Pixel Scroll 5/19/20 Rated Restricted By The Motion Pixel Association For Gratuitous Treks And Filings

(1) ITALCON: FATE UNKNOWN. The winners of Italy’s Premio Italia are known – what’s unknown Is when they can be revealed. There were 438 voters, compared to last year, when 500 was reached.

The award ceremony was due to take place at Italcon in San Marino on 13 June. The health situation naturally makes it implausible that Italcon could actually take place on that date. At the moment, a date of convenience is indicated on the website of the Prize, September 1st (for technical reasons, a date must necessarily be indicated); however, decisions on the progress of Italcon are awaited. Decisions that evidently depend only in part on the organization of Italcon, but primarily on the decisions of the government of San Marino and on the progress of the epidemic. Probably no decision will be made before September.

(2) SOUL SURVIVOR. Filmmaker Fabrice Mathieu has released another ingenious fantasy short film, Memorium.

After the death, what happens? Where do we go? “Memorium” invites you to a journey of a man into the afterlife.

Inspired from the world created by the french artist Marc Giai-Miniet.

(3) THE EMPEROR’S NEW POP CULTURE. Io9’s James Whitbrook is on target with “Star Trek Ages Terribly When It Tries to Be Contemporary”.

…One of the weirder things always danced around on Star Trek is how its myriad bridge crews, despite being from the 23rd and 24th centuries, are fascinated with a popular culture that is not their own, but more reflective of our own recent past as peoples of the 20th and 21st century. Sisko loves baseball, a sport that, hilariously, apparently just stops being played professionally in 2042 according to Deep Space Nine. Picard loves the pulpy noir fiction of Dixon Hill, an original character for Trek but specifically rooted in the detective fiction boom of the 1940s. Janeway, when she’s not palling around with Leonardo DaVinci, is writing 19th-century Irish village self-insert fic or participating in a dull as hell Austen-esque choose your own adventure type stories.

(4) BIG TALK. They’ve optioned works by Tade Thompson and S.A. Chakraborty: “Edgar Wright, Nira Park, Joe Cornish, Rachael Prior launch production company Complete Fiction”Screen Daily has the story.

Former Big Talk Productions duo Edgar Wright and Nira Park have teamed up with writer-director Joe Cornish and producer Rachael Prior to launch a London and Los Angeles-based film and TV outfit called Complete Fiction.

The company’s debut development slate includes three new series for Netflix. Cornish is directing Lockwood & Co,  a supernatural detective series based on Jonathan Stroud’s novel series of the same name, while the company has also optioned Tade Thompson’s literary sci-fi horror trilogy The Murders Of Molly Southbourne and S.A. Chakraborty’s historical fantasy series inspired by Islamic folklore The City Of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy).

Complete Fiction is presently in post on Wright’s Last Night In Soho, produced with Working Title Films for Focus Features and Film4, as well as Wright’s untitled feature documentary about the band Sparks which it produced with MRC. 

(5) GRAPHIC ARTS. In “Entering The Sci-Fi Noir World of Lemire, Kindt, and Rubin’s Cosmic Detective” on CrimeReads, Alex Segura interviews writers Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt and artist David Rubin on their new sf/mystery graphic novel: “Graphic Content: Entering The Sci-Fi Noir World Of Lemire, Kindt, And Rubin’s Cosmic Detective’.

….“We wanted to just do something as wild as we could imagine,” Kindt said. “Getting David to do the art really just made it a slam dunk proposition, because he can just draw absolutely anything. He’s the Catalonian Moebius. And he’s going to hate that I said that, but he’s got a visual intelligence and creativity that really only shows up once every generation or so. He’s it. It’s not just design and art for art’s sake, because he’s a writer too. Everything has meaning. Every color and costume and gadget. It all feeds into the story. So I think David was truly one of our greatest inspirations for this book.”

(6) OFF THE BEATEN PATH. The 2020 World Fantasy Con blog tells about the experience of “Discovering Steampunk at the Museum of Idaho”.

…In the process of becoming the first museum to host the exhibit, which was created by Bruce Rosenbaum and is part of Imagine Exhibitions’ traveling exhibits, the Museum of Idaho tackled one of the dilemmas of steampunk: how to make the unfamiliar concept accessible to general audiences. Months before the exhibit opened in May 2018, the Museum of Idaho displayed steampunk statues, advertised on billboards, and created events in tandem with the exhibit, such as a steampunk street party and a steampunk ball. They started with steampunk’s dynamic visual presentation and then lured the general public into asking what it was they were looking at.

(7) PITCH MEETING. Jessica Camerato, in “Doolittle Finds Balance, Focus In Love of Books” on MLB.com, notes that Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle isn’t just an avid cosplayer, but reads quite a lot.  His signed first edition of Octavia Butler’s Parable Of The Sower is on his top shelf right next to a baseball signed by Nationals players after his 2019 World Series win. Doolittle is also a fan of Juliette Wade.  In January, the American Booksellers Association named him the Indie Bookstore Day Ambassador because Doolittle patronizes independent bookstores whenever he’s on the road.

