Top 20 Posts for 2021

Given the choice, DisCon III would have liked to make only half as much news as it did last year. Between the resignations of two chairs, two Hugo administrators, and the events surrounding the disinvitation of a guest of honor, plus the positive stories about the Hugo Awards finalists and winners, twelve of the 20 most-read posts of 2021 related to the Worldcon.

Entirely unrelated to the Worldcon, the second post on the list, from January 2020, got a new lease on life in June when it was linked by a Vox magazine article about Twitter and Isabel Fall. Then, when Lindsay Ellis linked to the Vox article on Patreon this week, the post received another surge of readers.

Here, then, are last year’s twenty most-read posts according to Google Analytics.

  1. DisCon III Declines to Comment on Code of Conduct Issue About Hugo Finalist
  2. Clarkesworld Removes Isabel Fall’s Story
  3. Another DisCon III Hugo Administration Team Resigns
  4. Fozard Guest Post About Resigning as Worldcon Co-Chair
  5. Weisskopf Announces Hiatus for Baen’s Bar
  6. 2021 Hugo Awards
  7. 2021 Hugo Awards Finalists Announced
  8. DisCon III Removes Weisskopf as a Guest of Honor
  9. Weisskopf, Correia, Weber Defend Baen’s Bar; Jason Sanford Subjected to Harassment Over His Report
  10. Baen Strikes Back; Sanford Under Growing Storm of Harassment
  11. Peter S. Beagle and Ownership Group Regain Control of Rights to His Work Following Sale Approved by Bankruptcy Court
  12. Worldcon 76 Settles with Jon Del Arroz: Issues Apology, Will Pay Compensation
  13. Jon Del Arroz Permabanned from Twitter
  14. Celebrating The Wonderful Nehemiah Persoff At 102
  15. Vox Day’s Blog Offline
  16. DisCon III Chair Lawhorn Resigns
  17. Dan Simmons Criticized for Remarks About Thunberg
  18. Pixel Scroll 2/19/21 Why, I Sweep My Scroll With A Geiger Counter Every Day, And Nary A Pixel!
  19. Where To Find The 2021 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  20. DisCon III Business Meeting Keeps Lodestar, Best Series; Passes Controversial Resolution About Site Selection

Never Mind The News – File 770’s Best Feature Articles of 2021

Was the year too heavy, deep, and real? Yes, but it was also rich in creativity, humor, and shared adventures. It’s a gift and privilege for me to be continually allowed to publish so many entertaining posts. Thanks to all of you who contributed!

FEATURES

David DoeringMost Remote SF Bookstore in the World?

Meet “Book Island” in the town of Saint Denis on Reunion Island—a small speck in the vast Indian Ocean

Pierre E. Pettinger, Jr.Never Too Late To Start: Guest Post by Pierre E. Pettinger Jr.

… Like many fans, I had tried my hand with writing, especially as a teenager. I wrote notes, drew weird aliens, and even wrote a novel which will never see the light of day. But during all this I did noodle, consistently, with several recurring characters and a story line. It shifted and changed, of course, as I matured and different interests came into my life, and eventually they just settled in the back of my mind.

John HertzAt the Height of His –

… Once when [Tim] Powers was being interviewed at an SF convention someone asked “Do you actually believe in this stuff?”  He said “No.  But my characters do.”  As Gordon Bennett wrote, and Frank Sinatra sang, “This is all I ask, this is all I need.”

JJ2020 Novellapalooza

… I’m a huge reader of novels, but not that big on short fiction. But the last few years, I’ve done a personal project to read and review as many Novellas as I could (presuming that the story Synopsis had some appeal for me). …

Patty WellsLearn About SAFF, the Space Agency Fan Fund

… The mission of SAFF is to keep the factual progress of space exploration out there for our community and to help individual Worldcons and other conventions in dealing with the arrangements and funding of space experts as special guests. 

JJWhere To Find The 2020 Nebula Finalists For Free Online

To help propel you into your awards season reading, here are links to excerpts or complete works from the 2020 Nebula Award finalists.

John HertzGood Names for Bad Guys

 During 1937-1956 a radio program called “The Answer Man” was broadcast over the Mutual Broadcasting System….  

Wolf von WittingInexplicable Phenomena and How To Approach Them

… Another solved mystery was that of the vanishing pancake. A friend of mine, by profession police officer, was standing at his stove, frying pancakes. As we both did with pancakes, we flipped them around in the air. So did my friend on this day.

