Pixel Scroll 1/27/18 Vaster Than Pixels And More Scroll

(1) GOOD NEWS FOR A CLARION WEST STUDENT. George R.R. Martin is funding another scholarship at a writing workshop, as he explains in “Worldbuilding in Seattle”.

Every great story requires interesting characters, an engrossing plot, evocative prose, an important theme… but epic fantasy also requires a memorable setting. A “secondary universe,” as J.R.R. Tolkien termed it, a world both like and unlike our own, with its own rich history and geography and customs, its own beauties and terrors….

These days, the world is more need of wonder than ever before. To that end, I am pleased to announce that I am sponsoring a new annual scholarship at the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle. https://www.clarionwest.org/ An intensive six-week course for aspiring authors of science fiction and fantasy, Clarion West is one of the longest-running and most successful workshops in the world. Its instructors and graduates make up an honor roll of the best and the brightest in science fiction and fantasy. This summer the instructors will be Daniel Abraham, Ken MacLeod, Karen Lord, Yoon Ha Lee, Karen Joy Fowler, and Ellen Datlow. The deadline for applying is March 1.

Our new WORLDBUILDER SCHOLARSHIP will cover tuition, fees, and lodging for one student each year. The award will not be limited by age, race, sex, religion, skin color, place of origin, or field of study. The winner will be selected each year in a blind judging to an applicant who demonstrates both financial need and a talent for worldbuilding and the creation of secondary universes. For further details, query Clarion West at info@clarionwest.org

(2) DWINDLING. Larque Press has compiled the “2017 Total Paid Distribution” statistics from the publisher’s statement of ownership for Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, among others. Print circulation diminished slightly over the past year, except for F&SF. See the numbers at the link.

Dell and F&SF sell far more issues via subscriptions than newsstands. For the most part, combining the two gives you the total paid circulation. However, it’s important to note these numbers don’t include digital sales, which are likely on the rise. Below is the “total paid distribution” from Jan/Feb 2017 and 2018 of the print editions…

…Except for F&SF, the year-over-year numbers show declines of ~500–1000. Is this due to thicker, less frequent issues, general magazine publishing trends, distribution challenges, or something else?

(3) EVERMORE. If you want to see a fantastic sculpture being created for Evermore Park in Utah, click this Facebook link:

Here’s Cory Clawson sculpting while our shop dog, Woody, supervises. Have a little sneak peek at some of the talent behind Evermore’s Creative Studio.

(4) ADD TWO. John Picacio says Christopher Brown has contributed two Worldcon memberships for Mexicanx creators/fans.

UPDATE!!! VERY GOOD NEWS: Our sponsorship team is GROWING. John and I are now officially joined by ace photographer Ctein (hooray for you, man!!) who is sponsoring two more Worldcon memberships for Mexicanx. We are also now joined by Ty Franck — one-half of the James S.A. Corey writing juggernaut. He’s sponsoring one Worldcon membership for a deserving Mexicanx. Right on, Ty!! And this just in — Christopher Brown, author of TROPIC OF KANSAS, is sponsoring two more Mexicanx for attending Worldcon memberships. Too good. And this crazy train is going to keep rolling because I’m confirming more sponsorships right now, to be announced soon. This has become A THING. ‘Keep you posted.

(5) EUROCON UPDATE. The committee for Eurocon Nemo 2018, to be held in Amiens, France, has had to arrange another meeting place in the city after finding its planned facilities aren’t ready. The committee has updated its website to show the new location, and posted an explanation on Facebook. The con takes place July 19-22.

