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

Two New Pages

While looking for something in issues of Marty Cantor’s Holier Than Thou at Fanac.org, I came across several columns I wrote for him. I’ve added as “pages” two of them that Filers might find entertaining.

  • ”And In The Darkness Bind Them” tells what I saw standing in line outside a Westwood theater waiting to see Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings in its 1979 first run. Dr. Seuss wishes he was there!  
  • “Riverboat Gambler” gives readers a front-row seat in a LASFS den of iniquity as three experienced hearts players, including the near-legendary Lon Atkins, lightly fleece a newcomer with delusions of adequacy, young Mike Glyer.

Top 10 Stories for July 2020

An Open Letter mainly signed by UK writers and fans criticizing the eligibility of a Saudi Arabian Worldcon bid engendered fierce discussion, turning it into File 770’s most-read post in July. (The 2022 Worldcon – as expected — was voted to Chicago this week.)

An unrelated letter of concern about CoNZealand program plans and assignments was also widely read, becoming the number two post for the month.

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

  1. Writers Circulate Letter of Concern About Saudi Worldcon Bid
  2. Group Sends Letter of Concern To CoNZealand Programming
  3. Pixel Scroll 7/10/20 Definitely Worried I Had Lost The Plot
  4. Courtney Milan Comments About Mixon Report on Sriduangkaew
  5. Pixel Scroll 7/30/20 Can I Scroll There By Pixel-Light? Yes, And Back Again
  6. Pixel Scroll 7/26/20 I Feel My Temperature Rising, Higher Higher, It’s Pixelling Through To My Scroll
  7. Pixel Scroll 7/13/20 Pixel Number 8 Will Make You Cry. Pixel Number 2 Has Surprised Us All
  8. Pixel Scroll 7/18/20 Scrollhenge, Where The Pixels Dwell, Where The Filers Live, And We Do Live Well
  9. Pixel Scroll 7/25/20 There’s A Troublesome Gap In The Middle 11 Billion Years
  10. Open Letter Organizer Discusses Chengdu Worldcon Bid

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Writers Circulate Letter of Concern About Saudi Worldcon Bid
  2. Group Sends Letter of Concern To CoNZealand Programming
  3. Courtney Milan Comments About Mixon Report on Sriduangkaew
  4. Open Letter Organizer Discusses Chengdu Worldcon Bid
  5. Borderlands Books Owner Accused of Sexual Assault
  6. 1945 Retro-Hugo Winners
  7. Will Plans To Counterprogram CoNZealand Bear Fruit?
  8. Nice in 2023 Worldcon Bid Folds
  9. Book Cancelled, and So Is Publishers Weekly’s Coverage
  10. Writers Of The Purple Page: The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein

Top 10 Posts for June 2020

A link to Paul Fraser’s critique of The Science Fiction Hall of Fame volume 1, 1970, edited by Robert Silverberg, set off such lively discussion in comments that the June 21 Scroll became the month’s most-read post.

In the Scroll-free Top 10, two of the three posts getting the most attention reported about Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore, destroyed by fire, and fundraising efforts to help owner Don Blyly. 

Here are the top 10 posts for June 2020 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Pixel Scroll 6/21/20 It Was Pixellation, I Know, Scrolling You All Alone
  2. Pixel Scroll 6/10/20 The Galileo Sevateem
  3. Pixel Scroll 6/26/20 Memory, All Alone In The Bookstore, Has The Store Lost My Authors, Oh, Wait, Here They All Are
  4. Pixel Scroll 6/25/20 You Scroll My Pixel Round Baby Right Round
  5. Pixel Scroll 6/13/20 Scroll Me The Pixel Of Alfredo Tsundoku
  6. Pixel Scroll 6/7/20 It’s Just An Old Fashioned Pixel Scroll, One I’m Sure They Wrote For You And Me
  7. Pixel Scroll 6/27/20 Red Scrolls At Night, Pixel’s Delight
  8. Pixel Scroll 6/9/20 I Can’t Scroll Yet, I Haven’t Seen The Pixel Story.
  9. Pixel Scroll 6/5/20 I’ve Got A File, You Can Comment If You Like, It’s Got A Pixel, A Scroll That Rhymes
  10. Pixel Scroll 6/22/20 Come Pixel Round Filers, Wherever You Scroll, And Admit That The Word Counts Around You Have Grown

