Second Round of 2023 BSFA Awards Nominations Begins

The 2019 BSFA Award trophy

The British Science Fiction Association has released the longlists of nominees for the BSFA Awards for work published in 2023.

The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention. The 2024 Eastercon, Levitation, will be held in Telford from March 29-April 1, where the winners will be announced.


 Title Author Publisher Link
Drabblecast, The PigeonMichelle Knudsen.
Five Foot Six & Two-FifteenBreathing Space
Made of YouNick PetrouPseudoPod.org
Simultaneous Times Podcast, Episode 67Jenna Hanchey & Abigail GuerreroSpace Cowboy
SnottyAntoinette RydyrPseudoPod.org
Summer of GeorgeSam RebeleinPseudoPod.org
The Dex LegacyEmily InkpenAlternative Stories & Fake Realities
The downloadedRob Sawyer
The Lighthouse Used to Have KeepersRachel Ungerat PseudoPod.org
Welcome to Night Vale, Carlos ExplainedJoseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
When a Portal Comes AroundRick Danforth


 Title Artist(s) Link
Collaboration: Web(s) of LifeTomás Saraceno
Cover and interior art of Mothersound the Sauutiverse anthologyStephen Embleton and Akintoba Kalejaye
Cover Art – A Woman of the SwordStas Borodin
Cover Art – Walking PracticeDolki Min
Cover art for Languages of WaterJohn Jennings
Cover art for soul takenDan desantos
Cover art of The Alphabet of Pinaa: An AI Reinvents Zerself on an Inhabited MoonJuliana Pinho
Cover Illustration of FrontierAlyssa Winans
Cover art for Danged Black Thing  Elena Betti
Cover of Descendent MachineJulia Lloyd
Cover of Jewel BoxChristine Kim:
Cover of Prophet
Cover of The Surviving SkyLeo Nicholls
Cover of The TerraformersRaphael Lacoste
Covert art of The HuntersGavin Reece
FASHION FICTIONS in Vancouver Art GalleryCurated by Stephanie Rebick,  Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, Siobhan McCracken Nixon.
Interzone 295 – illustrations for Strung Along in SeaforthVinayak Varma
It’s Jeff!G Gurihiru
Physic-AI GardenAnna Dumitriu & Alex May
Texture of Silence (Illustrated prose poetry)Steve Simpson
The FisheryEmma Howitt
The November Room or Leaving the LabyrinthEmma Howitt
The Panharmonion ChroniclesHenry Chebaane
UVA — Synchronicity at 180 the strandRobert del Naja of Massive Attack, choreographer Dana Gingras and bioacoustician Bernie Krause
Zahara Boards Art on Illumicrate EditionSija Hong


 Title Author/Editor Publisher Link
A Taste of DarknessVariousScholastic
Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction 2022Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Eugen Bacon, Milton DavisArc Manor
Best of World SF: Volume 3Lavie TidharBloomsbury
Between Dystopias: The Road to AfropantheologyOghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Joshua Uchenna OmengaArc Manor
Beyond BetweenDavid VinerViva Djinn (Horde) Publishing
Bioluminescent: A Lunarpunk AnthologyJustine Norton-KerstonAndroid Press
Caged Ocean DubDare Segun FalowoTartarus Press
Corroding the NowFrancis Gene-Rowe, Stephen Mooney and Richard ParkerCrater Press
Dark Stars: Sci-Fi Horror DrabblesEditor, Eric FomleyShacklebound
Dead Man and Other StoriesGene WolfSubterranean Press
Drinking From Graveyard WellsYvette NdlovuUniversity of Kentucky
Eclectic Dreams: A Milford AnthologyVariousKristell Ink
Embroidered WorldsValya Dudycz Lupescu, Olha Brylova, and Iryna Pasko, editorAtthis Arts
Extracting HumanityStephen OramOrchid’s Latern
Fighting for the Future: Cyberpunk and Solarpunk TalesPhoebe WagnerAndroid Press
Guerrilla Mural of A Siren SongErnest HoganAmazon
GunflowerLaura Jean McKayScribe UK
Have You Seen the Moon Tonight? & Other RumorsJonathan Louis DuckworthJournal Stone
Hit Parade of TearsIzumi SuzukiVerso
Indie YA BitesVariousSilversun books
Infinite Constellations: An Anthology of Identity Culture and Speculative ConjunctionsKhadijah Queen and Kiini Ibura Salaam (eds)University of Alabama Press
Jackal, JackalTobi OgundiranUndertow Publications
Jewel BoxE. Lily YuErewhon
Judge Dredd: The Darkest Judge (graphic novel – collection of linked strips)VariousRebellion
Languages of WaterEditor, Eugen BaconMVMedia
Like Smoke Like LightYukimi OgawaMythic Delirium
Luminescent MachinationsRhiannon Rasmussen and dave ring (Eds)Neon Hemlock
Michael Butterworth – Complete Poems 1965-2020Michael ButterworthSpace Cowboy Books
Mothersound: The Sauútiverse AnthologyEdited by Wole TalabiAndroid Press
Multiverses: An Anthology of Alternate RealitiesEdited by Preston GrassmanTitan Books
Never Whistle at NightEditors, Shane Hawk, Theodore C Van Alst JrPenguin
New Suns 2Editor, Nisi ShawlRebellion
No One Will Come Back For UsPremee MohamedUndertow
PromiseChristi NogleFlame Tree Press
Read, Scream, RepeatJennifer KillickReach
Rhapsody of the SpheresJuliana RewThird Flat Iron Publishing
Rosalind’s Siblings: Fiction and Poetry Celebrating Scientists of Marginalized GendersBogi Takács (ed)Atthis Arts
Simultaneous Times Vol.3Editor, Jean-Paul L. GarnierSpace Cowboy Books
Strange AttractorsJaine FennNewcon Press
Ten PlanetsYuri HerreraAnd Other Stories
The Best of British Science Fiction 2022Edited by Donna ScottNewcon Press
The InconsolablesMichael WehuntBad Hand Books
The Shadow GalaxyJ Dianne DotsonTrepidatio
The Skin ThiefSuzan PalumboNeon Hemlock
The Wolfe at the DoorGene WolfeMacMillan
Twelve All in Dread: The Twelfth Witch and Other StoriesJuliana RewSophont Press
Where Rivers Go To DieDilman DilaRosarium Publishing
Wolves and GirlsMaria HaskinsBrain Jar Press
Worlds Long LostChristopher RuocchioBaen
Writing the FutureEditors, Dan Coxon and Richard V. HirstDead Ink Books
You Are My SunshineOctavia CadeStelliform Press


 Title Author Publisher Link
A City on MarsKelly and Zach WeinersmithParticular Books
A Traveller in Time: The Critical Practice of Maureen Kincaid SpellerNina Allan, editorLuna Press
All These WorldsNiall HarrisonBriardene
An Introduction to FantasyMatthew SangsterCambridge University Press
Blake’s 7 Production Diary Series AJonathan HelmCult Edge
Corroding the Now: Poetry + Science|SFFrancis Gene Rowe, Stephen Mooney, Richard ParkerCrater Press
David Whitaker in an Exciting Adventure in TelevisionSimon GuerrierMiwk Publishing Ltd
Destination Time TravelSteve Nallon & Dick FiddyLuath Press
Ex Marginalia: Essays on Writing Speculative Fiction by Persons of ColorChinelo OnwualuHydra House
Fear of Seeing: A Poetics of Chinese Science FictionMingwei SongColumbia University Press
Follow Me: Religion in Fantasy and Science Fiction Francesca T BarbiniLuna Press
I Am the LawMichael MolcherRebellion
Realms of Imagination: Essays from the Wide Worlds of FantasyTanya Kirk and Matthew SangsterBritish Library Publishing
Science Fiction Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Transnational FuturesCosmopolitan ConcernsRoutledge
Selected Non-Fiction 1962-2007 J.G.. BallardEditor Mark BlacklockMIT Press
Spec Fic for Newbies: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Subgenres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and HorrorTiffani Angus and Val NolanLuna Press
The Expanse ExpandedJamie WoodcockRed Futures
The Female Man: Eastercon talkFarah Mendlesohnn/a
The Historical Dictionary of Fantasy LiteratureAllen StroudRowman and Littlefield
The Weird Tales BoysStephen JonesDrugstore Indian Press (PS Publishing)
Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of EarthseaTimothy S MillerPalgrave MacMillan
We’re Falling Through SpaceJ. David Reed404Ink
Wish I Was HereM John HarrisonSerpent’s Tail
Writing the Future editedDan Coxon and Richard V. HirstDead Ink Books


 Title Author Publisher Link
A Market of Dreams and DestinyTrip GaileyTitan Books
A Second Chance For YesterdayR.A. SinnSolaris
A Woman of the SwordAnna Smith SparkLuna Press
AirsideChristopher PriestGollancz
All the Hollow of the SkyKit WhitfieldJo Fletcher Books
BridgeLauren BeukesPenguin
Cahokia JazzFrances SpuffordFaber
ConquestNina AllanHachette
Creation NodeStephen BaxterGollancz
Descendant MachineGareth L. PowellTitan Books
DragonfallL R LamHachette
FrontierGrace CurtissHachette
Gods of the Wyrd WoodR J BarkerOrbit
Hel’s EightStark HolbornTitan Books
HIMGeoff RymanAngry Robot
HopelandIan MacdonaldGollancz
In AscensionMartin MacInnesAtlantic Books
Infinity GateM.R. CareyOrbit
InkbloomE.D.E. BellAtthis Arts
JuliaSandra NewmanHaperCollins
LambMatt HillDead Ink Books
Lords of UncreationAdrian TchaikovskyPan MacMillan
Lorraine WilsonMother SeaFairlight
Malevolent SevenSebastien de CastellJo Fletcher Books
Mimicking of Known SuccessesMalka OlderTordotcom
More PerfectTemi OhSimon and Schuster
OneEve SmithOrenda Book
OrbitalSamantha HarveyJonathan Cape
Perilous TimesThomas D LeeHachette
Prompt ExcursionLewis S KingstonPositive Wave Print
RefractionsMV MelcerStorm Publishing
Rose HouseArkady MartineSubterranean Press
Season of SkullsCharles StrossOrbit
Shigidi And The Brass Head Of ObalufonWole TalabiGollancz
Sinister Book sellers of bathGarth NixGollancz
Sleep no moreSeanan McGuirePenguin
Some Desperate GloryEmily TeshTor.com
Starling HouseAlix E HarrowPan MacMillan
Starter VillainJohn Scalzitordotcom
TalonsisterJen WilliamsTitan Books
The Adventures of Amina al-SirafiiShannon ChakrabortyHarper Voyager
The Archive UndyingEmma Mieko CamdenTordotcom
The Circumference of the WorldLavie TidharPS Publishing
The Death I Gave HimEm X. LiuSolaris
The Disinformation WarSJ GroenewegenGoldsmiths University Press
The First Bright ThingR. DawsonPan MacMillan
The Fractured DarkMegan E. O’KeefeOrbit
The FutureNaomi Alderman4th Estate
The Green Man’s QuarryJuliet McKennaWizard Tower Press
The InfiniteAda HoffmannAngry Robot
The Master of SamarMelissa ScottCandlemark and Gleam
The Narrow Road Between DesiresPatrick RothfussGollancz
The Pollutant SpeaksAlex CochranBee Orchid Press
The Red HairbandCatherine GreeneGuernica Editions
The Saint of Bright DoorsVajra ChandrasekeraTordotcom
The Space Between UsDoug JohnstoneOrenda Book
The Surviving SkyKritika H. RaoTitan Books
The ValkyrieKate HeartfieldHarper Collins
The Water OutlawsS.L. HuangSolaris
These Burning StarsBethany JacobsOrbit
Titanium NoirNick HarkawayCorsair
Translation StateAnn LeckieOrbit
Warrior of the WindSuyi Davies OkungbowaOrbit
Witch KingMartha WellsTordotcom
YellowfaceR F KuangThe Borough Press


