Top 10 Posts For January 2018

File 770’s 40th Anniversary was celebrated last month in a very appropriate way – between widely-read news posts.

How the 2018 Worldcon handled Jon Del Arroz’ harassment history, and SFWA dealt with his membership application, attracted many readers and was heavily discussed in comments.

In fact, the third-most-read post earned its ranking from the many hits on rcade’s comment documenting that SFWA President Cat Rambo had made no attacks on Del Arroz despite his claims.

Here are the Top 10 Posts for January 2018:

  1. Del Arroz Not Allowed To Attend Worldcon 76
  2. SFWA Denies A Membership Application
  3. Pixel Scroll 1/25/18 Side Effects Of Pixel Can Include Enlarged Mt. TBRs
  4. Pixel Scroll 1/29/18 The Man Who Scrolled The Moon
  5. Pixel Scroll 1/27/18 Vaster Than Pixels And More Scroll
  6. Pixel Scroll 1/8/18 Calculating Witticisms And Generating Sarcastic Comebacks At The Algorithm Round Table
  7. Pixel Scroll 1/24/18 You Can Get Anything You Want At Filer’s Pixel Rant
  8. Pixel Scroll 1/21/18 Right Here In File City, Trouble With A Capital T, That Rhymes With P, And Stands For Pixel
  9. Science Fiction & Fantasy Creators Guild Launches Prematurely
  10. Pixel Scroll 1/15/18 Scroll Down, You File Too Fast, You Got To Make The Pixels Last

And here are the month’s Top 10 posts with Scrolls excluded:

  1. Del Arroz Not Allowed To Attend Worldcon 76
  2. SFWA Denies A Membership Application
  3. Science Fiction & Fantasy Creators Guild Launches Prematurely
  4. Cochran Files Bankruptcy on Eve of Trial
  5. Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018)
  6. 2017 Recommended SF/F List
  7. Read Every Mountain: Books For Your Mount To-Be-Read
  8. Fortieth Anniversary of File 770
  9. Jon Del Arroz Off BayCon 2017 Program, Claims Decision Is Politically Motivated
  10. Cats Sleep on SF: The Goblin Emperor

Happy 10th Birthday,
File 770 Blog

We’ve reached the second bookend of File 770’s 10/40 anniversary celebration.

As I said about the zine in the first post here on the File 770 blog

You never know how long a fanzine will be around. When the first pages rolled out of the mimeograph in January 1978, I decided it was premature to order personalized [File 770] license plates. But by now, the zine has outlasted 5 cars.

And just as surprisingly, the blog itself has reached the age of 10 today.

It might still be one of fandom’s best-kept secrets if not for John King Tarpinian’s January 2015 article “Viewing the Remains of Bradbury’s Home” and his photographs of the Bradbury home teardown that touched the hearts of all the fans who still hadn’t finished mourning Ray. John’s post became File 770’s most viewed up to that time (and is still in second place, behind “Sunday Business Meeting at Sasquan.”) It made more readers familiar with File 770 as a news source, preparing the way for the rapid audience expansion that happened when I started daily roundups of Sad/Rabid Puppy news.

I actually did those for only three months (and the titles people came up with launched another tradition). But the commenter community that grew out of them inspired me to invent the daily Pixel Scrolls, fan news and pop culture roundups, so we continue to have issues to discuss and ideas to play with.

Of the dozens of frequent contributors I owe thanks to, I especially want to remember John Hertz, who spans so many times and cultures in his writing; JJ, for vast review projects; Chris Barkley, a passionate fannish advocate; and Carl Slaughter, whose interviews help steer this blog toward its polestar interest in sff.

I’ll also never forget the late James H. Burns, who specialized in reminding us that fandom is fun. Usually his posts here were inspired by memories of “growing up fannish,” such as the very popular Once, When We Were All Scientists, and CLANKY!. But Jim was especially proud of a trio of posts that paid tribute to the influence of his father — My Father, And The Brontosaurus, Sons of a Mesozoic Age, and World War II, and a Lexicon in Time.

