(1) DAVID WEBER UPDATES. His fans are keeping each other abreast of the progress of David Weber’s COVID treatment. Ralston Stahler quoted Weber’s update about the first day in the hospital: David Weber From David Weber Well, they just admitted me to the hospital Covid floor. O2 level had fallen to about 83%. Got it back up to 88 or so, but still not good and the fever was spiking again. So our lovely daughter Morgan Rice-Weber drove her dads butt to the ER, where they told me there was a 95% chance they’d keep me. I sent her on home, they hooked me up to an IV, and told me they are going to pretty much blast me with everything they’ve got, including steroids, plasma, and all that other stuff. Got here about 3:30, I think, but it was closing in on 7 before they could find me a bed. SUPER nurses, and everyone is taking really good care of me. Fever has broken, O2 level is up to 95%, but they don’t like the chest X-rays, so I’m pretty sure they’ll be keeping me for a bit. I am feeling a LOT better, and the girls are keeping an...
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The annual Darrell Awards support Midsouth Literacy by recognizing the best published Science Fiction, Fantasy and/or Horror. Due to the pandemic, the 2019 and 2020 editions of MidSouthCon were canceled, so the administrators asked fans to consider today’s announcement to be the presentation of the 2020 Darrell Awards. BEST MIDSOUTH NOVEL 2020 Above the Ether by Eric Barnes First Runner-Up — Carl Perkins Cadillac by John G. Hartness BEST MIDSOUTH YOUNG ADULT NOVEL 2020 House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig First Runner-Up — The Diminished and The Enchanted by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson BEST MIDSOUTH NOVELLA 2020 Shoot First by Larry Hoy and William Alan Webb BEST MIDSOUTH SHORT STORY 2020 Killing Him by Carolyn McSparren (as published in Mayhem in Memphis) First Runner-Up — The Game by H. David Blalock (as publishedin Tales of the Interstellar Bartenders Guild) Additional Short Story Finalist — Robert J. Krog for Roxy Socksy and Herika Raymer for Critters (both published in Tales of the Interstellar Bartenders Guild). 2020 HALL OF FAME WINNER Rachel E. Carr
The 2020 finalists for the Cybils (Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards) were announced on January 1. The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious. Here are the results from the speculative fiction categories, plus books of genre interest in the graphic novel categories. ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE-GRADE SPECULATIVE FICTION A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat In this mix of magic and Thai culture, with inspiration from Les Miserables, orphaned Pong escapes the prison where he was born with the help of his friend Somkit, who doesn’t make it out. Pong is now a fugitive from the government, marked as a criminal forever by his prison tattoo. The Governor who promised order and goodness has become a dictator, providing magical orbs of colored light only to those who faithfully follow his ever-increasing number of rules. Pong is a boy version of Jean Valjean as he finds himself condemned to be always on the run. Eventually he learns the...
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Here is another trio of crime fiction awards whose winners were revealed during December 2020. WOLFE PACK The winners of the  2020 Nero and Black Orchid Novella Awards were announced December 5. This is a crime fiction award given out by a Nero Wolfe fan group called The Wolfe Pack. 2020 NERO AWARD The Nero Award is presented each year to an author for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories. David Baldacci for One Good Deed (Hatchette Book Group, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing). 2020 BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD The Black Orchid Novella Award is presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the novella format popularized by Rex Stout. Tom Larsen for El Cuerpo en el Barril (The Body in the Barrel) to be published in the July 2021 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. THE REPRINT OF THE YEAR AWARD A group of crime fiction bloggers picked the 2020 winner of the Reprint of the Year Award: The Red Right Hand by Joel Townsley Rodgers (Otto Penzler Presents American Mystery Classics) DEUTSCHER KRIMIPREIS 2020 The German crime fiction award Deutscher Krimipreis 2020 winners and runners...
