Top 10 Posts For November 2016

Sarah A. Hoyt’s announcement of the fifth annual running of the mournful mutts attracted the most rolling eyes last month.

Even more than the Pixel Scroll in second place — a roundup of what sff authors had to say about Donald Trump being elected to the White House. (Priorities, people, please!) 😉

Here are the Top 10 posts for November

  1. Going To The Dogs Again
  2. Pixel Scroll 11/9/16 The Pixel Was Already Scrolling When I Lay Down On It
  3. Pixel Scroll 11/14/16 The Fen From S.C.R.O.L.L. And P.I.X.E.L.
  4. Pixel Scroll 11/1/16 We Have Scrolled The Pixel, And It Is Us
  5. Pixel Scroll 11/8/16 When We Scrolled The Pixels On Board, We Thought They Were Cute
  6. Pixel Scroll 11/24/16 And He Pixeled A Crooked Scroll
  7. Pixel Scroll 11/18/16 R.U.R. Or R.U.Ain’t (My Baby)
  8. Pixel Scroll 11/23/16 A Pixel On All Your Houses
  9. Pixel Scroll 11/10/16 I Grow Old… I Grow Old… I Shall Wear The Bottoms Of My Pixels Scrolled
  10. Pixel Scroll 11/12/16 Like A Scroll On A Wire; Like A Pixel In A Midnight Choir

And here are the most-viewed posts, Scrolls excluded.

  1. Going To The Dogs Again
  2. Barkley — Since You (Didn’t) Ask — Trumplandia, Weeks One and Two
  3. Carl Slaughter’s Open Letter to the CEO of Google
  4. Northern California Fans Find 56 Flags, Pro-Trump Slogans on Lawn
  5. Worldcon 75 Posts Its Code of Conduct
  6. Crystal Huff Resigns as Co-Chair of Worldcon 75
  7. After The Fall – Walter Jon Williams’ Praxis Universe
  8. Spoilers Ahead: Open Discussion of the Movie Arrival
  9. MACII’s Code of Conduct Response Procedures Posted
  10. Famed Tanith Lee Series Coming Out From DAW

Top 10 Posts for October 2016

Last month’s most-read Scroll reported Worldcon 75 and Dave Weingart’s parting of the ways.

However, two other posts gave the Scrolls a run for their money.

(1) Once again someone on Reddit pointed to File 770’s post about Terry Pratchett’s coat-of-arms, producing thousands of hits in a two-day period. Amazing how that works.

And (2) Vox Day released Infogalactic, a Wikipedia clone designed to be more to his readers’ taste.

Here are the top 10 posts for October.

  1. Pixel Scroll 10/8/16 No Pixel Necessary, No Scroll Needed
  2. Pixel Scroll 10/16/16 Ticking Pixels To A Cat
  3. Terry Pratchett’s Coat-of-Arms
  4. Vox Day Launches Infogalactic, Rival to Wikipedia
  5. Pixel Scroll 10/7/16 You Keep Using That Pixel. I Do Not Thing It Scrolls How You Think It Does
  6. Pixel Scroll 10/24/16 I’m Free. I’m Free, And Waiting For Scroll To Pixel Me
  7. Pixel Scroll 10/20/16 Pixeled In The Scroll By My Own Pixel
  8. Pixel Scroll 10/19/16 The Pixel With The Ticks Will Be The Scroll That Is Droll
  9. Pixel Scroll 10/23/16 Earth Scrolls Are Easy
  10. Pixel Scroll 10/17/16 Scrolls From Topographic Pixels

And here are the most-viewed posts, Scrolls excluded.

