2019 Saturn Awards

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films presented the 2019 Saturn Awards on September 13 at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California.

 “It’s Friday the 13th. it’s a full moon…and I’m the luckiest girl in the world,” said Jamie Lee Curtis of the Halloween film franchise, winner of the award for Best Film Actress.

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films is a non-profit corporation founded in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed.  The organization is dedicated to honoring film and television genre entertainment.

Best Comic-to-Motion-Picture Release 

  • Avengers: Endgame

Best Science Fiction Film Release

  • Ready Player One 

Best Fantasy Film Release 

  • Toy Story 4 

Best Horror Film Release 

  • A Quiet Place 

Best Action/Adventure Film Release 

  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout 

Best Thriller Film Release 

  • Bad Times at The El Royale 

Best Animated Film Release 

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 

Best Independent Film Release 

  • Mandy 

Best International Film Release 

  • Burning 

Best Actor in a Film 

  • Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Endgame

Best Actress in a Film 

  • Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween

Best Supporting Actor in a Film 

  • Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War 

Best Supporting Actress in a Film 

  • Zendaya, Spider-Man: Far From Home 

Best Performance by a Younger Actor

  • Tom Holland, Spider-Man: Far From Home 

Best Film Director

  • Jordan Peele — Us

Best Writing

  • A Quiet Place — Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and John Krasinski

Best Film Production Design 

  • Charles Wood — Avengers: Endgame  

Best Film Music

  • Marc Shaiman — Mary Poppins Returns

Best Editing

  • Jeffrey Ford and Matthew SchmidtAvengers: Endgame

Best Film Costume 

  • Michael Wilkinson — Aladdin

Best Makeup

  • John Blake and Brian SipeAvengers: Endgame

Best Film Special/Visual Effects 

  • Avengers: Endgame  

Best Superhero TV Series 

  • Supergirl

Best Science Fiction TV Series 

  • Westworld  (HBO)

Best Fantasy Television Series 

  • Game of Thrones  (HBO)

Best Horror Television Series 

  • The Walking Dead  {AMC)

Best Action/Thriller Television Series

  • Better Call Saul {AMC)

Best Animated Television Series 

  • Star Wars Resistance  (Disney Channel)

Best Actor on a Television Series 

  • Sam Heughan — Outlander (Starz)

Best Actress in a Television Series 

  • Emilia Clarke — Game of Thrones     (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series 

  • Peter Dinklage — Game of Thrones (HBO)

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series 

  • Danai Gurira — The Walking Dead {AMC)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series 

  • Maisie Williams — Game of Thrones (HBO)

Best Guest-Starring Performance on a Television Series 

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan — The Walking Dead  {AMC)

 Best Streaming Superhero Television Series 

  • Marvel’s Daredevil  (Netflix)

Best Streaming Fantasy, Sci-Fi, or Action/Thriller Television Series 

  • Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

Best Streaming Horror and Thriller Series 

  • Stranger Things (Netflix)

Best Actor in Streaming Presentation 

  • Henry Thomas —  The Haunting of Hill House   (Netflix)

Best Actress in a Streaming Presentation 

  • Sonequa Martin-Green  — Star Trek: Discovery     (CBS All Access)

Best Supporting Actor in Streaming Presentation

  • Doug Jones — Star Trek: Discovery  (CBS All Access)

Best Supporting Actress in Streaming Series

  • Maya Hawke — Stranger Things (Netflix)

Best DVD or Blu-ray Special Edition Release

  • Waterworld

Stan Lee World Builder Award

  • Kevin Feige

Visionary Award

  • Jon Favreau

Dan Curtis Legacy Award

  • Jeph Loeb

Best Local Live State Performance

  • Puppet Up! Uncensored

2019 Saturn Awards Nominations

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has announced the 2019 nominees for the Saturn Awards. (The full list follows the jump.)

The awards will be presented on September 13, 2019  at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California.

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films is a non-profit corporation founded in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed.  The organization is dedicated to honoring film and television genre entertainment.

The Nominations for the 45th Annual Saturn Awards:

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2018 Saturn Awards

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films presented the 2018 Saturn Awards on June 27.