His mystery was that the pancake never came back down. It vanished. There was no trace of it….

A Multitude of FilersOpening Lines Rewritten for a Pandemic — By Filers

Eli Grober’s “Opening Lines Rewritten for a Pandemic” in The New Yorker humorously changes the beginnings of famous books to suit life as we knew it in the plague year of 2020…. Filers answered the challenge to add to the list. Here is a collection from yesterday’s comments….

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed, being careful to maintain a distance of at least six feet.

–Nina Shepardson

Brendan DuBoisIn Happy Pursuit of Jeopardy!

… It was the Jeopardy! gameshow display screen one saw all the time on television, in real life, just yards away, here inside the cool Sony studios.   Six rows across with the categories, columns of five numbers under each.  To the right of the large display was Alex Trebek’s podium, and nearby were the three contestant stations. 

There were sixteen of us here, and before the end of the day, all of us but one would have our thirty minutes of fame — or infamy — in this very special place.

But how did I get here?

John HertzAnother Well-Titled Book

Glorious, the Greg Benford – Larry Niven novel appearing last year, is one of the more ambitious SF stories.  

Rich LynchRocket Boy

… The model took off and rose straight up for maybe 100 feet or so before the second stage kicked in, but then there was trouble.  Instead of continuing its upward flight, the thing veered to the right and zoomed away horizontally, slightly descending all the while.  It went directly over a house across the street and continued on, neatly bisecting the span between two tall trees behind the house.  And then it was gone from sight.  I remember that my uncle gave me a quizzical look and asked, “Was it supposed to do that?”…

IphinomeFour Reviews by Iphinome

Reading. That’s what I do, I read and I snark things.

IphinomeIphinome Reviews Novik’s A Deadly Education

El (Galadriel) is pissed off. Her classmate Orion just rescued her for the second time –needlessly. She’s capable, more than capable, El’s powerful – El, power, get it? Get it?…

Lyrics by Aydrea Walden and Jocelyn Scofield“All Because of You” Lyrics from the Nebula Awards Ceremony

But then I had a spark, a realization
While floating here all by myself
I’m actually in the best of company
Because you’re on my shelf

Mark L. BlackmanDeath and Doom (and Cats) at the KGB Bar with Seanan McGuire and Nadia Bulkin

On the evening of Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Fantastic Fiction at KGB Reading Series, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, presented authors Seanan McGuire and Nadia Bulkin in livestreamed readings on YouTube. (Neither reader is running for Mayor of New York.)

This is the 16th month of virtual readings, in place of in-person reading at the eponymous bar in the East Village in Manhattan, noted Kressel. New York City may be “open,” added Datlow, but they don’t yet feel comfortable “going into the crowd” at the Bar for at least a few more months….

Mike GlyerSmell Like A Superhero

Is there a science fiction movie character you want to smell like? Forget Swamp Thing, c’mon, he’s not in Fragrance X’s catalog. Otherwise, there’s no end of superhero and genre branded colognes you can buy.

Sara FelixWhy I Work on Worldcon: Guest Post by Sara Felix

There was a post a while ago on twitter that asked, “So what motivates y’all to continue entering bids to host Worldcons? Genuinely curious.”

And I responded with, ”I think there are some great bids out there like Glasgow 2024 that you can genuinely tell they are enthusiastic and want to put on a good show.  Working on Dublin was like that for me as well.  I am not saying they are perfect but the excitement is really important.”

But that is just the tip of the iceberg of what I wanted to say…

Cat EldridgeLeague of Extraordinary Gentlemen Film Anniversary: Celebrate or Not?

… Now back to Connery. The film would leave him with such a bad experience that claimed he the production of the film and the film’s final quality was what he caused his decision to permanently retire from filmmaking, saying in an interview with The Times that, “It was a nightmare. The experience had a great influence on me, it made me think about showbiz. I get fed up dealing with idiots.”

Martin Morse WoosterSpace Jam: A New Legacy – A Review

Space Jam:  A New Legacy is a fun-free synthetic entertainment substitute.  Its many writers (six are credited) created a screenplay from artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and gas….  

Mark L. BlackmanTwo Too-Near Futures from Kim Stanley Robinson and Nancy Kress

… Datlow asked Robinson, “How can you be so optimistic?” He replied that his mother was; she felt that it was our duty to be optimistic and to help people….

