Pixel Scroll 1/8/19 Hey, Babe, Take A Scroll On The File Side

(1) PRINT HUGO NOMINATING BALLOT AVAILABLE. The print version of this year’s Hugo nomination form has been released as part of Dublin 2019 Progress Report 3 [PDF File].

(2) CAPTAIN MARVEL. A “special look” at the forthcoming Captain Marvel movie.

Hope begins with a hero. Check out this special look at Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel! In theaters March 8.

(3) FIYAH RESTARTER. Charles Payseur brings news as well as short fiction reviews in “Quick Sips – Fiyah Literary Magazine #9”.

A new year means a new issue from Fiyah Literary Magazine. Which comes with some news. Namely, that co-executive editor Justina Ireland is stepping down and leaving the publication and DaVaun Sanders is stepping up into that role. The issue also steps back from the tradition of centering around a specific theme, though that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few that sneak in. Namely, a lot of the works look at infection, disease, and affliction. They map the devastation that pandemics create, whether the plagues are medical, magical, or moral. And they find characters who are faced with the sicknesses draining their worlds and have to decide what to do about it. Fight back? Seek a cure? Flee? Or weather the storm as much as possible? It’s an issue full of defiance and strength, though it recognizes that sometimes even that isn’t enough. There’s four short stories, one novelette, and two poems to get to, so let’s dive right into the reviews!

(4) DC IN 2021 WORLDCON BID NEWS. If the (currently unopposed) bid to hold the 2021 Worldcon in Washington DC succeeds, here’s who will chair —

The Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association, Inc. (BWAWA) the sponsoring organization of the DC in 2021 Worldcon bid elected Bill Lawhorn and Colette H. Fozard as the co-chairs of the resulting Worldcon should we win site selection.  Bill has been very active in local DC fandom for many years, and was recent co-chair of the World Fantasy Convention in 2018 in Baltimore. Colette has been working and running volunteer-run genre conventions for over 20 years, and was most recently one of the Vice Chairs of Worldcon 75 in Helsinki in 2017.

(5) WORLDBUILDING. At Juliette Wade’s Dive Into Worldbuilding, “Alex White and A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy takes up author White’s second novel. You can see the video interview, and read a summary at the link.

… Alex really likes to explore the practical aspect of magic. They say, for example, that the arsonist’s mark is not very useful. You might get stuck in the military, but even there, it’s not super-useful to throw fireballs. Magic doesn’t get busted out every ten minutes, either. When you’re young, you want to magic up the place. But Alex compares it to how adults typically don’t climb stairs for no reason.

Some forms of magic are inherently unethical. There’s no good way to torture and kill.

Amplification technology can magnify magic power. Suddenly the fireball you can cast becomes huge. They describe the differences between magical marks as creating a caste system. Some marks are worth lots of money. Datamancy, which allows you to instantly correlate and get answers from any database, can get you rich. Even within the group of people who possess the same mark, there is diversity, as in other social groups. There are lots of common, easily recognizable marks. You only get one type of mark, and having no mark (called Arcana dystotia) is vanishingly rare. People are spiritual about their magic, and afraid of losing it….

(6) GAIMAN. Neil Gaiman will be among those honored with the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award at a ceremony on March 7. Poets & Writers has the story:

The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award celebrates authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. The award, which is presented each year at Poets & Writers’ annual dinner, is named for Barnes & Noble in appreciation of its long-standing support.

Recipients of the 2019 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award are Reginald Dwayne Betts (for mentoring individuals involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems and for his efforts to reform these systems); Neil Gaiman (for advocating for freedom of expression worldwide and inspiring countless writers); and Roxana Robinson (for her long-standing, fierce, and outspoken advocacy on behalf of authors).

[Via Locus Online.]

(7) PRISONER ON RADIO. BBC Radio 4 is dramatizing for radio the iconic 1960s television mystery series The Prisoner as a series of audio plays.