Hello everyone
It was a real commotion for the Nemo 2018 team for the past ten days. So, we had to play radio silence. We must apologise.
Indeed, last week, the news suddenly fell that, finally, because of various delays on the building site, we could not have the visa of the committee of security to organize as planned the convention on the site of the Citadel.
It was therefore urgent to find a plan B. It is now done, thanks to the University of Amiens, and in particular to its cultural service and library. Thanks to Anne-Sophie, Justin and Jennifer.
The Convention will take place as planned, with an unchanged program, but it will be at the Pôle Universitaire Cathedral, in the center of Amiens, at the foot of the cathedral, in the middle of a lively district, filled with restaurants, cafes , with exhibition halls, meeting rooms, amphitheatres, a cafeteria, theaters and cinemas all around!
And as a bonus, we will still have the right to visit the site Citadel, to admire the architectural creation of the cabinet Renzo Piano.
Finally, here is a setback that results in even more facilities and animations …

(6) FROM MOLTEN GLASS. “One Meredith goblet coming up,” says Hampus.

(7) PETER S. BEAGLE ON LE GUIN. SFWA’s newest Grandmaster says farewell to another: “In memoriam, Ursula K. LeGuin” at Support Peter S. Beagle.

…I didn’t know her well. She lived in Portland, and I’ve been all over northern California in the last half-century, with six years out for the Seattle area. We hadn’t yet met when I followed her by a week into the Clarion West workshop (1972, was it?), to be greeted by a note saying, “Welcome, Unicorn! Make the little kobolds work their tails off!) Mostly we ran into each other at various conventions, grabbing coffee where we could. I do like to recall a serious conversation, initiated by me in increasing alarm at having become known more and more, in the intervening years, as the Unicorn Guy. Meanwhile, Ursula’s recently-published Earthsea novels had, as far as I was concerned, put paid to dragons as literary figures: I felt – and still feel – that dragons should be off-limits to all other writers, no matter how gifted or inventive they might be. But I was younger then, and had the chutzpah to offer to trade my unicorns even-up for her dragons. “Unicorns are really easy to housebreak. They always ask to go outside.” I remember that I was even willing to throw in a utility infielder, if she insisted.

Ursula’s response: “Do you know how impossible it is to keep dragons off the curtains? And they’re absolute hell on carpets!” We never did make the deal, but not for my lack of trying. As I say, I was younger then….

(8) MORE ON LE GUIN.

A few years later, I entered an MFA program populated by folks whose idea of engaging with speculative fiction was trying to comprehend Harry Potter. I was also newly married, and my husband had six or seven of Le Guin’s books. Discouraged, again, about writing science fiction and fantasy, I started reading The Left Hand of Darkness, which shattered what I thought a science fiction novel could be, how gender could be portrayed, how an invented world could shape my worldview. More importantly, it changed how I encountered gender on a daily basis—one of the most empathy-producing moments in my life to date. As I closed the covers and promptly fell into a book hangover, I couldn’t understand why none of my professors had taught Le Guin or pushed one of her books into my hands. Yes, folks had suggested her, but one book deep into her work, and I’d found a complex thinker, writer, reader, teacher all rolled into one.

The Golden Age of Science Fiction is usually reckoned to have been the Campbell Era at ASTOUNDING, and its Big Three were Heinlein, Asimov, and Van Vogt. Yet as important as that era was, for me the true Golden Age will always be the late 60s and early 70s, when the Big Three were Roger Zelazny, Samuel R. Delany, and Ursula K. Le Guin. We shall never see their like again.

(9) PLAUDITS. Book View Café proudly reports Le Guin’s  No Time to Spare Is Finalist for Essay Prize”.

Ursula K. Le Guin’s 2017 collection of essays, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, is one of the five finalists for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

This prize, one of the PEN America Literary Awards, is “[f]or a book of essays published in 2017 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.”

Many of the essays in this collection began as blog posts, some of which were published here on the Book View Cafe blog.

Winners will be announced at a February 20 ceremony in New York.

(10) HONOR ROLL. Steven H Silver’s “2017 In Memoriam” list is posted at Amazing Stories.

(Editor’s Note: Every year, Steven H Silver compiles the obituaries of those we have lost.  This information is published in various locales and is incorporated into the honor roll displayed during the Hugo Awards presentations.

It’s an unenviable task, though a necessary one.  Our community and our genres are built upon a foundation of people and it is fitting that we remember them.)