The Saturn Awards Organization is part of The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films which is a non-profit corporation founded in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed. The organization is dedicated to honoring film and television genre entertainment.

The winners of the 44th annual awards are:

FILM

Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release:

  • Black Panther (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)

Best Science Fiction Release:

  • Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros.)

Best Fantasy Film Release:

  • The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)

Best Horror Film Release:

  • Get Out (Universal)

Best Action / Adventure Film Release:

  • The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox)

Best Thriller Film Release:

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight)

Best Actor in a Film:

  • Mark Hamill Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)

Best Actress in a Film:

  • Gal Gadot “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)

Best Supporting Actor in a Film:

  • Patrick Stewart “Logan” (20th Century Fox)

Best Supporting Actress in a Film:

  • Danai Gurira “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Film:

  • Tom Holland “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (Sony / Marvel)

Best Film Director:

  • Ryan Coogler “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)

Best Film Screenplay:

  • Rian Johnson “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)

Best Film Production Design:

  • Hannah Beachler “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)

Best Film Editing:

  • Bob Ducsay “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)

Best Film Music:

  • Michael Giacchino “Coco” (Walt Disney Studios)

Best Film Costume Designer:

  • Jacqueline Durran “Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Studios)

Best Film Make-Up:

  • Joel Harlow, Ken Diaz “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)

Best Film Special / Visual Effects:

  • Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)

Best Independent Film Release:

  • Wonder (Lionsgate)

Best International Film Release:

  • Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (Arka Media Works)

Best Animated Film Release:

  • Coco (Walt Disney Studios)

TELEVISION

Best Superhero Television Series:

  • The Flash (The CW)

Best Science Fiction Television Series:

  • The Orville (Fox Television)

Best Fantasy Television Series:

  • Outlander (Starz)

Best Horror Television Series:

  • The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Action/Thriller Television Series:

  • Better Call Saul (AMC)

Best Presentation on Television:

  • Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)

Best Actor on a Television Series:

  • Kyle MacLachlan Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)

Best Actress on a Television Series:

  • Sonequa Martin-Green Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series:

  • Michael McKean Better Call Saul (AMC)

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series:

  • Rhea Seehorn Better Call Saul (AMC)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series:

  • Chandler Riggs The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Guest-Starring Performance on Television:

  • David Lynch Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)

Best Animated Series on Television:

  • Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)

Best New Media Television Series:

  • Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

Best New Media Superhero Series:

  • Marvel’s The Punisher (Netflix)

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Best DVD/BD Release:

  • Dave Made a Maze (Gravitas Ventures)

Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release:

  • Lifeboat (Kino Lorber)

Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release:

  • Night of the Living Dead (Criterion Collection)

Best DVD/BD Collection Release:

  • Dracula Complete Legacy Collection (Universal)

Best DVD/BD Television Series Release:

  • American Gods (Season 1) (Lionsgate)

LIVE STAGE PRODUCTION

Best Local Live Theatre Production:

  • Something Rotten (Segerstrom Center for the Arts)

The Saturn Awards Organization announced this year’s Special Award honorees on June 6:

The Dr. Donald A. Reed Founder’s Award

  • Guillermo del Toro

The Producers Showcase Award

  • Jason Blum

The Filmmakers Showcase Award

  • Jake Kasdan

The Dan Curtis Legacy Award

  • Sarah Schecter

The Special Achievement Award

  • Don Mancini

2018 Saturn Awards Organization Special Honorees

The Saturn Awards Organization announced this year’s Special Award honorees on June 6:

The Dr. Donald A. Reed Founder’s Award

  • Guillermo del Toro

The Producers Showcase Award

  • Jason Blum

The Filmmakers Showcase Award

  • Jake Kasdan

The Dan Curtis Legacy Award

  • Sarah Schecter

The Special Achievement Award

  • Don Mancini

The Saturn Awards ceremony will be June 27.

2018 Saturn Awards Nominees

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has announced the 2018 nominees for the Saturn Awards. (The full list follows the jump.)

The winners of the 44th annual awards show will be announced by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films in June.

