Top 10 Posts for December 2020

Were a lot of people interested in reading the list of 2020 Stabby Award nominees picked by readers of Reddit’s r/Fantasy forum? Why yes, they were. Especially people who are nominated. It only took 18 hours for the list to become December’s top post.

Our tribute to Phyllis Eisenstein also was widely-shared by her many friends and the people who love her books.

Here are last month’s top 10 posts.

  1. 2020 Stabby Award Nominees
  2. Phyllis Eisenstein (1946-2020)
  3. Pixel Scroll 12/28/20 This Irrepixel-Able, Trantor ‘Original’, This Mule-Produced Crime
  4. Pixel Scroll 12/29/20 A Mime In A Tesseract Still Has Ways To Get Out
  5. Pixel Scroll 12/7/20 When All You Have Is A Scroll, Everything Looks Like A Pixel
  6. Pixel Scroll 12/20/20 May The Luck Of The Seven Pixels Of Gulu Be With You At All Times
  7. Pixel Scroll 12/11/20 In And Around The Scroll, Pixels Come Out Of The File And They Stand There
  8. Pixel Scroll 12/21/20 I Saw Mommy Kzin Santa Claus
  9. Pixel Scroll 12/3/20 Scrolls Are Seldom What They Seemeth, Mithril Masquerades As Scrith
  10. Del Arroz Says Trial Date Set in Suit Against 2018 Worldcon

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. 2020 Stabby Award Nominees
  2. Phyllis Eisenstein (1946-2020)
  3. Del Arroz Says Trial Date Set in Suit Against 2018 Worldcon
  4. Artists Corroborate Flegal Harassment Allegations
  5. SFWA Grand Master Wishlist
  6. Flegal and Mohrbacher Respond to Accusations in Video
  7. NetGalley Member Login Data Compromised
  8. Taking Inventory of Future Worldcon Bids
  9. Dan Simmons Criticized for Remarks About Thunberg
  10. Goodreads Choice Awards 2020 Winners

File 770’s Twenty Most-Read Posts of the Year

“2020 Hugo Awards” got more traffic than any other post this year, although not because people wanted to know who won the Hugos. George R.R. Martin left a comment on that post alternately explaining, defending, and apologizing for his choices as toastmaster of CoNZealand’s much-criticized Hugo Awards ceremony, a quote that was widely-linked by mainstream reports about the uproar. Many of those same articles also linked to GRRM’s old post answering criticism of his efforts to host Dublin 2019’s Hugo Losers Party, pulling it up the list right behind his 2020 comment.

The second top story is Andrew Porter’s obituary for Elyse Rosenstein, which went viral as fans across the spectrum realized you could point to the very person who had the idea for the original Star Trek convention.

And so here are the year’s 20 most-read posts according to Google Analytics.

  1. 2020 Hugo Awards
  2. Elyse Rosenstein Has Died
  3. GRRM on the Hugo Losers Party
  4. Clarkesworld Removes Isabel Fall’s Story
  5. Dan Simmons Criticized for Remarks About Thunberg
  6. The #DisneyMustPay Alan Dean Foster and SFWA Joint Press Conference
  7. Writers Circulate Letter of Concern About Saudi Worldcon Bid
  8. Artists Corroborate Flegal Harassment Allegations
  9. Pixel Scroll 8/1/20 Scrollers Tick In Vain
  10. AO3 Blocked in China
  11. Memphis Worldcon Bidders: Won’t Run Retros If They Win; Address Diversity and Inclusion Policies
  12. Pixel Scroll 8/3/20 Undeserved Loss And Inaccessible Healing
  13. Where To Find The 2020 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  14. Schluessel: My Zoom Background Censored Again
  15. Hugo Awards 2020 Finalists
  16. Pixel Scroll 8/5/20 Please Pixel Your Scroll In The Form Of A Question
  17. 2020 Recommended SF/F Page
  18. Pixel Scroll 8/2/20 Lemonade Stand On Zanzibar
  19. How Audible’s Returns Policy Exploits Writers
  20. 2020 Recommended SF/F List

Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2020

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, this post provides information on the artists and designers of nearly 750 works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2020.