 Title Author Publisher Link
A Little SeasoningNeil WilliamsonInterzone Digital
A Small Bloody Gift by Naomi DayFiyah #25Fiyah
A Touch of the GrapeSharon Diane KingThird Flatiron
A Wonder of Nature In Need of KillingVG CampenPseudoPod.org
Adtatter LoveStephen OramExtracting Humanity
Advice for Aspiring CartographersAvra MargaritiBaffling Magazine – October 2023
AI Aboard the Golden ParrotLouise HughesClarkesworld
An Eternal AmanuensisJo Lindsay WaltonCriptörök
And All the Fields BelowSarah GreyLightspeed
And The Crowd GoesPhoenix AlexanderArcturus
Another CountryRachael CuppInterzone
Bird-Girl Builds a MachineHannah YangClarkesworld
BlowoutWole TalabiAnalog Science Fiction and Fact
British teleportationRick DanforthFlashpoint SF
Celeronian NativesKanishk TantiaThe Dread Machine
Changing of the GuardTaylor DyePodcasts from 3F
CopperJendia GammonInterzone
EuterpeMaureen BowdenTangent Online
HinoeumaFábio FernandesIZ Digital
His Monstrous CloacaAddison SmithStupefying Stories
How to Raise a Kraken in Your BathtubP. Djèlí ClarkUncanny
I Think About You Only LouderJordan KurellaHeartlines Spec – February 2023
Imagine: Purple-Haired Girl Shooting Down the MoonAngela LiuClarkesworld
Interstate MohinisM.L. KrishnanDiabolical Plots – June 2023
Italic & BoldDan PeacockHeartlines Spec – February 2023
Judge Dredd Risk AssessmentMike Carroll2000AD
Killtopia Volume 5Dave CookBHP Comics
Lady Koi Koi: A book ReportSuyi Davies OkungbowaApex Magazine
Lost in TranscriptionAbigail GuerreroRadon Journal
Morag’s boyFiona mooreClarkesworld
Notes from a trans-inclusive gender apocalypseEmber RandallCast of Wonders
Of Dark That BitesJess WhitecroftPseudoPod.org
On Planetary Palliative CareThomas HaIZ Digital
Our Lady of the VoidHesper LeveretInterzone
PaperweightEugen Bacon & Clare RhodenThis Fresh Hell
Patient DiplomacyRick DanforthStupefying Stories Showcase
PAYMENT UNKINDAndrew Leon HudsonDark Matter Magazine Issue 16
Poets of PainswickKate FranciaAugur
Quantum BirdsSylvia HeikeFlash Fiction Onlien
Saturdays SongWole TalabiLightspeed
See That My Grave is Kept Cleanby Kyle AkersPseudoPod.org
Seven Irrational ThingsMatt MordecaiSoftstar
Sfumato’Alexander GlassInterzone 296
Sina the Child with No EchoEugen Bacon (Mothersound)Mothersound
Six Ways to Get Past the Shadow Shogun’s Goons and One Thing to Do When You Get ThereStewart BakerEscape Pod
Soyinka’s MemoryStephen EmbletonThe Shallow Tales Review
Spring Woods SpringB PladekStrange Horizons
Stealing From TitansMichael CobleyParSec #8
Strung Along in SeaforthJonathan LaidlowInterzone #295
Such Is My Idea Of HappinessDavid GoodmanClarkesworld #205
Taking TurnsStephen EmbletonLanguages of Water
The Building Across the StreetRT EsterInterzone #294
The Grove’s LamentTobias S BuckellMothersound
The King’s EndingLouise HughesHexagon
The MaddingNuzo OnohMagazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
The Naismith and the Wild BoyDavid GullenParsec #7—issue-7-6073-p.asp
The Perfect Union of JuliannaL ChanIZ Digital
The Pet of OlodumareJoshua Uchenna Omenga & Oghenechovwe Donald EkpekiFantasy and Science Fiction
The Rafting of Jorge Santa CruzAdelehin IjasanIZ Digital
The Spoil HeapFiona MooreClarkesworld
The Sport of SnailsF.J. BergmannSpace Cowboy Books
The Stellar InstrumentBrandon CaseThird Flatiron
The Story That Never WasBrent A. HarrisSpace Cowoby Books
The StrangefolkNana Afadua Ofori-AttaOmenana
The Time Traveller’s CookbookAngela LiuCast of Wonders
The Way of Baa’ghCheryl S NtumyMothersound
The White RoadKelly LinkWhite Cat, Black Dog
Things Most MeaningfulP. A. Cornell’d%20open%20the%20box,it%20empty%20all%20the%20time.
This is How We Save ThemDeji Bryce OlukotunLife Beyond Us
Those Last Days of SummerLaura Jean McKayCollected in Gunflower
Turf War 2200Matthew Sanborn SmithSpace Cowboy Books
Upgrade DayRJ TaylorClarkesworld
Want Itself is a Treasure in HeavenTheodora WardUncanny Magazine – May/June 2023
We are a little hotelAi JiangInterzone
We Are Only Ourselves’Alex PenlandInterzone 296
We the Ones Who Raised Sam Gowers from the DeadCynthia ZhangPseudoPod.org


(For short stories and their equivalent)

A Brief History of New Worlds in Four FormsTom DillonFoundation
A Not-So-Swiftly Tilting Planet: Global Inequities In SFF PublishingNg Yi-ShengStrange Horizons
A Political History of the Future: The Tech BillionaireAbiail NussbaumLawyers and Guns Review
Dominant Themes in Afro-Centric FictionEugen BaconAurealis
Exposition Tax: The hidden burden of writing from the marginsbySuyi Davies OkungbowaHydra House
In Search of Green OvershootsNiall HarrisonStrange Horizons
Introduction to AfropantheologyOghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki & Joshua Uchenna OmengaPublic Books
It Can’t Rain All the Time: The Crow and MasculinityJordan KurellaPsychopomp
Making Breaking and Extraction: an exploration of bodies and time in SFFShinjini DeyStrange Horizons
Prisoners In The Temple Of The MusesWole TalabiAnciillary Review of Books
Project Management Lessons from Rogue OneFiona MoorePersonal blog
Search of Green OvershootsNiall HarrisonStrange Horizons
Tech Billionaires Need to Stop Trying to Make the Science Fiction They Grew Up on Real Scientific AmericanCharles StrossScientific American is Dead, Long Live the Year’s BestNiall HarrisonLA Review of books
Weaving the Rainbow: Worldbuilding and SFGautam BhatiaBombay Literary Magazine


(For novellas, novelettes and other works that are not novel length).

 Title AuthorPublisher Link
A Feast for FliesLeigh HarlenDancing Star Press
A Necessary ChaosBrent LambertNeon Hemlock
And Put Away Childish ThingsAdrian TchakovskyRebellion Publishing
Axiom of DreamsArula RatnakarClarkesworld
Broken ParadiseEugen BaconLuna Press
DefectivePeter WattsLife Beyond Us
Emergent PropertiesAimee OgdenTordotcom
EuropaAllen StroudFlame Tree Press
Hamlet – Prince of RobotsM. Darusha WehmIn Potentia Press
Hero’s ChoiceMerc Fenn WolfmoorRobot Dinosaur
I am AIAi JiangShortwave Publishing
Land of The Awaiting BirthOghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki & Joshua Uchenna Omenga.
Little NothingDee HollowayQueen of Swords Press
MiasmaJess HislopLuna Press
Off Time JiveA.Z. LouiseNeon Hemlock
Pluralities byAvi SilverAtthis Arts
Rose/HouseArkady MartineSubterranean Press
Telling the BeesEmma LeadeyNewcon Press
The Book of GaherisKari SperringNewcon Press
The Iron ChildrenRebecca FraimowSolaris
The Lies We Tell OurselvesL K KitneyLuna Press
The Midas RainAdam RobertsNeoText
The Navigating FoxChristopher Rowetordotcom
The Panharmonion ChroniclesHenry ChebaaneSupanova Media
The Scourge Between StarsNess BrownNightfire
The Window in the ForestSeán Padraic BirnieInterzone
To The Woman in the Pink HatLaToya Jordan (Aqueduct Press)Acquduct Press
UndulationStephen EmbletonMothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology
Where the God-Knives TreadA.L. GoldfussLightspeed


 Title Author Publisher Link
A Song of SalvationAlechia DowInkyard
City of Vicious NightClaire WinnFlux
MindbreakerKate DylanHodder & Stoughton
spell boundFT LukansSimon & Schuster
The Inn at the Amethyst LanternJ Dianne DotsonAndroid Press
The Library of Broken WorldsAlaya Dawn JohnsonHarpercollins
vivi conway and the sword of legendLizzie Huxley JonesRound Table Books
We Who Are Forged In FireKate MurrayHardie Grant

BSFA Awards 2022

The British Science Fiction Association announced the winners of the 2022 BSFA Awards at Eastercon on April 9.

The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955.

The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. 


  • City Of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky 


  • Of Charms Ghosts and Grievances by Aliette de Bodard


  • Cover of The Red Scholar’s Wake by Alyssa Winans


  • Terry Pratchett: A Life with Footnotes by Rob Wilkins


  • Unraveller by Francis Hardinge 

[Thanks to Dave Lally for the results.]

BSFA Awards 2022 Shortlist

The British Science Fiction Association today announced the shortlist of nominees for the BSFA Awards, for work published in 2022. The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955. 