(11) IHINGER OBIT. Minneapolis fan Rob Ihinger (1955-2018) died of leukemia on January 27 his wife, Peg Kerr, announced at CaringBridge (more medical details at the link).

We waited for his mother and other family members who flew in from around the country, and family and friends gathered in his ICU room, sharing laughter, telling stories, and giving Rob his last tastes of Coca Cola Classic and ice cream. Rob was able to recognize and greet with pleasure the visitors who came to say goodbye. Then around midnight, we withdrew the tubes and monitors and simply stopped the medication which was keeping his blood pressure stable. Shortly thereafter, Rob slipped into sleep.

My beloved husband Rob Ihinger passed away peacefully this morning at 9:15 a.m. in the presence of his family.

(12) WALKER OBIT. Cartoonist Mort Walker (1923-2018), creator of Beetle Bailey and other strips, died January 27.

The character that was to become Beetle Bailey made his debut as Spider in Walker’s cartoons published by the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. Walker changed Spider’s name and launched “Beetle Bailey” as a college humor strip in 1950.

At first the strip failed to attract readers and King Features Syndicate considered dropping it after just six months, Walker said in a 2000 interview with The Associated Press. The syndicate suggested Beetle join the Army after the start of the Korean War, Walker said.

“I was kind of against it because after World War II, Bill Mauldin and Sad Sack were fading away,” he said. But his misgivings were overcome and Beetle “enlisted” in 1951.

Walker attributed the success of the strip to Beetle’s indolence and reluctance to follow authority.

(13) COMICS SECTION.

  • John King Tarpinian found the Star Wars translation for a contemporary faux pas in Off the Mark.
  • Will R. enjoyed the Laugh out Loud Cats sending up the title of a popular movie.

(14) A PORG TWEETS. David Gerrold knows how he feels….

(15) STOKERCON 2018 NEWS. At the StokerCon 2018 Website you can find the complete program for The Second Annual Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference

The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference is part of the Horror Writers Association’s Outreach Program. Membership to the Horror Writers Association is not required to submit or present, however registration to StokerCon 2018 is required to present.

And the full program for Librarians’ Day

Join Stoker Con for a special day-long program of panels and presentations for librarians! Becky Spratford, author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2nd edition (ALA, Editions) and horror reviewer for Booklist and IndiePicks Magazine and Kristi Chadwick, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System and Library Journal’s Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror columnist are coordinating the event.

(16) GRAMMAR POSSE. The latest Horror Writers Association newsletter includes Anthony Ambrogio’s feature, “The Grumpy Grammarian: Ms. Speaking Speaks about Misspeaking (and Gives Me a Chance to Wax Pedantic)”.

Poet and HWA Proofer Supreme Marge Simon offered a couple of additions to those frequently misspoken phrases I talked about in my January column. I hope I do justice to her comments here.

“Hope your cold is better now.”

Marge writes, “Everyone says it that way, but, in truth, if your cold is better, then it is doing well—flourishing—and you are not! … So, to be correct, one should say, ‘I hope your cold has gone away/is over/has let up, etc., and you are feeling better now.’” However, she concedes, “That one is beyond reasonable criticism.” Doesn’t hurt to point it out, though.

(17) MONTH OF JOY. Where have I been? I just found out about the Skiify and Fanty “Month of Joy.” The latest installment is “Cooking and a Recipe by Cora Buhlert”. Learn how to make “Grandma Buhlert’s Herring Salad.”

During the trashfire of a year that was 2017, I’ve found that no matter how upset I am, sitting down in the kitchen to prepare a meal inevitably makes me feel better. To me, there is something incredibly soothing about assembling ingredients and spices, chopping vegetables, meat or fish and finally stirring the pot or pan, waiting for it all to come together.

So what sort of food do I make? For starters – and I know that may surprise some – very little traditional German food. German cuisine is too greasy and too meat and salt heavy for my tastes. And here in North Germany, traditional food quite often means “throw everything into a big pot and boil it, until it turns to mush”. There are some German dishes I like and make on occasion – herring salad, North Sea shrimp salad, pea soup, venison stew with red cabbage, sailor’s curry (which is a North German take on South/South East Asian food), apple puree, several cakes and cookies. And I suspect I could make most of the traditional dishes of my region, if necessary.

(18) THE LID IS OFF. Civilization-wide mind control is here!  Bloomberg video: “Tristan Harris Says Tech Companies Have Opened Pandora’s Box”. Tristan Harris, former Google design ethicist, discusses changing Silicon Valley’s culture and the fight against online extremism with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.” Says Harris:

[These social media companies] have unleashed this civilization-scale mind-control machine, and they don’t even know what thoughts it’s pushing into 2 billion people’s minds…. Two billion people use Facebook; that’s more than the number of followers of Christianity. One-point-five billion people use YouTube; that’s more than the number of followers of Islam. These products have that much daily influence over people’s thoughts.

(19) DOWN THE TUBES. The Mother Nature Network asks “Is this housing solution just a pipe dream?”

As Hong Kong continues to grapple with an affordable housing crisis of epic proportions, no potential solution, no matter how unconventional or quixotic, is overlooked. And this includes single-occupancy dwellings fashioned out of concrete water pipes.

 

(20) SHARP GUESSES. Author of the bestselling Outlander time-travel novels Diana Gabaldon says: “Note that this is NOT a confirmation–but it’s a pretty good bit of speculation.” — “Outlander Seasons 5 and 6 Are Almost Definitely Happening”.

”There are ten books, and we are having very productive conversations about the future of the show.

“We have joined the legions of fans of Outlander around the world. Our biggest concern is making sure that we don’t kill Caitriona [Balfe] and Sam [Heughan] along the way,” [Starz CEO Chris] Albrecht [said], noting how incredibly hard both stars work on the show.'”

(21) POTTERDIVERSE. Emeraldbirdcollector authored a delightful short fanfic on what would have happened “If Harry had gotten a less conventional, but more loving adoptive family”

Dear Minerva,

Thank you so much for your kind letter of the 17th. It is always a pleasure to hear from you. I do appreciate your waiving the rules about familiars to allow Wednesday to bring little Homer – she dotes on that spider, and I don’t think she could consider Hogwarts home without his company.

We were delighted but completely unsurprised by the children’s Sorting. Of course Wednesday is a Ravenclaw – she has always had a brilliant mind, and it is rather traditional for the women in our family….

(22) TIME PASSAGES. In 1963, Galactic Journey has received the very latest issue of New Worlds: “[February. 03, 1963] The Freeze Continues (New Worlds, February 1963)”

I Like It Here, by Mr. James White

This month’s guest editorial is from a New Worlds regular, who I know you will recognise in the US for his Sector General stories. With characteristic humour he adeptly summarises the contradiction in the current argument in s-f, between writers who don’t care what they write (as long as it sells) and writers who do not produce the sort of s-f that readers want. In typically droll manner, the many trials and tribulations of the modern writer is recognised in this editorial, determined to amuse. For a slightly less amusing consequence of this we also have Mr. John Carnell’s ‘View from the Hill’ at the end of this issue, of which more later….

(23) ARISTOTLE. Always three movements ahead!

Novice jughead?

(24) A POSITED FUTURE. Via the Welcome to you’re “DOOM!”  site.

https://welcometoyouredoom.tumblr.com/post/160735741191

(25) STAND BY TO FIRE HEADCANON. Scott Lynch fills in some missing pieces of Star Wars. Jump on the thread here —

[Thanks to Dave Doering, JJ, John King Tarpinian, Carl Slaughter, Cat Eldridge, Laura Resnick, Martin Morse Wooster, Will R., Lenore Jones, James Davis Nicoll, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories, Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Jon Meltzer.]

139 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 1/27/18 Vaster Than Pixels And More Scroll

  1. (23) This is the kind of thing a very ignorant person quotes to try and make themselves seem smart. Next he’ll be bragging about his IQ and his magnificent xanatos gambit against Camestros.

  2. 23) So is the Cats Sleep on SFF feature leading up to the reveal Mike’s been Timothy all along? AH! It’s cats all the way down!