Mike GlyerLe Guin Stamp Issued Today

The Ursula K. Le Guin commemorative Forever stamp was officially unveiled today during a ceremony at the Portland (OR) Art Museum.

Steve VertliebCelebrating The Wonderful Nehemiah Persoff At 102

… I began to wonder whatever became of this marvelous actor and so, before retiring for the evening, I started to research Mr. Persoff’s whereabouts on my computer. As luck would have it, I found him and wrote him a rather hasty letter of personal and lifelong admiration. To my shock and utter astonishment, he responded within five minutes….

Melanie StormmEmails From Lake Woe-Is-Me: Links To Every Installment

Stormm began her humorous series about the misdirected emails she gets from Writer X in August and has done 17 regular and two bonus installments. It swirls together comedy, horror, and the pitfalls of being a writer.

Robin A. ReidWriting Against the Grain: T. Kingfisher’s Feminist Mythopoeic Fantasy

The purpose of this presentation is to place Tolkien’s theory of mythopoeic fiction in dialogue with fantasy series by T. Kingfisher in order to argue that her work is feminist and mythopoeic. While there are a number of elements of Kingfisher’s fiction that are relevant to my purpose, I’ll be focusing on two: her version of Faërie and system of magic, and her portrayal of female characters whose relationships are with failed warrior heroes….

Brian Z.A Modest Proposal for the Very Retro Hugo for Genre-Related Work

The talk of time capsules and 1000-year M-discs in the Pixel Scroll 8/12/21 discussion of item (16), the Louis XIII Cognac 100-year sci-fi film vault, got me thinking that Worldcon should do Hugos for Best Genre-related Work Created 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 and 40,000 years ago….

Sultana RazaHergé’s Multi-Layered Worlds

… Considered to be a genius by many, not only was Hergé skilled at drawing, he was also good at fascinating his readers with mysteries, and intriguing situations. For example, why was Prof. Calculus going into the heart of a volcano, following the agitated movements of his pendulum, instead of running away, like all the others? Perhaps he was so oblivious to his real surroundings, and was so desperate to find the cause of the wild swinging of his pendulum for the sake of science, that inadvertently, he was willing to risk his very life. Or was he running away from mundane reality? And why did Tintin rush back to save his friend from going deeper in the maze of the mountain? Possibly because that was Tintin’s nature, to rescue not just the innocent people of the world, but it also showed his deep friendship with the absent-minded professor….

Robert RepinoConsequences as an Engine of Storytelling: A Guest Post by Robert Repino

…After watching [John Wick: Chapter 3], my friends and I got some drinks at a nearby bar. There, I found myself repeating a single word from the movie: “Consequences.” Wick utters this word whenever one of the characters points out that his past may have finally caught up with him. Since I like to drive jokes into the ground, I began to say “Consequences” in response to everything that night, in a poor imitation of Wick’s scratchy voice. Why did we need to buy another round? “Consequences.” Why should someone else pick up the tab? “Consequences.” And maybe I should call out sick tomorrow? “Consequences.”…

Mike GlyerHallmark Rolls Out 2021 Ornaments

Right after the Fourth of July might not be when I shop for Christmas ornaments, but somebody does, because that’s when Hallmark runs its Keepsake Ornament Premiere.

If the timing is for the convenience of retailers, there is also a certain logic in picking a spot on the calendar that is as far away as you can get from a date associated with Christmas trees. It’s plain some of these ornaments are intended for a Halloween or Thanksgiving tree, while others probably are destined never to decorate a tree at all but to remain pristine in their original wrapping on collectors’ shelves….

Craig MillerPreview of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

In, I believe, 1927, the Academy of Motion Pictures was founded.

In 1929, they decided there should be a museum of motion picture history and memorabilia.

In three days, a little shy of a hundred years later, the Academy Museum will open to the public….

Martin Morse WoosterReview: Museum of the Bible

Continuing my reports on museums that might be of interest to Filers coming to Washington for DisCon III, I offer a report on the Museum of the Bible, which I visited recently.  (I had a Groupon!)…

Glenn HaumanOh, The Place We Boldly Stop.

The Dr. Seuss Enterprises lawsuit against us is finally over….

Esther MacCallum-StewartCOP26 and Glasgow in 2024

… COP26 has produced an enormous impact on Glasgow….