(8) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born January 8, 1908 William Hartnell. The very first Doctor who first appeared when Doctor Who firstaired on November 23rd, 1963. He would be the Doctor for three years leaving when a new Showrunner came on. He played The Doctor once more during the tenth anniversary story The Three Doctors (aired 1972–73) which was the last thing he filmed before his death. I scanned through the usual sources but didn’t find any other genre listing for him. Is that correct? (Died 1975.)
  • Born January 8, 1925 Steve Holland. Did you know there was a short lived Flash Gordon series, thirty one episodes in 1954 – 1955 to be precise? I didn’t until I discovered the Birthday for the lead in this show today. Except for four minor roles, this was his entire tv career. Biography in “Flash Gordon: Journey to Greatness” would devote an entire show to him and this series. (Died 1997.)
  • Born January 8, 1941  — Boris Vallejo, 78. Illustrator whose artwork has appeared on myriad genre publications. Subjects of his paintings were gods, hideous monsters, well-muscled male swordsmen and scantily clad females. Early illustrations of Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian and Doc Savage established him as an illustrator.
  • Born January 8, 1942 Stephen Hawking. Y’all know who he is, but did you know that Nimoy was responsible for his appearance as a holographic representation of himself in the “Descent” episode?  He was also guest starred in Futuruma and had  a recurring role on The Big Bang Theory. Just before his death, he was the voice of The Book on the new version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series. (Died 2018.)
  • Born January 8, 1947 David Bowie. First SF role was as Thomas Jerome Newton in The Man Who Fell to Earth. He next shows up in The Hunger, an erotic and kinky film worth seeing. He plays The Shark in Yellowbeard, a film that Monty Python could have produced but didn’t. Next up is the superb Labyrinth where he was Jareth the Goblin King, a role perfect for him. He shows up again in The Hunger later on as The Host. From that role, he went on to being Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ, an amazing role by the way. He was in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me  as FBI Agent Phillip Jeffries, a role which was his last role when he appeared later in the Twin Peaks series.  He also played Nikola Tesla in The Prestige from Christopher Priest’s novel of the same name. (Died 2016.)
  • Born January 8, 1977 Amber Benson, 42. Best known for her role as Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her post-BtVS genre credits are scant with a bit of work on Supernatural, a truly shitty Sci-fi Channel film called Gryphon, a web series called The Morganville Vampires and, I kid you not, a film called One-Eyed Monster which is about an adult film crew encountering monsters. She is by the way a rather good writer. She’s written a number of books, some with Christopher Golden such as the Ghosts of Albion series and The Seven Whistlers novel which I read when Subterranean Press sent it to Green Man for review. Her Calliope Reaper-Jones series is quite excellent too.
  • Born January 8, 1979  — Sarah Polley, 40. H’h what did I first see her in? Ahhhh she was in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen! Let’s see what else she’s done… She’s been in the animated Babar: The MovieExistenzNo Such Thing (which is based very loosely on Beowulf), Dawn of the DeadBeowulf & Grendel (well sort of based on the poem but, errr, artistic license was taken) and Mr. Nobody.

(9) RE-RUN. In case you missed it, the winning entry in the 1984 Bulwer-Lytton contest was –

‘The lovely woman-child Kaa was mercilessly chained to the cruel post of the warrior-chief Beast, with his barbarian tribe now stacking wood at her nubile feet, when the strong clear voice of the poetic and heroic Handsomas roared, ‘Flick your Bic, crisp that chick, and you’ll feel my steel through your last meal.”

(10) TESS DISCOVERY. “NASA spacecraft spots gaseous planet 23 times the size of Earth”  — The Guardian has the story.

Three new planets and six supernovae outside our solar system have been observed by Nasa’s planet-hunting Tess mission in its first three months.

Since it started surveying the sky in July, the MIT-led Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite project has identified Pi Mensae b, a “super-Earth” that travels around its star every six days, and LHS 3844b, a rocky world with an orbit of only 11 hours.

The most recent discovery, an exoplanet named HD 21749b, has the longest orbital period at 36 days. It orbits a bright, nearby dwarf star about 53 light years away in the Reticulum constellation, and is thought to have a surface temperature of about 1,650C (3,000F). This is relatively cool considering its proximity to its star.

