Fantom wants to be the next Java, which means it's competing directly with Scala. I haven't heard much about Fantom, but it sound like it would be worth a look for Java fans. (Of course, Clojure is the future for serious programmers. :-)http://fantom.org/doc/docIntro/WhyFantom.html
Fantom is designed as a practical programming language to make it easy and fun to get real work done. It is not an academic language to explore bleeding edge theories, but based on solid real world experience. During its design we set out to solve what we perceived were some real problems with Java and C#.
Stephen Colebourne's "Guide to evaluating Fantom":
Brian Frank's article in Dr. Dobbs: