Top 10 Posts for June 2019

Peter S. Beagle’s victory in a California court was shared widely and cheered, giving it the biggest audience of any post in June.

Thousands also read the coverage of responses to Ulrika O’Brien’s BEAM 14 editorial tasking John Scalzi for “breaking the Hugos” (by winning Best Fan Writer 11 years ago), which inspired a lot of fans on social media to talk about their experiences at the hands of superannuated fannish gatekeepers.

Here are the ten most-read posts last month according to Google Analytics.

  1. State Judge Awards Peter S. Beagle $332K in Damages
  2. Broken Hearts and Hugos
  3. Pixel Scroll 6/5/19 En Pixel Cerrado, No Entran Scrolls.
  4. Pixel Scroll 6/9/19 It’s the Great Pixel, Churlie Brown!
  5. Pixel Scroll 6/11/19 When You Have Eliminated the Impixellable, Whatever Remains, However Unfileable, Must Be The Scroll
  6. Pixel Scroll 6/22/19 He Came Scrolling Across The Pixels With His Files And His Churls
  7. Pixel Scroll 6/6/19 Scroll Me Some Pixels And File Hacks, I Don’t Care If I Never Get Back
  8. Pixel Scroll 6/15/19 His Scroll Swooned Slowly As He Heard The Pixels Falling Faintly Through The Universe
  9. Pixel Scroll 6/23/19 A Filé Of Scroll, With Delicious Sauce Pixelaise And A Fifth Of Dill
  10. Pixel Scroll 6/24/19 The Beast That Shouted “It’s Too Dark In Here To Read!*@%#$” At The Heart (Of Darkness) In The World

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. State Judge Awards Peter S. Beagle $332K in Damages
  2. Broken Hearts and Hugos
  3. 2019 Aurora Award Ballot
  4. YouTube Ejects Some Vox Day Videos
  5. What’s In The 2019 Hugo Voter Packet?
  6. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #41
  7. 2019 Recommended SF/F List
  8. Ed Kramer Let Out Of Jail and Returned to House Arrest
  9. Filers at Dublin 2019 Worldcon – A Discussion
  10. Where To Find The 2019 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  11. Mazes of Power Cover Reveal

Top 10 Posts for May 2019

The implications of a Worldcon bid for Israel fueled discussion here for days. News about the top awards commanded interest, too – the winners of the Nebulas and Bram Stokers, plus a poll asking what people think are the field’s most important awards.

Here are the ten most-read posts last month according to Google Analytics.

  1. Pixel Scroll 5/28/19 Pix-El, Last Scroller Of Krypton
  2. Israel Worldcon Bid Being Explored
  3. Pixel Scroll 5/18/19 The Filer Who Went Up A Scroll But Came Down A Pixel
  4. 2018 Nebula Awards
  5. What’s In The 2019 Hugo Voter Packet?
  6. Del Arroz vs. Worldcon 76 Update
  7. 2018 Bram Stoker Awards
  8. Pixel Scroll 5/10/19 There Have Always Been Starpixelers At Scrolled Comfort Farm
  9. Pixel Scroll 5/27/19 You Have The Right To A Dragon. If You Do Not Have A Dragon, Or Cannot Afford One, One Will Be Provided To You Free of Charge.
  10. Pixel Scroll 5/9/19 Get Your Clicks On Scroll 6-6-6!

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Israel Worldcon Bid Being Explored
  2. 2018 Nebula Awards
  3. What’s In The 2019 Hugo Voter Packet?
  4. Del Arroz vs. Worldcon 76 Update
  5. 2018 Bram Stoker Awards
  6. Which of These Are the Top 5 Awards in SFF?
  7. And Now Our Watching Is Done
  8. Where To Find The 2019 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  9. Poll Result: The Top Awards in SFF
  10. Bounding Out of Facebook

Top 10 Posts for April 2019

People mourning the death of Vonda McIntyre followed social media links from all over to read File 770’s reminiscence and Tom Whitmore’s official obituary (with its exceptional, full account of her career.)