“I will totally judge a book by its cover,” Doolittle said. “If I think it looks cool, I’ll buy it. I have one waiting for me at home that I bought just because the cover was so sick. It was a fantasy book — it’s called ‘Mazes of Power’ by Juliette Wade. It came out right before Spring Training.”

(8) NONVERBAL MEMORY. James P. Blaylock’s 2019 piece “My Life in Books: A Meditation on the Writer’s Library” for Poets & Writers sounds like my original plan – to own and keep the books I read, and if I needed to refresh my memory, the volume would be on my shelves.

…Not long ago I was reading a collection of essays by Hilaire Belloc titled One Thing and Another, and, as is sometimes the case when I read other people’s essays, I got the idea of writing this one. The “idea,” such as it was, had nothing to do with the subject matter of any of the forty essays contained in Belloc’s book; what struck me was that the pages smelled as if they had been soaked in gasoline. I remembered abruptly that it had smelled that way when I’d bought it, and although it has sat on the shelf in my study for twenty years, waiting to be read, the odor hasn’t diminished. It could be fatal to light a match anywhere near it.

This olfactory discovery sent me off in a nostalgic search for my copy of Philip K. Dick’s Dr. Bloodmoney, which Phil gave to me in 1975…. 

(9) IN OTHER WORDS. Writing these books fulfilled a dream: “The Big Idea: Jennifer Brody” at Whatever.

…Upon graduating, I knew that I was moving to LA one-way without much money or even a job lined up. It was like that back then. You packed up your car and hit the road. You had to have blind faith. You chased after your dream. You lived on ramen. You had a roommate. You got paid $500 bucks a week. You ran errands and answered phones and started at the bottom. My first job was at Michael Bay’s new company Platinum Dunes. The first film we made was a remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We were the first to do the remake thing. Everyone thought we were crazy. My parents wondered if my tuition money had gone to waste.

The film was a hit, earning over $80 million at the domestic box office. Within a year of moving West, I landed my dream job working for the executive producer of The Lord of the Rings. Did I mention that I’m a giant nerd? I’d read Tolkien’s classics cover to cover numerous times. A run of book-to-film properties followed on our slate, including The Golden Compass, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Inkheart. Working in Hollywood was a dream come true, albeit a complicated one with its share of workplace toxicity (which has now become quite public).

Despite loving my job, I had an itch that started to grow stronger. It needed scratching. After working on so many wonderful authors’ books and helping bring their worlds to life on the big screen, I found myself wanting to write my own big sci-fi trilogy…. 

(10) GLENN OBIT. Annie Glenn has died at the age of 100. CNN pays tribute: “Annie Glenn, speech disorder advocate and wife of John Glenn, dies of coronavirus complications at 100”.

…Though she’s perhaps best known for her proximation to her husband, Annie Glenn was an American hero in her own right, veteran reporter Bob Greene wrote in a 2012 CNN Opinion piece.

“Glenn has had a hero of his own,” Green wrote, “Someone who he has seen display endless courage of a different kind: Annie Glenn.”

And she was at the center of this legendary moment in The Right Stuff.

Although USA Today’s obituary says things happened a bit differently —

As John’s prowess as a pilot culminated in his historic orbital flight on Feb. 20, 1962, the spotlight shone ever more intensely on the Glenn family, which by then included a son, David, and a daughter, Lyn. After becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, John and his wife were cheered in a ticker-tape parade in New York City. Celebrity pursued them relentlessly and each brush with the media and famous people painfully revealed Annie’s stuttering.

With reporters in tow after the flight, then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was intent on visiting the Glenns at their home in Arlington, Virginia, but John angered Johnson by refusing to receive him, proffering the excuse that Annie was in bed with a migraine to spare her from the attention. Even so, the Glenns became good friends with Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird.

(11) TODAY IN HISTORY.

  • May 19, 1956 Science Fiction Theatre’s “The Flicker” first aired. Each episode was supposedly based on scientific fact though the host weaseled his way out of that in his narration. This story has a sociology graduate student committing murder after watching a badly flickering movie. Subliminal images I presume. It starred Victor Jory, Michael Fox and Judith Ames.   You can watch it here.

(12) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge and John Hertz.]