The Saturn Awards Organization is part of The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films which is a non-profit corporation founded in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed.  The organization is dedicated to honoring film and television genre entertainment.

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2017 Saturn Awards

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films presented the 2017 Saturn Awards on June 28.

The Academy is a non-profit corporation founded in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed dedicated to honoring film and television genre entertainment. Robert Holguin currently serves as President.

Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release

  • Doctor Strange

Best Science Fiction Film Release

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Fantasy Film Release

  • The Jungle Book

Best Horror Film Release

  • Don’t Breathe

Best Action / Adventure Film Release

  • Hidden Figures

Best Thriller Film Release

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

Best Actor in a Film

  • Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)

Best Actress in a Film

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane)

Best Supporting Actor in a Film

  • John Goodman (10  Cloverfield Lane)

Best Supporting Actress  in a Film

  • Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor

  • Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War)

Best Film Direction

  • Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Best Film Screenplay

  • Eric Heisserer (Arrival)

Best Film Editing

  • Michael Kahn (The BFG)

Best Film Production Design

  • Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg (The BFG)

Best Film Music

  • Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)

Best Film Costume Designer

  • Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)

Best Film Make-Up

  • Monica Huppert, Joel Harlow (Star Trek Beyond)

Best Film Special / Visual Effects

  • John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, Neil Corbould (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Best Independent Film Release

  • La La Land

Best  International Film Release

  • The Handmaiden

Best Animated Film Release

  • Finding Dory

Best Science Fiction Television Series

  • Westworld

Best Fantasy Television Series

  • Outlander

Best Horror Television Series

  • The Walking Dead

Best Action/Thriller Television Series

  • Riverdale

Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series

  • Supergirl

Best Presentation on Television

  • 11.22.63

Best New Media Television Series

  • Marvel’s Luke Cage

Best Actor on a Television Series

  • Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)

Best Actress on a Television Series

  • Melissa Benoist (Supergirl)

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series

  • Ed Harris (Westworld)

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series

  • Candice Patton (The Flash)

Best Younger Actor on a Television Series

  • Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)

Best Guest Performance on a Television Series

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead)

Best Animated Series or Film on Television

  • Star Wars: Rebels

Best DVD / BD Release

  • Tales of Halloween

Best DVD / BD Special Edition Release

  • Phantasm Remastered

Best Classic Film Release on DVD /  BD

  • Time After Time

Best Television Release on DVD / BD

  • Hannibal: The Complete Series Collection

Best Collection on DVD / BD

  • Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection

Best Local Live Stage Production

  • A View From the Bridge (Ahmanson Theatre)

Special Awards

  • The Life Career Award – Lee Majors
  • The Visionary Award – Akiva Goldsman
  • The Filmmakers Showcase Award – Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
  • The Breakthrough Performance Award – KJ Apa
  • The Special Recognition AwardHeavy Metal (magazine)

2017 Saturn Award Nominees

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has announced the 2017 nominees for the Saturn Awards. (The full list follows the jump.)

The productions with the highest tallies of nominations are:

  • Film: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — 11 nominations
  • Television:  The Walking Dead

The awards will be presented June 28 in Burbank, California.

The Saturn Awards Organization is part of The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films which is a non-profit corporation founded in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed.  The organization is dedicated to honoring film and television genre entertainment. Robert Holguin currently serves as President.

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2016 Saturn Awards

Saturn 1The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced the 2016 Saturn Award winners on June 22 in Burbank.

John Barrowman, the awards host, is shown here in a photo with Alex Kingston, on hand to pick up the award for Doctor Who’s “The Husbands of River Song,” and Buffy veteran Clare Kramer.

