2019 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Winners

The 2019 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the award winners for its seventh annual event. The festival was held as a bi-coastal gathering in New York and California with 11 films recognized for their distinctive filmmaking styles and quality storytelling.

“Holding the festival on both coasts contributed to a sense of connection to Philip K. Dick,” said founder and director Daniel Abella. “It was a fitting honor to hold the event in communities respected for their cultural influence.” Following two dates in Queens and Manhattan, the festival traveled to Los Angeles, the city and year of the 1982 film Blade Runner based on Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and Santa Ana which served as the writer’s final residence. “These are cities that resonate well with PKD’s work,” said Abella. “Through well-attended screenings, we raised awareness of his life and created memorable experiences for all.”

Noting Philip K. Dick’s ability to connect with readers through political, technological and social themes, the festival highlighted the critical narratives of its official selections. “In a world with disinformation, surveillance and paranoia, PKD showed us that science fiction is the science of tomorrow,” said Abella.

Congratulations to the award winners of The 2019 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival:

Volition (2018) — World Premiere
Director: Tony Dean Smith
Run Time/Country: 101 min, Canada
Synopsis: Blending genres, this mind-bending sci-fi thriller about a man afflicted with clairvoyance who tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own imminent murder. But as he sets out to avoid his certain death, he comes to see that his pre-sentient condition is not quite what it seems. Starring Adrian Glynn McMorran (Arrow), Magda Apanowicz (The Green Inferno) and Aleks Paunovic (Van Helsing).

Destroyer of Worlds
Director: Samual Dawes
Run Time/Country: 44 min, UK
Synopsis: A precocious teenager must reluctantly leave his life in 1954 behind when his father makes the most devastating discovery to date: Leap Theory.

The Dark Red
Director: Dan Bush
Run Time/Country: 101 min, USA
Synopsis: A young woman is committed to a psychiatric hospital and claims her newborn was stolen by a dark cult.

Beyond the Door
Director: Em Johnson
Run Time/Country: 20 min, USA
Synopsis: A mother brings home a cuckoo clock to decorate the baby’s room, unbeknownst that the cuckoo clock has the ability to love and hate just like humans. The cuckoo clock tests the couple’s love by mimicking the presence of their deceased son.

I Am the Doorway
Director: Simon Pearce
Run Time/Country: 20 min, UK
Synopsis: After a journey to investigate desolate Pluto, an astronaut returns home a shattered man. He sees eyes forcing their way through the skin of his hands, eyes that distort his friends and the landscape itself into monstrous visions. Believing himself the doorway to alien invasion and gruesome murder, he must take desperate action. Based on the short story by Stephen King.

Mise En Abyme
Director: Edoardo Smerilli
Run Time/Country: 11 min, Italy
Synopsis: An eccentric and aristocratic gentleman devotes most of his time to a bizarre activity. Obsessed by beauty, he wanders everyday in the wood nearby the city, hunting the most rare butterflies. Once captured, he frames them and put in a massive and disturbing collection. He will soon realize to be himself part of a bigger collection.

Director: Dempsey Tillman
Run Time/Country: 13 min, USA
Synopsis: An emotionally detached husband (with a child on the way) gets a rude awakening when aliens invade his home and target his family.

Post Mortem Mary
Director: Joshua Long
Run Time/Country: 10 min, Australia
Synopsis: A girl and her mother run a post mortem photography business in 1840’s Australia.

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen
Director: David Freid
Run Time/Country: 9 min, Norway
Synopsis: Permafrost in a northern island of Norway is affecting Global Seed Vault, infectious diseases like anthrax, influenza and global warming.

Uncle Griot
Director: Paul Charisse
Run Time/Country: 6 min, UK
Synopsis: A young girl takes her uncle for a walk.

Director: Garcerón Alejo
Run Time/Country: 2 min, Argentina
Synopsis: Monster robots in a car junkyard battle it out.

Director: Joseph White
Run Time/Country: 10 min, USA
Synopsis: In an alternate reality where everyone spends all their time indoors staring at computer screens, a man agrees to go on a date in the ‘outside’ world but it doesn’t go well. Filled with self-loathing, he returns home and plunges headfirst into a drunken, hallucinogenic trip through the dark net.