  • Born May 19, 1901 – George Pendray.  Early rocketeer; co-founded the American Interplanetary Society (its successor Am. Inst. Aeronautics & Astronautics gives the Pendray Award); invented the time capsule, for the 1939 World’s Fair; coined the word “laundromat”; helped establish Guggenheim Jet Propulsion Center at Cal. Tech., Guggenheim Labs at Princeton U., U.S. Nat’l Aeronautics & Space Adm’n.  Wrote SF as science editor of Literary Digest, e.g. “A Rescue from Jupiter”.  Co-edited The Papers of Robert H. Goddard.  (Died 1987) [JH]
  • Born May 19, 1920 – Walter Popp.  Prolific pulp illustrator for e.g. AmazingFantasticStartlingThrilling; see here. Also Gothic-romance fantasy, see here, some becoming limited-edition prints for fine-art galleries, see here.  Outside our field, true-crime and men’s-adventure magazines, paperbacks including Popular Library; toy and sporting-goods manufacturers; greeting cards.  (Died 2002) [JH]
  • Born May 19, 1921 – Pauline Clarke.  Children’s fantasy The Twelve and the Genii won the Carnegie Medal and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.  The Pekinese Princess has talking animals and trees.  Thirty novels for various readers; Warscape, for adults, “lurches into the future”, says a remarkable 4,300-word Wikipedia entry.  (Died 2013) [JH] 
  • Born May 19, 1936 – Emanuel Schongut.  Fifty covers and interiors for us, see hereherehere.  Also children’s books, pictures based on shellsMasterpiece Theater.  Here are pages from a fashion magazine, a cover for a Maxim Gorky novel, a New York Times illustration, a poster for Beauty and the Beast, pig, some disco shoes, a 2016 New Year card. [JH]
  • Born May 19, 1937 Pat Roach. He was cast in the first three Indy Jones films as a decided Bad Person though he never had a name. His first genre appearance was in A Clockwork Orange as a Milkbar bouncer. His first name role was Hephaestus in Clash of Titans. He was of an unusually stocky nature, so he got cast as a Man Ape in Conan the Destroyer, and as Bretagne the Barbarian in Red Sonja. And, of course, he had such a role as Zulcki in Kull the Desttoyer. Oh, and he played an very large and mostly naked Executioner in the George MacDonald Fraser scripted The Return of The Musketeers. (Died 2004.)  (CE)
  • Born May 19, 1944 Peter Mayhew. Chewbacca from the beginning to The Force Awakens before his retirement from the role. The same year he first did Chewy, he had an uncredited role as the Minotaur in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. He also shows in the Dark Towers series as The Tall Knight. (Died 2019.) (CE)
  • Born May 19, 1946 Andre the Giant. Fezzik in The Princess Bride, one of my all-time favorite films. Also, an uncredited role as Dagoth In Conan the Destroyer. He’s actually did a number of genre roles such as The Greatest American Hero with his American acting debut playing a Bigfoot in a two-part episode aired in 1976 on The Six Million Dollar Man titled “The Secret of Bigfoot”. (Died 1993)  (CE)
  • Born May 19, 1946 – Ken Kelly.  240 covers; interiors; The Art of Ken KellyKen Kelly Fantasy Art Trading Cards (2 sets), Escape (collection); album covers for KISS, Manowar, Ace Frehley.   See here (Amazing), here (The Stars My Destination), here (The Lincoln Hunters), here (Ace Frehley).  [JH]
  • Born May 19, 1948 – Paul Williams.  Created Crawdaddy!  Literary executor of Philip K. Dick, co-founder of PKD Society, biography of PKD Only Apparently Real; worked with David Hartwell on Age of Wonders – also The Int’l Bill of Human Rights; edited vols. 1-12, Complete Works of Theodore Sturgeon; also The 20th Century’s Greatest Hits (including Winnie-the-PoohThe Little PrinceGod Bless You, Mr. Rosewater), four on Bob Dylan, twenty more.  (Died 2013) [JH]
  • Born May 19, 1948 Grace Jones, 72. First genre appearance was as Stryx in Rumstryx, an Italian TV series. Her next was Zulu in Conan the Destroyer followed by being May Day in A View to Kill and Katrina in Vamp. She was Masako Yokohama in Cyber Bandits which also starred Adam Ant. Her last several genre  role to date was Christoph/Christine in Wolf Girl, and Death aka The Devil in Gutterdammerung, a film that also featured Henry Rollins, Slash and Iggy Pop!  (CE)
  • Born May 19, 1955 – Elise Primavera.  Author and illustrator of children’s books, some fantasy: The Secret Order of the Gumm Street GirlsFred & Anthony Meet the Heinie Goblins from the Black Lagoon (as Esile Arevamirp), Marigold Star. Here’s a book cover.  [JH]
  • Born May 19, 1966 Jodi Picoult, 54. Her Wonder Women work is exemplary (collected in Wonder Women, Volume 3 and Wonder Woman: Love and Murder).  She also has a most excellent two-volume YA series called the Between the Lines Universe which she wrote with Samantha van Leer. ISFDB lists her Second Glance novel as genre but I’d say it’s genre adjacent at best. (CE)
  • Born May 19, 1996 Sarah Grey, 24. Before DC Universe cast the present Stargirl in Brec Bassinger for that series, Legends of Tomorrow cast their Stargirl as this actress for a run of three episodes.  The episodes (“Out of Time”, “Justice Society of America” and “Camelot 3000”) are superb. I’ve not seen her as Alyssa Drake in The Order but I’ve heard Good Things about that series. (CE)

(13) COMICS SECTION.

  • Bizarro jokes about a bed that shares a name with a law.

(14) MOVING PICTURES. Not Pulp Covers hosts four GIFs made from clip of  The Best from 20,000 Fathoms. They really pop out of the page, despite being black-and-white. The film’s stop-motion animation special effects are by Ray Harryhausen. Its screenplay is based on Ray Bradbury’s short story The Fog Horn, specifically the scene where a lighthouse is destroyed by the title character. (I’m not going to put a sample here because people tell me GIFs in the Scroll drive them crazy.)