  3. Dex: (23) This is the kind of thing a very ignorant person quotes to try and make themselves seem smart. Next he’ll be bragging about his IQ and his magnificent xanatos gambit against Camestros.

    His tweets have been becoming progressively more unhinged. I think he realizes how stupid he was to announce the launch of the SFFGuild before there was anything there, and how incredibly stupid he was to believe Freer’s made-up claim that Camestros is Meadows. He’s realized that there is no “evidence”, and now he doesn’t see any way out without admitting what a fool he’s been (which, of course, he will never, ever do).

    If he hadn’t behaved so horribly to so many people, I’d almost feel sorry for him.

  4. 2) <nitpicks>F&SF is not a Dell zine, which I’m sure the author knows but, the way it’s illustrated and written (except for a single “Dell and F&SF” reference), it gives that impression. And the Jan/Feb issues mark the start of the second year, not “the first year” (it’d at least be “the completion of the first year,” anyway.</nitpicks>

    Print magazine circulation has declined for almost every year (there are occasional exceptions) for almost as long as I can remember so there’s nothing new as far as that’s concerned. What most impresses me is how small the drops are this year. A second and third related note is that Analog generally has been and is suffering the worst, but still towers over the rest. But the rate is such that that won’t hold true for long.

    Most important in all this, as noted, is that the digital numbers aren’t included so the numbers are almost meaningless in a general sense. I’d love to know what the real, total numbers are. Here’s hoping they’re high and that the printzines continue their remarkable lives for a long time.

  5. Scott Lynch tweeted to me on the topic of (23): “I checked this guy’s CHESS rating on Amazon. He only gave it three stars. I have to wonder if he even likes musicals on a fundamental level.”

    Reader, I chortled.

  6. @Camestros Felapton

    Scott Lynch tweeted to me on the topic of (23): “I checked this guy’s CHESS rating on Amazon. He only gave it three stars. I have to wonder if he even likes musicals on a fundamental level.”

    It’s their favourite musical because there’s a main character only know as ‘The American’.

  7. And now I just envisioned doing a version of CHESS with the American played as Donald Trump and it CHANGES EVERYTHING!

  8. (16) GRAMMAR POSSE: That’s my kind of pedantry. I feel the similar need to snark when anyone mentions something on the order of “healthy foods.”

  9. P J Evans: The dragon-stem goblet is gorgeous, if not very practical.

    I know! It makes me want to get one for decorative purposes. Thanks for that, Hampus.

  10. So apropos of nothing but, well, books…

    As I approach the end of THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES, here’s what’s recently been added to the TBR pile (most of it virtual):

    STARLINGS, Jo Walton
    AN ACCIDENT OF STARS, Foz Meadows
    SMOKE AND MIRRORS, Neil Gaiman*
    STONE UNTURNED, Lawrence Watt-Evans
    THE TWILIGHT PARIAH, Jeffrey Ford
    BUFFALO SOLDIER, Marcus Broadus
    DUSK OR DAWN OR DARK OR DAY, Seanan McGuire
    THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, K.J. Parker
    ROBOTS VS. FAIRIES, ed. by Parisien & Wolfe
    CODE NAME VERITY (Kindle sample), Elizabeth E. Wein
    THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES, M.H. Boroson
    GRANT PARK, Leonard Pitts Jr.

    …and I’ve got UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks sitting on my nightstand.

    This doesn’t count the other 192 books or samples in the Kindle, of course, or the multiple overstuffed TBR bookcases in the corner of the bedroom. Sometimes it feels like I’m making headway, but I’m really not.

    *I have this in hardcover somewhere in the house, but seeing news online about the comics adaptation of “Only the End of the World Again” made me want to read the original, so I got it for the Kindle rather than go looking for the physical book.

