Top 10 Posts for April 2015

An announcement that April’s Top 10 consists entirely of Hugo- or Sad Puppy-related posts can only lead to charges of bloc voting, so I also have generated a second “top 10” of posts having nothing to do with those topics.

Here are the month’s leading posts according to Google Analytics:

  1. Sasquan Replaces Two Ineligible Nominees on Hugo Ballot
  2. Entering the Lists
  3. Two Hugo Nominees Withdraw Their Stories
  4. Flow My Tears, the Sad Puppy Said 4/26
  5. Kate Paulk Uncovers a Conspiracy
  6. Send In The Puppies… Don’t Bother They’re Here 4/28
  7. Four and Twenty Puppies Smoked in a Pie 4/20
  8. All The Colors of Kibble 4/8
  9. I Sing the Puppy Electric 4/29
  10. The Demolished Puppy 4/27

April’s number one post is also the second most-viewed post of all time on this blog, behind Viewing the Remains of Bradbury’s Home.

Here are the top 10 non-Hugo, non-Puppy posts:

  1. There Will Be War, Again!
  2. Art Widner (1917-2015)
  3. Benjanun Sriduangkaew Update
  4. 2014 BSFA Awards Announced
  5. 2015 Locus Recommended Reading List Appears
  6. Bujold Novel Among 11 New Baen Acquisitions
  7. Is Your Club Dead Yet?
  8. Recalling the First World Science Fiction Convention
  9. Monster Hunter Tales Anthology Announced
  10. The Game of Fashion


Top 10 Posts for March 2015

You know what they say – nothing is inevitable except death and Sad Puppies.

The passing of Terry Pratchett triggered a surge of internet activity so great in extent that a five-year-old post with an image of his coat-of-arms became the second most-read thing on this blog in March – exceeded only by readership for a tempestuous debate about the neverending Sad Puppies campaign.

Holly Lisle’s resignation from SFWA drove two other posts into the Top 10 as people vented about her associating a loathing for income tax with SFWA’s intent to obtain public grants.

Several long-lived controversies also resurfaced this month. WisCon finally drew a conclusion about a harassment complaint that had been open for two years. Benjanun Sriduangkaew decided it was a good time break a self-imposed silence, George R.R. Martin having just endorsed the author of an investigative report about her for the Hugo. And Chi-Fi’s chairman provided fresh examples of the public relations cluelessness he first displayed as a rookie in 2014.

Here are the top 10 posts for March according to Google Analytics.

  1. Paulk Proclaims Puppy Party 4
  2. Terry Pratchett’s Coat-of-Arms
  3. Lisle Resignation Follow-up
  4. WisCon Issues Report on Lemberg Complaint
  5. Benjanun Sriduangkaew Counterattacks
  6. Peggy Rae Sapienza (1944-2015)
  7. Holly Lisle Resigns from SFWA
  8. Chi-Fi Keeps The Fie In Sci-Fi
  9. Your Emergency Holographic 2015 Hugo Short Fiction Reading List
  10. Gen Con Threatens To Move If Indiana Governor Signs Religious Freedom Bill

Top 10 Posts for February 2015

In February readers returned day after day to follow developments in science fiction’s culture war. And what did I do in the war?

  • Announced Brad Torgersen’s release of the Sad Puppies 3 Hugo recommendations.
  • Reported that the author of a story touted by Sad Puppies 3 asked to be dropped from the list because he didn’t like being associated with some of the attitudes embraced by two of its prominent backers.
  • Poked fun at Larry Correia’s appeal for help in finding insults people had written about him for use by a pair of writers in an article about the politicization of the Hugo Awards.
  • Recommended my own radical formula for finding Hugo nominees: Actually read stuff and if it deserves an award write it down.
  • Looked over the Locus Recommended Reading List and couldn’t understand how dozens and dozens of works were worth a mention, but absolutely none from Baen Books.
  • Observed with amazement commenters at Mad All The Time Genius Club taking absolutely literally the satirical opening of “Why You’re Not A Fan”, raging at its fake Fannish Purity Panel (which several assumed was real), and turning up their noses at its real message about the wide-open doors of fandom.
  • Said my piece about Larry Correia’s attack on Tempest Bradford’s reading challenge. Went 15 rounds with my own commenters. Spent some time on the canvas but kept getting back up.

Finally, discovered somebody found a topic so hot that File 770 got its first-ever hits from DoNotLink. Never did track down the source of those – I guess it worked!

Here are the top 10 posts for February according to Google Analytics.