The winners will be announced at the Eastercon convention, “Conversation” held at the Birmingham NEC Hilton from April 7-10.

Voting by members of the BSFA will open later in March.

Finalists for the British Science Fiction Association Awards for publications in 2022.

Best Artwork

  • Alyssa Winans, Cover of The Red Scholar’s Wake by Aliette de Bodard, Gollancz
  • Manzi Jackson, Cover of Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, Macmillan
  • Chris Baker, Cover of Shoreline of Infinity 32, Shoreline of Infinity
  • Vincent Sammy, Cover of Parsec 4, PS Publishing
  • Miguel Co, Cover of Song of the Mango and Other New Myths, Ateneo De Manila UP
  • Jay Johnstone, Cover of The Way the Light Bends, Luna Press Publishing

Best Fiction for Younger Readers

  • T. Kingfisher, Illuminations, Argyll Productions
  • Frances Hardinge, Unraveller, MacMillan Children’s Books
  • Kate Dylan, Mindwalker, Hodder and Stoughton
  • Gina Chen, Violet Made of Thorns, Hodder and Stoughton
  • Juno Dawson, Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, Harper Voyager
  • Vanessa Len, Only A Monster, Hodder and Stoughton
  • Xiran Jay Zhao, Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor, Margaret K. McElderry Books

Best Short Fiction

  • Or Luca, ‘Luca’, Luna Press Publishing
  • Aliette de Bodard, ‘Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances’, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc
  • Rick Danforth, ‘Seller’s Remorse’, Hexagon Magazine, Issue 11
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky, ‘Ogres’, Rebellion
  • Neil Williamson, ‘A Moment of Zugzwang’, ParSec #4

Best Novel

  • Adrian Tchaikovsky, City of Last Chances, Head of Zeus
  • Aliette de Bodard, The Red Scholar’s Wake, Gollancz
  • Adam Roberts, The This, Gollancz
  • Gareth Powell, Stars and Bones, Titan Books
  • EJ Swift, The Coral Bones, Unsung Stories

Best Non-Fiction

Second Round of 2022 BSFA Awards Nominations Begins

The 2019 BSFA Award trophy

The British Science Fiction Association has released the longlists of nominees for the BSFA Awards for work published in 2022.

The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention. The 2023 Eastercon, Conversation, will be held in Birmingham from April 7–10, where the winners will be announced.


Beasts of RuinAyana GrayG.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Survive the DomeKosoko JacksonSourcebooks Fire
UnravellerFrances HardingeMacmillian Children’s Books
IlluminationsT KingfisherArgyll Productions
All That’s Left in the WorldErik J. BrownHodder’s Children’s Books
Her Majesty’s Royal CovenJuno DawsonHarper Voyager
Only A MonsterVanessa LenHodder and Stoughton
This Vicious GraceEmily ThiedeHodder and Stoughton
Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Taking The BlameLouie StowellWalker Books
The Fox’s TowerSam ThompsonLittle Island Books
The KindredAlechia DowHarpercollins
Born AndromedaK.M. WattsInterlude Press,-Release%20Date%3A%20November&text=Being%20eighteen%20is%20difficult%2C%20especially,the%20protective%20dome%20of%20royalty.
MindwalkerKate DylanHodder and Stoughton
Secret of the StormforestL.D. LapinskiOrion Children’s Books
Violet Made of ThornsGina ChenHodder and Stoughton
Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny WoodsCatherynne M. ValenteMargaret K. McElderry Books
Zachary Ying and the Dragon EmperorXiran Jay ZhaoMargaret K. McElderry Books
The CometJoe Todd-StantonFlying Eye Book


TitleArtistPublisher/Where AppearsLink
Onyx’s full runway wardrobe on Drag Race España, season 2OnyxDrag Race España, season 2
Cover of Blade Runner 2029 Vol 3 RedemptionAndres GuinaldoTitan Books
Cover of Ocean of StarsRodrigo VegaLuna Press
Cover illustration of Braking DayKekai KorakiHachette
Cover of Shoreline of Infinity 32Shoreline of Infinity
Cover of Malarkoi by Alex Pheby
Twelve Percent Dread by Emily McGovernPan Macmillian
Cover of Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative FictionManzi JacksonSt Martin’s Press
Cover of Song of the Mango and Other New MythsMiguel Co
Cover of Hexagon #11Thais Leiros
The Repairer of ReputationsVincent Sammy
Cover of The Bridging Worlds AnthologyDare Segun Falowo
Cover of Parsec #4PS Publishing/Parsec 4—issue-4-5819-p.asp
WayfinderLarry AchiampongTurner Contemporary
Building a Martian HouseElla Good and Nicki KentM-Shed Square, Bristol
Cover of 2000AD Prog 2306 by Alex RonaldRebellion
Cover of Chasing WhispersLynne HansenRaw Dog Screaming Press
Cover of Cast Long ShadowsTara Bush
Cover of The Memory LibrarianAlexis Tsegba
Cover of Friendship in The Lord of the RingsJay JohnstoneLuna Press
Cover for Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia ArmfieldPan Macmillan
Cover of Clarkesworld #193Daniel ConwayClarkesworld
Cover of Empathy by Hoa PhamIlyanna KerrGoldSF
Subira’s LatticeEv Shipard
Cover art for The Red Scholar’s Wake by Aliette de BodardAlyssa WinansGollancz
Cover of Mage of FoolsTricia ReeksMeerkat Press
The Evolution of Ent-: QXLibby HeaneyArebyte Gallery
Cover for The Men by Sandra NewmanGranta
Cover of Clarkesworld #192Raja NandepuClarkesworld
Wind, River, Angel, SongDave SenecalTTA Press
Cover of Celestial by M.D. LachlanGollancz
Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of the ImaginationThe London Science Museum
The Way The Light BendsJay JohnstoneLuna Press
Cover of Unraveller by Frances HardingePan Macmillan
The Egg CollectorsEv Shipard
The Queen of Summer’s TwilightCharles VessNewcon Press


Lesbian Potentiality & Feminist Media in the 1970sRox SamerDuke University Press
Fifty Key Figures in Cyberpunk CultureAnna McFarlane, Lars Schmeink, Graham J. Murphy (eds),
Terry Pratchett: A Life with FootnotesRob WilkinsDoubleday
The White Tree of Gondor: A Brief Overview of Modern Ukrainian SF&FVolodymyr Arenev and Mykhailo Nazarenko, trans. Alex Shvartsman
Story Matrices: Cultural Encoding and Cultural Baggage in Science Fiction and FantasyGillian PolackLuna Press
Robert Holdstock’s Mythago WoodPaul Kincaid
The Routledge Handbook of Star TrekLeimar Garcia-Siino, Sabrina Mittermeier, Stefan Rabitsch (eds)
About WritingGareth L. PowellGollancz
Too Dystopian For Whom? A Continental Nigerian Writer’s PerspectiveOghenechovwe Donald EkpekiUncanny Magazine
Uneven Futures: Strategies for Community Survival from Speculative FictionIda Yoshinaga, Gary Canavan, Sean Guynes (eds)MIT Press
An Earnest BlacknessEugen BaconAnti-Oedipus Press
Genre Fiction: the Roaring YearsPeter NichollsAnsible
Mathematics for Ladies: Poems on Women in ScienceJessy RandallMIT Press / Gold SF
Management Lessons from Game of Thrones: Organization Theory and Strategy in WesterosFiona MooreEdward Elgar
Bodies of Mass DestructionArtur NowrotStrange Horizons
Brian W. AldissPaul KincaidUniversity of Illinois Press
The Palgrave Handbook of Utopian and Dystopian LiteraturesPeter Marks, Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor, Fátima Vieira (eds),Palgrave
Not The Fellowship. Dragons Welcome!Francesca T Barbini (ed)Luna Press
The Making of The Wandering Earth: A Film Production HandbookJiaren Wang, Regina Kanyu Wang (eds)Routledge
Fantasy and How it WorksBrian AtteberyOUP
A Review of Everything Everywhere All At OnceS. Qiouyi LuStrange Horizons
Men, Women & Other Beings From the SouthDeirdre C. Byrne and Gerhard HopeOmenana
Preliminary Observations from an Incomplete History of African SFFWole TalabiSFWA
Equipping Space CadetsEmily MidkiffUniversity Press of Mississippi
The Ghosts of Workshops PastS.L. HuangTor.com
Breaking Out of Capitalist RealismJuliet KempUncanny
The Critic and the Clue: Tracking Alan Garner’s Treacle WalkerMaureen Kincaid SpellerStrange Horizons
Friendship in The Lord of the RingsCristina CasagrandeLuna Press
Bridging WorldsOghenechovwe Ekpeki (ed.)Jembefola Press
Robert Holdstock’s Mythago WoodPaul KincaidPalgrave
Death of Landscape (essay collection)Elvia WillsSoft Skull Press
Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of the ImaginationGlyn Morgan (ed.)Thams and Hudston