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DAVID WEBER STATUS. Word of this alarming news went out last night: After the Turtledove tweet was reposted to David Weber’s author page on Facebook, his wife, Sharon Rice-Weber commented: He’s doing better right now. I’ll try and keep everyone updated Best wishes for a full recovery. (2) NEW YEAR’S WHO. Camestros Felapton combines the features of a review and a complete script rewrite in his analysis of yesterday’s special: “Review: Doctor Who – Revolution of the Daleks”. BEWARE SPOILERS! BEWARE IMPROVEMENTS! The New Year’s special provides a hit of Doctor Who but that is about all. The episode is inoffensive, it plays around with one interesting idea about the theatre of policing and the aesthetics of fascism but doesn’t know what to do with that. Above all, it exemplifies the frustrating aspects of the Chibnall era. There is always a feeling of a better episode, that is almost exactly the same, lurking around the same pieces…. On the other hand, this fellow found one part of the special to be especially thrilling — (3) IN BAD TIMES TO COME. Future Tense presents “The Vastation” by Paul Theroux, “a new short story about a future pandemic that makes COVID-19 look simple.”...
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By John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1425) The man to whom one half … credited everything good in the country and to whom the other half attributed all the bad. Alexandre Dumas, Le Chevalier de Sainte-Hermine ch. 31 (1870, unfinished at the author’s death 1870; C. Schopp ed. 2005; p. 219 in L. Yoder tr. The Last Cavalier 2007; of Napoleon in 1801) The history of this book is itself like a Dumas novel. Dumas (1802-1870), after its predecessors The Companions of Jehu (1857) and The Whites and the Blues (1867), seems to have rushed Le Chevalier into newspaper serialization; a short section at the end never appeared, presumably because the author had died.  After that the book seemed lost. The great Dumas scholar Claude Schopp (1943-  ) recovered it hunting through archives a hundred thirty years later, as he tells in a seventy-page preface of which every word gladdens the hearts of researchers. To say Dumas was huge in his lifetime is both figuratively and literally true – see his Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine (posth. 1873). Today some of us know The Three Musketeers (1844) – I joke it’s so entitled because there are four of them, who fight with...
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By James Bacon: John Coxon and Alissa McKersie joined Chris and James on a Journey Planet with a focus on The Mandalorian and Star Wars. Originally John suggested a Star Wars issue focusing on the sequel trilogy to James and Chris at the Dublin Worldcon, and then Alissa suggested expanding it to cover The Mandalorian. The groundwork for this zine was laid earlier in 2020, and then with determination and a huge amount of support at short notice over the holiday season from all contributors, the zine came together for a strong finish to the year.  The stylised cover by Auton Purser is joined by a selection of art from a number of professionals and fans, including 2000AD artist Patrick Goddard, Marvel Artist Ryan Brown, Star Wars cards artist Col-Art and Hugo and Chesley nominee Sara Felix. We also got to share a number of artists’ work, from Deviant Art. We are very grateful to Col Art as he is working over the season with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, in a voluntary capacity.  The editors were especially pleased to have contributions from younger fans, Rosie Gray who made a Mando costume and shared that experience with Anne and Brian Gray...
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(1) NEW BANNER. Thanks to Taral Wayne for creating the new header art! It’s based on the famous Prague astronomical clock face. (2) ALL ABOARD. Deadline introduces another companion: “’Doctor Who’: John Bishop Joins The TARDIS In Season 13”. Actor and comedian John Bishop will be joining the Thirteenteenth Doctor and Yaz on the TARDIS on the upcoming 13th season of BBC America’s Doctor Who. Season 13 began filming in November and is expected to premiere later in 2021. Bishop will play Dan in the new season. As he becomes embroiled in the Doctor’s adventures, Dan will quickly learn there’s more to the Universe(s) than he could ever believe. Traveling through space and time alongside the Doctor and Yaz, he’ll face evil alien races beyond his wildest nightmares. (3) NOW IN PUBLIC DOMAIN. NPR invites everyone to “Party Like It’s 1925 On Public Domain Day (Gatsby And Dalloway Are In)”. … 1925 was the year of heralded novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf, seminal works by Sinclair Lewis, Franz Kafka, Gertrude Stein, Agatha Christie, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, Aldous Huxley … and a banner year for musicians, too. Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, the Gershwins, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller, among hundreds of others, made...