2016 Saturn Winners

Best Science Fiction Film: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture: Ant-Man

Best Fantasy Film: Cinderella

Best Horror Film: Crimson Peak

Best Action / Adventure Film: Furious 7

Best Thriller Film: Bridge of Spies

Best Actor in a Film: Harrison Ford (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)

Best Actress in a Film: Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Supporting Actor in a Film: Adam Driver (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)

Best Supporting Actress in a Film: Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World)

Best Director: Ridley Scott (The Martian)

Best Writing: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)

Best Production Design: Thomas E. Sanders (Crimson Peak)

Best Editing: Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)

Best Music: John Williams (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)

Best Costume: Alexandra Byrne (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Best Make-Up: Neal Scanlan (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)

Best Special Effects: Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)

Best Independent Film Release: Room

Best International Film Release: Turbo Kid

Best Animated Film: Inside Out

Best Science Fiction Television Series: Continuum

Best Fantasy Television SeriesOutlander

Best Horror Television Series: The Walking Dead

Best Action / Thriller Television Series: Hannibal

Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series: The Flash

Best New Media Television Series: Marvel’s Daredevil

Best Television Presentation: Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song

Best Actor on Television: Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead)

Best Actress on Television: Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)

Best Supporting Actor on Television: Richard Armitage (Hannibal)

Best Supporting Actress on Television: Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)

Best Guest Star on Television: William Shatner (Haven)

Best DVD / BD Release: Burying The Ex

Best DVD / BD Classic Film Release: Miracle Mile

Best DVD / BD Collection Release: The Frank Darabont Collection

Best DVD / BD Television Series Release: The X-Files: Collector’s Set

Best DVD / BD Special Edition Release: X-Men: Days of Future Past (Rogue Cut)

Best Local Live Stage ProductionTarzan (3D Theatricals)

The Lifetime Achievement Award: Nichelle Nichols

The George Pal Memorial Award: Simon Kinberg

The President’s Award: Television’s Haven

The Spotlight Award: Better Call Saul

The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Eric Kripke

The Special Recognition Award: Brannon Braga

The Breakthrough Performance Award: Melissa Benoist

Pixel Scroll 2/27/16 Hivers Against Humanity

(1) DRAGON HATCHERY. Naomi Novik is interviewed on NPR, “A Writer-Engineer’s Historical Fiction Hack: Add Dragons”.

Almost a decade after she first went online, she says she was working as a programmer for a computer game “and something about that whole process of building the structure of that game turned into a real kind of light-bulb moment for me as a writer.” At the time, her fan fiction at was inspired by swashbuckling adventure novels set in the Napoleonic era. But something started happening to her stories — they were getting longer and more complex.

“Then all of a sudden I sort of started to feel that I was constrained by the characters, as opposed to enjoying them,” she says. “And that remains for me to this day the line … where it’s like: OK, you’re not writing fan fiction anymore.”

She also had an idea she wanted to run with: “What could make the Napoleonic wars more exciting? Dragons!” And one dragon in particular: Temeraire. He’s central in her 9-book “Temeraire” series, which opens with the dragon becoming the responsibility of Will Laurence, a naval captain fighting for the British against Napoleon. Laurence is chivalrous with a keen sense of duty, but he embraces the 19th-century conventions that Novik paints in faithful detail — even some that are distasteful to 21st-century readers, like class hierarchies and the roles of women. Temeraire, on the other hand, is newly hatched; he provides a more critical, modern voice.

(2) SUIT & NERD & TIE. AnimeCon.org CEO Ryan Kopf sued Nerd & Tie blogger Trae Dorn in December, claiming Dorn had defamed him. Now Dorn has amended his suit to include Dorn’s podcast co-host Pher Sturz.

So many of you already know that in December AnimeCon.org CEO Ryan Kopf filed a lawsuit in the state of Iowa against me for articles I published here on Nerd & Tie about his organization. After I was served, I quickly went public — starting a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for my legal defense (because, y’know, lawyers are expensive).

Pher Sturz, who co-hosts the podcast with me (and came up with the name for it — which is where the name of this site comes from), was very vocal in his public support for me. Pher did this because he’s a good friend, and wasn’t really any more inflammatory (and in most cases significantly less so) than most other people sharing the link.

….To make this worse, Pher, frankly, doesn’t make a lot of money. And I know he won’t point this out himself, but he has a young daughter as well. Lawyers are really, really expensive and he needs to hire one fast. His original attempt to secure aid fell through, so now we’re reaching out to you — the Nerd & Tie readers.

Pher has launched a GoFundMe campaign (Titled ‘The Ryan Kopf is Suing Me Too! Fund‘) to try and get money together to hire someone, and I hope you’ll consider contributing. He’s asking for $3000 right now because (after fees) that’s effectively what he’ll need to get started.