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore GoFundMe Approved
  2. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #50
  3. Don Blyly Interviewed About Uncle Hugo’s Fire
  4. 2020 Locus Award Winners
  5. When Bob Madle Named The Hugos
  6. Bob Madle Turns 100 Today
  7. Dan Simmons Criticized for Remarks About Thunberg
  8. CoNZealand Hugo Voter Packet Available
  9. Amazon’s Best Books of 2020 So Far
  10. DisCon III Hotel Waits To Learn Fate

Top 10 Posts for May 2020

Heated discussion of news stories about and government responses to the pandemic generated over 180 comments on the May 3 Scroll, the most-read post last month.

However, File 770’s report about the heartbreaking destruction of a famed Minneapolis sff bookstore, and vandalism done to another, in the last two days of May became the non-Scroll with the greatest traffic.

Here are the month’s Top 10 posts according to Google Analytics.

  1. Pixel Scroll 5/3/20 NCIS: Ringworld
  2. Pixel Scroll 5/25/20 Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Pixels How Do You Measure, Measure A Scroll?
  3. Pixel Scroll 5/7/20 They Probably Still Use Feet and Inches
  4. Pixel Scroll 5/16/20 The Diversity Of Pixels Prove That Scrolls Evolved From Files
  5. Pixel Scroll 5/20/20 Don’t Wait To Get Filed, There Are Pixels To Scroll And Boxes To Tick
  6. Pixel Scroll 5/24/20 He Was A Bug-Eyed, Lizard-Gorn, Filing Purple Pixel Scroller
  7. Pixel Scroll 5/27/20 Johnny Mnemonic B. Goode
  8. Minneapolis SF Bookstore Burned, Another Vandalized
  9. Pixel Scroll 5/17/20 Quit Airing Those Gripping Hands Through The Zoom
  10. Pixel Scroll 5/6/20 Look Dave, I Can See You’re Really Upset About This. Take A Pixel Scroll, And Think Things Over

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Minneapolis SF Bookstore Burned, Another Vandalized
  2. Where To Find The 2020 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  3. 2019 Nebula Awards
  4. Westercons 73 And 74 Postponed For One Year Due To Covid-19
  5. CoNZealand Hugo Voter Packet Available
  6. Waiting For Online Hugo Voting And The 2020 Voter Packet
  7. Authorities Unexpectedly Greenlight Florida Con; Elsewhere Cancellations Mount
  8. 2019 BSFA Awards
  9. About Zelazny
  10. RWA Retires RITA Award, Announces Replacement, “The Vivian”

Top 10 Posts for April 2020

Close-up of 2013 Hugo base. Photo: Kevin Standlee. Permission for non-commercial and journalistic uses with attribution granted.

Who’s up for the 2020 Hugos, and where fans can jump start their voter packet reading using links to free resources, was the information of most interest to File 770 readers in April.

Coverage of Craig Martelle’s bid to found an alternative to SFWA attracted a wide audience. Likewise, the report of John Van Stry’s costly but successful lawsuit against a flagrant book pirate.

Here are the Top 10 most-read posts from April according to Google Analytics.

  1. Hugo Awards 2020 Finalists
  2. Where To Find The 2020 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  3. Pixel Scroll 4/16/20 And Faintly Falling, Like The Descent Of Their Last End, Upon All The Scrolling And The Filed
  4. Pixel Scroll 4/18/20 You Can’t File All Of The Pixels All Of The Time
  5. Pixel Scroll 4/19/20 If You Like My File And You Think I’m Pixely, Come On Baby Let Me Scroll
  6. Pixel Scroll 4/8/20 Why The Pixel Shudders When It Perceives The Scroll
  7. Pixel Scroll 4/24/20 Fillie And The Poor Gods Are Stalkin’, Bring A Pixel, Scroll Your Feet
  8. Pixel Scroll 4/22/20 Then Curl Up On The Pile And Sleep For A While, It’s The Scrolliest Thing, It’s The Pixel Dream
  9. Pixel Scroll 4/9/20 I Had Too Much To Stream Last Night
  10. Another Would-be SFWA Rival