The Hugo nominee announcement understandably took a backseat to that!

Here are last month’s ten most-read posts according to Google Analytics:

  1. Vonda N. McIntyre (1948-2019)
  2. Science Fiction Author Vonda N. McIntyre, Official Obituary
  3. Dublin 2019 Announces Hugo and Retro Hugo Finalists
  4. Pixel Scroll 4/6/19 A Scroll Without A Pixel Is Like A Walrus Without An Antenna
  5. Pixel Scroll 4/5/19 We Can Scroll It For You Wholesale
  6. Pixel Scroll 4/2/19 Get Me Pixels! Pixels Of Scroller-Man!
  7. Where To Find The 2019 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  8. Pixel Scroll 4/10/19 Got A Ride With A Filer And The Pixel Scroll Man To A Town Down By The Sea
  9. Pixel Scroll 4/24/19 The Scroll Of The File King From Pixel Gynt
  10. Pixel Scroll 4/15/19 You Put Your Right File In, And You Scroll It All About

Scroll-Free Top 10

  1. Vonda N. McIntyre (1948-2019)
  2. Science Fiction Author Vonda N. McIntyre, Official Obituary
  3. Dublin 2019 Announces Hugo and Retro Hugo Finalists
  4. Where To Find The 2019 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  5. 2019 Rondo Awards Nominees
  6. Extending the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
  7. Asimov Still Holds The Record
  8. Gene Wolfe (1931-2019)
  9. Hugos There?
  10. 2024 UK Worldcon Bid Picks Glasgow as Venue

Top 10 Posts for March 2019

In March, these three stories attracted the most attention:

  • On March 1, Jonathan Brazee, author of the 20Booksto50K Recommended Reading List that gained Nebula Awards nominations for several works, wrote an apology for publication here.
  • The David Gemmell Awards post ranks second. However, details of the Google Analytics report lead me to suspect its overnight popularity might really represent a burp in the hit-counting software, or a failed attempt to overload and crash this blog. No matter, at least it was a piece of news worthy of people’s attention.
  • And third, there genuinely were many readers wanting to know more about the revelation that #MeToo charges against Ed McDonald had been an elaborate fabrication.

Top 10 for March 2019

  1. Jonathan Brazee, SFWA Make Statements on Nebula Awards Issues
  2. David Gemmell Awards Are Terminated
  3. Ed McDonald Called Victim of False #MeToo Charges
  4. Pixel Scroll 3/1/19 Rotating PixelScrolls And The Possibility Of Global File Violation
  5. Pixel Scroll 3/3/19 My File Went So Pix’ly, I Went Lickety-Split, Scrollin’ My Old ‘55
  6. Annie Bellet Criticizes 20Booksto50K Slate and Members of the Group Respond
  7. Pixel Scroll 3/2/19 Eating Soylent Green And Watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Now Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Go Back In Time
  8. Pixel Scroll 3/5/19 Surely You Know, Philately Will Get You Nowhere
  9. Pixel Scroll 3/26/19 R.U.P. – Rossum’s Unscrolled Pixels
  10. Pixel Scroll 3/13/19 This IrrePixel-able, Trantor ‘Original’, This Mule-produced Crime

The Scroll-free Top 10

  1. Jonathan Brazee, SFWA Make Statements on Nebula Awards Issues
  2. David Gemmell Awards Are Terminated
  3. Ed McDonald Called Victim of False #MeToo Charges
  4. Annie Bellet Criticizes 20Booksto50K Slate and Members of the Group Respond
  5. What Did You Nominate For The 2019 Hugo Awards?
  6. 2019 Recommended SF/F List
  7. Strange Developments in Ed Kramer Case
  8. People’s Vote March Features SFF Iconography
  9. Court Rules Star Trek/Seuss Mashup Is Copyright Fair Use
  10. Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2018

2019 Recommended SF/F List

By JJ: This thread is for posts about 2019-published works, which people have read and recommend to other Filers.