(11) ICONIC LITTLE LIBRARY. The Bookshelf blog has a photo of a cute-as-the-dickens “Tardis Little Library”. Click to see.

(12) PORTALS. Joe Sherry has some great insights as part of “Microreview [book]: In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire” at Nerds of a Feather.

…The genius of Seanan McGuire is how tightly she is able to wrap barbed spikes around the narrative so that as the reader is pulled in closer and closer that those barbs pierce our hearts and we don’t mind one bit. McGuire so perfectly captures the painful alienation of children….

(13) SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS MOCCA ARTS FESTIVAL. The featured artists for this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival have produced a keynote artwork for the event:

Peter and Maria Hoey are brother and sister artists. Their illustrations appear in newspapers and magazines, commercials, and advertising worldwide. Since 2007 they have independently published their comics under the name COIN-OP. The first hardcover collection of their work: Coin-Op Comics Anthology 1997-2017, published by Top Shelf Productions / IDW Publishing, is out now. Their early comics appeared in many issues of the legendary BLAB! Magazine. They are currently hard at work on their first full length graphic novel. Peter and Maria Hoey are represented by Rapp | Art.

The Hoeys will be attending the Fest as Featured Artists. Further scheduling information about their attendance will be available in future announcements. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 6 – 7th, 2019 from 11AM – 7PM on Saturday and 11AM – 6PM on Sunday. Mere steps from the Hudson River Greenway and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, MoCCA’s host venue, Metropolitan West, will encompass two floors of exhibitor tables, demo lounges, a gallery of original art showcasing the work of special guests, and a café providing beverages, snacks, and entrées. To learn more about this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival click here.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

The 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 6-7th, 2019 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).  Applications to exhibit at the Fest will be available during the month of December. 

(14) EVOLUTION IN ACTION. NPR invites you to “Meet The Granary Weevil, The Pantry Monster Of Our Own Creation”.

If you store grains in your pantry, you’ve probably had the unfortunate experience of opening a package or jar to find tiny bugs living inside.

You’re not alone — there are more than 200 species of these pesky grain insects ruining dinner plans around the world on a daily basis. It’s no accident that they’ve made a home in your pantry — they’ve evolved along with humans. In a way, they contain a fascinating natural history of our own domestication.

This is particularly true of the granary weevil. A reddish-brown beetle that turns up in oats, rice, corn, dry pasta and more, it’s the only grain insect that has never been found outside of human food-storage situations.

Most grain insects are equal opportunity pests — feasting on animals’ food supplies in addition to our own. But the granary weevil has outplayed the others with a special adaptation that at first appears to be a disadvantage: It can’t fly. Its wings have fused together, encasing it in a solid exoskeleton. (Imagine getting knocked around by grains the size of your own body — you’d definitely want a protective suit like the granary weevils’.) But that also makes it hard to get anywhere outside its pile of grain.

(15) CONVERTIBLE. “Hyundai shows off ‘walking car’ at CES” — includes short puffy video — looks like animation rather than live-action.

Hyundai has shown off a small model of a car it says can activate robotic legs to walk at 3mph (5km/h) over rough terrain.

Also able to climb a 5ft (1.5m) wall and jump a 5ft gap, the Hyundai Elevate could be useful for emergency rescues following natural disasters, it said.

It was part of a project exploring “beyond the range of wheels”, it added.

The concept has been in development for three years and was unveiled at the CES technology fair in Las Vegas.

“When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot,” said Hyundai vice-president John Suh.

“Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete.”

(16) BOHEMIAN ELEMENTARY. Daniel Dern says, “Although I’m still fond of the Suicide Squad trailer and several other renditions…,” he calls attention to John Lewis & Partners + Waitrose & Partners Ad – Bohemian Rhapsody, adding: “Not to mention the best stage-crew recruitment ad (not its purpose) ever…”

[Thanks to Mark Hepworth, JJ, John King Tarpinian, Juliette Wade, SF Concatenation’s Jonathan Cowie, Chip Hitchcock, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, Michael J. Walsh, Carl Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Joe H.]