Sultana RazaFan or Spy?

… I couldn’t help thinking of the passage from The Lord of the Rings, where the Crebain go searching for the Fellowship. In fact, there are many birds as spies in fantasy fiction, such as the Three-Eyed Raven, the, One-eyed Crow, or Varamyr Sixskins warging into an eagle in A Song of Ice and Fire, to mention a few…. 

Mike GlyerShould the Best Series Hugo Category Be Kept?

The Best Series Hugo category was added to the WSFS Constitution in 2017 with a sunset clause requiring a future re-ratification vote to remain part of the Worldcon Constitution. That vote happens next week at the DisCon III Business Meeting. If you were there, would you vote yes or no on keeping the category?

Shana WorthenTwas the Night Before DisCon III

Then down the long hall there arose so much chat,
that I sprang from my chair to see what was that?
Through archways, past plant pots, I slipped through the throng
as the loud murmuration came strolling along.

Colin HarrisThe World in Worldcon

… In reality, China is a huge country with a vast population and an expanding middle class; an enormous SF field and well established fandom. Chengdu is an established international convention site as well as a centre for science and technology.

I rather suspect that from the Chengdu bid’s viewpoint, the US-centric history of Worldcon is at odds with the very name of the event and its claim to be the leading global celebration of the genre. I do not need to believe there is anything suspicious about the bid, because it only needs a tiny percentage of Chinese fans to get behind it to make it a success….

Sultana Raza (and others)International Interactions with Tolkien – A Roundtable

Though Tolkien’s novels were very successful in the last century, after the Peter Jackson trilogy in the early 2000s, their reach increased to encompass the globe. Irrespective of geographical or linguistic differences, they spoke to us in different ways. In an informal Discussion Group at Oxonmoot 2021, (held online), participants were welcome to share their thoughts/reactions/ take on various aspects of Tolkien’s works, mainly his Legendarium….

Mike GlyerThe Twenty Percent Solution: A Self-Published Science Fiction Competition Judge’s Upvotes

… Based on reading 20% of Team File 770’s assigned books, I found there are actually 12 I’d say yes to – so I am going to need to cut two more before I finalize this list….

TRIGGER SNOWFLAKE

The saga of Sheriff Trigger Snowflake, the lovely Coraline, and the shenanigans of the Solarian Poets Society added several chapters this year that were not so much ripped-from-the-headlines as amused by the news.

Ingvar Trigger Snowflake and the Election

… Trigger put his cup down, as he saw Coraline wave a paper in the air.

“Trigger!” she said, “Look at this! Look who’s standing for president!”

IngvarTrigger Snowflake and the Dessert

A few days later, down at the Coffee Emporium, Trigger was having breakfast. A nice cup of Bean of the Day and a grilled synthecheese. As he finished the last bite of the synthecheese, Barbara Dimatis walked up to his table.

“Sheriff Snowflake, may I sit?”

“Why, sure, Ms Dimatis. What troubles you?”

“You’ve heard of Bistro Futuristo? Well, turns out that the editor and owner of Futuristo Magazine has made an announcement.”…

Ingvar Trigger Snowflake and the Grand Reopening

“Sheriff! Sheriff! Have you heard?”

“No, Ms Dimatis, I don’t believe I have?”

“The Bistro has re-opened!”

“Bistro Futuristo?”

INTERVIEWS

Brandon Sanderson WFC 2020 Interview Highlights – Conducted by David Doering

Far Sector Round Table with N.K. Jemisin – Conducted by James Bacon and others

CHRIS BARKLEY

ConStellation Hat. Photo by Craig Glassner/Pinterest/Hat of the Day

… Needless to say, I have witnessed or participated in a number of remarkable, bizarre and historic incidents during my tenure working at Worldcons. I not only know how the sausage was made, I helped make it as well….

… Before I reveal my BDP Hugo Nomination Ballot choices, let’s contemplate these ten outstanding films from 2020…

So forget about what the naysayers are saying; Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a big, exciting, sprawling, violent, intense, profane, beautiful and ultimately moving film.

DECLASSIFIED! Seven Secret and Untold Stories From the Worldcon Press Office

CONVENTION REPORTS

Commemorative button.

CHRIS BARKLEY’S DISCON III REPORTS

Ride along with Chris at this year’s Worldcon, everywhere from major events to favorite restaurants.