(3) BITES THE DUST. SF Site News reports “Samhain Publishing Closing”.

Samhain Publishing has announced that they will be closing. According to Samhain, the main cause of their decision is changes with their terms with Amazon. They are planning a controlled shut down and will continue to pay royalties to their authors and will be returning rights on a schedule.

More here.

(4) OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE. Deborah J. Ross knows about “Rejection, Discouragement, and How a Few Loyal Readers Can Save an Author”.

Being discouraged is part and parcel of a working writer’s life. Negative reviews, ditto. Some of us are naturally more thick-skinned about them than others, and most of us develop coping strategies over the years. This is where networking with other writers can be very helpful.

…. Reviews, ah reviews, and in this category I include feedback from critique groups and beta readers. So much has already been said about the power of a caustic review or harsh feedback of a work in progress that I won’t belabor the point here. Suffice it to say that the natural human desire for praise (for our creative “children”) leaves us vulnerable to interpreting criticism of the work with condemnation of ourselves. Or, having torn off our emotional armor to write from the heart, we’ve also ripped off any defenses against sarcasm, etc. I’m among those who, having received scathing feedback, went home, and cried. I never considered giving up (although on more than one occasion, I contemplated getting even and thankfully resisted the temptation). But some writers have.

Negative feedback, if consistent and prolonged, can have a devastating effect on a writer’s self-confidence and ability to work. Support and encouragement from our fellow writers can be our greatest asset in setting aside the nasty things people have written about our stories. A hiatus from reading reviews is highly recommended.

(5) THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. Since Steve Davidson found a stash of mimeographed File 770’s on a freebie table at Boskone he’s been thinking how Ye Olden Times in fandom compare with Today. Steve distills those thoughts in “Ode to File 770 (and a note on our changing culture)”:

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I then met Mike in person for the first (and last) time at Iguanacon in 1978.  Where I had the disappointing task of having to inform him that the only part of Contact:SF (which by then had gone semi-pro) that I could show him was a tear sheet of the cover.  (American Airlines lost every single copy I was shipping to the con, which ended up financially killing it.)  Mike had offered to spread the news within the pages of his own (eventual Hugo Award winning) zine (after having a look of course) and I had been looking forward to a rapid climb within the world of fanzine fandom.  A Hugo award was not that far away in my mind at the time.  (Still isn’t, but I’ve got a warped sense of time.)

(6) MAGAZINE KICKSTARTER. Three days left in Richard Thomas’ Kickstarter appeal to fund “Gamut Magazine: Neo-noir, speculative, literary fiction”. It’s raised $45,764 of its $52,000 goal to date.

Gamut will be a website (and eBook) with a wide range of voices—genre-bending stories utilizing the best of genre and literary fiction….

So I’m open to:

  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Horror
  • Neo-noir, crime, mystery, thrillers
  • Magical realism
  • Transgressive
  • Southern gothic
  • Literary fiction
  • Weird / bizarro
  • Poetry

Anything done with innovation, heart and emotion—that’s what I want. Everything I enjoy reading and writing typically leans toward the dark side, but I have been known to embrace lighter work, and humor, now and then.

(7) GOING VIRAL. Ernest Hogan’s High Aztech sounds intriguing. It’s available on Amazon.

AZTECH

High Aztech takes place in 21st century Mexico, Tenochtitlán, the metropolis formerly known as Mexico City, is the most exciting place on Earth. Stainless steel pyramids pierce the smoggy sky. Human sacrifice is coming back into fashion, especially on the new Aztechan TV channels, and everyone wants an artificial heart. Xolotl Zapata, celebrated poet, skeptic and journalist, starts receiving death threats from a cult he’s lampooned in a comic book. But soon he will have much worse problems and be running for his life. The government, the Mafia, street gangs, cults, terrorists, even garbage collectors will be after him. Why? He has been infected with a technological development that will changing human life as we know it Zapata is carrying a virus that can download religious beliefs into the human brain – a highly contagious virus that is converting everyone he meets, and everyone they meet, to the Aztec religion. This is Witnessing with a PUNCH! Since he’s a virulent carrier he infects a large part of the city all by himself, and the masses, filled with visions and portents, await the End of the World.