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Atom Abroad by Arthur Thomson and The Harpy Stateside by Ella Parker and others are available today in multiple formats at the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund’s website, where they hope you’ll make a little donation to the fund if you please. Atom Abroad by Arthur “Atom” Thomson The popular fanzine illustrator Atom’s lively report of his 1964 trip to the USA and Pacificon II – that year’s Worldcon, held in Oakland, California – was published in 1968… Our hero’s adventures include crossing the USA in a noisily dysfunctional car that eventually burst into flames, driving on the wrong side of Route 66, and being robbed of all his cash in a California motel – all paling into insignificance beside the terrors of the Sam Moskowitz Speech From Hell. Cover art and selected interior illustrations by Atom himself, plus photos from the Vince Clarke collection. 35,000 words. The Harpy Stateside by Ella Parker and others Ella Parker was a prominent, London-based British fan of the 1950s and 1960s who published the highly regarded fanzine Orion and made a long fannish tour of the USA and Canada in 1961. Mundane circumstances prevented the completion of her intended trip report, partly published as Parker‘s Peregrinations with the subtitle (nodding...
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Were a lot of people interested in reading the list of 2020 Stabby Award nominees picked by readers of Reddit’s r/Fantasy forum? Why yes, they were. Especially people who are nominated. It only took 18 hours for the list to become December’s top post. Our tribute to Phyllis Eisenstein also was widely-shared by her many friends and the people who love her books. Here are last month’s top 10 posts. 2020 Stabby Award NomineesPhyllis Eisenstein (1946-2020)Pixel Scroll 12/28/20 This Irrepixel-Able, Trantor ‘Original’, This Mule-Produced CrimePixel Scroll 12/29/20 A Mime In A Tesseract Still Has Ways To Get OutPixel Scroll 12/7/20 When All You Have Is A Scroll, Everything Looks Like A PixelPixel Scroll 12/20/20 May The Luck Of The Seven Pixels Of Gulu Be With You At All TimesPixel Scroll 12/11/20 In And Around The Scroll, Pixels Come Out Of The File And They Stand TherePixel Scroll 12/21/20 I Saw Mommy Kzin Santa ClausPixel Scroll 12/3/20 Scrolls Are Seldom What They Seemeth, Mithril Masquerades As ScrithDel Arroz Says Trial Date Set in Suit Against 2018 Worldcon SCROLL-FREE TOP 10 2020 Stabby Award NomineesPhyllis Eisenstein (1946-2020)Del Arroz Says Trial Date Set in Suit Against 2018 WorldconArtists Corroborate Flegal Harassment AllegationsSFWA Grand Master...
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Posted on December 31, 2020 by Mike Glyer “2020 Hugo Awards” got more traffic than any other post this year, although not because people wanted to know who won the Hugos. George R.R. Martin left a comment on that post alternately explaining, defending, and apologizing for his choices as toastmaster of CoNZealand’s much-criticized Hugo Awards ceremony, a quote that was widely-linked by mainstream reports about the uproar. Many of those same articles also linked to GRRM’s old post answering criticism of his efforts to host Dublin 2019’s Hugo Losers Party, pulling it up the list right behind his 2020 comment. The second top story is Andrew Porter’s obituary for Elyse Rosenstein, which went viral as fans across the spectrum realized you could point to the very person who had the idea for the original Star Trek convention. And so here are the year’s 20 most-read posts according to Google Analytics. 2020 Hugo AwardsElyse Rosenstein Has DiedGRRM on the Hugo Losers PartyClarkesworld Removes Isabel Fall’s StoryDan Simmons Criticized for Remarks About ThunbergThe #DisneyMustPay Alan Dean Foster and SFWA Joint Press ConferenceWriters Circulate Letter of Concern About Saudi Worldcon BidArtists Corroborate Flegal Harassment AllegationsPixel Scroll 8/1/20 Scrollers Tick In VainAO3...