(15) THAT’S PUTTING IT MILDLY. In John Scalzi’s post “A Reminder, Re: Famous People I Know” he reasonably says he’d rather keep his friends. (So he won’t be starting a news blog.)

So, it turns out I know, and am friends (or at least I have been friendly) with, people who are notable or famous to some degree or another. Yes, I am as amazed about that as anyone else. Sometimes, those notable/famous people:

* Are disliked by a large group of people, for whatever reason(s);

* Have a life event, often not a happy one, that gains attention in the public sphere;

* Will have a public conflict with some other person who is also generally notable;

* Says or does something that causes the Internet to fall on their head;

* Some combination of two or more of the above;

* Otherwise attracts attention to themselves in some manner or another that elicits general comment.

(16) TYPE CASTING. The project to transcribe the Hevelin fanzine collection made Atlas Obscura’s article about a helpful way to pass the time: “Even More Ways to Help Librarians and Archivists From Home”.

Escape the Earth with science-fiction fanzines

What better time to zip into a happily unfamiliar realm? The DIY History project at the University of Iowa Library, which invites people to help transcribe digitized objects from the library’s special collections and other holdings, could use your help with its massive trove of science-fiction zines. Some date back to the 1930s; all were collected by the late James L. “Rusty” Hevelin. More than 10,780 pages of the Hevelin Fanzines collection have been transcribed so far, but there are still around 500 left to go. If you need a mental break from this planet and its familiar troubles, pop into this project and spend a little time somewhere else.

The project was first announced in 2014.

(17) CELEBRITY BURIAL. Atlas Obscura also introduces readers to “Nicolas Cage’s Pyramid Tomb” in a New Orleans cemetery. (He won’t be in residence for some time to come, though.)

…The empty grave is a stark, nine-foot-tall stone pyramid that stands in obvious contrast to the blockier, above-ground burial sites that have been crumbling away in the cemetery for over two centuries. There is no name on the pyramid yet, but it is emblazoned with the Latin maxim, “Omnia Ab Uno,” which translates to “Everything From One.”

The actor himself has chosen to remain silent about his reasoning for the flamboyant tomb. Some speculate it’s an homage to the “National Treasure” movie franchise, though given that many cemeteries host pyramid grave markers, it may have simply been a stylistic choice.

(18) THE VISIBLE BOOSTER. Popular Mechanics sets the frame for a video showing “Here’s What the Guts of Four Famous Rockets Look Like During Launch”. You see side-by-side the Saturn V, Space Shuttle, Falcon Heavy and the Space Launch System (SLS) rockets launching from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39.

A new video reveals what the launches of four famous spacecraft would look like if the rockets were transparent. Seeing how the sausage is made, so to speak, is mesmerizing.

Youtuber Hazegrayart posted the video, which also includes audio from the four launches, to YouTube earlier this week. Hazegrayart has a number of other animated videos on their page. (This 52-year time lapse of Launch Complex 39 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida from the artist’s page is super cool, too.)

[Thanks to Ita, John King Tarpinian, Andrew Porter, Chip Hitchcock, JJ, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, Michael Toman, and Cat Eldridge for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Jayn.]

2019 Premio Italia Winners

The 2019 Premio Italia were presented on May 11 at Starcon 2019.

Congratulations to Ian McDonald, whose Ares Express won the International SF Novel category.

Illustrazione o copertina / Illustration or Cover

  • Franco Brambilla, Naila di Mondo9, Oscar Fantastica – Mondadori

Curatore / Editor

  • Giuseppe Lippi

Traduttore / Translator

  • Chiara Reali

Collana / Collection

  • Odissea Digital Fantascienza, Delos Digital

Rivista professionale / Professional magazine

  • Delos Science Fiction, Delos Books

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

Saggio / Essay

  • 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

  • Dario Tonani, Naila di mondo9, Mondadori

Romanzo di autore italiano – Fantasy / Fantasy novel

  • Maico Morellini, Il diario dell’estinzione, Watson Edizioni

Antologia / Anthology

  • Giulia Abbate e Lukha Kremo, Next-Stream: Visioni di realtà contigue, Kipple Officina Libraria

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

Articolo su pubblicazione professionale / Article in a Professional Publication

  • Giuseppe Lippi, I curatori di Urania, Robot, Delos Books

Articolo su pubblicazione amatoriale / Article in an Amateur Publication

  • Francesco Spadaro, Si può fare, Fondazione Sf

Romanzo internazionale / International sf novel

  • Ian McDonald, Ares Express, Zona 42

Fumetto di autore italiano / Comic by an Italian Author

  • Carlo Recagno, Giovanni Freghieri, Dylan Dog & Martin Mystere: L’Abisso Del Male, Bonelli

Fumetto di autore internazionale / Comic by an International Author

  • 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)

  • Avengers: Infinity War

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

  • The Man in the High Castle

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

Premio Italia 2018


The 2018 Premio Italia ceremony was held at Stranimoni 2018 in Milan on October 6. Winners were presented with the new-design award trophy inspired by the “monolith” from 2001 A Space Odyssey.