  11. (2) DWINDLING

    I’m not convinced by the figures here, or rather they conflict with what Locus reported last year (Feb 17 issue):

    Larque say for Analog
    2017 19,963
    2018 18,957

    Whereas Locus reported last year (i.e the equivalent of Larque’s 2017): Analog had 13,066 print subscriptions and 5,734 digital subscriptions, for a total of 18,800 subscriptions… Newsstand sales were 2,773

    Larque say for Asimov’s
    2017 13,978
    2018 13,320

    Whereas Locus reported last year: Asimov’s had 8,191 print subscriptions and 7,078 digital subscriptions for a total of 15,269…Newsstand sales were 2,044, essentially flat

    Larque seem to think they have the print-only figures, but they actually appear to have some sort of print+ digital figures that add up differently to what Locus had for last year. (I’m not currently a Locus subscriber so I don’t know what they have for this year)
    I’m not sure who’s wrong, or whether it’s just a difference in methodology, but I’m not going to read anything into those figures right now.

  12. (1) Good on GRRM! It is hard for people to take 6 weeks off work, maintain their bills, and also come up with the cash to attend. This will help some writer each year a lot. I love seeing rich people do cool things with their money, the way he does.

    (4) And good on John Picacio for organizing this, and also on the contributors. At the 2012 WorldCon, Picacio gave one of my favorite acceptance speeches at any awards ceremony when he talked about the great artists who’d influenced him who’d never gotten an award or nomination. (It was the opposite of a Puppy-style rant about how the wrong people get awards. He reminded us that the work itself is what matters and lasts.)

    (17) I enjoyed Cora Buhlert’s essay. i enjoy cooking, and I love food writing–as Nigella Lawson says, recipes, cookbooks, and food writing are social history. (I am right now about halfway through Clarissa Dickson Wright’s A HISTORY OF ENGLISH FOOD and enjoying it very much. Fascinating background and info. She was one of the Two Fat Ladies, that delightful British cooking show in the last 1990s.)

    (23) I’ve started wondering what drugs they’re sharing with each other in that clique…

  13. No pups are so sad they win eternally,
    Perfect S[u]FF-Guild campaigns can go bad,
    But this has never yet prevented me,
    Doxxing bloggers when they make me mad.
    Looking back, I could have done it differently,
    Won a few more Dragons, who can tell?
    But it took time to understand the Cam,
    Now I am CONVINCED I know him well!

    Isn’t it clear (oh so clear), that he is Fields (he’s totes Fields)
    Isn’t it madness, that he won’t yield?
    But in the end, he clearly isn’t as smart as me,
    Needs Aristotle (he needs chess lessons and kerfuffling)
    I know him so well…

    (Sorry)

  14. (23) So this whole obsession with claiming Camestros Felapton is really Toby Meadows, or no maybe really Foz Meadows, or not maybe really Mike Glyer, or no pretending to think Camestros was Mike Glyer was really just a brilliany chess move, and Fox meadows saying she’d never heard of Camestros means SHE MUST BE MARRIED TO HIM, etc., etc. etc.

    What was the point? I’m lost? Is it all because Camestros links to a website that what’s-his-face had posted “live”? In which case… WHY did he post it live, for goodness sake?

    What cunningly cunning part of this cunningness am I missing?

  15. @Laura Resnick
    Glad you enjoyed the essay. I’m pretty sure the recipe goes back further than my grandma (born in 1903, both my dad and I were late babies) to the 19th century at least. Modern versions of the salad use mayonnaise or yoghurt for the sauce. This one doesn’t because it wouldn’t have kept well without ubiquitous refrigeration.

    @Arifel
    Clap, clap, clap

  16. steve davidson: ok. who is going to make the t shirts that say: I AM CAMESTROS!

    I am sensing a lucrative franchise here. I have already ordered the badge ribbons. 😀

  17. 25) those were hilarious, by Aristotle.

    23) I’d read more about what he’s said about Cam, but it seems Richard has blocked me. I guess my questions about the Guild struck a nerve or something.