The 2019 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival was held at Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106) on March 7th; Producers Club (358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036)on March 9th; Echo Park Film Center (1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026) on March 14th; Ebell Club (625 French St, Santa Ana, CA 92701) on March 15th and March 17th; Orange County Museum of Art (1661 W Sunflower Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704) on March 16th. The full schedule is available here.

2019 British Academy Games Awards Nominees

The British Academy Games Awards nominees are out, and the front-runners are evident from their appearances across multiple categories:

  • 10 nominations for God of War, the action adventure game and the eighth instalment in the series.
  • Six nominations each for Red Dead Redemption 2, Return of the Obra Dinn and Florence.
  • Five nominations for Celeste, including Game Beyond Entertainment. The game’s narrative encourages players to overcome struggles, persevere and achieve their goals with compassion, and aims to bring a greater understanding of mental illness.

Voting is open for the EE Mobile Game of the Year, the only award voted for by the public. The shortlist is Brawl Stars, Clash Royale, Fortnite, Old School Runescape, Pokémon Go and Roblox. Vote now at ee.co.uk/BAFTAgames.

The Awards ceremony, hosted by Dara O’Briain, takes place on Thursday, April 4 in London and will be live streamed on all major social, online and gaming platforms: www.bafta.org/games/howtowatch.

The Awards, including the nominations, are voted for by BAFTA’s global membership, comprising experienced games industry practitioners from a range of backgrounds in game development and production.

BAFTA Game Awards 2019 nominees

Artistic Achievement

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Gris
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Audio Achievement

  • Battlefield V
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Tetris Effect

Best Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

British Game

  • 11-11: Memories Retold
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • The Room: Old Sins
  • Overcooked 2
  • Two Point Hospital

Debut Game

  • Beat Saber
  • Cultist Simulator
  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Gris
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Evolving Game

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Elite Dangerous: Beyond
  • Fortnite
  • Overwatch
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege


  • Lego Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! And Let’s Go, Eevee!
  • Super Mario Party
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Game Beyond Entertainment

  • 11-11: Memories Retold
  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2
  • My Child Lebensborn
  • Nintendo Labo

Game Design

  • Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Minit
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Game Innovation

  • Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
  • Celeste
  • Cultist Simulator
  • Moss
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Mobile Game

  • Alto’s Odyssey
  • Brawl Stars
  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones
  • The Room: Old Sins


  • A Way Out
  • Battlefield V
  • Overcooked 2
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Super Mario Party
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


  • Celeste
  • Far Cry 5
  • Florence
  • God of War
  • Gris
  • Tetris Effect


  • Florence
  • Frostpunk
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Original Property

  • Dead Cells
  • Florence
  • Into the Breach
  • Moss
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Subnautica


  • Christopher Judge (Kratos in God of War)
  • Danielle Bisutti (Freya in God of War)
  • Jeremy Davies (The Stranger in God of War)
  • Melissanthi Mahut (Kassandra of Sparta in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)
  • Roger Clark (Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2)
  • Sunny Suljic (Atreus in God of War)

2019 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

What the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award looks like.

Matt McHugh of New Jersey has won the grand prize in the 2019 Jim Baen Memorial Award competition for his short story “Burners.” The Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest has been held annually since 2007 and is focused on stories of space exploration and discovery, with an optimistic spin on those activities for the human race.


  • “Burners” by Mat McHugh of New Jersey


  • “Acid Test” by Gustavo Bondoni of Buenos Aires, Argentina


  • “Dangerous Orbit” by M. T. Reiten of Los Alamos, NM

Judges for the award were the editors of Baen Books. Stories were judged anonymously.

The Jim Baen Memorial Award will be presented June 8, 2019 in a ceremony at the annual International Space Development Conference held this year in Arlington, VA. The winner receives a distinctive award and professional publication of the story in June 2019 at the Baen.com web site.

“The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen, the founder of Baen Books,” said William Ledbetter, contest administrator. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the winner to meets scientists and space advocates from around the world.”

The contest occurs annually and looks for stories that demonstrate the positive aspects of space exploration and discovery.

