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The April 20 Pixel Scroll quoted several paragraphs from Declan Finn’s blog post “The John Ringo and ConCarolinas issue” (see item 13) ending with this one —

On THEIR OWN TERMS, I should be concerned to even walk the halls as a regular attendee carrying a John Ringo book. While I have no problem defending myself, I to go conventions to have a good time. I don’t want to spend the majority of the con in cuffs because some dickheads decide “You’re a Ringo fan, therefore you’re [insert cliche lefty insults here]” and therefore I have to beat them senseless.

Today Robert D. Ries smugly chastised me in comments:

I am curious: Is your misquote of Declan Finn intentional, or simply incompetence?

Because the omitted “in self defense” gives the statement an entirely different tone and meaning.

Don’t worry, I don’t expect a retraction, correction OR apology. Your history of such incidents is obvious.

Why? Because that paragraph in Finn’s post now reads like this

Finn has rewritten the line since I quoted him.

However, the Google cache file at this hour still has the original text:

Will Robert D. Ries be more surprised or disappointed to learn it is possible to document the original quote? Surprised enough to apologize?

Top 10 Posts for March 2018

Chris Barkley’s proposal to name the Worldcon’s new YA Book Award after an undisclosed person (and the blowup that ensued), and the banning of Will Shetterly by the 4th Street Fantasy Convention, were the most-read stories here in the month of March.

It wouldn’t be quite fair to say they overshadowed the Hugo announcement, since that just happened yesterday and those comments are still rolling along.

Here are two lists, the complete Top 10, and a second that leaves out the daily roundups — although March 2018 was a rare month when there were just as many news stories in the Top 10 as Scrolls.

  1. A Proposal to Re-Name the Young Adult Book Award at Worldcon 76
  2. Shetterly Banned by 4th Street Fantasy Convention
  3. Pixel Scroll 3/22/18 And The Pixels Were All Kept Equal By Hatchet, Ax And Saw
  4. 2018 Hugo Award Finalists
  5. Pixel Scroll 3/27/18 Godstalk It, Jake, It’s Pixel Scroll
  6. Tremendous Pushback Against Barkley YA Award Name Proposal
  7. Pixel Scroll 3/26/18 You Know How To Pixel, Don’t You Steve? You Just Put Your Files Together And Scroll
  8. What Did You Nominate For The 2018 Hugo Awards?
  9. Pixel Scroll 3/11/18 Scroll Forward, Pixel Back (And Check The Batteries On Your Snoke Detectors!)
  10. Pixel Scroll 3/12/18 Dammit, Jim, I’m A Filer, Not A Pixel-Scroller!

The Scroll-free Top 10

  1. A Proposal to Re-Name the Young Adult Book Award at Worldcon 76
  2. Shetterly Banned by 4th Street Fantasy Convention
  3. 2018 Hugo Award Finalists
  4. Tremendous Pushback Against Barkley YA Award Name Proposal
  5. What Did You Nominate For The 2018 Hugo Awards?
  6. Kate Wilhelm (1928-2018)
  7. Readercon Issues Apology
  8. Karen Anderson (1932-2018)
  9. 2018 Worldcon Chair Answers Criticism About Scheduling of Hugo Finalist Announcement
  10. Diversity again

Top 10 Posts for February 2018

The short month of February was barely long enough to hold all the news. Jon Del Arroz’ campaign to fund a lawsuit against the Worldcon has been continually discussed, with 198 comments in 10 days. Filers also have had a lot to say about Kathryn Cramer’s request that the Readercon Board look into charges that its program director engaged in age discrimination while trimming their invitation list.

And it now seems a long time ago that Lou Antonelli surprised everyone by apologizing for his claim that Camestros Felapton is an alias for Foz Meadows’ husband, but that was also a hot topic in February.

Top 10 Posts

  1. Jon Del Arroz Threatens to Sue Worldcon 76
  2. Pixel Scroll 1/29/18 The Man Who Scrolled The Moon
  3. Pixel Scroll 2/5/18 I Get No Pixels From Champagne
  4. Pixel Scroll 2/11/18 ’The Scroll of Doctor Pixel And Other Stories’ And Other Stories
  5. Pixel Scroll 2/6/18 If Only The Contents Matched The Packaging
  6. Pixel Scroll 2/3/18 As God Is My Witness, I Thought Pixels Could Scroll!
  7. Pixel Scroll 1/30/18 The Man Who Mooned The Scroll
  8. Foz Meadows on Other Prospective Apologies
  9. Pixel Scroll 2/1/18 Five Little Pixel Scrolls, Argued On The Floor, One Used A Fallacy, And Well, There Were Still Five
  10. Pixel Scroll 2/13/18 Contents Of The Pixels May Have Scrolled During Flight

Top 10 Posts Excluding Pixel Scrolls

  1. Jon Del Arroz Threatens to Sue Worldcon 76
  2. Foz Meadows on Other Prospective Apologies
  3. Cramer Asks Readercon to Investigate Age Discrimination Charge
  4. Antonelli’s Apology Accepted By Foz Meadows and Camestros Felapton
  5. We Need To Do More Than Just Be Upset About Abuse In Fandom
  6. 2017 Recommended SF/F List
  7. Where To Find The 2017 Nebula Finalists For Free Online
  8. 2017 Nebula Awards Nominees
  9. Del Arroz Not Allowed To Attend Worldcon 76
  10. Neal Stephenson Wins 2018 Robert A. Heinlein Award

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