  1. Terry Pratchett’s Coat-of-Arms
  2. Vox Day Launches Infogalactic, Rival to Wikipedia
  3. Sunil Patel Interview
  4. More Publishers Cut Ties With Sunil Patel
  5. Best Series Hugo: Eligible Series
  6. Worldcon 75 Apologizes for ‘Grave Mishandling’ of Weingart Firing
  7. The 1980 Timewarp Project
  8. Charles Stross and the Laundry Files
  9. Describe Your Favorite Cover Art
  10. D.Douglas Fratz (1952-2016)

Top 10 Posts For September 2016

Last month everybody wanted to talk about the first Dragon Award winners, not least the winners themselves. And the Hugos are always a popular discussion topic, sparked this time by Worldcon 75’s announcement of its experimental Best Series Hugo category.

Here are Top 10 posts for September 2016, Scrolls included

  1. First Dragon Awards Presented
  2. A Holiday Weekend With Comments 9/3
  3. Pixel Scroll 9/15/16 Scroll On the Water, Pixels In The Sky
  4. Pixel Scroll 9/19/16 Scroll Like A Pixel Day
  5. Pixel Scroll 9/14/16 A Trans-Atlantic Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Hurrah!
  6. Pixel Scroll 9/13/16 I Know Why The Crottled Greep Pings
  7. Talking About SF 9/5
  8. Pixel Scroll 9/25/16 Keep Your Scrolls Close, But Keep Your Pixels Closer
  9. Pixel Scroll 9/8/16 Happy Birthday Star Trek
  10. Dragon Award Winners Responses

And here are the most-viewed posts, Scrolls excluded.

  1. First Dragon Awards Presented
  2. Dragon Award Winners Responses
  3. Collected Classic SF By Women
  4. Worldcon 75 Chair Responds
  5. Dave Kyle (1919-2016)
  6. Furry Murder
  7. Helsinki To Run Best Series Hugo
  8. Digital Assistants at the Forefront of AI
  9. 2016 Recommended SF/F List
  10. Valente Wins First Eugie Foster Award

Thank You to the Sponsors of Park 770

On April 24, it was proposed that Filers, as a group, sponsor a park bench in the MidAmeriCon II Fan Village.

Response was so tremendous that we ended up sponsoring two parks, decorated with foliage and exotic miscellanea and benches with engraved plaques.

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JJ set up a draft of this post for me, but I was hospitalized before I could finish editing the photos and working up the layout. Today is the day!

Thank You to the Filers who donated to sponsor Park 770:

list order created with a random-number generator — because how else would SF geeks do it???

  • Cathy Green
  • Lisa Harrigan
  • Heather Rose Jones
  • Stoic Cynic
  • DMS
  • Laura Watkins
  • Robin Reid
  • Travis Creason
  • Jim Henley
  • Kevin Chollman
  • Keith Stevenson
  • Willard Stone
  • Elise Matthesen
  • Lenore Jones
  • Linda Lewis
  • Susan Johnson
  • Christopher Gerrib
  • Soon Lee
  • Dawn Incognito
  • Hampus Eckerman
  • Tony Cullen
  • Bret Grandrath
  • Tasha Turner Lennhoff
  • Brian Vander Veen
  • Andrew Kuchling
  • JJ
  • Lowell Gilbert
  • Bonnie McDaniel
  • TYP
  • Levana Taylor
  • Mark-kitteh
  • Cassy Beach
  • bookworm 1398
  • StephenfromOttawa
  • Sylvia Sotomayor
  • Ursula Vernon
  • Naomi Kritzer
  • Greg Machlin
  • Doctor Science
  • Geoff Thorpe
  • Kendall
  • Charon Dunn
  • Doire
  • snowcrash
  • tofu
  • Simon Bisson
  • Mimse
  • Leslie C
  • Kimberly Kohn
  • Mike O’Donnell
  • Chris S
  • Cally Soukup
  • Lydia Nickerson

And, just to prove that we are truly a Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villainy, here are the SJW Credentials of Filer Donors:

Tasha Turner Lennhoff

  • Lucky

Tasha Turner Lenhoff and Lucky

Stoic Cynic

  • Princess and the Pea



  • Jake


Soon Lee

  • Tickee


Cally S.