The Entropy of LossStewart HotstonNewcon Press
Like Stars Daring to ShineSomto IhezueFireside
We Built This CityMarie VibbertClarkesworld
Facing KirunaPaul Graham RavenTwelfth Planet Press
SUMMelinda A. SmithEllipsis Imprints
Cerebra and the DragonEmily InkpenTwisted Fate
OgresAdrian TchaikovskyRebellion
The Chancels of MainzRussell HemmellLuna Press
Destiny DelayedOghenechovwe Donald EkpekiAsimov’s
The SoundRachel HandleySonder Magazine
Junk HoundsLavie TidharClarkesworld
Night on Preston’s BaldJ Dianne Dotson(Janus Literary)
And Then I Woke UpMalcolm DevlinMacmillian
Good VibrationsPhilip A SuggarsMira
Generative, AdversialMobThe Dread Machine
Seller’s RemorseRick DanforthHexagon magazine
The Slow Deaths of AutomobilesFiona MooreClarkesworld
The Memory SpiderFiona MooreAbyss and Apex 81 2022
Of Charms, Ghosts and GrievancesAliette de BodardJabberwocky
RosebudPeter CornellTor.com
All Our Signs AlignEve MortonThird Flatiron
IRLSteven BarnesTor.com
And Then I Woke UpMalcolm DevlinTor.com
Thank You, Clicking PersonJeff NoonInterzone
Let The Mountains Be My GraveFrancesca TacchiNeon Hemlock
Madam AisirhiowenAmadin OgbeweOmenana
The Marshalls of MarsTim MajorInterzone
Wheel of FortuneIda Keoghfrom Major Arcana (pub Black Shuck Books)
The Portal KeeperLavie TidharUncanny Magazine
Rabbit TestSamantha Millspublished in Uncanny
Kundo Wakes UpSaad HossainTor
Subira’s LatticeVal NolanTTA Press
The FlairNick MamatasTwelfth Planet Press
The Language of RosesHeather Rose JonesQueen of Swords Press
The Queen of the High FieldsRhiannon A GristLuna Press
Company TownAimee OgdenClarkesworld
Seven Non-AbolitionsJo Lindsay WaltonTwelfth Planet Press
Last Bite on the KlondikeLiam HoganThird Flatiron
Wanting ThingsCarl RitterhoffClarkesworld
E.I.Kola Heyward RotimiReckoning Press
Broken BlueEM FauldsStrange Horizons
The Faerie EngineAlexander GlassTTA Press
Unto The Godless What Little RemainsMário CoelhoRebellion
Laser Squid Goes House HuntingDouglas DiCiccoEscape Pod
SchlafstundeLavie TidharApex
January FifteenthRachel SwirskyMacmillan
Two Hands Wrapped in GoldS.B. DivyaUncanny
Shared DataMalka OlderPopsci
CheckerboardThoraiya DyerTwelfth Planet Press
MnemotechnicFiona MooreCosmass
Bridget Has DisappearedTamika ThompsonTTA Press
Frontier of the HeartSara UcklemanLibra Tiger
A Dream of Electric MothersWole TalabiSt Martin’s Press
Twenty Hours’Kim FuBomb Magazine
SpearNicola GriffithTordotcom
Lily, the ImmortalKylie Lee BakerUncanny
Live from the Troll FactoryEdward BarnfieldThird Flatiron
The Massage Lady at Munjeong Road BathhouseIsabel J. KimClarkesworld
BabirusaArula RatnakarClarkesworld
Victory Citrus Is SweetThoraiya DyerTor.com
Those We Leave BehindVaughan StangerSci Phi Journal
UmbilicalTeika Marija-SmitsParsec 4—issue-4-5819-p.asp
I Never Liked You AnywayJordan KurellaVernacular Books
The Coward Who Stole God’s NameJohn WiswellUncanny
Breath from the Depths’Samanta SchweblinOneworld
SweetbabyThomas HaClarkesworld
Moving OnAndrew WrightThird Flatiron
An Address to the Newest Disciples of the Lost WordsVanessa FoggLight Speed
The Mercy of the SandseaTL HuchuAnalog
The Feast of Mulligan LangStark HolbornInterzone
The Sea Goddess’ BloomUchechukwu NwakaEscape Pod
ZugzwangNeil WilliamsonParsec 4—issue-4-5819-p.asp
High Times in the Low ParliamentKelly Robson
Kepler’s SonGeoff NelderLL Publications
Six Lights Off Green ScarGareth PowellInfinity Plus
 Seven Days R. T. LuckLight Spring LLC


The Coral BonesEJ SwiftUnsung Stories,of%20a%20more%20hopeful%20future.
Flight of the AphroditeSimon MordenGollancz
On the BrinkR. B. KellyNewcon Press
LapvonaOtessa MoshfeghPenguin Random
Stars and BonesGareth PowellTitan Books
ResilientAllen StroudFlame Tree Press
EversionAlistair ReynoldsGollancz
Braking DayAdam OyebanjiJo Fletcher Books
The Way the Light BendsLorraine WilsonLuna Press
Eyes of the VoidAdrian TchaikovskyTor
LeechHiron EnnesTor
The MenSandra NewmanGranta Books
EmbertideLiz WilliamsNewcon Press
What Moves the DeadT. KingfisherTitan Books
GlitteratiOliver K. LangmeadTitan Books
A Half-Built GardenRuthanna EmrysTor
Amongst Our WeaponsBen AaronovitchOrion
Cold WaterDave HutchinsonRebellion Publishing
Night IvyE. D. E. BellAtthis Arts Ltd
Our Lady of Mysterious AilmentsTendai HuchuTor
Nettle & BoneT KingfisherTitan Books
Children of MemoryAdrian TchaikovskyTor
From Death to DawnChele CookIndependently Published
It Doesn’t Have to Be This WayAlistair MackayKwela
Sea of TranquilityEmily St. John MandelPicador
A Fractured InfinityNathan TavaresPenguin Random House
The ThisAdam RobertsGollancz
Beyond the Burn LinePaul McAuleyGollancz
Time ShelterGeorgi GospodinovW&N
The Red Scholar’s WakeAliette de BodardGollancz
BabelR. F. KuangHarper Voyager
The Book EatersSunyi DeanHarper Voyager
GoliathTochi OnyebuchiTor
Picard: Second SelfUna McCormackPocket Books
Under Fortunate StarsRen HutchingsRebellion
Ocean of StarsJohn DoddLuna Press
HellSansEver DundasAngry Robot
JackdawTade ThompsonCheerio
The Green Man’s GiftJuliet E. MckennaWizard’s Tower Press
SpearNicola GriffithSt Martin’s Press
City of Last ChancesAdrian TchaikovskyHead of Zeus
Expect Me TomorrowChristopher PriestGollancz
The Grief of StonesKatherine AddisonRebellion
The Moonday LettersEmma ItarantaTitan Books
In the Heart of Hidden ThingsKit WhitfieldJo Fletcher Books
Harpan’s WorldsTerry JackmanElsewhen Press
The Immortality ThiefTaran HuntSolaris
CelestialM. D. LachlanGollancz
Light Years From HomeMike ChennMIRA
SundialCatriona WardViper
Mage of FoolsEugen BaconMeerkat Press
The CartographersPeng ShepherdWilliam Morrow
Cast Long ShadowsCat HellisenLuna Press
To ParadiseHanya YanagiharaPicador
The Spear Cuts Through WaterSimon JimenezDel Rey
Ocean’s EchoEverina MaxwellOrbit
UnravellerFrances HardingeMacmillian Children’s Books
Echoes of EternityAaron Dembski-BowdenGames Workshop
Venomous LumpsuckerNed BeaumanSceptre
Daughter of the Moon GoddessSue Lynn TanHarper Voyager
Stone BlindNatalie HaynesMantle
The Path of ThornsAngela SlatterTitan Books
PlutoshineLucy KissickGollancz
UpgradeBlake CrouchMacmillian
EmpathyHoa PhamGoldsmiths and MIT uni press
The Circus InfiniteKhan WongAngry Robot
How High We Go in the DarkSequoia NagamatsuBloomsbury
Mischief ActsZoe GilbertBloomsbury

Pixel Scroll 11/3/22 And When The File Breaks The Pixel Will Scroll

(1) GATHERING NOMINATIONS. The BSFA Awards 2022: Longlist Nominations are open. According to their tweet anyone can suggest works. However, only BSFA members have a vote in the outcome.

(2) THE STARS MY QUESTIONATION. LearnedLeague has another SF-related quiz, this one written (“smithed” in LL parlance) by Filer Frasher Sherman. “Invasions From Outer Space: Film and TV” can be found here.

David Goldfarb says 1778 people played the quiz, which is a pretty good turnout for a One-Day.

(3) CALLS FOR HELP. Here are two GoFundMes for SFF writers who need help with medical expenses:

 R.S.A. Garcia: “Help R. S. A. Garcia Pay for Cancer Expenses”. (The full medical details and the reasons for the appeal are at the link.)

…However, this past week, the doctors found some worrying signs of endometrial cancer and have recommended a full hysterectomy, in addition to the other procedures. The recovery time required and the need to do reconstructive surgery means that I don’t expect to be able to work again for another 6 months to a year.

I was let go from my job when I had my surgery. Since then, my sister’s has been covering all our household expenses but we now find ourselves in a difficult situation.

…My medical costs are mounting with a minimum of two surgeries planned for the next six months and potentially as many as four. The results of my biopsy on November 25, will determine the next phase of my treatment. We’re already in debt and have liquidated our insurance policies to try to keep afloat.

So we’re asking for your help….

James A. Moore: “The Hits Keep Coming”. The appeal at the link contains the grim details, as related by its organizer, Christopher Golden.

…There will be time and many costs involved, but this GoFundMe is really meant only as a bridge to help Jim get to wherever they will end up next. It’s hard to fathom how anyone could endure a string of events like this, but Jim endures. Please help if you can, and if you can’t donate anything, please share with anyone you think will be able to do so…. 

(4) WHERE EREWHON IS NOW. reports that Erewhon Books has been acquired by Kensington Publishing.

Kensington Publishing recently acquired fellow independent publisher Erewhon Books.

Erewhon—established in 2018, which boasts a lineup of authors including C. L. Polk, E. Lily Yu, Benjamin Rosenbaum, and Cassandra Khaw—is now an imprint of Kensington. The acquisition includes Erewhon’s backlist as well as their titles coming out through 2024. Editorial oversight will continue under Erewhon Publisher Sarah Guan, with the rest of the Erewhon team also joining Kensington. Starting in 2023, Penguin Random House Publisher Services will begin distributing all of their books….

Erewhon was founded by Liz Gorinsky, who left in March to “pursue other projects”.

(5) SCREENING THE ALIENS. Either the big screen or the little. Cora Buhlert’s new “Non-Fiction Spotlight” is for The Aliens Are Here – Extraterrestrial Visitors in American Cinema and Television by Fraser A. Sherman”.

Tell us about your book.

The Aliens Are Here: Extraterrestrial Visitors in American Cinema and Television looks at how movies and TV have portrayed Earth’s encounters with beings from other worlds. Each chapter takes a different topic — alien invaders, aliens as refugees, alien/Terran love stories, UFO abduction films, genre mashups — and looks at related films, themes and tropes. Then I spotlight one to three movies or TV shows relevant to the chapter topic. The alien monsters chapter, for instance, has The Thing From Another WorldThe Thing and The Andromeda Strain.

(6) TAKING NOTES. Laura Anne Gilman chats with CrimeReads about her new historical fantasy novel. “History Is Shouting…All You Need to Do Is Listen”.

… As every historian, pro or amateur, knows, history repeats itself. That is, events happen in a cyclical pattern, over and over, in varying lengths of time. The story of history is a reminder even when we think that we’re learning from experience, that learning never seems to stick for more than a generation or two before dissipating into mist. Or, as I like to put it, history repeats itself because it knows we’re not listening. And it will get louder and louder until we do.

Which for the political scientist and pundit may be depressing as hell, but for the historical novelist it’s a candy store just waiting to be plundered. All that wild, wonderful detail you literally couldn’t make up without someone calling hijinks, actually happened….

(7) BAEN SALE. Baen Books’ Veteran’s Day November Ebook Sale is on. Click through for a list of Baen authors with military service and the titles of their ebooks being offered at a $1 discount. Sale ends November 30, 2022. Available wherever Baen Ebooks are sold.


1934 [By Cat Eldridge.] Ngaio Marsh’s A Man Lay Dead

I truly love country house mysteries.  I truly do. There’s A. E. Milne’s The Red House Murder and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas as novels and Gosford Park and Knives Out as the modern exemplars of it in films. And here we have a woman born and raised far from Britain, in New Zealand to be precise, with a country house murder. 