There will be no tallying of recommendations done in this thread; its purpose is to provide a source of recommendations for people who want to find something to read which will be Hugo-eligible next year.

You don’t have to stop recommending works in Pixel Scrolls, please don’t! But it would be nice if you also post here, to capture the information for other readers.

The Suggested Format for posts is:

  • Title, Author, Published by / Published in (Anthology, Collection, Website, or Magazine + Issue)
  • Hugo Category: (Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Related Work, Graphic Novel, etc)
  • link (if available to read/view online)
  • optional “Brief, spoiler-free description of story premise:”
  • optional “What I liked and didn’t like about it:”
  • (Please rot-13 any spoilers.)

There is a permalink to this thread in the blog header.

Top 10 Posts for February 2019

News of Jon Del Arroz’ major legal setback in his suit against Worldcon 76 drew thousands of readers. The judge ruled that four of his five causes of action will not be considered further because they failed on legal or factual grounds.

Also, File 770’s roundup of writers’ reactions to the slate that put several nominees on this year’s Nebula ballot has been widely discussed, a controversy disturbingly reminiscent of the Sad/Rabid Puppies Hugo slates of several years ago.

Ironically, these stories overshadowed another pair of Top 10 posts involving the keeper of the Rabid Puppies himself, Vox Day, who abandoned his Twitter replacement platform after two days, and elsewhere ran afoul of Amazon again while trying to sell Castalia House’s parody of a Scalzi bestseller.

Here are February’s most-read posts according to Google Analytics.

  1. Court Rules Against Del Arroz on Four Issues in Lawsuit Against Worldcon 76, Allows Litigation to Continue on a Fifth
  2. Annie Bellet Criticizes 20Booksto50K Slate and Members of the Group Respond
  3. Pixel Scroll 2/1/19 You Scroll And Scroll The Daily Pixel, First None ‘ll Come, Then All The Ticks ‘ll
  4. Pixel Scroll 2/11/19 Pixels With The Scroll Numbers Filed Off
  5. Pixel Scroll 2/4/19 Like Pixels Through File 770, So Are The Scrolls Of Our Lives
  6. Amazon Terminates Vox Day’s Castalia House Account
  7. Pixel Scroll 2/5/19 Recycling Day: Leave Your Blue Bins On The Shoulders Of Orion Tomorrow
  8. 48 Hours Later Vox Day Pulls the Plug on SocialGalactic
  9. Pixel Scroll 2/12/19 Fans Scroll In, Where Pixels Fear To Tread
  10. Pixel Scroll 2/12/19 Fans Scroll In, Where Pixels Fear To Tread

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Court Rules Against Del Arroz on Four Issues in Lawsuit Against Worldcon 76, Allows Litigation to Continue on a Fifth
  2. Annie Bellet Criticizes 20Booksto50K Slate and Members of the Group Respond
  3. Amazon Terminates Vox Day’s Castalia House Account
  4. 48 Hours Later Vox Day Pulls the Plug on SocialGalactic
  5. 2019 Hugo Awards Best Series Discussion
  6. 2018 Nebula Awards Nominees
  7. Amazon Reopens Castalia House’s KDP Account
  8. Where To Find The 2018 Nebula Finalists For Free Online
  9. 2018 Recommended SF/F List
  10. Liu Cixin Didn’t Quit His Day Job – and That’s the Problem

Top 10 Posts for January 2019

Was anybody as shocked to learn Larry Correia lies to his fans as they were to hear about Chandler Morrison’s act at BizarroCon? Unlikely, however, the two stories coincidentally pulled about the same number of readers.

Correia came unglued when a story about Michael Stackpole’s resignation as a director of the Game Manufacturers Association (the fourth most-read story in January) included Larry’s disinvitation as a GoH for Origins Game Fair among the controversies that plagued the GMA in 2018. Well, it was problem for them, wasn’t it? But instead of addressing anything actually said here, Correia had a several-hundred-word meltdown on Facebook complaining about a made-up comment that never appeared on this blog. (And then he had another, even bigger tantrum on his own blog when called on it.)