  • Spats



  • T.B. Kahuna


Robin Anne Reid

  • Luthien


Guess what – the all black boy is Sooty. Minnie is no longer mini, but much reduced from her attempt to grow bigger than Sooty’s predecessor.


  • Minnie and Sooty


Doctor Science

  • Sneakers



  • Tweek and Penwiper (aka The Cat From Hell)



  • The Doctor and Sextus


jonesnori/Lenore Jones

  • Pogo, Betty, Shadow (of blessed memory), Magpie


Hampus Eckerman

  • Top left: Fred Lower left: Eddie Lower right: Dizze


Dawn Incognito

  • Tunafish


  • MissieMaya


Bonnie McDaniel

  • Sweetie



  • Sam and Bubba.


Naomi Kritzer

  • Emily
  • Balto
  • Cassie McFluff

(Pictured below: Cassie McFluff, aka Fluffypants.)


Sylvia Sotomayor

The cat is DC, which stands for “Dazed and Confused”, “Darn Cute”, “Damn Cat”, “Demanding and Complaining”, and anything else we can come up with. She’s 15 in this pic (16 now), and this shows her hanging out in the garden, waiting for a lizard to show up.



Here’s a pic of me and a couple of SJW Kitties guarding the TBR pile.

Er, Tigerman and Lionman?


Cassy B.

  • Sebastian


Heather Rose Jones

I don’t have a current SJW credential, but it occurred to me that “tree-hugger” is a SJW credential, so I supply here a picture of me and my huggable tree, which does not have a name.


(Apologies in advance for any mistakes; please send any corrections ASAP to mikeglyer [at]

File 770 #166 The Magazine Is Available at eFanzines

I finished a new issue of the magazine-format File 770 at the end of July and sent it to Bill Burns for posting at eFanzines. Unfortunately, I hadn’t announced the new issue here before I was overtaken by medical problems and swept off to the hospital. The issue has been stealthily waiting online until I returned to tell Filers it exists.

Click to download a copy.

File 770 #166 has excellent original material.

John Hertz interviews Ctein about The Saturn Run, his first fiction book with John Sandford.

Dave Doering does truly impressive detective work to identify the New York City site of the first Worldcon — Caravan Hall – using historic photos.

And John Hertz’ “The Worldcon I Saw” reports in detail about Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane.

I also reprinted one of my favorite feature articles by the late James H. Burns, “Once, When We All Were Scientists,” and two others deserving another read, “Crusader Clifford Clinton and His Cafeteria, Clifton’s” by John Hertz, and “File Still Open: A Celebration of a Newsletter” by Taral Wayne.

Taral also did the cover art, and Jose Sanchez the back cover.

Now that the issue is no longer the worst kept secret on the internet, I hope you will take a look at it and enjoy reading these articles, as well as the other features.

Top 10 Posts For July 2016

July’s most-read Pixel Scroll got that way with help from everyone who wanted to argue about #GamerGate, plus a side helping of comments from people who’d taken that online vocabulary test Vox Day cited as evidence of his intelligence.

The leading non-Scroll post reported changes to the NEA’S Big Read book list – Bradbury out, Le Guin still in, other sf/f writers added.

These were the 10 most-viewed posts in July according to Google Analytics.

  1. Pixel Scroll 7/13/16 Scroll on the Water, Fire in the Sky
  2. Pixel Scroll 7/12/16 Boys! Raise Giant Pixels in your Cellar!
  3. Pixel Scroll 7/6/16 And She Gave Away The Pixels Of Her Past And Said, “I’ve Lost The Scroll Again”
  4. Pixel Scroll 7/11/16 The Coal Equations
  5. Pixel Scroll 7/5/16 Scrollamagoosa
  6. Pixel Scroll 7/24/16 The Pixel Who Walks Through Walls
  7. Pixel Scroll 7/14/16 I Am the Pixel in the Darkness
  8. Pixel Scroll 7/8/16 Scrolled Pixels Are All Alike; Every Unscrolled Pixel Is Unscrolled In Its Own Way
  9. Pixel Scroll 7/19/16 Dropkick Me Pixel, Through The Scrollposts Of Life
  10. Pixel Scroll 7/28/16 How Many Files Must A Pixel Scroll Down

And, Scrolls excluded, these 10 came next on the list of most-read posts in July.