Thanks to all of you who contribute a review, a filk, a cat photo, or in some other way use your creative abilities to energize the conversation at File 770.

Lastly, thanks to Camestros Felapton for creating this birthday video —

Fortieth Anniversary of File 770

It was 40 years ago today
Sgt. Saturn taught the band to play…

Okay, never mind the rest of that… but on January 6, 1978 File 770 began life as a paperzine with issue #1.

Several friends have been along for the entire ride, like artist Taral Wayne, who had an illo in the first paper issue, and also is the creator of the banner art for this blog. Or Steve Davidson, mentioned in a news item on page 2. Not to mention the many who were on the mailing list from the beginning.

I also want to thank Linda Bushyager, editor of Karass, which preceded File 770 as fandom’s newzine of record, for passing the baton those many years ago.

And thanks to the generosity of everyone who has shared their stories, events and concerns in these pages over the years.

We’ll be celebrating this anniversary — and the 10th anniversary of this blog on January 15 — over the next 10 days with a series of special guest posts, too. Watch for the logo!

Top 20 Posts of 2017

Happy New Year! Here are the most-viewed posts from the past year with notes explaining what helped make them so.

The shortlist announcement.

What Brust said got attention. Then Will Shetterley’s prolonged rear-guard defense generated over 400 comments.

How much did Vox Day impact the 2017 Hugo finalists?

The Scroll’s account of the way John Scalzi had been trolled about a remark he made to an interviewer led to Vox Day paying a visit to the comments section.

“Is there a blacklist?” asked Lou Antonelli, because the rejection slips he was getting were not quite as warm as they formerly were. Much discussion ensued.

JJ’s link collection drew a lot of users.

The next item started the story. On this day, Odyssey Con co-chair Alex Merrill published an official response to the departure of GoH Monica Valentinelli – filling the void left by Richard S. Russell’s retracted statement with something more socially acceptable.

Author Monica Valentinelli announced she was withdrawing as Odyssey Con’s Literary/Game Designer GoH, just two weeks before the con due to Jim Frenkel’s continued presence on the concom and her concern for her safety.

The lead item reported that Bogi Takács wrote a series of tweets criticizing Greg Hullender’s statements in reviews about the usage of pronouns for non-binary characters in stories reviewed at Rocket Stack Rank, adding many screenshots of examples.

There was heated disagreement in comments about whether the Shire could be analyzed in Marxist terms.

Opinions about smoking got even more attention than the Scroll item about Sarah A. Hoyt returning to tell Mad Genius Club readers what happened to Sad Puppies 5

Filers discussed many things including the news item about Superversive SF’s Anthony M, who liked Neil Gaiman’s 17th-century vision of the Marvel universe — Marvel: 1602 (published in 2012) – but nevertheless was displeased by its revelation of a gay character.

The Shadow Clarke jury’s lack of acceptance for Becky Chambers’ A Closed and Common Orbit ignited Filers in open rebellion against the critics.

The winners.

Commenters were in the white heat of discussing award-nominated books.

The Corroding Empire, Castalia House’s parody of John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire with a look-alike cover, was taken off sale by Amazon.

Much reminiscing in comments about D&D and Satanic Panic.

What is meant by the derogatory term “box-checking”? The question may not have been definitely answered, but many commenters saw supposed examples as positively increasing diversity.

More attention to trolls’ efforts to capitalize on Monica Valentinelli’s quitting as OdysseyCon GoH.

Castalia House kept trying to bring its goon book The Corroding Empire back from the dead on Amazon.

Top 10 Posts For November 2017

The controversy about Rocket Stack Rank overtook all others and resulted in last month’s most-read Scroll. The unfortunate title of a Windycon panel, developments in the Peter S. Beagle/Connor Cochran litigation, and efforts to make Tolkien a saint, were some of the top non-Scroll stories.