46 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 1/8/19 Hey, Babe, Take A Scroll On The File Side

  1. (8) Happy birthday, Mr. Hartnell. The character you pioneered continues on, more than 50 years after the first footsteps outside Foreman’s yard.

  2. @6: the headline typoes “Noble” as “Nobel”.

    @8: Ah yes, Labyrinth: “Starring Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, and David Bowie’s junk.” A fine film (except for cheaping on the Fireys scene), but a bit obvious in places.

  3. 8) Hartnell also had a role in 1959’s The Mouse That Roared, which I think is at least associational? (It’s about an imaginary European country and has a fictional doomsday bomb, if I remember correctly.)

  4. Stephen Hawking died in 2018.
    BlackHoleStalk 🙁

    11) Depending on how long it’s been there, i’m predicting traffic accidents as unsuspecting geeks quickly swivel their necks and hit the brakes. (I Would…)

    Companion-Fifth!

  5. 8) There’s also Hartnell’s first film, I’m an Explosive, in which he plays the son of an inventor who accidently drinks an explosive liquid.

  6. 8) David Bowie played an SF role well before The Man Who Fell To Earth: He was Major Tom in “Space Oddity”. And consider all the other characters he’s created with song and stage. Janelle Monae is giving him a run for his money, but David Bowie is still the most science-fictional of all popular musicians.

  7. The Mouse That Roared is kind of tenuously genre-linked, if only for the sequel The Mouse on the Moon, where the Duchy of Grand Fenwick gets its own space programme.

    William Hartnell, though, might have been best known as the Sergeant who has to Carry On at the very start of that long-running comedy series…. Really, he was a straightforward tough-guy actor who played a variety of hard men – he’s one of the villains in Hell Drivers (a film which features a vast range of familiar faces, and is well worth watching, though not even remotely SFnal.)

  8. John A Arkansawyer says David Bowie played an SF role well before The Man Who Fell To Earth: He was Major Tom in “Space Oddity”. And consider all the other characters he’s created with song and stage. Janelle Monae is giving him a run for his money, but David Bowie is still the most science-fictional of all popular musicians.

    I knew that but figured I’d leave it for one of of y’all to point out .

  9. Chip Hitchcock says going where I wouldn’t: Ah yes, Labyrinth: “Starring Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, and David Bowie’s junk.” A fine film (except for cheaping on the Fireys scene), but a bit obvious in places.

    Ahhhh that codpiece. The action figure market which I follow has struggled to accurate portray that aspect of his costume as on a one six scale figure just a slight exaggeration makes it silly. I’ve seen one one or or two made on the Chinese bootleg market that made look him like a porn star.

  10. (7) Correction. BBC Radio 4 Extra is broadcasting Prisoner stories which have been adapted by Big Finish and available from them since January 2016.

  11. 7) Cheers nickpheas . Yes, these are Big Finish productions but BBC arguably giving them a broader reach? (First time I came across them anyway.)

    The thing is that these productions are far more faithful to the original series (compared to that recent awful remake). I have listened to one but seen the titles of some of the others. It looks like a mix of adaptations of the original episodes and completely new adventures. The soundtrack includes original incidental music and some close adaptations of the original music.

    Certainly something for _Prisoner_ fans to check out.

  12. 7) BBC Radio 4 Extra also doing a radio play of Philip K Dick _Do Androids Dream_. It is a two parter. First part last weekend seems to be more faithful that _Blade Runner_ with the replicant police and replicant police station.

    Alas, still no Mercerism.

    Second part this weekend and available on BBC i-Player.

  13. Re: The Big Finish adaptation.

    There are some interesting bits. It’s set in the 1960’s, and still, there are definite anachronisms that has thrown No 6 for a loop, in terms of technology and a couple of other things. I am enjoying them thus far.