  1. Just. One. Book. Update
  2. World Fantasy Awards Final Ballot
  3. 2016 Hugo Finalist Review Roundup
  4. Measuring The Rabid Puppies Slate’s Impact on the Final Hugo Ballot
  5. Hugo Voting Rules Proposals Sponsored By Harris, Buff, Standlee, Others
  6. Hugo Voting Proposal Status Update
  7. Announcing The Cult Movie Bracket
  8. 2016 CFLA Book of the Year
  9. The Great Big Juicy Smooch of Death
  10. SFWA Says It Will Admit Game Writers, All Heck Breaks Loose

Top 10 Posts For June 2016

The month’s most-read post got that way thanks to a royal rumble in the comments between Brian Z. and all comers about awards campaigning and what Harlan Ellison had to say about it. It’ll be the last of its kind for a simple reason…. No more Brian Z.

These were the 10 most-viewed posts in June according to Google Analytics.

  1. Pixel Scroll 6/2/16 Scroll Songs of an Old Pixel
  2. Pixel Scroll 6/15/16 Great Sky Pixel
  3. Chesley Awards 2016 Nominees
  4. Pixel Scroll 6/16/16 Schroedinger’s Kzin
  5. Pixel Scroll 6/21/16 Everybody In The Whole Scrollblock, Dance To The Pixelhouse Rock
  6. Pixel Scroll 6/13/16 Carry On My Wayward Scroll
  7. Pixel Scroll 6/19/16 MacArthur’s File Is Posting In The Dark, All The Sweet Green Pixels Scrolling Down
  8. Pixel Scroll 6/24/16 Porcupine Tree’s Yellow Pixel Dreamscroll
  9. Pixel Scroll 5/31/16 Every Bark a Doorway
  10. Pixel Scroll 6/23/16 Where The Scrolls Have No Name

And, Scrolls excluded, these 10 came next on the list of most-read posts in June.

  1. To Say Nothing of the Dogs; or, How We Confound the Hugos’ Third Slump (Hugo voting proposal discussion 5)
  2. Castalia Blog Posts Excluded from Hugo Packet
  3. James H. Burns Has Died
  4. Brighton WorldCon ‘87: A Slightly Delayed Report
  5. Announcing The Cult Movie Bracket
  6. All Hugo Nominees Who Finished Behind No Award Prior to 2015
  7. James Busby Passes Away
  8. Measuring The Rabid Puppies Slate’s Impact on the Final Hugo Ballot
  9. Evolving Convention Art Shows
  10. Baltimore Club Issues Statement About Balticon 50

Top 10 Posts For May 2016

Was it the title or the topics that made “Baying and Nothingness” the best-read Scroll in May? Will R’s phrase drew many compliments. But never underestimate the drawing power of Timothy the Talking Cat.

These were the 10 most-viewed posts in May according to Google Analytics.

  1. Pixel Scroll 5/1/16 Baying and Nothingness
  2. Pixel Scroll 5/3/16 The Seven Pixel Scrollution
  3. Three Possible Hugo Voting Alternatives
  4. Pixel Scroll 5/4/16 (Take Another) Piece Of My Artificial Heart
  5. Pixel Scroll 5/2/16 Ancillary Mary Sue
  6. Analyzing EPH
  7. Pixel Scroll 5/5/16 The Barnacles of Narnia
  8. Pixel Scroll 5/19/16 I Am Not In The Scroll Of Common Men
  9. Pixel Scroll 5/24/16 Bark Side Of the Moon
  10. Pixel Scroll 5/6/16 Waggin’ Train

And, Scrolls excluded, these 7 came next on the list of most-read posts in May.