  18. @Soon Lee:

    Twitter’s gonna be the witness
    To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
    This grips me more than if you go
    To San Jose for a cruddy old Hugo

    I don’t see you guys making
    The nine-dimensional move I’m contemplating
    I’d let you watch, I would invite you
    But our Gargoyles DVDs would not excite you

    So you’d better go back to your Files, your SFWA forums,
    Your cat cafes

    One night in genre and worlds are your oyster
    The Scrolls are Pixels and the comment’s free
    My pups are friendly and their noses moister
    No politics in SF history
    I can feel Bob Heinlein walking next to me
    His mistresses are harsh, and his lunch ain’t free.

  19. It will be interesting to see how many Camestros that will appear att next Worldcon.

  20. The correct plural form would be “Camestroi”, wouldn’t it? (Yes, this is the most important issue here and it needs to be settled right now dammit.)

  21. Is the plural of Felapton Felaptonai or Felaptai? And should a plural of the whole name be Camestroi Faleptai/onai, or Camestros Felaptai/onai?

  22. Neither Camestros nor Felaptron have proper plurals because they’re not actually words from any language but mnemonics, or codes, that can be converted to a syllogism. Any changes in their construction would actually change their meaning, so I think the correct way to pluralize them would be to follow standard English rules, i.e. “Camestros Felaptrons.” (Unless “Camestros” is being used as a title rather than a name, in which case it would of course be “Camestroses Felaptron,” but I haven’t seen any evidence of that.)

    (This makes me one of the lucky 10,000 for today!)

  23. Matthew Johnson: 100% right. (And for years, I have been nurturing a desire to use “Fesapo” as a nym for something.)

  24. “Care to guess what my Chess rating is?”

    I looked and couldn’t find a rating for him on either FIDE or the U.S. Chess Federation. If he tells me on Twitter I’ll share it here. Inquiring minds want to know.

  25. Some logicians are SF fans.
    Some SF fans live in Australia
    Some logicians live in Australia
    Therefore, all SF-fan logicians who live in Australia are the same person
    (logic unconstrained by soundness or validity; a freer-form of logic, one might say)

  26. I grabbed a clip of the “I am Spartacus” scene from youtube, with the intention of substituting “Camestros” in the audio every time they said “Spartacus”, but my sound editing and video editing skills apparently require (too much) re-learning. (I use Cyberlink and Audacity so infrequently that anything beyond a simple trim needs to be re-learned.)

    I’ve got the clip if anyone else is so-inclined.

  27. 23) Every time I reply to Camestros now on Twitter, I have to restrain myself not to adress him with a common name (, right Pete?) just to confuse the Pups.

    24) These make me smile, because the liberal party in Germany is free market, less state, less immigration, less tax and generally very Republican…

    The more you scroll, the less you file.

  28. @Peer
    My cousin is a local politician of the liberal party and I’m pretty sure that’s not his political agenda.

  29. Mark: “Larque” is pulling the numbers directly from the PS Form 3526 published in the Jan/Feb issues of Analog and Asimov (and presumably from the other zines) where I also see “c1. Total Paid Distribution: 13,320” and “16. Electronic Copy Circulation: N/A” for Asimov’s and “c1. Total Paid Distribution: 18,957″/”16. Electronic Copy Circulation: N/A” for Analog. The form is – maybe “legally binding” is an overstatement but – officially required for “maintaining Periodicals mailing privileges” whereas Locus‘ numbers probably have no official status and may just be estimates based on different periods. I’d accept the form numbers – I just wish they’d fill out #17 (which is optional).

    (My understanding is that, while logic would say a “digital” subscription is a “paid distribution,” you’re not supposed to claim digital sales except in 17, but perhaps I’m wrong. If I am wrong, it would square the numbers better, but would be much more disturbing. I would hope the digital sales would bump the numbers up.)

    — Yeah, I found on an online source that those first numbers are print-only.

  30. @Jason

    I’ve now spotted the following in Locus

    For the print circulation for both Analog and Asimov’s, we get corrected numbers from the Dell offices; they calculate the numbers on their printed Statements of Ownership differently than the other magazines. We’re also including digital subscriptions and single-issue sales as reported by the company in our total subscriber numbers.

    Which at least explains why they’re different from the linked article.

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