Top 10 Posts for November 2017

  1. Pixel Scroll 11/26/17 I Can’t Believe I Pixeled In Front Of The Dean Of Science Fiction
  2. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions — #19
  3. Pixel Scroll 11/13/17 And So Pixels Made Of Sand Scroll Into The Sea, Eventually
  4. Mari Brighe: Statement on Windycon 2017 and the “Tutti Frutti” controversy
  5. Pixel Scroll 11/28/17 Peering Into The Scrolloscope, I Perceived The Pixels of Mars
  6. Pixel Scroll 11/6/17 All Of The True Pixels I Am About To Tell You Are Shameless Scrolls
  7. Pixel Scroll 11/5/17 I’m The Pixel Of Scrolls. What Were You The Pixel Of Again?
  8. Pixel Scroll 11/2/17 Contraterrenean Homesick Blues
  9. Pixel Scroll 11/15/17 Or All the Scrolls With Pixels
  10. Pixel Scroll 11/23/17 Secondfox Scrollbit In My Pixelmoth

Top 10 Non-Scroll Posts

  1. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions — #19
  2. Mari Brighe: Statement on Windycon 2017 and the “Tutti Frutti” controversy
  3. Horror Writers Association Bans CA Suleiman from StokerCon
  4. Participant Says World Fantasy Con Program Audience Still Struggles With Diversity Conversation
  5. Beagle and Cochran Issue Statements About Authorship
  6. Tolkien: An Unexpected Sainthood
  7. Rocket Stack Rank Issues Apology, Hullender Off Locus Panel
  8. OMNI Is Back
  9. 2017 Novellapalooza
  10. Hey Amazon, How About Doing These Lord of the Rings TV Shows?

Top 10 Posts For October 2017

Tail end of an internet mob or a polite and sensitive commentary – you decided, in comments on this month’s most-read Scroll. And coverage of efforts to advance J.R.R. Tolkien’s sainthood attracted enough readers to break the logjam of Scrolls and propel that post into October’s Top 10.

The most read posts last month were:

  1. Pixel Scroll 10/29/17 Please Remember To Scroll Your Pixels In The Form Of A Question
  2. Pixel Scroll 10/25/17 Blue, Blue Pixels Behind The Stars, Yellow Scroll On The Rise
  3. Pixel Scroll 10/17/17 If I Have Scrolled Further Than Others, It Is Because I Stood On The Pixels Of Filers
  4. Pixel Scroll 10/23/17 A Long Scroll To A Small Angry Pixel
  5. Pixel Scroll 10/24/17 Harry Pixel And The Undeserved Scroll
  6. Pixel Scroll 10/21/17 Stars in My Pocket Like Scrolls of Pixels.
  7. Pixel Scroll 10/1/17 And Lockjaw The Teleporting Bulldog (Played By A Bunch Of Pixels)
  8. Tolkien: An Unexpected Sainthood
  9. Pixel Scroll 10/16/17 Three Times Pixel Filer Dreamed Of The Marvellous Scroll
  10. Pixel Scroll 10/27/17 Dark Scroll Crashes, Pouring Pixels Into Ashes

Scroll-Free Top 10

  1. Tolkien: An Unexpected Sainthood
  2. Steve Davidson Counters NBC’s Announcement of Amazing Stories TV Revival
  3. Atwood Wins Peace Prize of the German Book Trade
  4. Dian Crayne (1942-2017)
  5. Is Discovery Unloved?
  6. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions — #17
  7. 2017 Recommended SF/F List
  8. Milt Stevens (1942-2017)
  9. Amazing and NBC Kiss and Make Up
  10. The Worst Movie Golden Bracket: The Finalizeling

Top 10 Posts For September 2017

Contentions over Dragon Con and the Dragon Awards vaulted several Scrolls and other posts into September’s Top 10 – including Chris Barkley’s column of advice on how to fix them. Jerry Pournelle’s death notice was visited by many mourners. And less predictably, other topics like the launching of the Bodega company and its perceived threat to local shops lit a fire under the discussion on other days.