Ngaio Marsh was born in 1895 Christchurch, New Zealand where she lived until 1928, when she went to London with friends on whom he would base the Lamprey family in the Surfeit of Lampreys novel, her tenth novel to feature Roderick Alleyn. Then after she spent time in both countries.

So let’s us talk about A Man Lay Dead which as I said is a country house murder. It is the first novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and was first published in 1934 by Geoffrey Bles in London. 

The plot concerns a murder committed during a detective game of murder at a weekend party in a country house.  But she hasn’t really developed the character of Alleyn yet so another character is focused on.


A small group of guests at Sir Hubert Handesley’s estate including a man about town, several of his nieces, an art expert, a gossip reporter, and pay attention as Marsh makes sure you notice him, a butler of Russian ancestry.

The murder mystery game in which one of the guests is of course chosen to be the murderer and someone to be murdered by him or her. At the time of the murderer’s choice, he tells the victim they’re dead.

At that point, the lights go out, a loud bell rings, and then everyone comes back to together for yet more drinks and to piece together who did it. It is all intended to be a good hearted diversion, except that the corpse is very, very real.

Alleyn has his holiday with Troy to investigate a murder connected to a stolen chalice in the area, but he’s called when this murder occurs at uncle’s estate.


Marsh had being reading a short story by Christie or Sayers, she forgots which, and wondered if she could write a mystery novel set in the Murder Game which was popular at English weekend parties. So she bought some composition books and set down to write.

Marsh regretted this novel immensely once she’d refined her writing skills in years to come. Joanne Drayton noted in Ngaio Marsh: Her life in crime that she would “cringe at the thought of her first novel with its barely plausible story line, shallow characterization and confined setting”. 

It would later be adapted for the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries series, the Angela North character here was replaced by Agatha Troy who appears in later novels as Alleyn’s romantic interest and eventual wife. 

It, like almost everything Marsh did, is of course available from the usual suspects.


[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born November 3, 1921 Charles Bronson. He didn’t do a lot of genre acting but I’ve got him in One Step Beyond as Yank Dawson in “The Last Round” and he’s in The Twilight Zone in “Two” as The Man opposite Elizabeth Montgomery as The Women. He was also in Master of The World which is based on the Verne novel Robur the Conqueror and its sequel Master of the World. (Died 2003.)
  • Born November 3, 1931 Monica Vitti. She’s best remembered in the English-language movie-going world for her performance as the lead agent in Modesty Blaise. It‘s rather loosely based upon the Modesty Blaise strip by Peter O’Donnell, who co-wrote the original story upon which Evan Jones based his screenplay. (Died 2022.)
  • Born November 3, 1933 Ken Berry. He’s receiving Birthday Honors for Disney’s The Cat from Outer Space in which he was Dr. Frank Wilson. No, the cat wasn’t Goose. Nice idea though. And he played seven different roles on the original Fantasy Island. Also, like pretty much everyone else. he was a guest performer on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. I know it’s not genre, I just find that amusing. (Died 2018.)
  • Born November 3, 1933 Jeremy Brett. Still my favorite Holmes of all time. He played him in four Granada TV series from 1984 to 1994 in a total of 41 episodes. One source said he was cast as Bond at one point, but turned the part down, feeling that playing 007 would harm his career. Lazenby was cast instead. I can’t actually say it’s fact, but it is a great story. (Died 1995.)
  • Born November 3, 1933 Aneta Corsaut. If you saw The Blob, the original Fifties version, she was Jane Martin. Her only other genre film work was as an uncredited tourist mother in Blazing Saddles. And unless I’m mistaken, she had no other genre series work at all though she was popular in Westerns. She is best remembered for playing Helen Crump on The Andy Griffith Show. (Died 1995.)
  • Born November 3, 1952 Eileen Wilks, 70. Her principal genre series is the World of Lupi, a FBI procedural intertwined with shapeshifters, dragons and the multiverse. Highly entertaining, sometimes considered romance novels though I don’t consider them so. The audiobooks are amazing as well! I re- listened to several of them recently and the steel booted Suck Fairy saw her boots rust away.
  • Born November 3, 1956 Kevin Murphy, 66. Best known as the voice and puppeteer of Tom Servo for nine years on the Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was also the writer for the show for eleven years. I’m surprised the series was never nominated for a Hugo in the Long Form or Shot Form. Does it not qualify?
  • Born November 3, 1963 Brian Henson, 59.  Can we all agree that The Happytime Murders should never have been done?  Wash it out of your consciousness with Muppet Treasure Island or perhaps The Muppet Christmas Carol. If you want something darker, he was a puppeteer on The Witches, and the chief puppeteer on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And he voices Hoggle in Labyrinth.


  • Tom Gauld extols the advantages of shopping at a haunted bookshop.

(11) BE ON THE LOOKOUT. The Guardian has many good things to say about Neptune Frost, an Afrofuturist movie that a couple of people have been pushing for the Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo next year: “Neptune Frost review – exhilarating Afrofuturist musical battles exploitation”.

Black Panther 2 is imminent, but in many ways the extraordinary Neptune Frost is the real Afrofuturist deal: a transgressive socialist Wakanda with an exoskeleton of punk geopolitics bolted on. As well as a denunciation of the western techno-centric order, it’s a musical lesson in conscious collaboration between the developed and developing world that Hollywood could learn from – instead of just piggybacking on African aesthetics. Filmed in Rwanda but set in Burundi, the story was developed by US musician Saul Williams – drawing on material from his recent albums – and his Rwandan wife Anisia Uzeyman; they share the directorial credit…

(12) PASSING THE HELMET. Guardian reports on “‘A joke that went out of control’: crowdfunding weapons for Ukraine’s war”.

By Christmas, 50 hardly used FV103 Spartan armoured personnel carriers (APCs), until recently the property of the British army, and currently in warehouses in secret locations across the UK, will arrive on the frontline in Ukraine’s war with Russia in time for the toughest winter conditions.

The transfer, the largest of such APCs to Ukraine, is not due to British munificence nor to procurement by the Ukrainian ministry of defence.

It is instead just the latest example of the extraordinary scale and indeed speed of the crowdfunding campaigns that have been powering the Ukrainian military since the early days of the war.

The fundraising appeal for the armoured vehicles – tagline “Grab them all” – had only been launched on Wednesday by the Serhiy Prytula charity foundation, named after its founder, a popular comedian and TV presenter with a sizeable online following….

(13) JEOPARDY! Unlike tonight’s Jeopardy! contestants, Andrew Porter recognized what the right response should be.

Final Jeopardy: Novel Locales

Answer: This place from a 1933 novel lies in the valley of the Blue Moon, below a peak called Karakal.

Wrong questions: What is the Big Valley?; What is Brigadoon?; What is Xanadu?

Right question: What is Shangri La?

(14) FELINES OF FAME. Can there be any doubt we want to know this? “The 10 Most Famous Cats In Animated TV Shows” according to (I can’t find any I would kick out, but I wish Top Cat was on the list.)

…From the earliest animations, where they were nothing more than silent presence, to the more modern takes, where they have plenty of sasses to share, these felines are more than the fond memories they give their fans. Most people likely have a fictional cat that they remember, and going back to watch the series they’re from can bring nostalgia and a ton of laughs….

(15) DON’T LET IT HANG YOU UP. Rory Cellan Jones explains how cell phones can for the first time take pictures in this 2001 clip from the BBC that dropped today.

(16) VIDEO OF THE DAY. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In “Honest Game Trailers: Stardew Valley,” Fandom Games says this game is so soothing “it’s like Animal Crossing went to therapy.”  But the game offers an escape by “having adventures you could never have in real life: owning your own home, forming meaningful relationships, and finding satisfaction in your work.” But if you’re tired of doing chores, head to the underground caves where you can slay demons and dinosaurs!

[Thanks to Michael Toman, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Cora Buhlert, David Goldfarb, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, John King Tarpinian, Chris Barkley, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title debit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Jack Lint.]

2021 BSFA Awards

The British Science Fiction Association today announced the winners of the 2021 BSFA Awards.

The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955.

The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. This year marks the launch of a new category, the Best Book for Younger Readers.


  • Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao, Rock the Boat


  • Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Tor


  • ‘Fireheart Tiger’ by Aliette de Bodard,


  • Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Francesca T. Barbini, Luna Publishing


  • Glasgow Green Woman by Iain Clark, Glasgow2024
Aliette de Bodard with BSFA Award

2021 BSFA Awards Shortlist

The British Science Fiction Association today announced the shortlist of nominees for the BSFA Awards, for work published in 2021.

The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955. Voting opens for BSFA members on Monday, February 28 at

 This year’s Eastercon, Reclamation, will be held April 15-19, and is where the winners will be announced. The BSFA Awards ceremony will be free to attend by all members of Eastercon and nominees: details will be released closer to the date.

Members of the BSFA will receive a PDF with excerpts of the nominated works via an emailed newsletter in advance of the convention, and a physical copy of the Awards Booklet at a later date.

The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. This year marks the launch of a new category, the Best Book for Younger Readers.


  • The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis, Bloomsbury Children’s Books
  • A Snake Falls to Earth, by Darcie Little Badger, Levine Querido
  • Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao, Rock the Boat
  • Redemptor, by Jordan Ifueko, Hot Key Books
  • The Empty Orchestra, by Elizabeth Priest, Luna Press Publishing
  • Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep by Philip Reeve, David Fickling Books


  • A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine, Tor
  • Blackthorn Winter by Liz Williams, NewCon Press
  • Purgatory Mount by Adam Roberts, Gollancz
  • Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Tor
  • Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley, Solaris
  • Green Man’s Challenge by Juliet E. McKenna, Wizard’s Tower Press


  • ‘Fireheart Tiger’ by Aliette de Bodard,
  • ‘Light Chaser’ by Peter F. Hamilton, Gareth L. Powell,
  • ‘O2 Arena’ by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Galaxy Edge Magazine
  • ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ by Fiona Moore, Abyss & Apex


  • Cyberpunk Culture and Psychology: Seeing Through the Mirrorshades, by Anna McFarlane, Routledge
  • Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Color, by Joy Sanchez-Taylor, Ohio State Press
  • The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe Culture, by Mark Bould, Verso Books
  • Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Francesca T. Barbini, Luna Publishing
  • Octothorpe Podcast, by John Coxon, Alison Scott, and Liz Batty, Octothorpe
  • Science Fiction and the Pathways out of the COVID Crisis, by Val Nolan, The Polyphony


  • Cover of Eugen Bacon’s Danged Black Thing, by Peter Lo / Kara Walker, Transit Lounge Publishing
  • Cover of Eugen Bacon’s Saving Shadows, by Elena Betti, NewCon Press
  • Cover of Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s Son of the Storm, by Dan dos Santos / Lauren Panepinto, Orbit
  • Cover of Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (ed.)’s The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction, by Maria Spada
  • Glasgow Green Woman by Iain Clark, Glasgow2024

Second Round of 2021 BSFA Awards Nominations Begins

The 2019 BSFA Award trophy

British Science Fiction Association members will have until February 21 to help choose the BSFA Awards shortlists for works published in 2021. The voting form is available to BSFA members here.