Fantascienza.com has the complete list of winners of the Italian national sf award.

Anna Feruglio Dal Dan, a frequent commenter here, says, “I lost three times in two categories and didn’t even get a party thrown by George Martin!” Well, at least we can say George R.R. Martin knows how that feels, having lost multiple Hugos more than once.

Illustrazione o copertina / Illustration or Cover

  • Franco Brambilla, Equinoide, Delos Digital, Elara

Finalists

  • Giuseppe Festino, Anelli intorno al Sole, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Luca Pavan, Locandina, Starcon Italia 2017
  • Paolo Barbieri, Locandina Stranimondi 2017
  • Tiziano Cremonini, Paavo Deshin, Delos Digital

Curatore / Editor

  • Francesco Verso

Finalists

  • Armando Corridore
  • Carmine Treanni
  • Emanuele Manco
  • Gian Filippo Pizzo

Traduttore / Translator

  • Annarita Guarnieri

Finalists

  • Anna Manfredini
  • Chiara Reali
  • Marco Crosa
  • Umberto Rossi

Collana / Collection

  • I libri dell’iguana, Zona 42

Finalists

  • Future Fiction, Future Fiction
  • Odissea Digital Fantascienza, Delos Digital
  • Odissea Digital Fantasy, Delos Digital
  • Robotica, Delos Digital

Rivista professionale / Professional magazine

  • Fantascienza.com, Delos Books

Finalists

  • Delos Science Fiction, Delos Books
  • FantasyMagazine, Delos Books
  • Inside Star Trek Magazine, Ultimo Avamposto
  • Quaderni d’altri tempihttp://www.quadernidaltritempi.eu/

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

Finalists

Saggio / Essay

  • Giovanni Mongini, Nicola Vianello, Quando al cinema c’è Star Wars – nuova edizione aggiornata, Edizioni Della Vigna

Finalists

  • Giovanni Mongini e Manuela Menci, La fantascienza su Internet vol. 1, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Paolo Gulisano, Filippo Rossi, La Forza sia con voi – Storia, simboli e significati della saga di Star Wars, Ancora editrice
  • Roberto Paura, Universi Paralleli, Cento Autori
  • Walter Catalano, Andrea Lazzeretti, Gianfilippo Pizzo, Guida al cinema fantasy, Odoya

Romanzo di autore italiano – Fantascienza / Science fiction novel

  • Elena di Fazio, Ucronia, Delos Digital

Finalists

  • Anna F. Dal Dan, Senza un cemento di sangue, Delos Digital
  • Antonio de’ Bersa, Ad Astra, Zona 42
  • Franci Conforti, Carnivori, Kipple Officina libraria
  • Lukha B. Kremo, I nerogatti di Briganti, Delos Digital
  • Marco Crescizz, Brandelli d’Italia, Delos Digital

Romanzo di autore italiano – Fantasy / Fantasy novel

  • Andrea Carlo Cappi, La donna leopardo, Bonelli

Finalists

  • Alessandro Forlani, Arabrab di Anubi, Watson
  • Angelo Berti, Nonaroth, Watson
  • Davide Camparsi, L’Angelo dell’Autunno, Delos Digital
  • Marco Davide, La stagione delle ceneri, Delos Digital

Antologia / Anthology

  • Autori vari, Stic Voyages 3, Star Trek Italian Club Alberto Lisiero

Finalists

  • Emanuela Valentini (a cura di), Materia oscura, Delos Digital
  • Giorgio Majer Gatti (a cura di), Propulsioni d’improbabilità, Zona 42
  • Luigi Petruzzelli (a cura di), Anelli intorno al Sole, Della Vigna
  • Sandro Battisti, Giovanni de Matteo (a cura di), Nuove Eterotopie, Delos Digital

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

  • Linda de Santi, Saltare Avanti, Urania, Mondadori

Finalists

  • Davide del Popolo Riolo, Lontano da casa, Robot, Delos Books
  • Franca Scapellato, La seminatrice, Materia oscura, Delos Digital
  • Francesco Brandoli, Il veliero, Providence Tales, Providence Press
  • Piero Schiavo Campo, La rotta verso il margine del tempo, Robot, Delos Books

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

  • Giulia Abbate, Fuga da Calypso 14, Nuove Vie – https://www.nuove-vie.it/fuga-da-calypso-14/

Finalists

  • Franca Scapellato, Il Dono, Star Trek: Stic Voyages 3

Articolo su pubblicazione professionale / Article in a Professional Publication

  • Emanuele Manco, Ceci n’est pas un Klingon: le polemiche su Star Trek Discovery, Fantasy Magazine, Delos Books