These credits have been accumulated over the course of the year from dust jackets, Acknowledgments sections and copyright pages in works, cover reveal blog posts, and other sources on the internet. This year, Filers Martin Pyne and Karen B. also collected this information, and though we had a lot of overlap, their extra entries have greatly increased the information we are able to provide you. My profound thanks go to Martin and Karen for all of their hard work.

You can see the full combined spreadsheet of Editor and Artist credits here (I will be continuing to update this as I get more information).

In this post I will display up to 8 images of artworks for each artist for whom I have identified 3 or more works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2020. Clicking on the thumbnail will open a full-screen version of each work; where I could find a version of the work without titles, that is the image which is linked.

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 2020-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 3 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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NetGalley Member Login Data
Compromised

On December 23, 2020, the advance book review site NetGalley sent a message to its members informing them that the NetGalley login data for members had been compromised:

Notification of Data Security Incident – December 23, 2020

Dear NetGalley Member,

It is with great regret that we inform you that on Monday, December 21, 2020 NetGalley was the victim of a data security incident. What initially seemed like a simple defacement of our homepage has, with further investigation, resulted in the unauthorized and unlawful access to a backup file of the NetGalley database.

It is with an abundance of caution that we wanted to let you know this incident may have exposed some of the information you have shared with NetGalley.

The backup file that was impacted contained your Profile information, which includes your login name and password, name and email address. Also, if supplied by you, your mailing address, birthday, company name, and Kindle email address. We currently have no evidence of the exposure of any of this data, but we cannot at this stage rule out the possibility. We expect that you may have many additional questions – below are the questions we would have if we received this email.

I’ve had a NetGalley account for 6 years. On December 21, I received a notification from Google that someone had attempted to access one of my Gmail accounts using my password. Fortunately, I had 2-factor identification enabled on that account, which meant that any login attempt from a new device would require me to confirm with a 6-digit verification code sent to my cellphone. Apparently, after no verification code was entered within a certain period of time, Google had decided that it was an incident of a compromised password, and I was prompted to change that password immediately.

I wracked my brain for any other websites where I might be using that e-mail address/password combination, and came up with only one. I immediately changed my password on that site, and enabled 2-factor authentication on a couple of other different Gmail accounts, but I was mystified as to how my password had been obtained. Then 45 minutes ago I received this e-mail notification from NetGalley – and realized that I had forgotten that I was using that same login combination on that site, too.

If you are a NetGalley member, you need to go change your password there now. If you discover that you are unable to do so, the notification message linked above contains information on how to contact them to resolve the problem. And if you have any logins at any other websites using the same e-mail address/password combination as your NetGalley account, you will need to go change that login information immediately.

I also encourage you to consider enabling 2-factor authentication on any websites which enable that capability. It saved me from a great deal of grief here, and is well worth the extra effort. And I know that it’s a huge pain to have to use different passwords for different sites (as I mostly do these days), but it’s something you can do to protect yourself further.

If you have used NetGalley to obtain works from the Hugo Voter Packet, you will be affected by this.

Best Editor Short Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2020

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the editors of more than 1,000 short form works published for the first time in 2020.

Note that all of the works labeled “novella”, “novelette”, and “short story” are eligible in the corresponding Hugo fiction categories. If a work is not labeled, or it is labeled “short fiction”, its length has yet to be determined. Collections and Anthologies are not eligible for nomination as whole works, but the original pieces of fiction they contain are each eligible in the appropriate length category. Poetry and nonfiction are not eligible.

Note that the Short Form Editors listed below may, or may not, be eligible — that is, have the equivalent of at least 4 anthologies and/or magazine issues in their career, with at least 1 of them published in 2020. If I know for sure that an editor has the equivalent of at least 4 eligible works, they are labeled as “eligible”.

These credits have been accumulated from Acknowledgments sections and copyright pages in works, eligibility posts, short fiction venue mastheads, the ISFDB, and other sources on the internet.

You can see the full combined spreadsheet of Editor and Artist credits here (I will be continuing to update this as short fiction venues post elibibility lists and I get more information).

Feel free to add missing 2020-original works and the name of their editors in the comments, and I will get them included in the main post. Self-published works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion.

PLEASE DON’T ADD GUESSES.

If you are able to confirm credits from Acknowledgments sections, copyright pages, or by contacting authors and/or editors, then go ahead and add them in comments. If you have questions or corrections, please add those also.