In the first round, members nominated a longlist of 74 novels, 62 works of short fiction, 25 items of nonfiction, and 28 artworks.

Once voters have determined the shortlist, BSFA members and members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon will vote for the winners.

The full longlists follow:


  • Black Corporeal (Between This Air), by Julianknxx
  • Brick Lane Foundation, by Abbas Zahedi
  • Build or Destroy, by Rashaad Newsome
  • Cover of Danielle Lainton & Louise Coquio (eds)’s Pashtarina’s Peacocks: For Storm Constantine, by Ruby
  • Cover of Eugen Bacon’s Danged Black Thing, by Peter Lo / Kara Walker
  • Cover of Eugen Bacon’s Saving Shadows, Elena Betti / Ian Whates
  • Cover of Freda Warrington and Liz Williams’ Shadows on the Hillside, by Danielle Lainton
  • Cover of Jamie Mollart’s Kings of a Dead World, by Heike Schüssler
  • Cover of Rian Hughes’ The Back Locomotive, by Rian Hughes
  • Cover of Rosa Rankin-Gee’s Dreamland (artist’s name not given)
  • Cover of Shift #3, by Mark Montague
  • Cover of Shift #7, by Ian D Paterson
  • Cover of Simon Jimenez’s The Vanished Bird (2021 paperback edition), artist’s name not given
  • Cover of Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s Son of the Storm, by Dan dos Santos / Lauren Panepinto
  • Cover of The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction Anthology, Maria Spada
  • Cover of Xueting Christine Ni (ed.)’s Sinopticon, by Bradley Sharp
  • Exhibition at 180 The Strand, by Ryoji Ikeda
  • Flyaway, by Kathleen Jennings
  • Late Hangout at Zuko’s, by Devin Elle Kurtz
  • MILK, by STREF (Stephen White)
  • Morando, by a’strict
  • Narrow Escape, by Larry MacDougall
  • Renaissance Generative Dreams: AI Cinema, by Refik Anadol
  • Rupture No. 1, by Heather Phillipson
  • Shift Pin-Up, by Warwick Fraser-Croombe
  • The Scottish Green Lady (for Glasgow in 24), by Iain Clarke
  • This Is The Future, by Hito Steyerl
  • Viscera, by Allissa Chan


  • A Snake Falls to Earth, by Darcie Little Badger
  • All Our Hidden Gifts, by Caroline O’Donoghue
  • Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Lionheart Girl, by Yaba Badoe
  • Monsters of Brookhaven, by Pádraig Kenny
  • Noor, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Redemptor, by Jordan Ifueko
  • Show Us Who You Are (Knights Of), Elle McNicoll
  • Skywake: Invasion, by Jamie Russell
  • Stella’s Stellar Hair, by Yesenia Moises
  • The Boy with Wings, by Lenny Henry, Mark Buckingham
  • The Empty Orchestra, by Elizabeth Priest
  • The False Rose, Jakob Wegelius, trans. Peter Graves
  • The Gilded Ones, by Namina Forna
  • The Outrage, by William Hussey
  • The Planet in a Pickle Jar, by Martin Stanev
  • The Raven’s Heir, by Stephanie Burgis
  • The Shadows of Rookhaven, by Pádraig Kenny,
  • The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin discovered most of the Universe, Sandra Nickel, illus. Aimée Sicuro
  • Utterly dark and the face of the deep, by Philip Reeve
  • Victories Greater Than Death, by Charlie Jane Anders


  • 10 Low, by Starke Holburn
  • A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine
  • A Heart Divided, by Jin Yong
  • Alien 3, by Pat Cadigan and William Gibson
  • All our Hidden Gifts, by Caroline O’Donoghue
  • All the Murmuring Bones, by A.G. Slatter
  • Anna, by Sammy HK Smith
  • Artifact Sapce, by Miles Cameron
  • Barbarians of the Beyond, by Matthew Hughes
  • Bewilderment, by Richard Powers
  • Black Water Sister, by Zen Cho
  • Blackthorn Winter, Liz Williams
  • Blood Red Sand, by Damien Larkin
  • Catalyst Gate, by Megan O’Keefe
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr
  • Cwen, by Alice Albinia
  • Darkest, by Paul L. Arvidson
  • Discord’s Shadow, by K. S. Dearsley
  • Dreamland, by Rosa Rankin-Gee
  • Elder Race, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Empire of the Vampire, by Jay Kristoff
  • Far From the Light of Heaven, by Tade Thompson
  • Fire of the Dark Triad, by Asya Semenovich
  • Firebreak, by Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • Four Dervishes, by Hammad Rind
  • Fugitive Telemetry, by Martha Wells
  • Galactic Hellcats, by Marie Vibbert
  • Gardens of Earth, by Mark Iles
  • Gutter Child, by Jael Richardson
  • Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
  • Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Jade Legacy, Fonda Lee
  • Kings of a Dead World, by Jamie Mollart
  • Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Library for the Dead, by T.L. Huchu
  • Light Chaser, by Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell
  • Machinehood, by S.B. Divya
  • Master of Djinn, by P. Djeli Clarke
  • Murder at the Mushaira, by Raza Mir
  • My Brother the Messiah, by Martin Vopenka
  • New Gods, by Robin Triggs
  • Notes from the Burning Age, by Claire North
  • On Fragile Waves, by E. Lily Yu
  • One Day all This Will be Yours, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Perhaps the Stars, by Ada Palmer
  • Plague Birds, by Jason Sanford
  • Purgatory Mount, by Adam Roberts
  • Remote Control, by Nnedi Okorofor
  • Requiem Moon, by C. T. Rwizi
  • Shadows of Darkness: Remnants of Resistance, by Jonah S. White
  • Shards of Earth, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Skyward Inn, by Aliya Whiteley
  • Son of the Storm, by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
  • Termination Shock, by Neal Stephenson
  • The Actual Star, by Monica Byrne
  • The Actuality, by Paul Braddon
  • The Chosen and the Beautiful, by Nghi Vo
  • The Fallen, by Ada Hoffmann
  • The Green Man’s Challenge, by Juliet E McKenna
  • The Jasmine Throne, by Tasha Suri
  • The Kingdoms, by Natasha Pulley
  • The Maleficent Seven, by Cameron Johnston
  • The Past is Red, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Rage Room, by Lisa de Nikolits
  • The Raven’s Heir, by Stephanie Burgis
  • The Seep, by Chana Porter
  • The Unravelling, by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • The Upper World, by Femi Fadugba
  • The Wisdom of Crowds, by Joe Abercrombie
  • This Is Our Undoing, by Lorraine Wilson
  • Three Twins at the Crater School, by Chaz Brentley
  • Twenty Five To Life, by RWW Greene
  • Wendy, Darling, by A. C. Wise
  • You Sexy Thing, by Cat Rambo
  • What is Mercy?, by Amal Singh
  • A Blind Eye, by M. H. Ayinde
  • Advanced Triggernometry, by Stark Holborn
  • An Array of Worlds as a Rose Unfurling in Time, by Shreya Anasuya
  • Clockwork Sister, by M.E. Rodman
  • Dog and Pony Show, by Robert Jeschonek
  • Down and Out under the Tannhauser Gate, by David Gullen
  • Dream Eater, by Nemma Wollenfang
  • Dreamports, by Tlotlo Tsamaase
  • Efficiency, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Fanfiction for a Grimdark Universe, by Vanessa Fogg
  • Fireheart Tiger, by Aliette de Bodard
  • First Person Singular, by Haruki Murakami
  • Fish, by Ida Keogh
  • Flight, by Innocent Chizaram Ilo
  • Flyaway, by Kathleen Jennings
  • Her Garden, the Size of Her Palm, by Yukimi Ogawa
  • If The Martians Have Magic, by P. Djeli Clark
  • Immersion, by Aliette de Bodard
  • Just Enough Rain, by PH Lee
  • Light Chaser, by Peter F Hamilton and Gareth L Powell
  • Metal Like Blood in the Dark, by T. Kingfisher
  • O2 Arena, by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
  • Prime Meridian, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Proof, by Induction, by Jose Pablo Iriarte
  • Scars, by Bora Chung
  • Secrets of the Kath, by Fatima Taqvi
  • Seven Horrors, by Fabio Fernandes
  • Shutdown/Restart, by Jo Ross-Battett
  • Sorry We Missed You!, by Aun-Juli Riddle
  • The Abomination, by Nuzo Onoh
  • The Alien Invasion, by Ely Percy
  • The Alien Stars, by Tim Pratt
  • The Andraiad, by Tim Major
  • The Best Damned Barbershop in Hell, by Bruce Arthurs
  • The Center of the Universe, by Nadia Shammas
  • The Chorus, by Aliya Whiteley
  • The Constellation of Alarion, by John Houlihan
  • The Failing Name, by Eugen Bacon and Seb Doubinsky
  • The Farmers and the Farmed, by William C. Powell
  • The Forlorn Hope, by Verity Holloway
  • The Future God of Love, by Dilman Dila
  • The Ghosts of Trees, by Fiona Moore
  • The Graveyard, by Eleanor Arnason
  • The Hungry Dark, by Simon Bestwick
  • The Lay of Lilyfinger, by G.V. Anderson
  • The Man Who Turned Into Gandhi, by Shovon Chowdhury
  • The Mermaid Astronaut, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Metric, by David Moles
  • The Musuem For Forgetting, by Peter M Sutton
  • The Plus One, by Marie Vibbert
  • The Samundar Can be Any Color, Fatima Taqvi, Flash Fiction Online
  • The Song of the Moohee, by Emmett Swan
  • The Tale of Jaja and Canti, by Tobi Ogundiran
  • The Walls of Benin City, by M. H. Ayinde
  • Things Can Only Get Better, by Fiona Moore
  • Virtual Snapshots, by Tlotlo Tsamaase
  • White Rose, Red Rose, by Rachel Swirsky
  • Worldshifter, by Paul Di Filippo
  • Zeno’s Paradise, by E. J. Delaney