Here are the Top 10 posts for January 2019 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Pixel Scroll 1/10/19 We Built this City on Pixel Scroll
  2. A Reckoning for BizarroCon
  3. Larry Correia Lies To His Fans About File 770
  4. Stackpole Resigns from GAMA Board
  5. Pixel Scroll 1/18/19 Learn To Scroll The Pixelphone, I File Just What I Feel, Drink Straight Tully All Night Long, And Filk Behind The Wheel
  6. Pixel Scroll 1/23/19 I Should Be Writing But I’m Sitting Home Watching Pixels Scroll
  7. Pixel Scroll 1/15/19 Mars Ain’t The Kind Of Place To Scroll Your Pixels
  8. Pixel Scroll 1/3/19 Up Pixelscope
  9. Pixel Scroll 1/20/19 Pix-El: The Man of Scroll
  10. Pixel Scroll 1/12/19 I Wept Because I Had No Scrolls, Until I Met A Man With No Pixelss

Scroll-Free Top 10

  1. A Reckoning for BizarroCon
  2. Larry Correia Lies To His Fans About File 770
  3. Stackpole Resigns from GAMA Board
  4. Amazon Terminates Vox Day’s Castalia House Account
  5. 2018 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced
  6. 2018 Recommended SF/F List
  7. Gregory Benford Wins 2019 Robert A. Heinlein Award
  8. Best Editor Long Form and Short Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2018
  9. 2018 Recommended SF/F Page
  10. Best Series Hugo: Eligible Series from 2018

Unfettered III – Great Stories, Helping Authors and Artists


By JJ: Grim Oak Press and editor Shawn Speakman produce the Unfettered anthologies and other special editions – part of the proceeds of which is used to help pay medical fees for authors and artists in need:

Unfettered: Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story Shawn could sell toward alleviating those bills – and suggested Shawn ask the same of his other friends.

The first Unfettered anthology was the result, an anthology unfettered by story theme restrictions, featuring short fiction works by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre – many of which were set in those authors’ popular series universes. It paid off more than $200,000 in medical bills.

Unfettered II: In an effort to pay forward the aid he received – and to memorialize his mother who passed away from stomach cancer in early 2016 – Speakman again collaborated with celebrated genre authors to publish Unfettered II. All proceeds from the anthology went to help eliminate medical debt for other authors or be donated to cancer research hubs around the world.

To date, the project has given approximately $24,000 from Unfettered and Unfettered II, two large donations to two fantasy authors in need of funds for medical debt and hospice care and around $10,000 in donations to cancer research. Once the applied-for 501c3 charitable organization status is approved, they will be able to disburse more funds to needy authors and artists, without having to pay taxes on them.

The list of authors to be included in Unfettered III is full of well-known names, and the book will be available as a hardcover ARC signed by at least six contributors (250 copies only, available January 15), a trade hardcover and an ebook (both available March 19), and a numbered hardcover edition signed by all contributors (available May 14). Preorders can be made now from the link below.

Unfettered III: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy, edited by Shawn Speakman, Grim Oak Press (2019)
cover art by Todd Lockwood

List of Authors

  • Callie Bates
  • Terry Brooks
  • Delilah S. Dawson
  • Jason Denzel
  • David Anthony Durham
  • Lev Grossman
  • John Gwynne
  • Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson
  • Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • Mark Lawrence
  • Megan Lindholm (Robin Hobb)
  • Todd Lockwood
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Naomi Novik
  • Peter Orullian
  • Cat Rambo
  • Robert V. S. Redick
  • Ken Scholes
  • Scott Sigler
  • Anna Smith Spark
  • Shawn Speakman
  • Anna Stephens
  • Patrick Swenson
  • Ramon Terrell
  • Marc Turner
  • Carrie Vaughn
  • Tad Williams
  • Deborah A. Wolf

… and according to Brandon Sanderson, it will include a never-published, 20,000-word Wheel of Time novella:

As some of you know, during the revision process of A Memory of Light, two lengthy sections ended up on the cutting room floor. The first, which we titled River of Souls, was included in the first Unfettered Anthology. The second, I assumed, would never see the light of day.