Decide how it sounds to you – Hogan’s reading of the first chapter can be heard on this video:

(8) HOMELESS GNOMES. NPR reports “Popular Gnomes Seek New Home”

Officials at Little Buffalo State Park in Pennsylvania decided that dozens of tiny gnome homes tucked in trees around the park were a nuisance. The gnome homes were too popular, so they were evicted.

….Steve Hoke, with permission from the park, crafted teeny-weeny doors on hollow logs and built pint-size cottages on mossy tree stumps to the delight of children in the area, not to mention the families who drove hours to see them. The idea was to get kids out of the house, away from the electronics and go for a walk, Mr. Hoke told the media. But with so many visitors, state officials declared the itsy-bitsy abodes a nuisance and ordered them banished. So earlier this week, Steve Hoke carted off his Lilliputian village in his garden wagon. The evictions have angered many, hundreds have signed petitions to bring back the magic, and it appears there has been a reprieve for the homeless elves. Two neighboring towns have offered to take in the gnomes and their homes.

Full story in the New York Times

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Little Buffalo told Mr. Hoke he had until Monday to clear out the gnome houses. Four days ago, he went to the park with a wagon and collected the dwellings scattered along about two and a half miles of trails.

“It was very emotional,” he said.

As he was leaving, he encountered a man and his daughter. They told him the girl had just finished her final round of chemotherapy and that her father had asked her what she wanted to do.

She said she wanted to go see the gnome houses.

“If I wasn’t so cold and wet, I probably would have stood there and wept,” Mr. Hoke said.

“That’s the part that the people who made this decision don’t get to see,” he added. “It was a mystery for the kids. It was magical.”

(9) THE CUSTOMERS MUST BE CRAZY. Gods Of Egypt received the not-especially-coveted “I’ve seen worse” rating from this reviewer at Birth. Movies. Death.

The most surprising thing about Gods Of Egypt was that I didn’t outright hate it. I have already seen worse movies this year, and I may yet see something even more abominable in the near future. The conceptual insanity of the movie could be the one selling point to it all, but the truth is unless you haven’t played a modern action-adventure game in the past ten years or so, this overbearing maelstrom of CGI bombast is rote and played out. I felt neither disdain nor schadenfreude during it, only boredom and a slight headache afterwards. I can’t even recommend “hate watching” this or checking it out for the morbid curiosity, since instead of being mesmerized by cinematic atrocity, you’ll be constantly reminded of fonder experiences you’ve had with other games and movies.

(10) SOME SATURN AWARDS COVERAGE. Blastr had this comment

As usual, the Saturns are so expansive and inclusive that we have to wonder at some of the nominees — like financial drama 99 Homes

India media reacts: “Baahubali to compete with Hollywood biggies” at Wishesh.

It is really a proud moment for the Indian movie audience, to know that even Baahubali was part of the nominations of these awards, that too in five categories – Best Fantasy Film, Best Supporting Actress (Tamannaah), Best Music (Keeravani), Best Production Design (Sabu Cyril) and Best Costume Design (Rama Rajamouli and Prashanthi Tipirineni).

India’s proudest epic and blockbuster, Baahubali-The beginning will compete with the popular Hollywood big films like Jurrasic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

On the other side, Baahubali – The conclusion, is currently in the shooting stage and aiming the next Sankranthi release. After that, the makers are even planning for Baahubali 3, which does not include Prabhas, Satya Raj and most of the key cast of Baahubali 1 and 2 parts, as declared earlier.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Will R., Brian Z., and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day IanP.]

2016 Saturn Award Nominees

saturn-awardsThe Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has announced the 2016 nominees for the Saturn Awards. (The full list follows the jump.)

The productions with the highest tallies of nominations are:

Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens received 15 Saturn Awards nominations. Mad Max: Fury Road and Crimson Peak have nine each.

TV: Walking Dead got seven nominations. HBO’s Game of Thrones netted five.

Click on the link to see the full list of nominations.

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