The Tolkien Society Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced

The Trustees of The Tolkien Society have released the shortlist for The Tolkien Society Awards 2019. Members have until March 29 to cast their votes.

The shortlist for the Awards is as follows:

Best Artwork

Best Article

Best Book

  • Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth by Catherine McIlwaine
  • The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. by Christopher Tolkien
  • A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger, ed. by John D. Rateliff

Best Website

Outstanding Contribution Award

The recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award 2019 has been selected by the Trustees and will be announced in due course.

Premio Italia 2019 Shortlist

Congratulations to Cixin Liu, Ian McDonald, Lavie Tidhar, Robert Charles Wilson, and Walter Jon Williams who (along with the late Arthur Machen) are nominees in the International sf novel category of the  2019 Premio Italia.

The awards will be presented on May 11 at Starcon 2019.

Illustrazione o copertina / Illustration or Cover

  • Alexa Cesaroni, Dalla Terra alle stelle, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Claudia Mongini, Dietro le quinte del cinema di fantascienza volume 1, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Franco Brambilla, Naila di Mondo9, Oscar Fantastica – Mondadori
  • Luca Pavan, Starcon Locandina Nov.2018, Ultimo Avamposto
  • Vincenzo Bosica, Dimensione Cosmica n. 1, Tabula Fati

Curatore / Editor

  • Alessandro Iascy
  • Emanuele Manco
  • Giorgio Raffaelli
  • Giuseppe Lippi
  • Luigi Petruzzelli
  • Massimo Romani
  • Sandro Pergamenno

Traduttore / Translator

  • Anna Manfredini
  • Chiara Reali
  • Lia Tomasich
  • Luigi Petruzzelli
  • Paola B. Cartoceti

Collana / Collection

  • Biblioteca dell’immaginario, Hypnos
  • Cocktail, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Future Fiction, Future Fiction
  • Futuro Presente, Delos Digital
  • Odissea Digital Fantascienza, Delos Digital

Rivista professionale / Professional magazine

  • Andromeda, Lettere Elettriche
  • Delos Science Fiction, Delos Books
  • Dimensione Cosmica, Tabula Fati
  • FantasyMagazine, Delos Books
  • Inside Star Trek Magazine, Ultimo Avamposto

Rivista o sito web non professionale / Fanzine or fan web site

Saggio / Essay

  • Andrea Tortoreto, Filosofia della fantascienza, Mimesis Edizioni
  • Carmine Treanni, Il futuro è adesso. Il grande libro della fantascienza, Homo Scrivens
  • Giovanni Mongini e Mario Luca Moretti, Dietro Le Quinte Del Cinema Di Fantascienza – Volume 1, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Michele Tetro, Robert E. Howard e gli eroi della Valle Oscura, Odoya
  • Walter Catalano, Gian Filippo Pizzo, Andrea Vaccaro, Guida ai narratori italiani del fantastico. Scrittori di fantascienza, fantasy e horror made in Italy, Odoya

Romanzo di autore italiano – Fantascienza / Science fiction novel

  • Alessandro Vietti, Il potere, Zona 42
  • Dario Tonani, Naila di mondo9, Mondadori
  • Franci Conforti, Stormachine, Delos Digital
  • Giovanni De Matteo, Karma City Blues, Delos Digital
  • Pier Francesco Prosperi, Il processo numero 13, Edizioni della Vigna

Romanzo di autore italiano – Fantasy / Fantasy novel

  • Adriana Comaschi, La Rajetta, Tabula Fati
  • Emanuela Valentini, Grotesquerie, Dana
  • Enrico Zini, Esperia, la fuga, Tabula fati
  • Ivo Torello, La casa delle conchiglie, Hypnos
  • Livio Gambarini, Eternal War 2 – Vita Nova, Acheron Book
  • Maico Morellini, Il diario dell’estinzione, Watson Edizioni

Antologia / Anthology

  • Giulia Abbate e Lukha Kremo, Next-Stream: Visioni di realtà contigue, Kipple Officina Libraria
  • Lorenzo Crescentini, Strane creature vol. 1, Watson Edizioni
  • Luigi Musolino, Uironda, Kipple Officina Libraria
  • Luigi Petruzzelli, Costituzioni future, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Mino Milani, Di stelle e di misteri, Edizioni Della Vigna