JAMES BACON

In addition to reviewing comics and graphic novels, James used his camera and descriptive abilities to take us along on visits to all kinds of fascinating exhibits and pop culture events.

CATS SLEEP ON SFF

OBITUARIES

[date of publication]

Okay Locus, Enough Is Enough!

Locus Online thieved this story straight off my site, like I am their damned intern. Did they spend the last two years contacting people at the Gunn Center trying to find out what was going to happen to the Campbell Award? I did. That’s how I was able to learn the Center has a new Director, who sent me that quote.

Donate, donate, donate to Locus!

Top 10 Posts for November 2021

Clutching the hand of greatness … A very wonderful moment with the great Nehemiah Persoff at his home on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019.

Steve Vertlieb’s tribute to actor Nehemiah Persoff is still finding new audiences on Facebook – enough to make his August birthday post File 770’s most-read item of November. And Steve’s item about the music used in an episode of the Fifties Superman TV series was also a hit last month.

Here are the 10 most-read posts of November 2021 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Celebrating The Wonderful Nehemiah Persoff At 102
  2. Pixel Scroll 11/22/21 There’ll Be Time Enough To File When The Clicking’s Done
  3. Pixel Scroll 11/5/21 If You Wish To Scroll, Turn To Page 18. If You Wish To Pixel, Turn To Page 45
  4. Pixel Scroll 11/2/21 Escape From the Other Pixel Scroll (A Sequel)
  5. Pixel Scroll 11/23/21 Scrolling, Scrolling, Scrolling, Pixelhide!
  6. Pixel Scroll 11/6/21 The Arrakis Island Line Is A Mighty Fine Line
  7. Pixel Scroll 11/15/21 The Ones Who Stalk Away From Scrollmelas
  8. Pixel Scroll 11/8/21 The Martian Chronocules
  9. Superman: “The World of Tomorrow” Reborn
  10. Pixel Scroll 11/24/21 So Good They Scrolled It Twice!

THE SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Celebrating The Wonderful Nehemiah Persoff At 102
  2. Superman: “The World of Tomorrow” Reborn
  3. #DisneyMustPay Update and Reprints Alert
  4. SFWA Asks New Grand Master Mercedes Lackey to Clarify Past Statement on Writing Trans Characters
  5. DisCon III Maintains Covid Policy as Con Approaches
  6. 2021 World Fantasy Awards
  7. DisCon III Posts WSFS Business Meeting Agenda
  8. SCA Removes King of An Tir
  9. DisCon III Program Schedule Posted
  10. COP26 and Glasgow in 2024

Top 10 Stories for October 2021

The most-read stories last month were two obituaries about people of interest to Filers for very different reasons.  

The Top 10 also included stories about two former SCA kings, one recently removed for undisclosed causes, and another who resigned his crown in 2019 after being charged with murder and was recently convicted.

Here are File 770’s ten most-read stories from October 2021 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Lou Antonelli (1957-2021)
  2. Mary Kay Kare (1952-2021)
  3. Pixel Scroll 10/04/21 DIY Pixels
  4. SCA Removes King of An Tir
  5. Pixel Scroll 10/13/21 Filed Gruntbuggly, Thy Pixelations Are To Me
  6. Pixel Scroll 10/12/21 The Scroll It Stole Was The Scroll Of Scrolls Called The Scroll Of Neverending
  7. Luis Rondon Convicted of Murder
  8. Pixel Scroll 10/20/21 Roll Over Harkonnen And Tell Shai-Tchovsky The News
  9. Pixel Scroll 10/6/21 Magical Mystery Scroll
  10. Pixel Scroll 10/25/21 I Am The Pontiff Of Pixel, Scroller Of All I Survey

Here is the Scroll-free Top 10:

  1. Lou Antonelli (1957-2021)
  2. Mary Kay Kare (1952-2021)
  3. SCA Removes King of An Tir
  4. Luis Rondon Convicted of Murder
  5. Last Dangerous Visions Progress Report
  6. Meschke Calls on DisCon III to Correct Fanhistorical Note in Press Release
  7. Celebrating The Wonderful Nehemiah Persoff At 102
  8. Memphis In 2023 Worldcon Bid Has Folded
  9. DisCon III Opens 2023 Site Selection
  10. Texas in 2031 Worldcon Bid Begins Taking Presupports

[Illustration by Teddy Harvia.]