Scroll-Free Top 10

  1. Hugo Awards 2020 Finalists
  2. Where To Find The 2020 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  3. Another Would-be SFWA Rival
  4. Retro Hugo Awards 1945 Finalists
  5. John Van Stry Wins Suit Against Book Pirate
  6. CoNZealand Virtual Worldcon Plans and New Membership Rates
  7. Hugo Award Finalist Announcement Scheduled
  8. 2020 SFWA Officer Election Results
  9. People of My Generation — Beware The Corona Virus Like The Plague!
  10. 2020 Compton Crook Award

Top 10 Posts for March 2020

Go on, admit it, with our intense focus on the epidemic these past two weeks, don’t the top two stories in March feel like they happened before Christmas? Archive of Our Own blocked in China – either because of a kerfuffle over a celebrity, or because AO3’s erotic fanfic triggered enforcement of the latest rules? Then, a big blast of hits on the Rondo Awards story because TV host Svengoolie told viewers to go vote for him and after they broke the Rondo site, a thousand of them wandered over here? (Are you impressed with the magnitude of difference between a TV show’s audience and mine? Their margin of error was my second highest story!)

However, the coronavirus outbreak and the falling dominos of cancelled and postponed events culminating in radical rethinking of the 2020 Worldcon is also evident in both lists of File 770’s 10 most-read stories last month.

  1. AO3 Blocked in China
  2. 2020 Rondo Awards Nominees
  3. Pixel Scroll 3/4/20 Bring Me My Book Of Divine Stalk: Bring Me My Feline On A Pile: Bring Me My Fifth: O Readers Talk! Bring Me My Pixel Scrolls Of File!
  4. Pixel Scroll 03/05/20 So Goodbye Yellowed Book Scroll, Where The Cats Of Society Riff
  5. CoNZealand To Become First Virtual Worldcon
  6. Pixel Scroll 3/21/20 Social Distancing Warriors
  7. Coronavirus Threat Causes Some Conventions to Cancel or Reschedule
  8. Pixel Scroll 3/13/20 The Sun Comes Shining As I Was Scrolling, The Pixels Waving And The Dust Clouds Rolling
  9. Pixel Scroll 3/18/20 How Many Files To Babylon? Fifth Score Files And Ten
  10. Pixel Scroll 3/25/20 Captain COVIDeo And His Pixel Scrollers

Scroll-free Top 10

  1. AO3 Blocked in China
  2. 2020 Rondo Awards Nominees
  3. CoNZealand To Become First Virtual Worldcon
  4. Coronavirus Threat Causes Some Conventions to Cancel or Reschedule
  5. Lou Antonelli Seeks Write-In Support as SFWA Director-at-Large
  6. Abby Has Died
  7. What Did You Nominate For The 2020 Hugo Awards?
  8. Lou Antonelli’s BOLO Story
  9. Convention Cancellations Accelerate as Public Health Restrictions Announced
  10. Best Editor Short Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2019

2020 Recommended SF/F List

By JJ: This thread is for posts about 2020-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 eligible for the Hugos or other awards (Nebula, Locus, Asimov’s, etc.) next year.

If you’re recommending for an award other than / in addition to the Hugo Awards which has different categories than the Hugos (such as Locus Awards’ First Novel), then be sure to specify the award and category.

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 or other Award Category: (Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Related Work, Graphic Novel, Lodestar, Astounding, etc)
  • link (if available to read/view online)
  • optional “Brief, spoiler-free description of story premise:”
  • “What I liked / didn’t like about it:”
  • (Please rot-13 any spoilers.)

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

Best Editor Short Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2019

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the editors of short form works published for the first time in 2019.

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

Feel free to add missing 2019-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 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.

(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 2019.)

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Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2019

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, this post provides information on the artists and designers of more than 660 works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2019.

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, Filer Goobergunch also collected this information, and though we had a lot of overlap, his extra entries have greatly increasead the information we are able to provide you. My profound thanks go to Goobergunch for all of his 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 2019.

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 2019-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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