Racconto di autore italiano su pubblicazione professionale / Story by an Italian Author in a Professional Publication

  • Dario Tonani, Sabbia nera, Robot, Delos Books
  • Donato Altomare, La seconda morte, Quasar, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Giulia Massini, La colonia, Hypnos, Edizioni Hypnos
  • Lukha B. Kremo, Invertito, Robot, Delos Books
  • Maddalena Antonini, Il determinatore, Dimensione Cosmica, Tabula Fati

Racconto di autore italiano su pubblicazione amatoriale / Story by an Italian Author in an Amateur Publication

  • Claudio Chillemi, Il Grande Errore, Fondazione Sf
  • Giovanni De Matteo, Civiltà di prova, Holonomikon
  • Linda De Santi, Lost by Univers, Next-Station.org
  • Maria Vittoria Scalas, Il pianeta risanatore, Star Trek: dall’immagine al racconto Star Trek Italian Club Alberto Lisiero

Articolo su pubblicazione professionale / Article in a Professional Publication

  • Cesare Cioni, Lost Trek: Planet Of Titans, Star Trek Magazine, Ultimo Avamposto
  • Giuseppe Lippi, I curatori di Urania, Robot, Delos Books
  • Luigi Pecchioli, Retro-futuri economici nella sci-fi anni ’50/’70: tra consumismo e liberismo, Quasar, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Luigi Petruzzelli, Prefazione a Dalla Terra alle stelle di Ulisse Grifoni, , Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Salvatore Proietti, Le storie di Ursula, Robot, Delos Books

Articolo su pubblicazione amatoriale / Article in an Amateur Publication

  • Francesco Spadaro, Si può fare, Fondazione Sf
  • Franco Piccinini, Grazia Nidasio, in memoriam, Sistema bibliotecario Bonetta di Pavia
  • Gian Filippo Pizzo, Futurismo e fantascienza, La bottega del Barbieri
  • Giovanni De Matteo, Angeli killer per le strade di San Francisco, Holonomikon
  • Nick Parisi, Intervista con Davide Pulici, Nocturnia

Romanzo internazionale / International sf novel

  • Arthur Machen, Il cerchio verde (The Green Round), Providence Press
  • Cixin Liu, Nella quarta dimensione (Death’s End), Mondadori
  • Ian McDonald, Ares Express, Zona 42
  • Lavie Tidhar, Central Station, Acheron Books
  • Robert Charles Wilson, Spin, Rocard Editore
  • Walter Jon Williams, Argonautica, Delos Digital

Fumetto di autore italiano / Comic by an Italian Author

  • Carlo Recagno – Antonio Sforza, Storie da altrove: i tre uomini che ridestarono Cthulhu, Bonelli
  • Carlo Recagno, Giovanni Freghieri, Dylan Dog & Martin Mystere: L’Abisso Del Male, Bonelli
  • Enrico Lotti, Alfredo Orlandi, Le strane morti del signor Max, Martin Mystère, Bonelli
  • Lorenzo Ghetti, Dove non sei tu, Fandango
  • Max Bertolini, Hangar 66, Inkiostro

Fumetto di autore internazionale / Comic by an International Author

  • El Torres e Guillermo Sanna, Straitjacket, Delos Digital / Weird Comics
  • Tipton, Tipton, Lee, Purcell e Woodward, Star Trek The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilazione 2, Ultimo Avamposto

Film fantastico (premio non ufficiale) / Fantastic Film (unofficial prize)

  • Annientamento
  • (Annihlation)
  • Avengers: Infinity war
  • Black Panther
  • Ready player one
  • Solo – A Star Wars Story

Serie televisiva (premio non ufficiale) / TV Series (unofficial prize)

  • Altered carbon
  • Lost in Space
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • The Orville

2019 Lord Ruthven Awards

The winners of the 2019 Lord Ruthven Assembly Awards, presented for the best fiction on vampires and the best academic work on the study of the vampire figure in culture and literature, were announced at this year’s International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

This year the members voted for:

Lord Ruthven Award: Fiction

  • Theodora Goss, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

Lord Ruthven Award: Non-Fiction

  • Amy J. Ransom, I Am Legend as American Myth

Amanda Firestone, Ph.D., President of the assembly said they did not give a Media award this year for lack of strong candidates.