Top 10 Posts for September 2021

Especially with the Hugos pushed off until December, fans approached the Dragon Awards announcement with the eagerness of kids awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. Santa was especially good to the T. Kingfisher household this year, leaving two Dragons.   

And high on the Scroll-Free Top 10 was Chris Barkley’s column about his many adventures running Worldcon Press Offices.

Here are the ten most-read posts for September 2021 according to Google Analytics.

  1. 2021 Dragon Awards
  2. Pixel Scroll 9/21/21 I Wish They All Could Be California Scrolls
  3. Pixel Scroll 9/1/21 Pixel At The Well Of Scrolls
  4. Pixel Scroll 9/3/21 If It Doesn’t Scroll Naturally, File It
  5. Pixel Scroll 9/15/21 You Load Fifteen Pixels, What Do You Get?
  6. Pixel Scroll 9/4/21 I Have Become Pixel, Scroller Of Worlds
  7. Pixel Scroll 9/22/21 Or I Will Scroll Thee In The Gobberfiles With My Pixelcruncheon, See If I Don’t!
  8. Pixel Scroll 9/8/21 HR Pixeling Stuff! Whose Your File When Things Get Rough
  9. Pixel Scroll 9/13/21 Headcanon: The Universe Will Come To An End Following The Generation Of Nine Billion Pixel Scroll Titles
  10. Pixel Scroll 9/12/21 The Old File-Hidden-In-The-Pixel-Scroll Trick

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. 2021 Dragon Awards
  2. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #62
  3. Vox Day’s Blog Offline
  4. British Fantasy Awards 2021
  5. Celebrating The Wonderful Nehemiah Persoff At 102
  6. Carol Carr (1938-2021)
  7. Russell T Davies Returning as Doctor Who Showrunner
  8. Rondon Murder Trial Begins
  9. Jon Del Arroz Permabanned from Twitter
  10. N.K. Jemisin on TIME100 List

[Illustration by Teddy Harvia.]

Top 10 Stories for August 2021

Jon Del Arroz banned by Twitter. Vox Day ousted from Blogger. Any doubt why these were last month’s two most-read posts?

And here are the rest of the top 10 posts for August 2021 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Jon Del Arroz Permabanned from Twitter
  2. Vox Day’s Blog Offline
  3. DisCon III Team Announces Covid-19 Policy for December Convention
  4. 2021 Dragon Awards Ballot
  5. Celebrating The Wonderful Nehemiah Persoff At 102
  6. Pixel Scroll 8/14/21 WandangerousVisions
  7. Pixel Scroll 8/18/21 Science Fiction Grand Pixel Banned From Scroll
  8. RWA Rescinds One of the Inaugural Vivian Awards
  9. Pixel Scroll 8/7/21 Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Scroll
  10. Pixel Scroll 8/9/21 The Wards Are All In Place, But The Junes Are Busting Out All Over

Top 10 Stories for July 2021

An 18-month-old reaction roundup from January 2020 — “Clarkesworld Removes Isabel Fall’s Story” – returned as July’s most-read post after Vox linked to it in Emily VanDer Werff’s “How Twitter can ruin a life: Isabel Fall’s complicated story”, an interview with author Fall.

Among the month’s new posts, Jason Brock’s obituary for the late William F. Nolan had the most readers.

Here are the top 10 posts – with and without Scrolls – for July 2021 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Clarkesworld Removes Isabel Fall’s Story
  2. William F. Nolan (1928-2021)
  3. BasedCon Planning for Dozens of Attendees
  4. Pixel Scroll 7/28/21 So Put Another File In The Jukebox, Baby
  5. Pixel Scroll 7/16/21 All Scrollnanas Make A Pixel, And So Do Many More
  6. Pixel Scroll 7/21/21 No Gods Were Stalked In the Making Of This Scroll Title
  7. Pixel Scroll 7/6/21 And Why Are There So Many Files About Pixels?
  8. Pixel Scroll 7/18/21 Please Pixel Carefully As Our Menu Scrolls Have Recently Changed
  9. Pixel Scroll 7/15/21 This Pixel Will Self-Destruct In Five Parsecs
  10. Pixel Scroll 7/14/21 Still Crazy After All These Light-Years

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

[Art credit: Teddy Harvia.]

