Sci-Fi Short Film: "Snowflakes" | DUST

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SMOFCon 37¼ Roundup

[Notes from Kevin Standlee, Marguerite Smith, Jannie Shea, and Vincent Docherty, and James Bacon.] SMOFCon 37¼ went well.  This year’s event SMOFcon 38 in Montreal moved to 2022 and with next year’s 2021 event, SMOFcon Europe in Lisboa. Both SMOFcon’s … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 12/14/20 Vader Di, Vader Da, Life Goes On, Hey

(1) TOP SHELF. The Odyssey Writing Workshop Blog shares some interesting insights: “Interview: Guest Lecturer David Farland”. You write under Dave Wolverton for science fiction stories and David Farland for fantasy stories. How did you decide on using two names … Continue reading →
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National Film Registry Announces 2020 Selections

A Clockwork Orange, Shrek and The Dark Knight, inspired by sf, fantasy and comics, are on the list of 25 movies inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress this year. Also, A Cabin in the Sky, … Continue reading →
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Journey Planet Takes on The Future of Policing in Science Fiction

By James Bacon: Journey Planet announces the publication of their 53rd edition of their Hugo Award winning fanzine, JP53: The Future of Policing. Co-editor, author, and fan Errick Nunnally suggested the theme for this issue because he felt that it … Continue reading →
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Trailer Sci-Fi Short Film: "Article 19-42" | DUST

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Pixel Scroll 12/13/20 It’s The Pixel To Scroll When You’re Scrolling More Than One

(1) THE VALUE IN EXPERIMENTING. Nino Cipri offers some sff writing pointers. Thread starts here. (2) BABY FOOD. Beware spoilers – but not spoilage: ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2: A Baby Yoda food diary”) in the LA Times. Babies have to … Continue reading →
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Crime Fiction Awards News Update

STAUNCH BOOK PRIZE The Staunch Book Prize — the award for thrillers without violence against women — has announced its 2020 shortlist and winner for novels and short stories in one fell swoop:  WINNER Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke (Serpent’s … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 12/12/20 The Self-Pixeling Scroll

By JJ: Today it’s a Do-It-Yourself Scroll. Please post in comments links to items which you feel would be of interest to Filers.
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Deadpool Will Be 30 and Marvel Is Celebrating

The Merc with a Mouth is turning 30, but Marvel doesn’t celebrate with candles, they celebrate with comics and variant covers – more money in that, you know! Three decades ago, Deadpool first appeared in New Mutants #98 by Rob … Continue reading →
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Titan Comics Latest Issue of Doctor Who

Doctor Who returns in Issue #2 with the comic debut of iconic Seventies TV villain. After narrowly escaping the Weeping Angels and the Autons in 1960s London, the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor must team-up once again to save present-day Earth … Continue reading →
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In Memoriam – Phyllis Eisenstein

Phyllis Eisenstein (b.1946) died on December 7. Eisenstein’s novels included Sorcerer’s Son, In the Red Lord’s Reach, and Shadow of Earth. Eisenstein published two volumes in the Tales of Alaric the minstrel series and two volumes of the Book of Elementals trilogy. She also published two stand-alone novels.  Many of her early short stories were published in collaboration with her husband, Alex Eisenstein, with whom she shared a birthday. The couple was also active in the Chicago science fiction social scene and spent several years collecting science fiction art. In the early 1970s, shortly after publishing her first short story, a group of fans created Windycon in Chicago. Although Phyllis wasn’t directly involved, she did describe herself as an agent provocateur in its formation. She later spent several years teaching science fiction writing to students at Columbia College in Chicago. Eisenstein won what she always referred to as “The coveted Balrog Award” for her novel Born to Exile in the award’s inaugural year.  Her novella “In the Western Tradition” earned her a Nebula and Hugo nomination. She earned two additional Nebula nominations for “Attachment” and “The Island in the Lake” and another Hugo nomination for “Nightlife”. The post In Memoriam – Phyllis Eisenstein appeared first on SFWA.
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In Memoriam – Dean Ing

Dean Ing (b.1931) died on June 21. Ing published his first two stories in the 1950s. In the 1970s, he published several short stories and his first novel, Soft Targets.  In 1979, his novelette “Devil You Don’t Know” was nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Award. Additional novels, such as Anasazi and Single Combat followed and after the death of Mack Reynolds, Ing completed five of his manuscripts, which were published between 1984 and 1986. Ing published his last novel, Butcher Bird, in 1993, but a collection of his short stories, The Rackham Files, appeared in 2004. In addition to his fiction, Ing published numerous non-fiction and speculative essays in various anthologies dealing with military matters and drawing on his experience as a veteran of the United States Air Force. He held a doctorate in communications theory from the University of Oregon.  Ing was concerned about the collapse of civilization and wrote articles on survivalism, choosing to live in a small town because he felt that small town residents would survival the collapse better than people in larger cities. The post In Memoriam – Dean Ing appeared first on SFWA.
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Phyllis Eisenstein (1946-2020)

Nebula and Hugo nominated author Phyllis Eisenstein died December 7 at the age of 74 after a year-long struggle with serious neurological problems. The family obituary, which will appear in the Chicago Tribune, is here. Eisenstein was born in Chicago … Continue reading →
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Journey Planet 52: Pen and ink.

Sara Felix joins Chris Garcia and James Bacon this issue as the focus of journey planet turns to the artistic and communicative uses of ink. Available here to download: Journey Planet issue 52. James Bacon comments: With a strongly visual theme, … Continue reading →
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Justin Clement Wins SLF 2020 Gulliver Travel Grant

Justin Clement is the winner of the 2020 Gulliver Travel Grant awarded by the Speculative Literature Foundation. The Gulliver Travel Grant, worth $1,000, is intended to assist writers of speculative fiction in research, and can be used to cover airfare, … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 12/11/20 In And Around The Scroll, Pixels Come Out Of The File And They Stand There

(1) HUGO VOTING REQUIREMENT. You can nominate and vote in the 2021 Hugo Awards if you hold a supporting or attending membership in DisCon III by December 31st, 2020. Membership information is here. (2) AVALANCHE AT THE MOUSE HOUSE. During … Continue reading →
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How DisCon III Memberships Match Up To Other Recent Worldcons

After DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, shared their membership update last month it seemed reasonable to guess that the coronavirus pandemic is creating a lot of suspense and having a dampening effect on fans joining DC. Just how true is … Continue reading →
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The Game Awards 2020

The Last of Us Part II was named Game of the Year tonight at The Game Awards 2020. Produced by Canadian games journalist Geoff Keighley, the awards were presented December 10 in a ceremony livestreamed from studios in Los Angeles, … Continue reading →
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VIRTUAL Con Update: December 10

Virtual Conventions this year and next.Original linkOriginal author: Mindy Hunt
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