The awards take their name from the vampire antagonist in John Polidori’s “The Vampyre” (1819) and are given by the Lord Ruthven Assembly, an organization affiliated with the IAFA whose objectives include the serious pursuit of scholarship and research focusing on the vampire/revenant figure in a variety of disciplines. The Lord Ruthven Assembly as a public group on Facebook.

Nominations Wanted for 2019 A. Bertram Chandler Award

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) is seeking nominations for the 2019 A. Bertram Chandler Award .

To nominate someone whom you believe has made a significant contribution to Australian science fiction and/ or Australian fandom, write or email to the ASFF, P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill Vic 3131.  Email address: awards@asff.org.au

The nomination needs to detail the nominee’s achievements and why you consider the nominee worthy of the 2019 Award.

The nomination need not be seconded, but it needs to have your name, as nominator on it, so that the ASFF can contact you if necessary.

Nominees should be recognized members of the Australian speculative fiction community, whether in professional areas such as publishing or from the myriad fandoms that make up the scene.

If accepted, nominations are added to the Chandler Awards Nominations List and considered by the Jury (usually the ASFF Committee). Nominations may be rolled over from year to year.

The winner of the 2019 Chandler will be announced at Continuum 15, the 58th Australian Science Fiction Convention.[Thanks to Rose Mitchell for the story.]

2019 Recommended SF/F List

By JJ: This thread is for posts about 2019-published works, which people have read and recommend to other Filers.

There will be no tallying of recommendations done in this thread; its purpose is to provide a source of recommendations for people who want to find something to read which will be Hugo-eligible next year.

You don’t have to stop recommending works in Pixel Scrolls, please don’t! But it would be nice if you also post here, to capture the information for other readers.

The Suggested Format for posts is:

  • Title, Author, Published by / Published in (Anthology, Collection, Website, or Magazine + Issue)
  • Hugo Category: (Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Related Work, Graphic Novel, etc)
  • link (if available to read/view online)
  • optional “Brief, spoiler-free description of story premise:”
  • optional “What I liked and didn’t like about it:”
  • (Please rot-13 any spoilers.)

There is a permalink to this thread in the blog header.

SPFBO 2018 Finalists

Mark Lawrence has posted the ten Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2018 finalists. SPFBO began with a 300-book longlist, and every finalist was the top pick out of 30 reviewed by the bloggers named in parentheses.

Here’s are the finlaists in alphabetical order by author’s name. To see the current scores, click the link above.

  • Ruthless Magic (Conspiracy of Magic Book 1) by Megan Crewe
  • Sowing (The Purification Era Book 1) by Angie Grigaliunas
  • The Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss
  • Out of Nowhere (The Immortal Vagabond Healer Book 1) by Patrick LeClerc
  • We Ride the Storm (The Reborn Empire Book 1) by Devin Madson
  • Symphony of the Wind (The Raincatcher’s Ballad Book 1) by Steven McKinnon
  • Orconomics: A Satire (The Dark Profit Saga Book 1) by J. Zachary Pike
  • Sworn to the Night (The Wisdom’s Grave Trilogy Book 1) by Craig Schaefer
  • Aching God (Iconoclasts Book 1) by Mike Shel
  • The Anointed by Keith Ward

They’re now in phase 2 of the contest, where the participating bloggers are allowed up to 6 months to read and score the other 9 finalists, review their favorite, and lastly, review the winner.

Mark Lawrence started the SPFBO self-published fantasy book contest four years ago.

The SPFBO exists to shine a light on self-published fantasy. It exists to find excellent books that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. It exists to help readers select, from the enormous range of options, books that have a better chance of entertaining them than a random choice, thereby increasing reader faith in finding a quality self-published read.

The bloggers are —

[Thanks to Dann for the story.]