items are: The Handmaid’s Tale by … Continue reading →

Jordin Kare Passes Away
Jordin Kare (1956-2017), respected science panelist and filksinger, died July 19, having never recovered from surgery to replace his failing aortic valve. An astrophysicist who worked on the Clementine lunar mapping mission and developed the Sailbeam propulsion concept, Kare received … Continue reading →

Join the Jaeger Uprising — Pacific Rim 2 Trailer
This trailer reminds me so much of Starship Troopers — very different from the first Pacific Rim. A new generation of Jaeger Pilots will stand tall for all humanity. What is a Jaeger? It’s you, times a thousand. Witness the … Continue reading →

Filers at Worldcon 75
By Hampus Eckerman: Less than one month to Worldcon 75. In a couple of days, Worldcon 75 is going to publish a restaurant guide to help those who want to plan a pub meet. The area around the convention center … Continue reading →

Fantastic Fiction at KGB Readings Series Features Genevieve Valentine and Karen Heuler
By Mark L. Blackman: On the evening of Wednesday, July 19, the monthly Fantastic Fiction Readings Series hosted authors Genevieve Valentine and Karen Heuler at its venue, the Red Room at the 2nd floor KGB Bar in Manhattan’s East Village … Continue reading →

World Fantasy Con 2017: Partial List of Programs
WFC 2017 has released a partial list of draft program topics. Alternate Africas: The Growing List of Fantastic Alternate and Secret Narratives Set in Africa Beards and Intrigue: Queering the Historical Fantastic Calamity Jane Defeats Conan: The Persistence of American … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/19/17 By The Pixel Of Grayscroll!
WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS. Adam-Troy Castro links to his post “This Community We Love is Infested With Toxic Spoiled Brats” with this comment: “The object of a fandom you don’t care about is not a deadly infection … Continue reading →

Worldcon 75 Explains Print Publications Policy
For many years Worldcon supporting members received pre-con publications and the Souvenir Book (in addition to other rights of membership), a tradition that has recently been eroded by the finances of overseas Worldcons and a growing acceptance or even preference … Continue reading →

The Shape of Water Trailer #1
Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water comes to theaters December 8. From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. … Continue reading →

Glendale Cruise Night 2017
John King Tarpinian snapped photos of these celebrity wheels at last weekend’s annual Glendale Cruise Night. Doc Brown’s ride from Back to the Future KITT 2000 The Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo A real Herbie The Joker was here … Continue reading →

Jane Austen Day
By John Hertz: So far as I know she never actually said this. Nor did she write message fiction. But everyone in her books who learns anything learns it. Don’t make windows into mirrors. … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/18/17 Fahrvergnügen 451
What’s Daniel Dern’s title a reference to? Some commercials that aired before many of you were born. (1) COLONIZE OR QUARANTINE? Pilita Clark, the Financial Times environment correspondent, complains “Elon Musk’s inter-planetary fantasy spells danger for Mars”. (This link … Continue reading →

Pulp Recognition Whiz
In yesterday’s Scroll I threw out this link with a challenge — Look for the SF pulps! Photos of old newsstands. Steve Davidson of Amazing Stories actually did it. Here are his results. The titles are flagged in red. Argosy … Continue reading →

HBO, Disney, DC and Marvel Royalty
Curated by Carl Slaughter: (1) Using Machiavelli’s leadership grading system, Cracked gives Daenerys Targaryen an average of B- for leadership skills. (2) Tyrion’s genius. Tyrion survives by reading people and giving them what they want. (3) Batman director Matt Reeves … Continue reading →

Pixel Scroll 7/17/17 All Along The Scrolltower Pixels Kept The View
BY PIXEL AND PAPER. The Dublin in 2019 Worldcon bid tells what its publications policy will be for PR’s and the Souvenir Book. So what should we do about our progress reports? I note that for some people this … Continue reading →

Blade Runner 2049 – Official Trailer #2
The second Blade Runner 2049 trailer is here. The movie comes to theaters October 6. Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the … Continue reading →

2017 Sunburst Awards Shortlists
The shortlists for the 2017 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced. The juried awards are presented to the best Canadian speculative fiction novel, book-length collection,… Continue reading →

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