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


Some of the magazines listed below are Prozines and are not eligible in the Hugo Semiprozine category. For a list of Semiprozines vs. Prozines, see Semiprozine.org.

Short Form Editors

3.3.10: Best Editor Short Form. The editor of at least four (4) anthologies, collections or magazine issues (or their equivalent in other media) primarily devoted to science fiction and / or fantasy, at least one of which was published in the previous calendar year.

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Best Editor Long Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2020

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the editors of long form (novel-length) works published for the first time in 2020.

Note that all of these works, unless they are labeled “nonfiction”, are eligible in the Best Novel category.

These credits have been accumulated over the course of the year from dust jackets, Acknowledgments sections and copyright pages in works, as well as other sources on the internet. This year, Filers Martin Pyne and Karen B. also collected this information, and though we had a lot of overlap, their extra entries have greatly increased the information we are able to provide you. My profound thanks go to Martin and Karen for all of their hard work.

You can see the full combined spreadsheet of Editor and Artist credits here. Thus far we have around 300 Long Form Editor credits (I will be continuing to update this as I get more information).

Feel free to add missing 2020-original works and the name of their editors in the comments, and I will get them included in the main post. Self-published works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion. (Short form works will be in a different post. Please do not add them here.)

PLEASE DON’T ADD GUESSES.

If you are able to confirm credits from Acknowledgments sections, copyright pages, or by contacting authors and/or editors, then go ahead and add them in comments. If you have questions or corrections, please add those also.

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


Long Form Editors

3.3.11: Best Editor Long Form. The editor of at least four (4) novel-length works primarily devoted to science fiction and / or fantasy published in the previous calendar year that do not qualify as works under 3.3.10.

(Note that the Long Form Editors listed below may, or may not, be eligible — that is, have 4 qualifying works published in 2020. Editors whose eligibility has been confirmed are listed first.)

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Top 10 Posts for November 2020

By Alan White

How writers don’t get paid were the stories of the month – Alan Dean Foster for vintage Star Wars tie-ins, and writers vending their audiobooks through Amazon’s company Audible.

Suited to the way 2020 has gone the rest of the Top 10 was filled with more bad news – relieved only by J. Michael Straczynski’s unexpected announcement that he intends to deliver a version of Ellison’s Last Dangerous Visions to a publisher next spring.

  1. The #DisneyMustPay Alan Dean Foster and SFWA Joint Press Conference
  2. How Audible’s Returns Policy Exploits Writers
  3. Last Dangerous Visions Will Be Submitted to Publishers in 2021
  4. #DisneyMustPay Alan Dean Foster
  5. Fireside Editor Apologizes for “Auditory Blackface” by Narrator of Essay in November Issue
  6. DreamHaven Books Owner and Employee Robbed, Beaten
  7. Pixel Scroll 11/4/20 With A Goldfinger In My Eye
  8. Straczynski’s Dangerous Message
  9. Pixel Scroll 11/2/20 Come And Listen To The Scroll Of An Earthsea Wizard Named Ged
  10. Pixel Scroll 11/1/20 You Only Scroll Twice: Once When You Are Born, Once When You Look Your Pixel in the Face

Top 10 Posts for October 2020

A roundup of reactions to the 2020 World Fantasy Con program announcement, and a report about the committee’s apology and efforts to make changes were last month’s two most-read items.

Another Top 10 post stemming from the same issue was Chris Barkley’s column telling why he volunteered to give feedback to improve the WFC program, with examples of what he recommended.

Here are the 10 posts with the most readers for October 2020 according to Google Analytics.

  1. World Fantasy Con 2020 Apology for Program Draft Seeks to Stem Participant Attrition
  2. Release of Virtual WFC 2020 Program Attracts Criticism
  3. Artists Corroborate Flegal Harassment Allegations
  4. Pixel Scroll 10/17/20 The Eliot Ness Monster
  5. Pixel Scroll 10/16/20 Hey! HAL! I’m Not Just Sitting Here On The Dock Of The Pod Door Bay For My Health! Open The $^%&$! Door, HAL!
  6. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #54
  7. Pixel Scroll 10/5/20 Clem Kapixelscroller
  8. Pixel Scroll 10/22/20 Yondo Lies The Pixel Of My Filer
  9. Pixel Scroll 10/23/20 Pixels Should Scroll A Minimum Of Six Feet Apart
  10. Richard Lupoff (1935-2020)

Top 10 Posts for September 2020

The 2020 Dragon Award winners – looked like actually popular books! How did Sad Puppies and others who thought they should be winning respond? The roundup of what they had to say was September’s most-read post.