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The title is longer than today’s Scroll! (1) REGRESS REPORT. Michael Dirda says his heaps are still sparking joy: “Clutter, says who? College essays, letters from Stephen King and Tucker Carlson: I’m keeping (almost) all of it” in the Washington Post. As we close out the last week of turbulent 2020, there are 15 boxes stacked precariously on a couch in the small living room of this house. There are another 20 or so identical boxes crammed floor-to-ceiling in a dark corner of the basement. All of them contain what I refer to grandiosely as “my papers.”By that I mean a lifetime’s accumulation of letters, newspaper clippings, reporter’s notebooks, photocopied articles, three-ring binders, file folders, photographs, ID cards and driver’s licenses, magazines and journals (Gramophone, The Armchair Detective, Studies in Bibliography), drafts of short stories and poems — and even a few elementary school compositions and college essays. Everything has been stashed away higgledy-piggledy, a system that I’ve been known to rationalize by murmuring a line from poet Wallace Stevens: “A great disorder is an order.” But I’m done with that. Having devoted chunks of this plague year to sorting and culling my books, I now face the more daunting task...
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The International Union of Writers has announced the finalists for the newly created London Literary Awards, a five-yearly award given in six categories to writers in the Russian and English literary communities. The International Union of Writers (IUW), established in Paris in 1954, describes itself as the world’s largest organization of literary professionals. Since 2010, the main division is located in Moscow. The IUW unites writers’ unions in more than 40 nations, and works to protect the social and professional rights of writers and journalists. Their press release says: The goal of the London Literary Award is to encourage communication between English-language and Russian-language writers and two to create a common cultural space for sharing and understanding between these two great literary communities. There are six categories of the London Literary Award: The Charles Dickens Award for novels, short fiction, or journalism.The Lord George Noël Gordon Byron Award for poetry or essaysThe Samuel Johnson Award for criticism.The William Shakespeare Award for dramatic works.The Lewis Carroll Award for science fiction and fantasy.The Mikhail L. Lozinsky Award for literary translation from Russian to English and English to Russian. Each award will be presented in three categories: New Authors, Established Authors, and Grand Masters....
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By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, this post provides information on the artists and designers of nearly 700 works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2020. These credits have been accumulated over the course of the year from dust jackets, Acknowledgments sections and copyright pages in works, cover reveal blog posts, and other sources on the internet. This year, Filers Martin Pyne and Karen B. also collected this information, and though we had a lot of overlap, their extra entries have greatly increased the information we are able to provide you. My profound thanks go to Martin and Karen for all of their hard work. You can see the full combined spreadsheet of Editor and Artist credits here (I will be continuing to update this as I get more information). In this post I will display up to 8 images of artworks for each artist for whom I have identified 3 or more works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2020. Clicking on the thumbnail will open a full-screen version of each work; where I...
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(1) ALL IN THE FAMILY. Cora Buhlert has announced the winner of the 2020 Darth Vader Parenthood Award for Outstandingly Horrible Fictional Parents. This year, she has a Retro Darth Vader Parenthood Award winner as well. … This year also marks the 40th annual Darth Vader Parenthood Award for Outstandingly Horrible Fictional Parents. Let’s have a bit of background: I have been informally awarding the Darth Vader Parenthood Award since sometime in the 1980s with the earliest awards being retroactive. Over the years, the list of winners migrated from a handwritten page to various computer file formats, updated every year. Last year, I finally decided to make the winners public on the Internet, because what’s an award without some publicity and a ceremony? The list of previous winners (in PDF format) up to 2017 may be found here, BTW, and the 2018 winner and the 2019 winner were announced here. And there is no danger of spoiling this year’s result, for as Cora herself says — This is another winner where many members of our esteemed audience will go, “Who?” (2) ON SECOND THOUGHT. “Michael Sheen Hands Back OBE From Queen Elizabeth II” – in a report today Deadline says the Good Omens actor did it in 2017....
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