Virtual Cons This Wknd + Schedule Changes — December 10

Current list of conventions affected by COVID-19.Original linkOriginal author: Mindy Hunt
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Pixel Scroll 12/10/20 LSMFP – Lucky Scrolls Mean Filed Pipeweed

(1) TAG TEAM. YouTuber Morganeua, a fourth year PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies, uses Stephen King and Toni Morrison to beat Isaac Asimov into the ground in “Asimov’s Adverbs.” (Think of it as a homage to “Fenimore Cooper’s … Continue reading →
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Sci-Fi Short Film: "Vikaari" | DUST

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The Wolves of Elantra: A Guest Post by Michelle Sagara

Michelle Sagara lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs. Reading is one of her life-long passions, and she is sometimes paid for her opinions about what she’s read by the … Continue reading →
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Audible.com Names Best Audiobooks of 2020

The editors at Audible.com have selected The Best Audiobooks of 2020. The complete list of winners in all categories is here. One genre work made the overall Top 10, the top pick in the Fantasy category — FANTASY WINNER: The Sandman … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 12/9/20 Hokey Pixels And Ancient Scrolls Are No Match For A Good Filer At Your Side, Kid

NOTE: The latest WordPress “improvement” has eliminated the default quote format I have been using for years. I have to decide on a workaround, but for today quotes will be LARGE. (1) F&SF COVER REVEALED. The Magazine of Fantasy & … Continue reading →
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Inaugural VanderMeer Creative Spotlight Award Winners Are Martha Grover and Kai Ashante Wilson

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer launched the VanderMeer Creative Spotlight Award today, selecting Martha Grover and Kai Ashante Wilson as the first winners. The award was created by the VanderMeers because they “consider it vital, as part of the literary community, … Continue reading →
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A. Bertram Chandler Award 2020 Goes to Gillian Polack

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation has given the A. Bertram Chandler Award for 2020 to Dr. Gillian Polack. The A. Bertram Chandler Award, established in 1991, is Australia’s premier award for lifetime achievement in science fiction. Polack discovered fandom in … Continue reading →
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2020 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists Announced

The 2020 Mythopoeic Awards finalists were posted December 8. The Mythopoeic Awards are chosen from books nominated by individual members of the Mythopoeic Society, and selected by a committee of Society members. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in early … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 12/8/20 Who’s Going To Sing If You Don’t Have Emperors?

(1) PRESCIENT PANDEMIC PROSE PRAISED. [Item by Olav Rokne.] In a thoughtful and in-depth piece about plague-related fiction, Joelle Renstrom (@couldthishappen) of Slate Magazine explores how Connie Willis’ 1992 Hugo Winner Doomsday Book seems particularly relevant in 2020. “Doomsday Book, the 1992 time-travel … Continue reading →
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Review: Fleet Elements by Walter Jon Williams

By Mike Glyer: Walter Jon Williams’ Fleet Elements – out today — is set in the same universe as his Dread Empire’s Fall series, where the demise of the ruling Shaa created a power vacuum which their subject species – including the … Continue reading →
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Fine Weather, Isn’t It?

by Tochi Onyebuchi (This article originally appeared in The SFWA Bulletin #215.) What about the serial killers? What about the rapists? asks the skeptic in the face of the prison abolitionist. What about the violent crime and the predators? The real Bad People. You would just let them roam the streets? The questions are rarely genuine. The asker is prepared only to accept an inarticulate “yes” as an answer, proving the madness of the idea. What the abolitionist might posit instead, then, is: What are police for? Their presence, their ubiquity in some circumstances, fails to prevent serial killing and deter sexual assault. In fact, in typical if-you-build-it-they-will-come fashion, the institution that seems to need police the most is prison, because how else to fill all those cells?  A number of presumptions hold up the line of thinking that asserts the necessity of police and prisons: namely that the people the police target, the ones who wind up in jail or prison, deserve it; that the rest of us are left safer for it; and that “justice” is an inherently bloodthirsty conceit. Peace can only come after order has been restored, presuming some primordial rending. And the blood spilled in service...
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Sci-Fi Short Film: "Road Rage" | DUST

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Goodreads Choice Awards 2020 Winners

The voters have spoken: here are the Best Books 2020 — Goodreads Choice Awards winners. Goodreads also has posted the vote totals for the top 20 finishers in each category. There were in aggregate 5,674,480 votes cast in all rounds. … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 12/7/20 When All You Have Is A Scroll, Everything Looks Like A Pixel

(1) WHERE THE BLOOD STILL PULSES – SO TO SPEAK. R.S. Benedict’s article for Blood Knife “How Horror Makes Itself Ungovernable” says that horror alone resists the corporatization of geek culture. …Geek culture—comic books, video games, sci-fi, fantasy—is mainstream now, … Continue reading →
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Updated Comic Con Cancellations and New Dates — Dec 7

Current list of conventions affected by COVID-19.Original linkOriginal author: Mindy Hunt
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Inaugural Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction Will Be Given in 2021

Laura Resnick announced on Facebook today that Shahid Mahmud, publisher of Galaxy’s Edge and Arc Manor Books, is launching the Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction. “In keeping with Mike’s philosophy of helping new writers, the award will be … Continue reading →
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Flegal and Mohrbacher Respond to Accusations in Video

Sam Flegal and his business partner Pete Mohrbacher who run One Fantastic Workshop uploaded a video to YouTube in late October titled “Accusations Addressed,” responding to charges such as those included in File 770’s roundup of social media, “Artists Corroborate … Continue reading →
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2021 Prometheus Hall of Fame Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society has selected five finalists for the 2021 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for Best Classic Fiction. The Winter of the World, a 1975 novel by Poul Anderson “As Easy as A.B.C.,” a 1912 novelette by Rudyard Kipling … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 12/6/20 Tell Me About The Rest Of The Robots, Geordi

(1) MACHINE AGAINST THE RAGE. Get your Murderbot fix from Twitter’s MurderBotBot. (2) KEEP THE ARMOR ON THE SHELF. The Society for Creative Anachronism has extended its suspension to the end of May 2021: “Resolution to Suspend In-Person SCA Activity … Continue reading →
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