  1. Larry Correia Channels His Inner Dogberry
  2. Author Dave Creek Declines Sad Puppydom
  3. Why You’re Not A Fan
  4. The Day After The Book Bomb Dropped
  5. Sad Puppies Wag Their Tales
  6. Another Day at the Kerfuffle Factory
  7. 2015 Locus Recommended Reading List Appears
  8. Supanova Boycott Controversy
  9. Kameron Hurley’s Further Comments on the Relationship Between Awards and Sales
  10. How To Nominate for the Hugos

Top 10 Posts for January 2015

Tapping that vast wellspring of love for the author, “Viewing the Remains of Bradbury’s Home” went viral, receiving 10 times more hits than anything ever posted here before. John King Tarpinian’s story and photos about the teardown of Ray’s house were picked up by the LA Times, LA Curbed, NBC Los Angeles, and as well as forums on Reddit and Metafilter, and were linked by any number of Twitter users.

Any other month, Brad Torgersen’s announcement of Sad Puppies 3 — that miserable effort to reduce the Hugo Awards to a left-right fucktard slapfight — would have been the top post. Even so, it ranked second and carried two related posts into the Top 10.

Apart from the Chip Delany tribute anthology, you might have been hard-pressed to find any “happy news” in this list had not a three-way tie for tenth place lifted the Lovecraft Beer story above the event horizon…

Here are the top 10 posts for January 2015 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Viewing the Remains of Bradbury’s Home
  2. Torgersen Volunteers To Be Leader of the Pack
  3. Letter To A Higher Critic
  4. Did Sad Puppies Save Worldcon?
  5. FJ Bergmann Defends Against WisCon Harassment Complaint
  6. The Demolished Fan and Other Bradbury News
  7. What Stories Are In “Stories for Chip”?
  8. Cops Bust Fans With Fake Guns On Their Way To Canadian Anime Convention
  9. Melissa Conway Retires from the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy
  10. (tie) O Sasquan, My Sasquan
  11. (tie) Joe Franklin, R.I.P.
  12. (tie) Lovecraft Beer Premieres 1/19

File 770’s 50 Most-Read Stories of 2014

Here are the 50 the news stories and commentaries people were most interested in reading in 2014.

File 770 broke some of these stories — like Tor pulling its MZB birthday article, Harlan Ellison’s stroke, the turnover in the WisCon committee. In other cases people linked here as the story of record for certain information — the list of 2014 Hugo nominees that had been on Larry Correia’s slate, or various developments with convention harassment complaints.

That’s the work I like to take credit for. However, I confess item #4 ranks that high because it was such a spectacular dud everyone came to see for themselves…

1. Yanks MZB Birthday Tribute
2.       Somewhere Puppies Are Smiling
3.       Ellison In Hospital Following Stroke
4.       Seven Days In May
5.       More Changes In WisCon Committee Revealed
6.       Letter To A Higher Critic
7.       The Invisible Fanwriter Hugo
8.       Asimov Still Holds The Record
9.       Archon 38 Cancels Bolgeo As Fan GoH
10.   Wright Quits SFWA, Torgersen To Follow
11.   Two More Con Code of Conduct Complaints Go Public
12.   USA Today Weighs In On Hugos
13.   Jim Frenkel Banned By Wiscon
14.   Larry Correia’s Vulgar Blog Post – His Word
15.   Loncon 3’s Hugo MC Withdraws
16.   John Cocchi Missing
17.   Stu Shiffman (1954-2014)
18.   A Lawful Alignment
19.   Beijing in 2016 Worldcon Bid
20.   Hugo Statistics Dress Sad Puppies in Black Armbands
21.   The Comic-Con Police Blotter
22.   Is Your Club Dead Yet?
23.   Mary Poppins, Murderess?
24.   Bolgeo Ouster Triggers Backlash
25.   Looking for Angel to Save Bradbury’s Hugo
26.   Breendoggle History Wiki
27.   Petition Targets SFWA Bulletin Oversight
28.   Terry Pratchett’s Coat-of-Arms
29.   William H. Patterson Jr. (1951-2014)
30.   A Case Study in Trolling
31.   2013 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot
32.   Eyewitnesses to Ellison’s Recovery
33.   Why The Evidence Should Be Examined
34.   Nominee Withdraws From 2014 World Fantasy Awards
35.   A Harvest of Apologies
36.   Remembering “Science Fiction’s 50th Anniversary Family Reunion” at Noreascon Three (1989)
37.   Mark Rogers (1952-2014)
38.   2014 Hugo Award Nominees
39.   Vijay deSelby-Bowen Passes Away
40.   Libertarian Futurist Society Makes Retro Hugo Endorsement
41.   Fourth of Sierra Madre
42.   Sue Mason Wins 2014 Rotsler Award
43.   Tribute to Bill Patterson
44.   Classic Flash Gordon Rocket For Sale
45.   A Bouquet of Masquerade Photos From Loncon 3
46.   Bhob Stewart (1937-2014)
47.   Frank Dietz Passes Away
48.   Hugo Nominated Fauxzines
49.   Get Those Old People Off My (Artificial) Grass
50.   Ackerman Auction Takes in Quarter Million

Top 10 Posts For December 2014

Nature decrees that certain things tend to rise – such as the hitcounts on blog posts filled with bad news. Sometimes there are exceptions – in December, Sue Mason’s winning the 2014 Rotsler Award attracted more readers than the rest of the tragic and toxic news items that commanded attention all month long.