  1. 2017 Dragon Awards
  2. Jerry Pournelle (1933-2017)
  3. Pixel Scroll 9/3/17 The Alpha Ralpha Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  4. Pixel Scroll 9/16/17 We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun, ‘Til Her Daddy Scrolls The Pixel Away.
  5. Pixel Scroll 9/9/17 The Map Is Not The Epic Fantasy Just As The Pixel Is Not The Scroll
  6. Pixel Scroll 9/5/17 For Sale: Baby Pixels. Never Scrolled
  7. Pixel Scroll 9/12/17 There Are As Yet Insufficient Pixels For A Meaningful Scroll
  8. Pixel Scroll 9/17/17 You Cannot Move This Pixel. It Is Still Used By A Scroll On Your Computer
  9. Pixel Scroll 9/4/17 Little Miss Muffet Sat On A Pixel. Along Came A Scroll.
  10. Pixel Scroll 9/11/17 Can He Bake A Pixel Pie, Charming Mikey?

And here is the Scroll-free Top 10…does there seem to be an echo?

  1. 2017 Dragon Awards
  2. Jerry Pournelle (1933-2017)
  3. Best Series Hugo: Eligible Series from 2017
  4. Women Hurt By Chairs, Bottles Thrown From Dragon Con Hotel
  5. Announcing: The Worst Movie Golden Bracket
  6. Source Materials About the 1989 Hugo Controversy
  7. When The Received Wisdom Is Wrong
  8. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions — #16
  9. Why Amazing Stories Isn’t Back on NBC
  10. Take A Knee Playing Out in SFF Media

Top 10 Posts For August 2017

Relatively few fans would have looked at last month’s number one post, “Livestream Hugo Ceremony on YouTube,” if the livestream broadcast had actually happened as planned. When it didn’t, thousands of fans wanting realtime Hugo results began combing the internet for them. Quite unexpectedly, Hampus Eckerman’s comments about the winners made here while he was sitting in the Hugo audience turned into one of those traffic centers. (And, boy, did the blog ever creak and moan!)

The antics of the Dragon Awards administrators helped fill the rest of the Top 10, garnering a lot of ugly publicity by refusing to let any nominees bow out, then changing their minds, and finally, sending some of their cronies into shock by talking the writer they poormouth the most into staying on the ballot.

  1. Livestream Hugo Ceremony on YouTube
  2. 2017 Hugo Award Winners
  3. Dragon Con Refuses To Let Authors Withdraw from Dragon Awards
  4. Scalzi Withdraws from Dragon Awards
  5. Dragons, and Puppies, and Innocent Bystanders, Oh My!
  6. Pixel Scroll 8/11/17 “Scrollpathy for the Pixel” By The Scrolling Stones
  7. Pixel Scroll 8/20/17 A Pithy Pixel Portion Produced Promptly
  8. Pixel Scroll 8/13/17 The Filers On The Hill See The Scroll Going Down, And The Eyes In Their Heads See The Pixels Spinning Round
  9. Pixel Scroll 8/12/17 Of Shoes, And Scrolls, And Sealing Wax, And Pixelated Kings
  10. Pixel Scroll 8/8/17 Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Scrolls Of Summer

And here is the Scroll-free Top 10, though this was one of the rare months when it’s almost unnecessary.

  1. Livestream Hugo Ceremony on YouTube
  2. 2017 Hugo Award Winners
  3. Dragon Con Refuses To Let Authors Withdraw from Dragon Awards
  4. Scalzi Withdraws from Dragon Awards
  5. Dragons, and Puppies, and Innocent Bystanders, Oh My!
  6. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions — #13
  7. Dragon Awards Reverse Decision: Littlewood Withdraws, But Scalzi Stays
  8. Worldcon 75 Ends With Some Interesting Numbers
  9. Dragon Con Safety Advice From Delilah S. Dawson
  10. What The Dragon Awards Will Never Be

Filer Meetup at Belge Bar & Bistro

Courtesy of Eric Wong, here are photos of Thursday’s File 770 meetup at Belge Bar & Bistro in Helsinki. (The last shot is from the place’s own website.) Identifications to come, hopefully.

Update: Hampus Eckerman identified the Filers in the first photo, going clockwise around the table: Björn Eckerman, NickPheas, Heather Rose Jones, Anna Feruglio Dal Dan, Kendall, Chad Saxelid, Greg Hullender, Jonas Eckerman.