However, Grim Oak Press (and Shawn Speakman, who runs it) has continued the Unfettered anthologies – the income of which is used to help pay medical fees for authors and artists in need. I thought the arrival of the third anthology would be a great chance to use this other deleted scene. (Which involves Perrin traveling into the Ways.) Harriet has graciously agreed to let it be published, so I’m thrilled to be able to announce its inclusion in the anthology.

I’ve long been fond of this sequence, and it was quite difficult to cut from the book. (In the anthology itself, I’ll explain why we eventually decided that the sequence needed to go.)

The earlier Unfettered anthologies are still available in trade, e-book, and special editions; the first one has been reissued in a second edition which features a new cover and contains an extra story. Purchasing any of these anthologies directly from the Grim Oak Press site allows more of the money to go to the charitable fund – however, Speakman is happy for readers to purchase at any of the usual retail sites.

Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy, edited by Shawn Speakman, Grim Oak Press (2013)
First edition cover art by Todd Lockwood
Second edition cover art by Stacie Pitt

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Patrick Rothfuss: “On Becoming Unfettered”
  • Introduction by Shawn Speakman
  • “The Unlocked Tome” by Shawn Speakman
  • “Imaginary Friends” by Terry Brooks [Word & Void]
  • “How Old Holly Came To Be” by Patrick Rothfuss [Kingkiller Chronicle]
  • “The Old Scale Game” by Tad Williams
  • “Game of Chance” by Carrie Vaughn
  • “Martyr of the Roses” by Jacqueline Carey [Kushiel]
  • “Mudboy” by Peter V. Brett [Demon Cycle]
  • “The Sound of Broken Absolutes” by Peter Orullian [Vault of Heaven]
  • “The Coach With Big Teeth” by R.A. Salvatore
  • “Keeper of Memory” by Todd Lockwood [Summer Dragon]
  • “Heaven in a Wild Flower” by Blake Charlton
  • “Dogs” by Daniel Abraham
  • “The Chapel Perilous” by Kevin Hearne [Iron Druid Chronicles]
  • “Select Mode” by Mark Lawrence [Broken Empire]
  • “All the Girls Love Michael Stein” by David Anthony Durham
  • “Strange Rain” by Jennifer Bosworth [Struck]
  • “Nocturne” by Robert V. S. Redick
  • “Unbowed” by Eldon Thompson [Legend of Asahiel]
  • “In Favour With Their Stars” by Naomi Novik [Temeraire]
  • “River of Souls” by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson [Wheel of Time]
  • “The Jester” by Michael J. Sullivan [Riyria Chronicles]
  • “The Duel” by Lev Grossman [Fillory]
  • “Walker and the Shade of Allanon” by Terry Brooks [Shannara]
  • “The Unfettered Knight” by Shawn Speakman [Annwn Cycle]
  • “The Twilight Dragon” by Shawn Speakman (UK edition only)

Unfettered II: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy, edited by Shawn Speakman, Grim Oak Press (2016)
cover art by Todd Lockwood

