(1) DISCON III ASKS QUESTIONS. Should DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, move its date, should it emphasize virtual or in-person participation? The committee has launched a survey to find what fans think:   We’re working hard to figure out the … Continue reading →
Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) members have honored Linda Addison as their 2020 Grand Master. Addison accepted the award saying: I’m speechless and overwhelmed with joy to be selected as the 2020 SFPA Grandmaster! I didn’t dare dream about … Continue reading →
The winner of the 2020 Prix Goncourt, the French equivalent to the Booker Prize or National Book Award, has been announced and it’s a genre novel. The novel in question is L’Anomalie (The Anomaly) by Hervé Le Tellier. France 24’s article “Futuristic … Continue reading →
By John Hertz:  Cat Eldridge wrote a birthday notice for C.S. Lewis recently.  Some of us talked about Lewis’ trilogy of Earth-Mars-Venus travel books, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength. You may have seen last year that Perelandra was one of two books … Continue reading →
(1) FLIGHT WORN ART. Artist Gregory Manchess tells how he designed the Dragon Crew One patch – and how he got the gig in the first place: “Mission Patch: Crew One” at Muddy Colors. …Through a convoluted process of attending … Continue reading →
Next year fans will choose the site of the 2023 Worldcon: Chengdu, China and Memphis, TN (USA) are currently in contention. Beyond that? An abundance of new Worldcon bids have responded to SMOFCon 37-1/4’s call for questionnaires — Israel, Los … Continue reading →
The 2021 GRAMMYs: Complete Nominees List was released November 24. Go to the link to see the finalists in each of the 83 categories. The 63rd GRAMMY Awards ceremony will air January 31, on CBS. These are the nominees I … Continue reading →
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Socrates P. Manoukian held a trial setting conference today in Jon Del Arroz’ suit against the 2018 Worldcon committee (Jonathan Del Arroz vs San Francisco Conventions, Inc. et al). According Del Arroz, the suit … Continue reading →
(1) TAKING THE LEAD. One of my favorite reviewers has been stepping up in her community, and has a book out encouraging others to do the same: “Why You Should Run For (Local) Office, by Adrienne Martini” at Whatever. Author Adrienne … Continue reading →
Nalo Hopkinson has been named the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award recognizes … Continue reading →
How writers don’t get paid were the stories of the month – Alan Dean Foster for vintage Star Wars tie-ins, and writers vending their audiobooks through Amazon’s company Audible. Suited to the way 2020 has gone the rest of the … Continue reading →
(1) THE SQUEEZE IS ON. NPR’s Morning Edition explores why “Critics Oppose Penguin Random House Acquiring Simon & Schuster”. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: It is the blockbuster that has the literary world talking – the potential merger of the huge Simon … Continue reading →
Author and Hugo-winning editor Ben Bova died November 29 at the age of 88. Family member Kathryn Brusco announced the cause of death was COVID-19 related pneumonia and a stroke. Tor.com’s Andrew Liptak also confirmed the death with a second … Continue reading →
Tolkien scholar Richard C West died of COVID-19 on November 29 in Madison, Wisconsin.  He was the editor of the book Tolkien Criticism: An Annotated Checklist (Kent State, 1970), co-winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inkling Studies (1976). He contributed essays … Continue reading →
This year File 770 is partnering with AudioFile to announce the winners of the 2020 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Audiobooks. They are listed below with links to the AudioFile review. AudioFile will be featuring exclusive interviews with narrators from Best Audiobooks 2020 across all … Continue reading →