Finalists

  • Eleonora Legi, Brent Spiner: Le emozioni di una voce avvolgente, Inside Star Trek Magazine, Ultimo Avamposto
  • Gabriella Cordone Lisiero e Livia Monteleone, La lingua Klingon, Inside Star Trek Magazine, Ultimo Avamposto
  • Giuseppe Lippi, Le imprese dell’Enterprise, Robot, Delos Books
  • Salvatore Proietti, Quaranta inizi in Robot…, Robot Delos Books

Articolo su pubblicazione amatoriale / Article in an Amateur Publication

  • Giulia Abbate, Octavia Butler: l’allegoria dell’empatia, una visione necessaria, Andromeda – Rivista di fantascienza

Finalists

  • Gian Filippo Pizzo, Precursori del cinema fantasy nel periodo del muto, La Zona Morta 2017
  • Giovanni De Matteo, Blade Runner 2049: alle origini del nuovo mito, Holonomikon
  • Giuseppe Pisana, Galassie fantastiche e come osservarle, Midway Station #3

Romanzo internazionale / International sf novel

  • Cixin Liu, Il problema dei tre corpi [The Three-Body Problem], Mondadori

Finalists

  • Alastair Reynolds, La città del cratere [Chasm City], Urania Jumbo Mondadori
  • Charles Stross, Equinoide [Equoid], Delos Digital, Elara
  • Jeff VanderMeer, La città dei santi e dei folli [City of Saints and Madmen], Elara
  • Jennifer Marie Brisset, Elysium [Elysium], Zona 42
  • Nnedi Okorafor, Laguna [Lagoon], Zona 42

Fumetto di autore italiano / Comic by an Italian Author

  • Recagno – Esposito Bros. et al., Le molte vite di Martin Mystère, Martin Mystère Speciale, Bonelli

Finalists

  • Daniela Orrú Daniela Serri, Daimones prima lux Volume 1, Passenger Press

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

  • Arrival

Finalists

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Guardiani della Galassia volume 2 [Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2]
  • Star Wars: gli ultimi Jedi [Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

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

  • Star Trek Discovery

Finalists

  • Black Mirror
  • Doctor Who
  • The Expanse
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Twin Peaks Il ritorno

[Thanks to Anna Feruglio Dal Dan for the story. The editor is solely to blame for all category translations.]

Premio Italia 2017

The 2017 Premio Italia winners were announced at Starcon Italia today.

Fantascienza.com has the complete list of winners of the Italian national sf award.

Premio Italia 2017

International sf novel

  • Green Mars (Il verde di Marte) by Kim Stanley Robinson, Fanucci

Science fiction novel

  • Real Mars by Alessandro Vietti, Zona 42

Fantasy novel

  • Il segreto del vecchio cimitero by Marco Di Giaimo and Giuseppe Bono, Edizioni Della Vigna

Anthology or collection

  • Continuum Hopper edited by Roberto Chiavini, Luca Ortino, and Gian Filippo Pizzo, Edizioni Della Vigna

Short fiction

  • Soluzione Omega by Claudio Chillemi, Delos Digital

Essay

  • Il grande universo dei mostri by Giovanni Mongini, Ultimo Avamposto

Short essay

  • Chi odia i sequel? by Emanuele Manco, Robot Delos Books

Italian artist artwork

  • Oltre il pianeta del Vento (cover) by Franco Brambilla, Delos Digital

Editor

  • Gabriella Cordone

Translator

  • Stefania Bronzoni

Bookline

  • Star Trek Continua, Ultimo Avamposto

Magazine

  • Robot, Delos Books

Fanzine or fan web site

Fan short fiction

  • Gemelli diversi by Claudio Sonego, Star Trek: STIC Voyages Stic

Fan essay

  • La Fantamedicina di Star Trek e l’odierna realizzazione dell’immaginato by Francesco Spadaro, Fondazione SF Magazine

Comics

  • Star Top Il ritorno by Bruno Enna, Topolino Panini Comics

Movie

  • Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg)

TV series

  • Stranger Things

 

Premio Italia 2017 Shortlist

Henry S. Whitehead, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ramsey Campbell, Mike Resnick, and Tricia Sullivan are nominees in the International sf novel category of the 2017 Premio Italia.

Fantascienza.com has the complete list of finalists for the Italian national sf award.

Premio Italia 2017 Shortlist

International sf novel

  • Il culto del teschio by Henry S. Whitehead, La Ponga
  • Green Mars (Il verde di Marte) by Kim Stanley Robinson, Fanucci
  • The Last Revelation of Gla’aki (L’ultima rivelazione di Gla’aki) by Ramsey Campbell, Hypnos
  • Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future (Santiago) by Mike Resnick, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Maul (Selezione naturale) by Tricia Sullivan, Zona 42

Science fiction novel

  • Angeli di plastica by Emanuela Valentini, Delos Digital
  • La Terza Memoria by Maico Morellini, Mondadori
  • Mondi senza tempo by Francesco Troccoli, Delos Digital
  • Nelson by Giulia Abbate, Delos Digital
  • Real Mars by Alessandro Vietti, Zona 42