The Pixel Scroll for September 2 drew 99 comments with a two-pronged discussion, one about Black Lives Matter, and the other tracing the sources of art illicitly copied in some recent book covers.

Here are the 10 posts with the most readers for September 2020 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Reaction to 2020 Dragon Awards Winners
  2. Pixel Scroll 9/2/20 He’s Just A Poor Scroll From A Poor Pixelry, Spare Him Comments From This File 770
  3. Noel Rosenberg Sues Crystal Huff
  4. Pixel Scroll 9/7/20 A Elbereth Gilthoniel, Silivren Penna Pixel Scroll
  5. Pixel Scroll 9/9/20 The Worm Rider’s Digest
  6. Pixel Scroll 9/16/20 Let Us Pixelate It In Glorious Scrollovision
  7. Pixel Scroll 9/14/20 Istanscroll Not Constantipixel
  8. Pixel Scroll 9/5/20 Astronauts In The Weightlessness Of Pixelated Space
  9. Pixel Scroll 9/8/20 If You Can’t Be With The Scroll You Pixel, Pixel The Scroll You’re With
  10. 2020 Dragon Awards

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Reaction to 2020 Dragon Awards Winners
  2. Noel Rosenberg Sues Crystal Huff
  3. 2020 Dragon Awards
  4. The Legislative Body Problem: GOP Senators Criticize Netflix Plan to Adapt Liu Cixin Hugo-Winner
  5. Netflix Answers Senators’ Letter About Three-Body Problem Series
  6. Dan Simmons Criticized for Remarks About Thunberg
  7. ChiZine Publications Resurfaces
  8. Authors Break Silence with Complaints About ChiZine Publications
  9. Diana Rigg (1938-2020)
  10. 2020 Hugo Awards

Top 10 Stories for August 2020

The 2020 Hugo Winners post would have been widely read even under normal circumstances, however, once George R.R. Martin left a comment on the post seeking to explain his performance as toastmaster of CoNZealand’s Hugo Ceremony, a huge amount of traffic was driven to it by bloggers and journalists who linked to the statement. (Some of their articles also cited GRRM’s 2019 article here about Dublin’s Hugo Losers Party, pushing it into the Top 10 as well.)

Then, the Memphis in 2023 Worldcon bid committee’s announcement that they will not exercise their option to run the Retro-Hugos if they win became the first (and most-read) of several posts on the subject of the Retro-Hugos on File 770 this month.

Here are the 10 posts with the most readers for August 2020 according to Google Analytics.

  1. 2020 Hugo Awards
  2. Pixel Scroll 8/1/20 Scrollers Tick In Vain
  3. Memphis Worldcon Bidders: Won’t Run Retros If They Win; Address Diversity and Inclusion Policies
  4. Pixel Scroll 8/3/20 Undeserved Loss And Inaccessible Healing
  5. Pixel Scroll 8/5/20 Please Pixel Your Scroll In The Form Of A Question
  6. Pixel Scroll 8/2/20 Lemonade Stand On Zanzibar
  7. Pixel Scroll 8/7/20 I Saw The Thing Comin’ Out Of The Sky, It Had The One Long File, One Big Eye
  8. GRRM on the Hugo Losers Party
  9. Reaction to 2020 Dragon Award Ballot
  10. Pixel Scroll 8/9/20 Pixel The Scroll That Makes You Happy

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. 2020 Hugo Awards
  2. Memphis Worldcon Bidders: Won’t Run Retros If They Win; Address Diversity and Inclusion Policies
  3. GRRM on the Hugo Losers Party
  4. Reaction to 2020 Dragon Award Ballot
  5. Schluessel: My Zoom Background Censored Again
  6. 2020 Dragon Award Ballot
  7. Rethinking the Retro-Hugos: How Should We Honor Past SFF?
  8. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #52
  9. Publisher Settles Concerns of Flashing Swords #6 Writers
  10. Best Series Hugo: Eligible Series from 2020