  • A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, by George Saunders
  • Blake’s 7 Annual 1982, eds Grahame Robertson and Carole Ramsay
  • Cyberpunk Culture and Psychology: Seeing Through the Mirrorshades, by Anna McFarlane
  • Debarkle, by Camestros Felapton
  • Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Colour, by Joy Sanchez-Taylor
  • Extraterrestrial, by Avi Loeb
  • Gendering Time, Timing Gender, by PM Biswas
  • Manifestos of Futurisms, by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay
  • Octothorpe Podcast, by John Coxon, Alison Scott, and Liz Batty
  • On Writing Narratives, Questioning Standards, and Oral Traditions in Storytelling, by K. S. Villoso
  • Science Fiction and the Pathways out of the COVID Crisis, by Val Nolan
  • Science Fiction in Translation, by Ian Campbell
  • Science Fiction: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Sheryl Vint
  • Seduced, by the Ruler’s Gaze: An Indian Perspective on Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade, by Sid Jain
  • Space Forces: A Critical History of Life in Outer Space, by Fred Scharmen
  • Speculative Sex: Queering Aqueous Natures and Biotechnological Futures in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl, by Sarah Bezan
  • Star Warriors of the Modern Raj: Materiality, Mythology and Technology of Indian Science Fiction, by Sami Ahmed Khan
  • Storylistening, by Sarah Dillon and Claire Craig
  • The Anthropocene in Frank Herbert’s Dune Trilogy, by Tara B.M. Smith
  • The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe in Contemporary Culture, by Mark Bould
  • The History of Science Fiction: A Graphic Novel Adventure, by Xavier Dolla, illus. Djibril Morissette-Phan
  • The Importance of Being Interested, by Robin Ince
  • World of Warcraft: New Flavors of Azeroth, by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel
  • Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Francesca T Barbini
  • Writing the Contemporary Uncanny, by Jane Alexander

2020 BSFA Awards

The British Science Fiction Association announced the BSFA Awards 2020 winners on April 4.

The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955.

Best Artwork

  • Iain Clarke, Shipbuilding Over the Clyde, Art for Glasgow in 2024 WorldCon bid.

Best Short Fiction (under 40,000 words)

  • Ida Keogh, ‘Infinite Tea in the Demara Cafe’, Londoncentric, Newcon Press. Edited by Ian Whates.

Best Non-Fiction

  • Adam Roberts, It’s the End of the World: But What Are We Really Afraid Of?, Elliot & Thompson.

Best Novel

  • N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became, Orbit.

Pixel Scroll 4/3/21 Oh, Dear, One Of My Cats Just Brought Me Half A Pixel

(1) BSFA AWARDS LINK CHANGE. Use this link instead of the one posted yesterday to view the BSFA Awards ceremony on April 4.

BSFA chair Allen Stroud says, “Apologies for the alteration. Owing to a case of deleting a scheduled event (totally my fault), the url for the awards has changed.”

(2) WFC PROGRESS REPORT. World Fantasy Convention 2021 – which still plans an in-person con in Montreal this November – has released Progress Report #2. Chair Diane Lacey says:

…In the midst of these difficult times, we want to assure everyone that we are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We’re working hard to ascertain every contingency that may have an impact on WFC 2021. We will make modifications to our plans accordingly to keep our membership safe. We sincerely hope there will be progress in controlling and conquering the virus long before our convention, and we are quite confident we will be able to hold an in person convention. We look forward to welcoming you all to Montréal. Please feel free to contact us at any time with your concerns or questions….

(3) 2024 WORLDCON BID NEWS. The UK in 2024 bid committee aired this video update during the virtual Eastercon:

(4) SLF PODCAST LAUNCHES. The Speculative Literature Foundation has started a new podcast, “Mohanraj and Rosenbaum Are Humans”, hosted by Mary Anne Mohanraj and Benjamin Rosenbaum.

Join two old friends as they talk about science fiction, community, the writing life, teaching, parenting, and a whole lot more. Does Ben really think you should let your kids touch the stove, and did he really burn his son’s homework? Why did he write a novel with no men or women in it? What exactly did a young Mary Anne do to appall her aunts in college, and how did it lead circuitously to her founding science fiction’s longest-running webzine? Mohanraj and Rosenbaum… Are Humans? Yes, yes they are.

Episodes of the Spring 2021 season are being released on Mondays and Thursdays, starting March 22. They’re available on major podcast platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, etc. Or tune into the “Mohanraj and Rosenbaum Are Humans” website. Episodes available so far are –

  1. Episode 1: “Introductions” (Published 22 March 2021)
  2. Bonus Episode 1: “The Capitol and the Cafe” (Published 25 March 2021)
  3. Episode 2: “The Toilet Seat Con Hook-Up” (Published 29 March 2021)

Mohanraj is the author of A Feast of Serendib, Bodies in Motion, The Stars Change, and twelve other titles. Mohanraj founded Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine Strange Horizons, and serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit ( and the Speculative Literature Foundation ( Rosenbaum’s short stories have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Locus, BSFA, and World Fantasy Awards. He designed the Ennie-nominated Jewish historical fantasy tabletop roleplaying game Dream Apart, and serves on the board of Basel’s liberal Jewish congregation, Migwan. He lives in Switzerland with his wife Esther and a gradually emptying nest of children. His first SF novel, The Unravelling, is forthcoming from Erewhon Books.

(5) DC PROJECTS SHELVED. Two DC movies, Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and James Wan’s Aquaman spinoff The Trench, are “not moving forward” Warner Bros. and DC told The Hollywood Reporter.

…New Gods, which DuVernay has been developing as a directing vehicle with acclaimed comic book writer Tom King since 2018, would have brought to the screen the comic book characters created by the late and legendary artist Jack Kirby. DuVernay, however, remains in the DC fold and is currently working on the DC series Naomi for The CW.

The Trench, meanwhile, was to have been a horror-tinged project spinning out of Aquaman and focused on the group of deadly amphibious creatures seen in the $1 billion-grossing 2018 film. Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald had written the script, which Wan was developing as a producer with collaborator Peter Safran. Wan, too, remains in the DC fold as he is prepping to shoot Aquaman 2 for the studio later this year….

(6) THESE SPUDS WON’T PEEL THEMSELVES. Ted Chiang tells New Yorker readers “Why Computers Won’t Make Themselves Smarter”.

…The idea of an intelligence explosion was revived in 1993, by the author and computer scientist Vernor Vinge, who called it “the singularity,” and the idea has since achieved some popularity among technologists and philosophers. Books such as Nick Bostrom’s “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,” Max Tegmark’s “Life 3.0: Being Human in the age of Artificial Intelligence,” and Stuart Russell’s “Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control” all describe scenarios of “recursive self-improvement,” in which an artificial-intelligence program designs an improved version of itself repeatedly.

I believe that Good’s and Anselm’s arguments have something in common, which is that, in both cases, a lot of the work is being done by the initial definitions. These definitions seem superficially reasonable, which is why they are generally accepted at face value, but they deserve closer examination. I think that the more we scrutinize the implicit assumptions of Good’s argument, the less plausible the idea of an intelligence explosion becomes.

… Some proponents of an intelligence explosion argue that it’s possible to increase a system’s intelligence without fully understanding how the system works. They imply that intelligent systems, such as the human brain or an A.I. program, have one or more hidden “intelligence knobs,” and that we only need to be smart enough to find the knobs. I’m not sure that we currently have many good candidates for these knobs, so it’s hard to evaluate the reasonableness of this idea. Perhaps the most commonly suggested way to “turn up” artificial intelligence is to increase the speed of the hardware on which a program runs. Some have said that, once we create software that is as intelligent as a human being, running the software on a faster computer will effectively create superhuman intelligence. Would this lead to an intelligence explosion?…

(7) BLACK WIDOW SPINNING YOUR WAY. “We have unfinished business” is the keynote of  Marvel Studios’ Black Widow trailer dropped today. The movie comes to theaters or Disney+ with Premier Access on July 9.

(8) PENNY FRIERSON OBIT. Penny Frierson (1941-2021), co-chair of the 1986 Atlanta Worldcon, has died reports Guy H. Lillian III, who received the news through Charlotte Proctor.

Frierson joined fandom in 1968.  She chaired DeepSouthCon 15 in Birmingham, AL in 1977 and helped found the Birmingham Science Fiction Club in 1978.

Penny also was a member of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance. She won the Rebel Award in 1986.

She was married to Meade Frierson III, who predeceased her in 2001.

1992 Worldcon: Charlotte Proctor, Penny Frierson, Nicki Lynch, Rich Lynch.


  • April 3, 1953 — In London sixty-eight years ago, The War Of The Worlds based on the H.G. wells novel had its very first theatrical showing. It was the recipient of a 1954 Retro-Hugo Award at Noreascon 4 in 2004.  It was produced by George Pal, and directed by Byron Haskin. It starred Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. It was deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant in 2011 by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. 


[Compiled by Cat Eldridge and John Hertz.]