  14. JeffWarner says Stephen Hawking died in 2018.

    Yep, my Birthday note had a subject line that’s said

    Birthday today: Stephen Hawking, 1942 -2018

    So I’ve no idea why our OGH host resurrected him. When they’re living, I include their age along with their birthdate which of course I didn’t here him being dead.

    Oh Mike?

  15. 7) I’m pleased that the BBC is repeating the Phil Dick adaptation, mainly because my daughter plays the female lead. I don’t think she gets repeat fees though!

  16. Eight Files High

    “Start out scrolling but I’ll take my time
    A friend of the Pixel is a friend of mine.”

  17. To every file (scroll, scroll, scroll)
    There is a pixel (scroll, scroll, scroll)

    (has that been done before?)

  18. Cat Eldridge: Stephen Hawking is not feeling better after all… Cancel the resurrection.

  19. In the immortal words sung by Diana Ross:

    File me in the morning
    Then just scroll away

  20. @Goobergunch: it could just be up for test purposes. Until the con announces it’s live, I wouldn’t count on data input into it being retained.

  21. After the holidays it’s become clear that we’re not going to make it to Dublin. My parents are both alive, but over 90 and much frailer than they used to be. Mr Dr Science may need a hip replacement. The chances that we’d set something up and then have to cancel so I can take care of people is just too high, and we’re going to have a bunch of major expenses (e.g. to make the house more accessible for Mr Dr’s recovery).

    Are people starting to post their Hugo Nom longlists anywhere? I’m particularly interested in Dramatic Short Form at the moment. We’ve been doing a Highlander re-watch, but that’s not terribly useful for these purposes.

    I dread the probably-inevitable Highlander reboot, because they’re bound to make it SUPER-gory. I mean, if even semi-realism is the goal then it *should* be super-gory, but I’d rather paint the blood in myself when necessary. And they probably WON’T pick a martial artist for the star and then hire whoever’s heir to the mantle of Bob Anderson for fight choreography, which is at least half the reason we’re watching.

  22. Daniel Dern: I’m not sure what the John Lewis piece has to do with fandom but it was entertaining and I’m glad you linked to it.

  23. Long time lurker and rare poster – but v excited to have booked accommodation for Dublin today.

    Shout out that the Dublin Worldcon convention team were really helpful advising which rooms were suitable for a family with 2 small children.

  24. @Cat Eldridge: I’ve seen that Labyrinth costume in a museum (possibly the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle) and the famous aspect of it is quite noticeable even without Bowie in it.

  25. Eli says to me that I’ve seen that Labyrinth costume in a museum (possibly the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle) and the famous aspect of it is quite noticeable even without Bowie in it.

    Interesting. It’s been decades since I’ve Labyrinth But I certainly remember being impressed by that codpiece. Someone had fun making sure his maleness was full displayed.

  26. @Doctor Science

    I haven’t seen any lists any place yet, except for some authors I follow listing what’s eligible on their blogs.

    Personally, I think Janelle Mpnae’s Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture should be nominated in Best Dramatic Presentation Short form.

    And I’m planning on nominating Julie Dillon’s Daydreamer’s Journey for Best Art Book.

  27. @ Soon Lee

    My Google search (admittedly “Eight Scrolls High”) didn’t reveal anything close to that!

    And thanks for the edit. 🙂

  28. So today I returned some books to the library and had a look at the little adjunct used bookstore. I bought used paperback copies of The King’s Peace by Jo Walton and The Woman In Black by Susan Hill for C$1 each. I had brought along an ‘80s Ace paperback of Norton’s Ordeal In Otherwhere, which I read yesterday and didn’t like very much, intending to donate it to them, but unfortunately I forgot to. I’ll have to try again. Currently reading Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells. I certainly understand the popularity of this series and generally agree with it.

  29. @Doctor Science —

    We’ve been doing a Highlander re-watch, but that’s not terribly useful for these purposes.

    There can be only one!

    You been rewatching the movies or the series? Adrian Paul was such a beautiful guy, it was a real shame that he couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag — though he did move well.

    For a while there I was even following the Highlander message board — way back in the day!

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