Table of Contents

  • Foreword: “Remembering Kathy Speakman” by Terry Brooks
  • Introduction: “The End of Magic’s Beginning” by Shawn Speakman
  • “Castle Coeurlieu” by Naomi Novik
  • “A Slow Kill” by Peter Orullian [Vault of Heaven]
  • “And Men Will Mine the Mountain for Our Souls” by Seanan McGuire
  • “Day One” by Jim Butcher [Dresden Files]
  • “Brightwine in the Garden of Tsitsian Village” by Bradley P. Beaulieu [Song of Shattered Sands]
  • “Aokigahara” by John A. Pitts
  • “The Decoy” by Janny Wurts [Wars of Light and Shadow]
  • “The King’s Despatcher” by David Farland [Runelords]
  • “Figures” by Rachel Caine
  • “The Red-Rimmed Eyes of Tóu Ma” by Aidan Moher
  • “Magic Beans” by Django Wexler
  • “The Hedgewitch” by Sarah Beth Durst [Queens of Renthia]
  • “Victim with a Capital V” by Scott Sigler
  • “A Duel of Evils” by Anthony Ryan [Raven’s Shadow]
  • “The Raven” by Erin Lindsey [Bloodbound]
  • “Bulletproof” by Mark Lawrence
  • “The Gunnnie” by Charlaine Harris [Gunnie Rose]
  • “Little Wren and the Big Forest” by Michael J. Sullivan [First Empire]
  • “The Thrill” by Brandon Sanderson [Stormlight Archive]
  • “The Last Flowers of the Spring Witch” by Shawn Speakman

Unbound: Tales by Masters of Fantasy, edited by Shawn Speakman, Grim Oak Press (2015)
cover art by Todd Lockwood

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: “A Geek Trying to Do Good”, by Shawn Speakman
  • “Small Kindnesses” by Joe Abercrombie [First Law]
  • “An Unfortunate Influx of Filipians” by Terry Brooks [Landover]
  • “Mr. Island” by Kristen Britain
  • “Jury Duty” by Jim Butcher [Dresden Files]
  • “Madwalls” by Rachel Caine
  • “The Way Into Oblivion” by Harry Connolly
  • “Uncharming” by Delilah Dawson
  • “All In a Night’s Work” by David Anthony Durham
  • “Son of Crimea” by Jason M. Hough [Zero World]
  • “A Dichotomy of Paradigms” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “A Good Name” by Mark Lawrence [Broken Empire]
  • “River and Echo” by John Marco
  • “Seven Tongues” by Tim Marquitz
  • “The Siege of Tilpur” by Brian McClellan [Powder Mage]
  • “Fiber” by Seanan McGuire [Fighting Pumpkins]
  • “Stories Are Gods” by Peter Orullian [Vault of Heaven]
  • “Heart’s Desire” by Kat Richardson
  • “The Hall of the Diamond Queen” by Anthony Ryan [Raven’s Shadow]
  • “The Dead’s Revenant” by Shawn Speakman [Annwn Cycle]
  • “The Farmboy Prince” by Brian Staveley
  • “The Game” by Michael J. Sullivan
  • “The Ethical Heresy” by Sam Sykes
  • “The Rat” by Mazarkis Williams

About Grim Oak Press:

Unfettered launched Grim Oak Press, a brand new SF&F publishing press with the big dream of helping others. It has grown ever since. After five years, Grim Oak Press spawned the non-profit Grim Oak Shield, both businesses working hand-in-hand to defeat medical debt for authors and artists in need. Such notable authors as Terry Brooks, Naomi Novik, Jacqueline Carey, Stephen R. Donaldson, Raymond E. Feist, and Janny Wurts support that mission and in 2018 Grim Oak Press will publish beautiful, limited editions of their books.

Each project we take on has its own life and style. We try to match the best artists in SF&F with the story to make a perfect match. We work directly with the authors and artists, giving them a creative freedom to re-envision their worlds like never before. New wrap around cover art, new interiors, and full color foldouts make these books extremely unique.

We also use the best materials around. Each book is printed on extremely high quality paper, cloth bound and leather wrapped, making them feel just as good in your hands as they look on your shelves. Details in the design and layout, sewn in ribbons, cover stamps, and many other fine touches are how we separate ourselves from other small publishing presses.

It is a magical time for those who love SF&F. Thank you to all who purchase books from Grim Oak Press. We will continue producing them as long as you enjoy placing them on your shelves.

– Your Grim Oak Team
Shawn Speakman & Jeff Lawson

Top Posts of 2018

Cartoon by Teddy Harvia.