That included a couple of older posts which returned to the top 10 due to new links from Jim C. Hines’ and Jason Sanford’s blogs. Those authors have also been tracking the continuing fallout from Ohio’s Context convention. Since the committee addressed harassment complaints in September there have been resignations, the directors of the parent corporation dissolved the board, and now the future of con seems in jeopardy.

In another story, George R.R. Martin managed to find the silver lining after computer hackers and threats derailed Sony’s plans to release The Interview. He was one of the independent theater owners who stepped up offering to play the film, and it screened was his Jean Cocteau Theatre in Santa Fe.

Here are the top 10 posts for December 2014 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Sue Mason Wins 2014 Rotsler Award
  2. Two More Con Code of Conduct Complaints Go Public
  3. Stu Shiffman (1954-2014)
  4. Craig Ferguson’s Relative Dimensions in Time and Space
  5. Dublin 2019 Worldcon Bid Proposes Code of Conduct
  6. Early Science Fiction Clubs: Your Mileage May Vary
  7. Resignations From Context Committee Over Harassment Policy Enforcement
  8. George R.R. Martin Offers To Screen “The Interview” at His Theater
  9. Almost The Final Frontier
  10. Ohio’s Context: Mostly Dead?
  11. Furry Convention Evacuates After Chlorine Gas Released in Stairwell

File 770 #164 Available

Ring out the year 2014 with the new issue of File 770!


  • My Short Career as a Chess Non-Prodigy by Rich Lynch
  • A Switch In Time: Mr. Peabody and Sherman by Taral Wayne
  • World Fantasy Convention 2014 report by Martin Morse Wooster
  • NASFiC, My NASFiC by John Hertz
  • The Glicksohn Memorial Service… and Other Memories of Mike by Joel Zakem
  • Remembering the “Dean” of 1950s Fandom by Rich Lynch

Plus, Cover by Steve Stiles (in which the artist makes a Hitchcockian cameo appearance…), bacover by Jose Sanchez, illos by Brad Foster, Alexis Gilliland, Sue Mason, Steve Stiles, and Taral Wayne.

Also news, selected features from the blog, and letters of comment.

Click here — File 770 #164

Top 10 Posts For November 2014

A beautiful new fandom may someday emerge like a butterfly, but right now the cocoon is filled with a lot of mess and spilled guts. Turnover in the WisCon and Context committees were top stories. As was the revelation that an online troll and a recent best new writer nominee were one in the same person.

This was also a month of bittersweet memory. The passing of Stu Shiffman was an opportunity to honor his gift of friendship and many accomplishments. And others who passed earlier were called to mind for any number of reasons – Frank Dietz, Ray Bradbury, Bob Tucker.

Here are the Top 10 posts for November 2014 according to Google Analytics.

  1. More Changes In WisCon Committee Revealed
  2. Stu Shiffman (1954-2014)
  3. A Case Study in Trolling
  4. Two More Con Code of Conduct Complaints Go Public
  5. The Great World War II Comic Book Myth
  6. Frank Dietz Passes Away
  7. Serendipity and Mr. Bradbury
  8. Glen Larson (1937-2014)
  9. A Century of Tucker
  10. Harlan Calls for Spinrad To Be Named SFWA Grandmaster

Top 10 Posts For October 2014

The news of Harlan Ellison’s stroke had everyone worried — to the extent that within 24 hours the announcement became the fourth-most-read post in the history of this blog. Over the following days people were gratified to hear how rapidly he regained use of his right arm. He has since returned home, though with more work ahead on his mobility.

Last year many conventions adopted a Code of Conduct or anti-harassment policy, so there is heightened interest about how they are being administered and what stress they add to a conrunning community. This past month there were several stories in that vein, one of them detailing what had been made public by two fans who filed complaints after a bad experience.

I also spoke out about Brianna Wu’s plight, with a capsule explanation of GamerGate and the threats she received.

And by the end of October I had nearly set a new File 770 record for most posts in a month — but not quite.

1. Ellison In Hospital Following Stroke
2. Eyewitnesses to Ellison’s Recovery
3. A Harvest of Apologies
4. Two More Con Code of Conduct Complaints Go Public
5. More Changes In WisCon Committee Revealed
6. Vijay deSelby-Bowen Passes Away
7. Internet Dumpster Diving
8. Brianna Wu Fights On
9. The Most Valuable Hugo
10. Vintage Trek and Batman Clips