  • Born April 3, 1783 Washington Irving. Best remembered for his short stories “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, both of which appear in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. collection. The latter in particular has been endlessly reworked downed the centuries into genre fiction including the recent Sleepy Hollow series. (Died 1859.) (CE)
  • Born April 3, 1905 – Noel Loomis.  Two novels, three dozen shorter stories for us (five at Project Gutenberg); also detective fiction; Westerns (including film, television) and related nonfiction: two Spur Awards, President of Western Writers of America.  Also printing; he edited this.  (Died 1969) [JH]
  • Born April 3, 1927 Donald M. Grant. He was responsible for the creation of several genre small press publishers. He co-founded Grant-Hadley Enterprises in 1945, Buffalo Book Company in 1946, Centaur Press in 1970 and Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in 1964. Between 1976 and 2003, he won five World Fantasy Awards and a Balrog Award as well. (Died 2009.) (CE)
  • Born April 3, 1928 – Colin Kapp.  A dozen novels, three dozen shorter stories; perhaps best known for the Unorthodox Engineers: collection recently republished for Kindle.  CK was an engineer himself, though art doesn’t always work that way.  Guest of Honour at Eastercon 31.  (Died 2007) [JH]
  • Born April 3, 1929 Ernest Callenbach. Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston was rejected by every major publisher so Callenbach initially self-published it. Ecotopia Emerging is a prequel and sequel as well was published later. Yes, I read both. As such fiction goes, they’re just ok.  If you can find a copy, Christopher Swan’s YV 88: An Eco-Fiction of Tomorrow which depicts the rewilded Yosemite Valley is a much more interesting read. (Died 2012.) (CE) 
  • Born April 3, 1936 Reginald Hill. Now this surprised me. He’s the author of the most excellent Dalziel and Pascoe copper series centered on profane, often piggish Andrew Dalziel, and his long suffering, more by the book partner Peter Pascoe solving traditional Yorkshire crimes. Well there’s a SF mystery in there set in 2010, many years after the other Dalziel and Pascoe stories, and involves them investigating the first Luna murder. I’ll need to read this one. There’s another with Peter Pascoe as a future European Pan Police Commissioner. (Died 2012.) (CE) 
  • Born April 3, 1946 Lyn McConchie, 75. New Zealand author who has written three sequels in the Beast Master series that Andre Norton created and four novels in Norton’s Witch World as well. She has written a lot of Holmesian fiction, so I’ll just recommend her collection of short stories, Sherlock Holmes: Familar Crimes: New Tales of The Great Detective. She’s deeply stocked at the usual digital suspects. (CE)
  • Born April 3, 1950 – Mark Linneman, age 61.  Helpful reliable fan often found where such are needed and even the non-monetary compensation we can grant is scant, e.g. tallying Worldcon Site Selection ballots, which ML has done four times I can think of.  Often seen at Midwestcons, SMOFcons (Secret Masters Of Fandom, as Bruce Pelz said a joke-nonjoke-joke; con for studying, trying to improve, SF cons and like that).  North America agent for Aussiecon 4 the 68th Worldcon.  Guest of Honor at Concave 33.  [JH]
  • Born April 3, 1950 – Tony Parker, age 71.  Co-chaired TropiCon VIII-IX (with wife Judy Bemis).  Guest of Honor at Concave 16 (with JB).  Thoughtful and even (sorry, Tony) wise. [JH]
  • Born April 3, 1958 – Vanna Bonta.  One novel, three collections of poetry.  Voice actress in Beauty and the Beast (1991).  She, her husband, and the zero-gravity suit she invented were in The Universe (2008); she designed a pressure-release device for high-combustion engines in NASA (U.S. Nat’l Aeronautics & Space Adm’n) and Northrop Grumman’s Lunar Lander Challenge.  Among twelve thousand haiku submitted to NASA for inclusion with the Mars explorer MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere & Volatile EvolutioN), hers made the top five: “Thirty-six million / miles of whispering welcome. / Mars, you called us home.”  You’ll see its alliteration; do attend to its ambiguity.  (Died 2014) [JH]
  • Born April 3, 1958 Alec Baldwin, 63. I’ve no idea how many times I’ve seen him in Beetlejuice as Adam Maitland since it’s one of my favorite films, period. Despite those who don’t like The Shadow and him in his dual role of Lamont  Cranston and The Shadow, I’m quite fond of it. Let’s just skip past any mention of The Cat in the Hat… Ahhhh Rise of the Guardians where he voices Nicholas St. North is quite fantastic. Another go to, feel good film for me. He’s Alan Hunley in some of the Mission: Impossible franchise, a series I think I’ve only seen the first two films of. And here’s a weird one — the US. run of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends replaced the U.K. narrator, some minor musician no one had ever heard of by the name of Ringo Starr, with him. (CE)
  • Born April 3, 1962 James R. Black, 59. I’d like to say he’s best known for his leading role as Agent Michael Hailey on The Burning Zone but since it was short-lived and I’m not sure anyone actually watched it on UPN that might be stretching reality a bit. If you like great popcorn viewing, The Burning Zone is certainly worth seeing. Prior to his run on that series, he’s got a number of one-offs including Babylon 5Deep Space 9, The SentinelSpace: Above and Beyond with his first genre role being Doctor Death in Zombie Cop. (CE)
  • Born April 3, 1989 – Elaine Vilar Madruga, age 32.  Two novels, fifty shorter stories, some in English: last year “Elsinore Revolution”, see the Jan/Feb Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction; her poem “The Apocalypse According to My Name” in Spanish and English, see the Spring Star*Line; four more.  [JH]


(12) THE SOUND OF MUSIC? Puppeteer and space aficionado Mary Robinette Kowal told Twitter followers, “I giggled all the way through this puppet music video ‘Everybody Poops In Space’ from @AdlerPlanet There’s a SINGING FECAL CONTAINMENT BAG”. Consider yourself warned.

(13) FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP. Variety’s Matthew Chernov puts 33 films in order in “Godzilla: All the Movies Ranked Including ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’”.

He’s been dissolved at the bottom of the ocean, frozen solid in an iceberg, blown up in a volcano, disintegrated in an atomic meltdown, and killed by missiles on the Brooklyn Bridge, but thanks to the millions of fans who love him, Godzilla will never die. Japan’s biggest star returns again in “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the latest entry in the Big G’s ever-expanding filmography. Pitted against his hairy rival for the second time in history, “Godzilla vs. Kong” is the fourth movie in Legendary Pictures popular MonsterVerse saga, which launched in 2014 with Gareth Edwards’ stylish reboot.

Like many long-running franchises, the Godzilla series has gone through a number of distinct phrases since its introduction. The first phrase, which covers the 15 titles released between 1954 and 1975, is commonly known by fans as the Showa era. These kaiju films (kaiju is the Japanese term for giant monster) are marked by their dramatic shift in tone, from the somber and haunting original classic to the wonderfully ludicrous “Godzilla vs. Hedorah.”

The second phase is often referred to as the Heisei era, and it includes the seven titles released between 1984 and 1995. These Godzilla films feature a greater sense of narrative continuity, and they ask complex philosophical questions about science and humanity. The third phase is the Millennium era, which covers the six titles released between 1999 and 2004. The majority of these Godzilla films are self-contained stories, much like an anthology series. There have also been a number of standalone reboots, both Japanese and American, that put their own unique spin on the character.

To help you program the ultimate monster marathon, here’s our Godzilla movie ranking, listed from wretched worst to bestial best. Long live the lizard king!

(14) WAS THE GRINCH AN ASTRONAUT? [Item by rcade.] Spaceflight can cause the heart to shrink, according to a study in the journal Circulation led by Dr. Benjamin Levine of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “Long spaceflights and endurance swimming can ‘shrink the heart’” at BBC News.

The study examined astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent 340 days about the International Space Station, and endurance swimmer Benoît Lecomte. Swimming for extended periods of time is a useful model for time spent in orbit. Lecomte trained over five hours a day for five months preparing to swim the Pacific Ocean.

Both Kelly and Lecomte showed signs of heart atrophy and lost mass in the organ — 19 to 27 percent loss in Kelly.

Levine said:

One of the things we’ve learned over many years of study, is that the heart is remarkably plastic. So the heart adapts to the load that’s placed on it. …

In spaceflight, one of the things that happens, is you no longer have to pump blood uphill, because you’re not pumping against gravity….

(15) WITCHER WRAP. Netflix dropped a behind-the-scenes trailer for season 2 of The Witcher.

15 locations, 89 cast members, and 1,200 crew members later, The Witcher has officially wrapped production on Season 2! Here’s a look behind-the-scenes at some of the excitement among the cast and crew – led by showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.

(16) WHAT’S BUGGING YOU? In the Washington Post, Alexandra Petri offers a “handy quiz” to determine whether you’re someone who is emerging from a year of pandemic lockdown or if you are a Brood X cicada!

Check all that apply:

  • You haven’t had any contact with friends or other members of your generation in what feels like 17 years….

(17) FAKE OLDS TO GO WITH FAKE NEWS. Gizmodo surveys research showing how “Scientists Implant and Then Reverse False Memories in People”.

Researchers have demonstrated just how easy it is to trick the mind into remembering something that didn’t happen. They also used two very simple techniques to reverse those false memories, in a feat that paves the way for a deeper understanding of how memory works….

“When people describe a memory, they will say that they are ‘absolutely certain’ of it. But this certainty can be an illusion. We suffer from the illusion of believing that our memories are accurate and pure,” Lisa Son, professor of Psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University, told Gizmodo. “This is despite the fact that we, in fact, forget all the time.”

Indeed, our minds are able to fabricate memories of entire events just by piecing together bits of stories, photographs, and anecdotes somebody else shares. These so-called false memories have been a hot topic of research for a while now, and there’s growing evidence that they could be a widespread phenomenon, according to a 2016 analysis of the field.

Building off of that, Oeberst’s lab recently implanted false memories in 52 people by using suggestive interviewing techniques. First, they had the participants’ parents privately answer a questionnaire and come up with some real childhood memories and two plausible, but fake, ones—all negative in nature, such as how their pet died or when they lost their toy. Then they had researchers ask the participants to recall these made-up events in a detailed manner, including specifics about what happened. For example, “Your parents told us that when you were 12 years old during a holiday in Italy with your family you got lost. Can you tell me more about it?”

The test subjects met their interviewer three times, once every two weeks, and by the third session most participants believed these anecdotes were true, and over half (56%) developed and recollected actual false memories—a significantly higher percentage than most studies in this area of research….

(18) REMEMBER THE DEAN DRIVE. “Latest EmDrive tests at Dresden University shows “impossible Engine” does not develop any thrust”.

… After tests in NASA laboratories had initially stirred up hope that the so-called EmDrive could represent a revolutionary, fuel-free alternative to space propulsion, the sobering final reports on the results of intensive tests and analyzes of three EmDrive variants by physicists at the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) are now available. (GreWi) has exclusively interviewed the head of studies Prof. Dr. Martin Tajmar about the results….

(19) DOUBLE DUTCH LUNAR EXCURSION MODULE. [Item by Andrew Porter.] Live Science asks “How long would it take to walk around the moon?” Depends whether you go with the wind before or behind you, right?

…A total of 12 humans have stepped foot on the lunar surface, all of whom were part of the Apollo missions between 1969 and 1972, according to NASA. The footage that was beamed back to Earth showed how challenging (and, apparently, fun) it was to walk — or more accurately, bounce — around in the moon’s low gravity, which is one-sixth the gravity of Earth

However, research from NASA has since suggested that it is possible for humans to maneuver much faster on the moon than the Apollo astronauts did. Theoretically, walking the circumference of the moon could be done faster than previously predicted.

Picking up the pace 

During the Apollo missions, astronauts bounced around the surface at a casual 1.4 mph (2.2 km/h), according to NASA. This slow speed was mainly due to their clunky, pressurized spacesuits that were not designed with mobility in mind. If the “moonwalkers” had sported sleeker suits, they might have found it a lot easier to move and, as a result, picked up the pace.

(20) VIDEO OF THE DAY. In “Honest Game Trailers: Persona 5 Strikers” on YouTube, Fandom Games says that this game combines the happy joys of teenagers vacationing in Japan with the thrill of ‘spending 80 hours slaughtering one billion people,” a combination that’s like “peanut butter and methamphetamines.”

[Thanks to Alan Baumler, Cat Eldridge, Guy H. Lillian III, JJ, John Hertz, Lorien Gray, Rob Thornton, JeffWarner, Andrew Porter, rcade, Michael Toman, Mike Kennedy, James Davis Nicoll, Martin Morse Wooster, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Patrick Morris Miller.]