Pixel Scroll 12/19/20 A Long-Expected Party: Potlatch, Status And Spoons Among Late Third Age Hobbits

(1) THE FUTURE THROUGH YESTERDAY. Nicholas Whyte has put together a video of “The world in 2021, according to science fiction” and started a YouTube channel to host it. At the link is his impressive list of sources. I’ve spent … Continue reading →
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ISFiC Writers Contest Result

ISFiC, corporate parent of Windycon, has announced the outcome of this year’s ISFiC Writers Contest. Although this year’s Windycon was postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, ISFiC elected to hold the annual contest. After deliberation, the judges chose not to … Continue reading →
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VIRTUAL Con Update: December 19

Virtual Conventions this year and next.Original linkOriginal author: Mindy Hunt
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Best Editor Long Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2020

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the editors of long-form works published for the first time in 2020. Note that all of these works, unless they are labeled “nonfiction”, are eligible in the Best Novel category. These … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 12/18/20 Continued On Next Orc

(1) DIGITAL DIAGNOSIS. N. K. Jemisin tries to work out what the symptoms of social media indicate. Thread starts here. (2) OF THE GALAXY? “U.S. Space Force unveils name of space professionals” – and that name is: Guardians. Today, after … Continue reading →
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Marvel’s King in Black One Shots Coming in March

Earlier this month, King In Black #1 hit stands, and fans finally saw masterminds Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman plunge the Marvel Universe into darkness with the long-dreaded arrival of Knull – never mind that the character’s name makes Swedish-speaking … Continue reading →
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Editorial Turnover at Amazing Stories

Editor-in-Chief of Amazing Stories Ira Nayman announced his resignation on December 15 in an email to Publisher Steve Davidson and Creative Director Kermit Woodall.  “His resignation was accepted and we thank him for his contributions and wish him the best in … Continue reading →
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Supernatural or Super Unnatural – An Examination of Postcolonial Horror

by Shiv Ramdas Supernatural Or Super Unnatural—an Examination Of Postcolonial Horror (This article originally appeared in The SFWA Bulletin #215.) When analyzing postcolonial horror in the context of the supernatural, it’s striking how disparate the terms “postcolonial” and “supernatural” are within the genre. On the one hand we have postcolonialism which finds itself standing beside the word “horror” infrequently at best. While academic studies and explorations of science fiction in this context abound, one must look harder to find similar focus on postcolonial horror specifically. What is postcolonial horror? While the neologism would seem to have a fairly straightforward definition, encompassing the universe of horror stories that explore postcolonial themes, neither postcolonialism nor horror have definitions that are neat around the edges.  Juxtaposed with this is “supernatural,” a term which finds it hard to ever disengage itself from its association with horror in the speculative fiction context, even though its historical proximity to fantasy is just as strong. Yet today we market no “supernatural fantasy” books, we call them paranormal or something else. There is historical reason for this, particularly when what was known as supernatural fiction began to meld with psychological fiction around the late 19th and early 20th centuries, leaving...
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Carl Brandon Society Names 2019 Parallax and Kindred Award Winners

The Carl Brandon Society has announced the winners of our 2019 Parallax and Kindred Awards. “After a hiatus of several years, we’re very proud to once again highlight outstanding works of speculative fiction written by BIPOC authors—the Parallax—and focused on … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 12/17/20 For He To-Day That Scrolls His Pixel With Me, Shall Be My Sibling; He He Ne’er So File

(1) INSIDE STORY. In “Why I Write”: Samuel R. Delany scrolls through the reasons. This conversation appears in the Winter 2020 print issue of The Yale Review. … I remember sitting on the steps of the embalming room at the back … Continue reading →
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Updated Comic Con Cancellations and New Dates — Dec 17

Current list of conventions affected by COVID-19.Original linkOriginal author: Mindy Hunt
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The Nebula Awards Showcase #54 Released

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) spotlights some of the best science fiction and fantasy published in 2018 with the release of The Nebula Awards Showcase 54.This latest volume of the prestigious anthology series contains works … Continue reading →
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Sci-Fi Short Film: "Article 19-42" | DUST

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Walter Jon Williams Q&A About Fleet Elements and the Praxis Series

WALTER JON WILLIAMS is the winner of two Nebulas and a five-time Hugo nominee. His most recent books are The Sundering, The Praxis, This Is Not a Game, and Quillifer. In 2006, Williams founded the Taos Toolbox, a two-week writer’s workshop for fantasy and … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 12/16/20 She’s Got A Pixel To File

(1) PAY THE WRITER. In “Star Wars novelist Alan Dean Foster’s Disney royalties issue, explained” at Polygon, Andrew Liptak examines the terrain of what is likely to be an uphill struggle, documents the increasing number of writers with the same … Continue reading →
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2020 Dream Foundry Writing and Art Contest Winners

Dream Foundry announced the winners of its 2020 contests for beginning artists and writers working in science fiction, fantasy, or other speculative fields.  First place in the art contest is awarded the Monu Bose Memorial Prize, worth $1000. The first place … Continue reading →
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Semiprozine.org Eligibility List Updated by Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke has updated the Semiprozine Directory for the benefit of Hugo voters who want to know what’s eligible in the Best Semiprozine category. He tells File 770 — I can’t say that there’s been much activity. Not shocking considering the year … Continue reading →
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Review: ALIEN HUNTER THE WHITE HOUSE

ALIEN HUNTER THE WHITE HOUSE is good, but not the first two books.Original linkOriginal author: Mindy Hunt
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Pixel Scroll 12/15/20 All These Pixels Are Yours. Except Europa. Attempt No Scrolling There

(1) INTRODUCING BUTLER TO NEW READERS. Elizabeth Connor describes the work of “repackaging the Patternist Series for the Mother of Afrofuturism” in “How to Give Octavia Butler the Covers She Deserves” at Literary Hub. …After some back and forth—and plenty … Continue reading →
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Explicit Sex Scenes and the Work of Stories

By Sunny Moraine The origins of this piece lie in an annoyed Twitter thread I posted, in response to a tweet (possibly joking, I don’t know) to the effect of “movies shouldn’t have sex scenes in them, we’re past that now”.  The origins of my annoyance go back a lot further.  I’ve been writing explicit sex pretty much since I began writing. Like many of us, I got my start in fanfiction, and while fanfiction’s reputation for being heavily smut-focused isn’t entirely deserved, it isn’t entirely undeserved, either. Which is rather the point, because given that I started out writing a lot of explicit sex, I learned quite early just how much story-work one can do with a well-written sex scene. Especially a very explicit one, without a judicious fade-to-black or Vaseline on the camera lens.  I want to be clear about something: I am not claiming ultimate authority over what a “good” sex scene consists of. Sex scenes, like sex itself, are highly subjective and personal, and different people will find that different things resonate.  That said, my opinion is that a good sex scene is usually sexy, and one of the best ways to be sexy is to go...
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