Top 10 Stories for June 2021

Worldcon 76’s settlement with Jon Del Arroz, ending three years of litigation — File 770’s 11th most-read story of the past year — seems like it happened a long time ago, not just in the first week of June.

That is because since then the internal and external stresses on this year’s Worldcon, DisCon III, involving some of its policies toward Hugo finalists, led to the successive resignations of the Hugo administration team, and the convention chair – reported in what have proved to be the 3rd and 15th most-read stories of the past year.

And there was a constellation of related Worldcon news items filling out the list of the top stories in June according to Google Analytics.

  1. Another DisCon III Hugo Administration Team Resigns
  2. Worldcon 76 Settles with Jon Del Arroz: Issues Apology, Will Pay Compensation
  3. DisCon III Chair Lawhorn Resigns
  4. Clarkesworld Removes Isabel Fall’s Story
  5. Pixel Scroll 6/19/21 Oilcan — Did You Say Something? – Oilcan — He Said, “Pixel Scroll!”
  6. DisCon III Explains Why It Isn’t Posting a Membership List
  7. Pixel Scroll 6/3/21 An Iron Pixel In A Velvet Scroll
  8. Bill Lawhorn’s Goodbye Message to DisCon III Staff
  9. Pixel Scroll 6/1/21 Welcome To The Hotel Cthulhu: You Can Get Eaten Anytime You Like, But You Will Never Leave
  10. Pixel Scroll 6/7/21 Scroll Up The Usual Pixels

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Another DisCon III Hugo Administration Team Resigns
  2. Worldcon 76 Settles with Jon Del Arroz: Issues Apology, Will Pay Compensation
  3. DisCon III Chair Lawhorn Resigns
  4. Clarkesworld Removes Isabel Fall’s Story
  5. DisCon III Explains Why It Isn’t Posting a Membership List
  6. Bill Lawhorn’s Goodbye Message to DisCon III Staff
  7. Progress Made Toward Resolving Issues Between Hugo Finalists and DisCon III
  8. DisCon III Hugo Voter Packet Available
  9. DisCon III Reaches Out to Hugo Finalists About Communications Plan, Leadership Change, and Participation Options
  10. Seminar’s Focus on Diversity in Tolkien Draws Conservatives’ Ire

Top 10 Posts for May 2021

Some red/blue politics leaked into the May 18 Scroll, firing up the commenters and making that the post with the most hits for the month; saying it was “most read” probably would put the spotlight in the wrong place.

Outside of the daily Scroll, the updates about Jon Del Arroz’ lawsuit against Worldcon 76 were the most closely-followed posts — in May, the court rejected the defendant’s motion for summary judgment. A mandatory settlement conference is set for June 9, and the jury trial is calendared for June 14. Del Arroz continues to milk publicity from the suit, taunting the defendants in a YouTube video with his absurd settlement demands.

Here are the posts in May that had the most traffic according to Google Analytics.

  1. Pixel Scroll 5/18/21 Manic Pixel Dreamsnake And The Scrollers Of Doom
  2. Pixel Scroll 5/9/21 Scrolled In The Pixel Was – Oh! Oh! Oh!
  3. Pixel Scroll 5/27/21 We Sell Mobius Scrolls, In Klein Bottles
  4. Pixel Scroll 5/1/21 This Scroll Is Infested With Killer Pixels
  5. Del Arroz Suit Will Go To Trial; Court Rejects Worldcon 76’s Motion for Summary Judgment
  6. Pixel Scroll 5/5/21 Soon May The Filerman Come To Bring Us Books And Cats And Rum
  7. Pixel Scroll 5/26/21 Buy Me Some Pixels And Shadowjack, I Don’t Care If I Never Loop Back
  8. Pixel Scroll 5/24/21 Pixelback Scroller
  9. Pixel Scroll 5/3/21 The 770 File Cabinets Of Dr. Credential
  10. Pixel Scroll 5/14/21 I Plan To Read All The Hugo Nominees Tonight, Said Tom Swiftly.

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Del Arroz Suit Will Go To Trial; Court Rejects Worldcon 76’s Motion for Summary Judgment
  2. JDA Broadcasts His Settlement Demands
  3. #DisneyMustPay Task Force Updates
  4. Where To Find The 2021 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  5. Worldcon 76 Files Last Round of Responses to Del Arroz Before Summary Judgment Hearing
  6. London Comic Mart Resumes
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