Pixel Scroll 11/27/20 Why Did Constantinpixel Get The Works?

(1) BABY TALK. If you’re not watching The Mandalorian but still want all the latest spoileriffic information about Baby Yoda, read this episode recap at Variety — “’The Mandalorian’: Ahsoka Tano And Baby Yoda Reveal Their Secrets“. BEWARE SPOILERS. (Was … Continue reading →
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Philosophy of Spider-Man Blog Tour Visits File 770

File 770 today is celebrating one of the Twelve Days of Spider-Man on Titan Comics’ blog tour, featuring art highlights from The Philosophy of Spider-Man, including a page exclusively unveiled here. Swing into the marvelous mayhem of Spider-Man’s thoughts, wise-cracks, and … Continue reading →
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Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book Of The Year 2020

The winner of the Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book Of The Year 2020 has been announced. After the Silence by Louise O’Neill Irish Independent’s Nicola Anderson spoke to the winner: … And though we may have been reading alone – with libraries … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 11/26/20 A Hard Pixel’s Gonna Scroll

(1) WHOSE TABLE DO YOU WANT TO SIT AT? [Item by Mike Kennedy.] Writing for SYFY Wire, Brian Silliman runs down a dozen genre families (loosely defined) you might like to visit at Thanksgiving. The surviving members of LotR’s Fellowship … Continue reading →
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Sci-Fi Short Film: "Deep Dive" | DUST

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Pixel Scroll 11/25/20 Pixel To Elf Queen’s Midsummer Knight’s Four

(1) CAPTAIN JACK SIGHTINGS. You’ll be seeing Captain Jack again soon — the question is, how often? Radio Times asks “Is John Barrowman’s Captain Jack in Doctor Who series 13?” It’s official – Captain Jack is back for the Doctor Who … Continue reading →
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Hollywood Icons Go on the Block December 18

Heritage Auction’s next Hollywood Auction on December 18 will feature Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch of the West” screen-worn flying hat from The Wizard of Oz. Among the other goodies you can bid on are — Elizabeth Taylor “Cleopatra” lavender gown and … Continue reading →
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Fireside Follow-up

Mourning and efforts to find a way forward are both part of the ongoing discussion about Fireside Magazine since yesterday’s audio debacle and apology (see “Fireside Editor Apologizes for “Auditory Blackface” by Narrator of Essay in November Issue”). Ali Trotta … Continue reading →
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Fireside Editor Apologizes for “Auditory Blackface” by Narrator of Essay in November Issue

Fireside Magazine has come under intense criticism because in the audio recording of one of its essays the white voice actor used an offensive stereotype of the American southern Black accent in his narration.  “Da Art of Speculatin’” by Dr. … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 11/24/20 Do I Dare Disscroll The Pixelverse?

(1) GRATING EXPECTATIONS. Piper J. Drake analyzes readers’ reactions based on default views of history in “Marginalized people living varied and fulfilled lives in genre fiction is historically accurate” at the SFWA Blog. Earlier this year, an author of color announced … Continue reading →
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2020 Prix ActuSF de l’Uchronie Winners

The 2020 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie  jury announced the award winners on November 24. The award recognizes work in a specialized segment of sff field, described in the Wikipedia: Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether … Continue reading →
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2020 Costa Book Awards Finalists

By Cora Buhlert: The finalists for the 2020 Costa Book Awards, a UK literary prize sponsored by a coffee company, have been announced. Two of the four finalists in the Best Novel category are of genre interest, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke and The … Continue reading →
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Golden Joystick Awards 2020

The Golden Joystick Awards 2020 winners were announced in an online video ceremony on November 24. Given since 1983 for the very best computer and video games of the year, the awards are significant because they’re mainly voted for by … Continue reading →
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Check Out the Chinese Science Fiction Database

Guest Post by Feng Zhang: The beta version of Chinese Science Fiction Database (CSFDB) was just released. The database website is at https://csfdb.scifi-wiki.com/ CSFDB is the first and largest database for Chinese speculative fiction, containing information about 8600+ people, 24000+ titles, 7300+ … Continue reading →
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Marginalized people living varied and fulfilled lives in genre fiction is historically accurate

By Piper J. Drake Earlier this year, an author of color announced the acquisition of her new historical romance series. In direct reply to her tweet, someone publicly questioned the historical accuracy of the series. The author of color was prepared because she knew she would be challenged about “historical accuracy” and she provided an organized response. The challenger deleted her tweet but doubled down on her right to question the author and circled back to her own feed to gain sympathizer support for the attitude she was getting from the author of color because she “just asked a question.” For those sympathizers, I broke down the original challenge to demonstrate why it wasn’t just a question but, in reality, an insidious attack. Let’s unpack this, because one might wonder why we’re even discussing historical accuracy in science fiction and fantasy. After all, these genres are fiction. Accuracy doesn’t need to come into play. But here’s the thing: when the question of historical accuracy is raised regarding fiction, it’s rarely — if ever — actually about facts or history.  It’s about the default, the norm. It’s about what some people consider to be true simply because they’ve never questioned those assumptions,...
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Sci-Fi Short Film: "Sunshine Room" | DUST

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Horizon Zero Dawn Blog Tour Visits File 770

Horizon Zero Dawn Vol 1: The Sunhawk, released November 24, is a fully authorized expansion of the world of the epic, game. It explores a new adventure with fan favorite characters Talanah and Aloy, and collects issues 1-4 of the single … Continue reading →
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Amazon’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2020

Amazon released its picks for the twenty Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Year on November 23. N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became was named the best sff book of 2020. Here’s the complete list: Devolution: A … Continue reading →
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MWA’s 2021 Grand Masters Are Charlaine Harris and Jeffery Deaver

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the recipients of two special awards on November 23. Charlaine Harris and Jeffery Deaver are the 2021 Grand Masters, and the 2020 Raven Award recipient is Malice Domestic, a mystery convention. The awards will be presented at the 75th Annual Edgar … Continue reading →
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CANDIDATE SPECTRUM Needs a More Solid Platform

A superhero decides to run for President. What could possibly go wrong?Original linkOriginal author: Jason P. Hunt
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