Fantasy novel

  • Aerys Il Potere del Fuoco by Antonia Romagnoli, Delos Digital
  • Asad e il segreto dell’acqua by Alberto Cola, Piemme
  • Il richiamo del crepuscolo by Marco Davide, Delos Digital
  • Il segreto del vecchio cimitero by Marco Di Giaimo and Giuseppe Bono, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Spettri e altre vittime di mia cugina Matilde by Franci Co, Delos Digital

Anthology or collection

  • Continuum Hopper edited by Roberto Chiavini, Luca Ortino, and Gian Filippo Pizzo, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Oltre Venere edited by Gian Filippo Pizzo, La Ponga
  • Operazione Europa edited by Pier Luigi Manieri, Elara
  • Segnali dal futuro edited by Roberto Paura and Francesco Verso, Italian Institute for the Future
  • Strane Visioni edited by Andrea Vaccaro and Ivo Torello, Hypnos

Short fiction

  • Città di Porcellana by Franco Ricciardello, Edizioni della Vigna
  • Diesel Arcadia by Emanuela Valentini, Robot Delos Books
  • La mediatrice by Davide Del Popolo Riolo, Delos Digital
  • Purificazione by Maria Lipartiti, Delos Digital
  • Soluzione Omega by Claudio Chillemi, Delos Digital

Essay

  • Data astrale 2016.09. Cinquant’anni di Star Trek by Cesare Cioni, Ultra
  • Fantasceneggiati. Sci-fi e giallo magico nelle produzioni RAI (1954-1987) by Carlo Modesti Pauer, Leopoldo Santovincenzo, Marcello Rossi, Elara Libri
  • Fantascienza? Science Fiction? by Francesco Cassata, Einaudi
  • Il grande universo dei mostri by Giovanni Mongini, Ultimo Avamposto
  • Il libro meraviglioso di Philip K. Dick by Alessandro Fambrini, Elara
  • J.K. Rowling. L’incantatrice di 450 milioni di lettori by Marina Lenti, Ares

Short essay

  • Canoe, Conestoga e Cosmonavi by Franco Piccinini, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Chi odia i sequel? by Emanuele Manco, Robot Delos Books
  • La controcultura nel monolito di Kubrick by Carmine Treanni, Fantascienza.com Delos Books
  • Le gemme dell’archivio di Roddenberry by Gabriella Cordone and Marcello Rossi, Ultimo Avamposto
  • Star Wars e il nuovo pubblico della fantascienza by Salvatore Proietti, Robot Delos Books
  • Storia delle pubblicazioni di Crociera tra le stelle by Luigi Petruzzelli, Edizioni Della Vigna
  • Trekker Samantha by Rodrigo Araya, Inside Star Trek Magazine Ultimo Avamposto

Italian artist artwork

  • Les Fleurs (inner illustration) by Giuseppe Balestra, Hypnos, Hypnos
  • Oltre il pianeta del Vento (cover) by Franco Brambilla, Delos Digital
  • Pechino pieghevole (inner illustration) by Luca Vergerio, Robot Delos Books
  • Santiago (cover) by Alexa Cesaroni, Edizioni della Vigna
  • Solo (cover) by Tiziano Cremonini, Delos Digital
  • StarCon Italia 2016 (poster) by Luca Pavan, Ultimo Avamposto

Editor

  • Andrea Vaccaro
  • Carmine Treanni
  • Emanuele Manco
  • Gabriella Cordone
  • Gian Filippo Pizzo
  • Sandro Pergameno

Translator

  • Chiara Reali
  • Ferdinando Wanni Temporin
  • Luigi Petruzzelli
  • Roberto Chiavini
  • Stefania Bronzoni

Bookline

  • Biblioteca di un sole lontano, Delos Digital
  • Futuro Presente, Delos Digital
  • Odissea Digital Fantascienza, Delos Digital
  • Robotica, Delos Digital
  • Star Trek Continua, Ultimo Avamposto

Magazine

  • Delos Science Fiction, Delos Books
  • Fantascienza.com, Delos Books
  • FantasyMagazine, Delos Books
  • Hypnos, Hypnos
  • Robot, Delos Books

Fanzine or fan web site

Fan short fiction

  • Belthor il Falcone by Paolo Motta, Fondazione SF Magazine
  • Gemelli diversi by Claudio Sonego, Star Trek: STIC Voyages Stic
  • Le mie bambole by Angelo Frascella, NASF
  • Non scrivo più by Fabio Centamore, Cronache di un sole lontano
  • Quel nome era Evoc by Lorenzo Crescentini, Living Force Magazine Yavin 4

Fan essay

Comics

  • Anni 30: Troppi super-eroi by Alfredo Castelli & Giancarlo Alessandrini, Martin Mystère Special Bonelli
  • La Macchina Umana by Alessandro Bilotta & Fabrizio De Tommaso, Dylan Dog Bonelli
  • Mater Dolorosa by Roberto Recchioni & Gigi Cavenago, Dylan Dog Sergio Bonelli
  • Orfani: Juric by Paola Barbato, Roberto Recchioni & Emiliano Mammucari, Bonelli
  • Ritorno all’impossibile by Andrea Artusi, Diego Cajelli, Ivo Lombardo, Enrico Lotti, Andrea Voglino, Fabio Piacentini & Daniele Rudoni, Martin Mystère Le nuove avventure a colori Bonelli
  • Star Top Il ritorno by Bruno Enna, Topolino Panini Comics

Movie

  • Doctor Strange
  • Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Star Trek Beyond

TV series

  • Black Mirror
  • Stranger Things
  • The Expanse
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Westworld

 

2016 Premio Italia

premio-italiaThe Premio Italia, Premio Vegetti and the new Premio Alberto Lisiero were presented at Italcon 42, the Italian national sf/f convention, in Bellaria on May 21.