Yes, it was a busy year. What were the most-read stories out of the 1300+ published here in 2018? This compilation looks very different from my private predictions. Anyone who pays attention to the monthly Top 10 lists here knows that in an average month I have to break out a separate “non Pixel Scroll” list to reach any other kind of post. But over the course of the entire year, only two Scrolls appeared in the top 15.

The last time I wrote a “Newsmakers of the Year” post – in 2011 – Chris Garcia and James Bacon ranked number one for all the positive press they had generated. In 2018 I’m afraid that title has to go to Jon Del Arroz, whose history of harassment kept him out of SFWA and got him banned from Worldcon 76, and who has been hard at work trying to exact revenge on the Worldcon ever since.

Antiharassment or code of conduct issues also figured in many other stories that received extraordinary attention — when Origins dropped Larry Correia as a guest, when an uprising among ConCarolinas’ other program participants caused John Ringo to withdraw as a special guest, and when Loscon ejected Gregory Benford (although they later apologized to him).

Robert Silverberg’s “Racism and Sexism” also sprang from a desire to defend himself after someone published his negative comments about N.K. Jemisin’s acceptance speech for her third consecutive Best Novel Hugo.

Top 15 Posts of 2018

  1. Del Arroz Not Allowed To Attend Worldcon 76
  2. Origins Game Fair Drops Larry Correia as Guest
  3. Del Arroz Files Suit Against Worldcon 76
  4. 2018 Hugo Winners
  5. Worldcon 76 Response to Protests Planned Outside SJCC on August 18
  6. Jon Del Arroz Threatens to Sue Worldcon 76
  7. Loscon 45 Incident: What Happened, and the Committee’s Update
  8. Racism and Sexism
  9. John Ringo Out As ConCarolinas Special Guest
  10. SFWA Denies A Membership Application
  11. John Ringo’s Selection as ConCarolinas Guest Sparks Controversy
  12. A Proposal to Re-Name the Young Adult Book Award at Worldcon 76
  13. 2018 Hugo Award Finalists
  14. Pixel Scroll 5/16/18 Ringworlds For Sale or Rent, Moons To Let Fifty Cents
  15. Pixel Scroll 4/23/18 It Was Me Who Ate All The Cupcakes In The File770 Office IN SELF DEFENCE!

Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2018

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, this post provides information on the artists and designers of more than 560 works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2018.

These credits have been accumulated during the course of the year, from copyright pages, Acknowledgments sections, and public posts by artists, authors, and publishers, as well as other sources on the internet.

Because it is difficult to provide a list ordered by name when artwork is frequently credited to two or more artists and/or designers, I have uploaded my main spreadsheet with all accumulated data here.

In this post I will display up to 12 images of artworks for each artist for whom I have identified 4 or more works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2018.

Please note carefully the eligibility criteria according to the WSFS Constitution:


Professional Artist

3.3.12: Best Professional Artist. An illustrator whose work has appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy during the previous calendar year.

3.2.11: A Professional Publication is one which meets at least one of the following two criteria:
(1) it provided at least a quarter the income of any one person or,
(2) was owned or published by any entity which provided at least a quarter the income of any of its staff and/or owner.

3.10.2: In the Best Professional Artist category, the acceptance should include citations of at least three (3) works first published in the eligible year.


Under the current rules, artwork for semiprozines and fanzines is not eligible in this category. You can check whether a publication is a prozine or a semiprozine in this directory (the semiprozine list is at the top of the page, and the prozine directory is at the bottom).

Please be sure to check the spreadsheet first; but then, if you are able to confirm credits missing 2018-original works and the names of their artists from Acknowledgments sections, copyright pages, or by contacting authors and/or artists, go ahead and add them in comments, and I will get them included in the spreadsheet, and if the artist is credited with at least 4 works, in this post. If you have questions or corrections, please add those also. Please note that works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion.

PLEASE DON’T ADD GUESSES.

Artists, Authors, Editors and Publishers are welcome to post in comments here, or to send their lists to jjfile770 [at] gmail [dot] com.

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