  1. Castalia Blog Posts Excluded from Hugo Packet
  2. They’d Rather Free Ride: Hugos and Game Theory (Proposal Discussion Thread 4)
  3. Measuring The Rabid Puppies Slate’s Impact on the Final Hugo Ballot
  4. Kritzer, Lady Business Added to Hugo Ballot
  5. MidAmeriCon II Posts Weapons Policy
  6. 2016 Nebula Awards Winners
  7. 2016 Hugo Voter Packet Released by MidAmeriCon II

Waiting for File 770 #166

By Yeh Shao-Weng:

It must be because he hates clogs on his moss
I knocked ten times still his gate stayed closed
but spring can’t be kept locked in a garden
a branch of red blossoms reached past the wall

Sent to me by John Hertz during National Poetry Month, this poem really is by Yeh Shao-Weng the 13th Century Chinese poet. John quoting it in Vanamonde 1192 didn’t mention File 770, nor did he say Yeh’s real title was what I put above. I can’t claim authority to speak for a Sung Dynasty author, but I think I know what’s on John’s mind — because he has a lot of material in the next issue. I really do hope to publish File 770 #166 this spring.


From John’s notes: The poem can be found in Red Pine tr., Poems of the Masters (2003), the original in four lines of seven Chinese characters each on p. 228 and Red Pine’s translation on p. 229.  The literary name Red Pine is the Taoist immortal Ch‘i Sung, Lord of Rain under Shen Nung, the legendary inventor of agriculture.  The anthology, in Chinese named Ch‘ien-chia Shih, literally A Thousand Poems of the Masters, is sometimes called the Thousand Poems for short; the translator left out “thousand” since it’s clearly figurative, there being two hundred poems.  About the poem he says, “The Chinese often use moss as a ground cover in their gardens … the clogs … had two high wooden ridges on the bottom, one in front and one in back….  The red blossoms are those of the apricot….  The last line is quite famous but was originally part of an earlier poem by Lu Yu (1125-1210) entitled ‘Written on Horseback’” (p. 228).  About the anthology he says, “for the past eight centuries, it has been the most-memorized collection of verse in China and part of every student’s education” (p. 5).

Top 10 Posts For April 2016

Sure, the Hugos were the biggest story in April, and the impact of the slates was the biggest Hugo story. However, the new Dragon Awards, and David A. Riley’s reasons for leaving a Horror Writers of America awards jury, were pretty big news too.

Here are dual Top 10 lists – the leading Pixel Scrolls, and the best-read news posts.

Top 10 News Posts

  1. Measuring The Rabid Puppies Slate’s Impact on the Final Hugo Ballot
  2. Dragon Con Launches Its Own SF Awards
  3. Thomas A. Mays Withdraws His Hugo-Nominated Story
  4. SFWA Mass Autographing May 13
  5. Riley Off HWA Award Jury
  6. 2016 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis Shortlist
  7. No Time For Yeomen (Don’t Tell Janice Rand)
  8. HWA on Bram Stoker Award Jury Controversy
  9. What Did You Nominate for the 2016 Hugos?
  10. Status Report

Top Ten Scrolls

  1. Pixel Scroll 4/28/16 All My Hugos
  2. Pixel Scroll 4/6/2016 I Saw A Scroll Drinking A Pina Colada At Trader Vic’s, His Pixel Was Perfect
  3. Pixel Scroll 4/18/16 It’s Better To Pixel Out, Than To Scroll Away
  4. Pixel Scroll 4/8/16 “…And He Built A Crooked Mouse.”
  5. Pixel Scroll 4/27/16 One Pup, Two Pup, Mad Pup, Sad Pup.
  6. Pixel Scroll 4/9/16 Little Old Lady Got Nominated Late Last Night
  7. Pixel Scroll 4/20/16 Through the Scrolling-Glass
  8. Pixel Scroll 4/29/16 Dr. Strangelist
  9. Pixel Scroll 4/7/16 Pixels On Earth, Fifth To All Mankind
  10. Pixel Scroll 4/17/16 Hives of Light