PREMIO ITALIA

Romanzo di autore italiano – Fantascienza (Italian Science Fiction Novel)

  • Quel che resta della Kronos di Claudio CHILLEMI (Edizioni Della Vigna)

Romanzo di autore italiano – Fantasy (Italian Fantasy Novel)

  • Un madrigale per morire di Loredana PIETRAFESA (Edizioni Tabula fati)

Antologia di uno o piu’ autori italiani (Anthology by Italian Authors)

  • Cronache di Mondo9 di Dario TONANI (Millemondi-Mondadori)

Romanzo o antologia personale internazionale (International Novel or International Anthology of Short Stories)

  • Lo scriba macabro di Thomas LIGOTTI (Elara)

Racconto di autore italiano su pubblicazione professionale (Italian Short Story – Professional Publication)

  • Con gli occhi del nemico di Claudio CHILLEMI (Delos Digital)

Racconto di autore italiano su pubblicazione amatoriale (Italian Short Story – Amateur Publication)

  • L’enigma di Pitagora di Filippo RADOGNA (La Zona Morta)

Saggio in volume (Volume of Essays)

  • Il futuro alla gola di Giuseppe LIPPI (Profondo Rosso)

Articolo su pubblicazione professionale (Professionally Published Article)

  • Mai dire trekker di Francesco SPADARO (Inside Star Trek , Ultimo Avamposto Editore)

Articolo su pubblicazione amatoriale (Article in Amateur Publication)

  • Reportage dalla Starcon 2015 di Filippo RADOGNA (La Zona Morta)

Miglior illustrazione di artista italiano (Best Illustration by an Italian Artist)

  • Tu non esisti (illustrazione interna) di Giacomo PUERONI (Robot – Delos Books)

Curatore (Editor)

  • Silvio SOSIO

Traduttore (Translator)

  • Paolo ATTIVISSIMO

Collana (Book Series)

  • La Botte Piccola (Edizioni Della Vigna)

Rivista professionale (Professional Magazine)

  • Fantasy & Science Fiction – Edizione Italiana (Elara)

Rivista non professionale (Amateur Journal)

  • Living Force Magazine (Yavin 4 Fan Club)

Sito web amatoriale o rivista online amatoriale (Website or blog)

Fan

  • Samantha CRISTOFORETTI

Fumetto di autore italiano (Italian Comic Book Author)

  • L’assassino che uccideva nei sogni di Alfredo Castelli, Carlo Recagno, Antonio Sforza (Martyn Mystère – Sergio Bonelli Editore)

Film fantastico (SF Film)

  • The Martian Sopravvissuto

Serie televisiva (TV Series)

  • Il trono di spade

PREMIO ERNESTO VEGETTI 2016

SF Novel

  • Quel che resta della Kronos (What remains of Kronos) by Claudio Chillemi (Edizioni Della Vigna)

SF Study

PREMIO ALBERTO LISIERO

For promoting sf/f

  • Leo Ortolani, designer, writer, cartoonist

[Via Europa SF. Category translations either from Google Translate, or Europa SF.]

2014 Premio Italia Winners

The Premio Italia (Italy SF Award), established in 1972, recognizes the best in Italian science fiction and fantasy. The fortieth set of awards was announced at Italcon 40.

  • Best SF Novel: Livido, by Francesco Verso
  • Best Fantasy Novel: Il Gran Sole Radioso, by Donato Altomare
  • Best International Novel: Paradisi perduti (Paradises Lost), by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Best Professional Short Story: “Mechardionica,” by Dario Tonani
  • Best Amateur Short Story: “Figlio dello spazio,” by Franca Scapellato
  • Best Essay (in a volume): “Misteri dallo spazio e dal tempo,” by Giovanni Mongini
  • Best Professional Article: “Le prime immagini di Into Darkness,” by Alberto Lisiero and Gabriella Cordone
  • Best Amateur Article: “La mappa del futuro,” by Giovanni De Matteo
  • Best Artist: Franco Brambilla
  • Best Editor: Emanuele Manco
  • Best Translator: Salvatore Proietti
  • Best SF Book Series: Odissea Fantascienza
  • Best SF Professional Magazine: Robot
  • Best Amateur Magazine: Fondazione SF Magazine
  • Best Amateur Web Site/Best Amateur Online Magazine: Cronache di un sole lontano
  • Best Comics Artist: Carlo Recagno

[Carefully thieved from SF Site News]